Tuesday is the day that Washington meets with the media and there wasn’t any real news, but here’s what was discussed:
There were plenty of questions about the Aaron Brooks-Ryan Appleby confrontation last year. Brooks levelled Appleby with an elbow in the Pac-10 Tournament, earning a suspension that includes not being able to play when the Ducks are at Hec Ed Thursday. In fact, Brooks, who would be my choice for Pac-10 Player of the Year right now, isn’t even allowed in the building. Appleby talked at length about it, but much of it centered around him “moving on,” and he said he hadn’t even thought about it until it was brought to his attention. But he did say he still doesn’t know why Brooks did what he did and hasn’t heard from him other than a letter delivered right after that game. He also said he finds it “peculiar” that Brooks was suspended for this game but not the return game at Eugene next month, saying it appears the suspension is meant to protect Brooks from harassment from the Hec Ed crowd rather than punish him.
Spencer Hawes practiced Tuesday and said his sprained ankle is doing much better. He said he expects to play Thursday, as do Quincy Pondexter (knee, back, foot) and Adrian Oliver (thigh bruise), who both said they are hurting but playing through it.
Lorenzo Romar said he wasn’t sure what starting lineup he would use against Oregon. I’d be surprised if Quincy Pondexter isn’t in the starting lineup in place of Phil Nelson, who hasn’t scored in the last two games.