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March 11, 2010
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11:30 a.m. - The UW men's basketball team safely arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday night around 8:30. They immediately were ushered to the hotel where they had a late-night meal and then turned in for the night.
A contingency of Washington staff members arrived throughout the day prior to the team for Pac-10, administrative and donor meetings. All 10 of the teams and their travel parties are staying at the J.W. Marriott, which is a block away from the Staples Center. The hotel opened a month ago and is spectacular to say the least. Besides the smell of newness and pristine amenities, the venue is decked out with Pac-10 banners and window clings.
You cannot walk throughout the hotel without rubbing elbows with familiar faces, despite the enormity of the building. An elevator will open up and out will pop players from Oregon State, California or any of the schools. There may even be a star or two you'll see. For instance, next door to this author is comedian Bill Murray. He has been sighted in the gym and the players saw him in the elevator.
While most of the players were in their rooms last night relaxing and watching television, some of the Washington travel party went to the arena to watch the Oregon-Washington State game. Across the bench from the Cougars at the Staples Center watching from the front row was actor Jeremy Piven. He saw an entertaining game that was won in overtime by Oregon. It was a tough way for the Cougars to lose, as they had plenty of opportunities to put away the Ducks, but were unable to do so because of missed free throws.
Today, the Huskies will have a lot of time to rest up and mentally prepare for their 8:30 tip time. The team had a 10:00 a.m. breakfast, followed by study tables. Finals week starts next week, giving every player something else to think about besides basketball.
The Dawgs will conduct shoot around this afternoon at Price High School, which is just down the way. If that school sounds familiar to you, it should. Tyreese Breshers is a proud alumni of the school.
After that, the team will return to the hotel and play a waiting game. All for now. Check back later for more updates.
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