I expected Gus Johnson on ROOT. Maybe he was on another channel for the game, I don’t know, but I was ready to hear his voice. That was possibly the only aspect of this game that disappointed. Brendan Sherrer got to start the game and receive a standing ovation as he checked out in the waning seconds. Darnell Gant played with his usual fire, including a late game mix-up with former Husky recruit Angelo Chol (I sure hope you regret being a Wildcat). And if this was to be Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten’s last game in Hec Ed, they’ll be leaving in style. Ross’ NBA level talents were on display from start to finish as he had 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Wroten drove to the basket at will and ended up with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Ultimately, the three-headed monster of Ross, Wroten and C.J. Wilcox was too much to overcome for Arizona.
Now is the time for me to overanalyze the seemingly unimportant last thirty seconds of the game. Darnell Gant was subbed out so he could receive a standing ovation, as he is a senior and this was his last game in Seattle as a Husky. Brendan Sherrer checked in and then checked out immediately after for the same reason. Here comes the changeup: Romar pulled Ross from the game after his free throws had the background noise of “one more year” chants from the crowd. Was this Ross’ last game in Hec Ed? It very well could be. Wroten stayed in the game and never went out. I like to make a big deal about small things during the game, so I’m going to say that Ross exiting means exactly what we all feared: he is gone and Romar knows it. I don’t blame him, as he will be a top 15 pick in the draft. Wroten never left the floor, so he is staying another year. Is it a stretch to make these predictions after just fifteen seconds of action to end the game? Yes. Do I think I am right with my predictions about the future with these two stars? I sure hope so, because I really don’t want Tony to leave.
#StartSherrer: Starting senior walk-on Brendan Sherrer was an absolutely success. Yes, maybe the Dawgs went down 7-2 with him in the game and followed his exit with a 24-8 run. But, he started and we won. UW is now 30-0 when Sherrer gets in the game. That’s all that matters.
Terrence Ross: Goodness gracious. Some of the things Terrence did today screamed “I am NBA ready RIGHT NOW”. And he is. Ross put together two solid halves of basketball today and showed that UW can go as far as he takes them. T-Raww went 11-19 from the field, with all but one of his misses coming from beyond the arc (1-8).
Aziz N’Diaye: This. http://tinyurl.com/7d3hmyt. Ignore Aziz blatantly traveling on multiple occasions and marvel at the fact that he never fell over or lost the ball (or both) during this insane coast-to-coast dunk. N’Diaye was a force down low as well, finishing with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. His defensive presence was certainly felt, as both Solomon Hill and Jesse Perry were hesitant to go too deep into the paint.
The Three Headed Monster: We already know Ross went to work today. Wroten did as well. However, C.J. Wilcox failed to attempt a shot in the first half. I screamed at him (through my TV of course) when Arizona tied the game at 39 to begin the second half. He needed to produce in order for UW to win. He did not disappoint, hitting two huge threes in the second half and finishing with 11 points. The Dawgs’ three beasts combined for 58 points, compared to Arizona’s guards finishing with just 34.
Abdul Gaddy: Gaddy quietly finished with 9 points and 6 assists while committing zero turnovers. That’s exactly what we need out of Abdul. Well, besides the whole “he can get by his man at will and never does” thing. In the meantime, I’ll take a 6:0 A/T ratio any day.
Outside Shooting: 3-18 from three. The Huskies win by 20 if they knock down open shots. Washington was 1-15 before Wilcox buried his two clutch treys.
Rebounding: UW gave up far too many offensive rebounds (17) to an undersized Arizona team. Though the Huskies won the battle on the boards 43-39, seventeen offensive rebounds by Arizona is unacceptable.
Officiating: This was an embarrassment to the Pac-12. The officials were equally bad both ways, which was about the only thing they were consistent with the entire game. Both coaches have every right to bash into the referees; though don’t expect Romar to do it as UW walked away with a win.
The Huskies are now 4-4 against teams ranked between 51-100 in the RPI polls. This is a huge seeding boost, as before today UW was 0-4 against top 50 (they still are) and below .500 versus 51-100 schools. If you are new to the Ratings Percentage Index, basically those numbers show that the Huskies haven’t exactly beaten anyone good this season.
Anyways, the Dawgs continue their stay in first place until next Saturday in Pullman. California plays on the road against Utah and Colorado this coming week. Colorado has not lost at home in conference this season. Keep that in mind as the race for the regular season championship comes to a close.