Saturday, March 12, 2005


Despite Salim Stoudamire's best efforts, it is the Washington Huskies that are your 2005 Pac-10 Tournament champions.

Stoudamire scored 37 points, but it was not enough as the Huskies defeated Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game 81-72. The Huskies outscored the Wildcats 19-4 in the final 5:12. Nate Robinson scored 6 of his 18 points during that span. Tre Simmons had 16 points and Will Conroy chipped in with 14 points, including 4 3-pointers.

For the Huskies, this is their first-ever Pac-10 Tournament title. They will likely be a #2-#3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, with the brackets being announced tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Pacific on CBS. Chances are that they are headed to Boise for the first two rounds.

The Huskies are 27-5 going into the NCAA Tournament. Lorenzo Romar has done a great job at Montlake since taking over for Bob Bender in 2002. Instead of football being king at Washington, it is basketball that is taking over Montlake.

Or to be more accurate, Montlake is Romarville these days.

Can the Huskies go far in the tournament? It depends on the draw they get. So, until I see the official brackets, I won't say a single thing. But certainly they have the talent to go a long way.

Congrats to the Washington Huskies, your 2005 Pac-10 Tournament champions. It's always a great day when Lute Olson loses.

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