Err a 'Zona

Some of us huddling in our Northwest homes Saturday, Jan. 26, awaiting the evidence of yet another questionable snow warning were warmed as noon approached with the prospect of the University of Washington Husky-Arizona Wildcat men's basketball game promised on Fox Sports Northwest. Fans didn't count on a broadcast delay of more than half an hour while the network finished coverage of the two-overtime North Carolina-Maryland women's tiff, which doesn't traditionally draw a lot of audience interest in the Pacific Northwest.
Some of us huddling in our Northwest homes Saturday, Jan. 26, awaiting the evidence of yet another questionable snow warning were warmed as noon approached with the prospect of the University of Washington Husky-Arizona Wildcat men's basketball game promised on Fox Sports Northwest. Fans didn't count on a broadcast delay of more than half an hour while the network finished coverage of the two-overtime North Carolina-Maryland women's tiff, which doesn't traditionally draw a lot of audience interest in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of us huddling in our Northwest homes Saturday, Jan. 26, awaiting the evidence of yet another questionable snow warning were warmed as noon approached with the prospect of the University of Washington Husky-Arizona Wildcat men's basketball game promised on Fox Sports Northwest. Fans didn't count on a broadcast delay of more than half an hour while the network finished coverage of the two-overtime North Carolina-Maryland women's tiff, which doesn't traditionally draw a lot of audience interest in the Pacific Northwest. Even after broadcasters promised a quick switch-over to the UW game, it required a full 4:35 after the North Carolina victory to find the Cats up by eight with just seven minutes left in the first half. No wonder we all love TV stations so much. The game was of particular interest because it came two days after the Huskies' most impressive road victory of the season: 72-61, up the highway against much-improved Arizona State. Unfortunately, the U-Dubbers couldn't match the slick-shooting Wildcats, losing 84-69 to sit at 12-8 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-10. 'Zona ran off the last eight points of the first half to go up 45-32 and the Dawgs couldn't claw their way back. On the pro side, the Seattle SuperSonics are running out of chances to avoid joining dubious company: the few National Basketball Association teams to lose every regular-season game of an entire calendar month. The last best chance to swerve from the skunk is the Sunday, Jan. 27, home tilt against the less-than-monarchical Sacramento Kings. The 9-34 Soon-ics aren't that much worse than the 18-24 Sad Sacs, who feature (albeit for only a few minutes a game) Spencer Hawes. The back-up center, of course, played last season for UW and before that at Seattle Prep. Should the Green Team lose Sunday, the last two chances of avoiding the 0-fer look somewhat more challenging: San Antonio (28-13) Jan. 29 and Cleveland (23-19) Jan. 31. Maybe potential TV viewers will get lucky and have all of the above pre-empted.

  

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