BY Steve Rudman 06:03PM 12/19/2010

Numbers Crunch

Numbers can fascinate and amuse, and be used to start and settle all manner of sporting debates. But numbers can also tell stories. Here you’ll find the numbers that best reflect the pulse of sports in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

Dec. 19-25, 2010

  • 3
    Number of 30-point victories for the UW basketball team in 2010-11, including a 54-point throttlinig of McNeese State on Nov. 13.
  • 30.8
    Average margin of victory for the University of Washington basketball team in its seven non-conference home contests, all wins.
  • 226
    Carries for Washington running back Chris Polk in 2010, the same number he had in 2009. An uptick in usage the final three games — 26 carries, 18 carries, 29 carries — pushed Polk to the matching total. He gained 103 more yards this season than last.
  • 7th
    Linebacker Mason Foster’s rank on Washington’s all-time tackle list should he hit his 2010 average in the Holiday Bowl of 13 tackles per game. If that happens, Foster will finish with 379 career tackles, just ahead of Tim Meamber (1981-84, 376 tackles) and just behind Mike Baldassin (1974-76, 386 tackles).
  • 3
    Number of books that former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf plans to write — about his life, football career and addiction to painkillers. Pullman-based Crimson Oak Publishing will publish and distribute the three-volume series. For comparison purposes, “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” is just one volume.
  • 80
    Tackles Nebraska lost from its defense because of the suspensions of defensive tackle Baker Steinkuler (46) and Rickey Thenarse (34) for the Holiday Bowl. Each were cited for DUI in separate incidents..
  • 61.1
    Free throw shooting percentage for Washington center Aziz N’Diaye since his 3-for-15 opener.
  • 13
    Number of turnovers for Seahawk quarterback Matt Hasselbeck over his past four games, including 10 interceptions and 3 fumbles. Hasselbeck had two more picks on Sunday and coughed up a fumble in the end zone that resulted in an Atlanta touchdown.
  • 17
    Interceptions thrown by Matt Hasselbeck in 2010, tying a career high set ini 2009. In his past 16 starts, dating to the final three games of ’09, Hasselbeck has tossed 26 interceptions.
  • 6
    Losses for the Seahawks in their past eight games — after starting off the season 3-3.

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