Only three undefeated teams left in Pac-1o conference play and the Huskies are one of them. With a 2-0 record, the Dawgs are tied with the UCLA Bruins and the California Bears for first place in the league. By Saturday night, only two teams will remain undefeated in league play, as Cal and UW will square off for the right to remain unblemished (UCLA does not play until Sunday).
The Dawgs improved to 2-0 with a one-point win over the Stanford Cardinal last night. In a back-and-forth game that saw a number of lead changes and endured a frenetic final minute, Jon Brockman deposited the winning bucket with four seconds remaining as the Huskies survived a scare from the Tree. The Cardinal had one last chance to regain the lead but lost the ball out of bounds on the ensuing inbounds play. Justin Dentmon capped off the victory for the Dawgs by launching the ball into oblivion to avoid a foul as the clock ticked off the final two-and-two-tenths seconds.
The Huskies will face stiff competition on Saturday from the undefeated Cal Bears, who managed to upend both the Arizona schools at home last weekend, and knocked off the Cougs in Pullman tonight. Underrated entering the season, the Bears are 14-2 under the guidance of first-year head coach (and ex-Stanford head coach) Mike Montgomery. Behind a trio of tall, athletic guards that each average double figures in scoring, the Bears will provide tough matchups for the shorter, quicker Husky backcourt come Saturday.
In other news around the conference, Washington State and Oregon are now a combined 0-5 in Pac-10 play and occupy the ninth and tenth spots, respectively, in the standings.