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Pacific 10 Tournament

No. 2 WASHINGTON vs. No. 7 UCLA

March 11, 2004|Steve Henson

Season results: Washington 17-10 overall, 12-6 in Pac-10; UCLA 11-16, 7-11 Pac-10. UCLA swept Washington: 86-84 in overtime at Bank of America Arena and 80-75 at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA is the last Pac-10 team to defeat Washington, which won its last seven Pac-10 games, losing only a nonconference game at North Carolina State since Feb. 7.

How they match up: UCLA has a significant height advantage, especially in the post. Washington has no starter taller than 6 feet 8 and essentially plays with a three-guard lineup. The Huskies are much quicker on the perimeter. Both teams spread around the scoring -- Washington has five players averaging in double figures, and UCLA has three.

*--* STARTERS Washington Ht Wt Stat Pos UCLA Ht Wt Stat Bobby Jones 6-6 200 11.2 PPG F Trevor Ariza 6-7 200 11.5 PPG Brandon Roy 6-6 200 13.4 PPG F T.J. Cummings 6-9 220 12.8 PPG Mike Jensen 6-8 240 4.5 RPG C Ryan Hollins 7-0 225 4.3 RPG Nate Robinson 5-9 175 12.4 PPG G Cedric Bozeman 6-6 200 5.4 APG Will Conroy 6-2 190 12.3 PPG G Dijon Thompson 6-7 198 14.5 PPG KEY RESERVES Tre Simmons, G 6-5 195 10.4 PPG Janou Rubin, G 6-3 193 4.4 PPG Hakeem 6-7 235 3.7 RPG Michael Fey, C 7-0 257 56.4 FG% Rollins, C Curtis Allen, 6-0 170 36.8 3-P% Brian 6-2 189 39.3 3-P% G Morrison, G

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Keys to the game: UCLA seems to have forgotten how to win close games -- something the Bruins did twice against Washington. Meanwhile, the Huskies have learned to win down the stretch. UCLA must handle the Washington press and keep turnovers to a minimum. The Bruins also must be aggressive on the boards -- they are 0-11 when outrebounded. Washington must remain as unselfish as it has been during its remarkable turnaround.

Steve Henson

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