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The Monday Morning Wash

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West Virginia looked pretty good in the second half against Washington didn't they? They looked even better against Kentucky after dispatching the Wildcats on their way to the Final Four. The Huskies will be sitting at home watching TV next weekend, but I think this proves how close the program is to breaking into the higher rounds in the near-future.

Hats off to Lorenzo Romar and his 2009-10 team. They went out and played their butts off while improving as the season progressed. With only one senior starter graduating, Washington is in a good position to make a deep run next season.

UW is still a work in progress, but while missing a piece or two, those pieces just may be on the way by signing day. A stronger front court presence and another year of experience in the back court should be the recipe the Huskies need to keep pushing the envelope.

Spring Practice about to begin

Spring practice starts on Tuesday, and--as usual--it will be open to the public each day, though attendees are required to sign-in upon entry.

Today, head coach Steve Sarkisian will hold a press conference at noon to preview the coming weeks. Fans can catch a live broadcast of that press conference on UWTV (channel 27 on most Seattle-area cable systems) and at gohuskies.com.

I will put up a post after the press conference summarizing what Sark had to say.

Football Practice Schedule

Tuesday, March 30, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 1, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 15, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 17, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 30, "Friday Night Lights" Spring Game, 6:30 p.m.

Condotta examines the defense

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times lays out the starting lineup going into spring on defense in his blog. Defensive end obviously is going to be the biggest problem for the huskies to overcome over the spring. UW simply doesn't have many bodies available at this point. They were thin going in, but with Sophomore Andru Pulu and Junior Everette Thompson doubtful for next season, the position has reached a critical stage.

With changes due to graduation, injuries and shifting personnel to accomodate some of those losses, there could be just four players starting at the exact same position as they played against Cal. There could be six starters returning overall (and seven who could be considered season starters if you throw in Elisara, who missed the last month of last season with a neck/shoulder stinger issue).