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Wrapping up the Huskies 80-58 win over USC

Greeting from the bowels of the LA Sports Arena. Sounds glamorous doesn't it? But they say Bruce Springsteen loves to play here. It's kind of a cool old building. But it certainly has seen better days. The Huskies are practicing right now, so we will talk to Lorenzo Romar later.

Obviously, we all thought the Huskies would win last night. That USC team as John McGrath wrote is "a JV team in Trojans uniforms."

With the win, the Huskies guaranteed themselves a piece of the Pac-12 regular season title. But they aren't satisfied with that. They have same feeling that Warren G did, "I want it all..."

From my game story ...

Excuse them for not feeling generous, but the Huskies want the regular season title all to themselves.

“You don’t want to share it,” Gant said. “I don’t like sharing. We all want to win it outright. It feels better. It sounds better.”

An outright regular season title just doesn’t happen for Washington. It’s only happened a handful of times in the modern era of Huskies hoops. The last team to accomplish the feat was in 2008-09 and before that it was in the 1952-53 season.

“Sharing, yeah that would be nice if it was a consolation,” said Terrence Ross. “To have your name as the champions of the league is bigger, especially since we weren’t predicted to win. To prove a lot of people wrong is a big deal.”

All they need to do is defeat a maligned UCLA team in the regular season finale Saturday at the L.A. Sports Arena. A win also would mean a rare road sweep of the Los Angeles schools, which the Huskies have only done three times since Pac-10 play began in 1978-79.

“We know Saturday is really the one,” Gant said. “We didn’t want to look past (USC), but we knew Saturday was really the one we needed to get done.”

The first leg of the potential sweep went as expected. While teams often struggle against opponents they should dominate, the Huskies suffered no such lethargy. Washington dispatched with the undermanned and overwhelmed Trojans with a cold, business-like efficiency, never trailing in the game.

“Me and (Abdul) Gaddy kept stressing this was a business trip,” Gant said. “We wanted to make sure the guys were in line. There were no cool jackets. Nothing was going to be handed to us, we needed to take it.”

Here's the AP story

Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology has UW as a 10 seed playing San Diego State in Columbus. It also has Arizona and Cal in as well with playing St. Mary's in Omaha.

From the USC perspective ...

Here's Gary Klein's game story from the LA Times, and here's Scott Wolf's game story from the LA Daily News where he writes about the Trojans clinching last place. Scott Reid's game story talks about freshman Byron Wesley's big game - a career high 23 points.

Look at all those offensive rebounds. Obviously, the Huskies should manhandle them on the boards. USC's best big men were all on the bench out with injuries. But there was a tenacity that UW displayed that was good to see. A cynic could also say that the reason the Huskies had so many offensive rebounds was because they shot it poorly. And that is true on some level. Look at the eFG% and remember that USC is the worst shooting team in the league. There were plenty of times where the Trojans got open looks and didn't knock them down. There was also the stretch in the second half where the Huskies got a little stagnant defensively.  The free throw shooting wasn't great for UW, but it has been better of late.