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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Congratulations Washington Huskies!

Moments ago, the Washington Huskies cemented a great season by defeating the Washington State Cougars, 67-60, at Hec Ed to become the undisputed Pac-10 Champions for the first time since 1953. With Seattle sports teams having been in the doldrums for what seems like an eternity, this is a nice achievement.

The Apple Cup victory is a fitting end to a great season. Led by Jon Brockman, the Huskies won twenty four games and lost only seven, with fourteen conference wins. They're currently ranked sixteen in the Associated Press poll and thirteen in the coaches' poll. And now, they have some bragging rights:
Picked to finish fifth in the league's preseason poll, the UW finished a game ahead of three-time defending champion UCLA and will head to next week's Pac-10 tournament as the No. 1 seed.

When the final buzzer sounded, Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter embraced and Venoy Overton tossed the ball into the air. TV cameras rushed the floor, with happy, purple-shirted students not far behind them. Isaiah Thomas was lifted up amid a wild celebration at midcourt. Someone held up a sign that read, "Kings of the Pac-10." Matthew Bryan-Amaning wore a cardboard gold crown. The league championship trophy was presented among the sea of happy people.
Congratulations, Huskies. You've earned this.


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