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Friday, March 12, 2010
Halftime: Oregon State 31, Washington 22

By Arash Markazi

LOS ANGELES -- Apparently Washington didn’t learn anything from Arizona State’s lackadaisical effort against Stanford. While the Huskies have a slim shot at making it to the NCAA tournament, whatever hopes they have rest on them at least making it the Pac- tournament title game.

Washington, which currently trails Oregon State 31-22 at the half, will be lucky just to make it out of the quarterfinals the way they’ve played.

The Beavers have hit 6-of-8 3-pointers and are shooting better from beyond the arc (75 percent) than they are from the field (45.5). Washington meanwhile has only hit 3-of-10 3-pointers and is only shooting 38.1 percent from the field.

The Huskies have come out and played like a team expecting the Beavers to lay down for them. Washington has won six straight over Oregon State and beat the Beavers 82-70 five days ago. The biggest difference in this game is that Washington isn’t getting much out of Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter, who combined to score 57 points last Saturday but have only combined for 10 points in the first half.

The only thing more laughable than Washington’s shooting percentage is the announced attendance of 12,255 considering the number is more like 2,255 right about now at Staples Center.