Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/16/12
Head Scratcher Ask 10, 50 100, or maybe even a thousand people and chances are slim that any of them would know a single thing about the Great Danes of Albany, let alone where the University of Albany is. On Tuesday evening, the Great Danes opened eyes of NCAA fans and Huskies faithful with a 63-62 upset of the Washington Huskies, a PAC-12 team, at Alaska Airlines Arena. Was it really an upset though?  Or is this something that could be the norm this season for Lorenzo Romar‘s club?  It is widely known that the Huskies roster is void of superstar talent and leadership.  Yes they have a number of experienced players, in terms of their duration on campus, but that does not necessarily equate to being a leader. Talent?  Yes there is C.J. Wilcox and potentially Andrew Andrews and Abdul Gaddy, but if Wilcox has an off night, as he did on Tuesday when he went only made five of his 15 shots, who is ready to step up? What happened on Tuesday night against Albany has many fans wondering what to expect from UW in 2012. (Photo: AP) All coaches say that a great defense will more often than not lead to a successful offense.  The problem on Tuesday was the fact that the Huskies defense was extremely lacking in aggressiveness, communication, and execution. Maybe as with the casual observer, the Husky players and coaching staff overlooked the Great Danes in preparation of playing the Seton Hall Pirates and possibly the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend. There is nothing wrong with starting the season 1-1 at home. However, when the loss comes to a lesser opponent, people are going to start talking and pointing fingers fairly or unfairly.  The best thing to come from this early season loss is that it opens everyone’s eyes for the rest of the season. Heading out on a two game road trip this weekend, the Huskies will have a chance to get away from the pressures of the home crowd.  On the road in enemy territory is where defenses learn to band together, shooters build their confidence after hitting big shots and certain players step up to the plate and show their leadership qualities to help the team come together against the odds. For the Washington Huskies to be successful this weekend, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have to win both of their games, but continued strong play from Abdul Gaddy (17 and 16 points in his first two games this season) along with another double double from Aziz N’Daiye (10pts, 16reb vs Loyola and 13pts, 11rebs vs Albany) will go a long way to helping get the team back on track. If the Huskies can return to the Washington campus with a well played 1-1 record before they start a seven in eight game home stand (actually all eight are in Seattle, the game against Seattle University is at Key Arena), all may be forgotten from Tuesday night. Should they return 0-2 and struggle, the Dawg pound’s bark may be worse than its bite! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE HUSKIES CLUBHOUSE PAGE AT NWSPORTSBEAT!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Howard says he played through torn MCL, meniscus in playoffs

Bills offensive progress stalled by injuries

Bruins’ Zac Rinaldo: Raffi Torres’ suspension 'really opened my eyes’

Cowboys’ Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots after concussion battle

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Tennessee desperate for big win over #19 Georgia


UCLA punter Adam Searl arrested on suspicion of rape

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Gostkowski is best kicker in NFL, according to peers

DeMarco Murray: Running more plays will mean more chances

Harrison Barnes unreasonably unhappy with Warriors offer

Jerry Jones defends Greg Hardy over controversial comments

Weeden bashes Twitter: ‘I don’t need a 12-year-old telling me how to play’

Fan at Texas A&M game was so drunk, he reportedly told police he was at Baylor vs. Texas Tech

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Mallett’s dad: Criticism of QB makes his grandmothers cry

LSU has sold a disappointing amount of tickets for South Carolina game

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of the college football season

Dalton motivated by getting booed at celebrity softball game

Which undefeated college team has best résumé?

WATCH: Derek Holland wipes backside with Blue Jays towel

Is 'Hockey Tough' leading to a much bigger problem?

White Sox bar giving out 'free' beer for every Cardinals homer

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Explaining the silence on Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality trial

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of CFB

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Looking at four NHL goaltenders who debuted for new teams

Get to know the four NL playoff teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker