Originally posted on SeaTown Sports  |  Last updated 1/7/12

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The Huskies just won a road game in conference play. This is big. I don’t care how pathetic the game looked or that Utah is the worst team the Dawgs have played all year (this is a lie, I definitely care). It’s a road game. It’s a win. The Dawgs are 3-1 in conference and will have their next four games in the friendly confines of Alaska Airlines Arena.

As far as actual game analysis goes. Sigh. Today was bad. UW played some pretty poor basketball all around. The Dawgs displayed horrible shooting performances in every facet of the game. UW played down to the level and pace of Utah (are any of us surprised?) to ensure this would be an interesting game. The Utes should have been run out of the gym and it looked that way when the Huskies went up ten in the middle of the second half. However, Utah and its not-so-high-powered offense (No. 332 in the country) followed with a 7-0 run to cut the score to 50-47. Six missed free throws later, the Dawgs clung to a 55-53 lead against the worst team in a major conference. Luckily, Terrence Ross atoned for his two previous misses by knocking down both free throws and putting this game out of reach. A lot of stress this morning for a game where UW was favored by 14.



The Starting Lineup: I don’t see very many flaws in this rotation in a fast paced basketball game. Inserting C.J. Wilcox into the lineup gives UW another offensive threat while giving up minimal height. The key to this lineup will be fast breaks, which were minimal today. That said, I don’t see any slow starts for the Dawgs with these starters in the future.

Terrence Ross (2nd Half): Viewers noticed Terrence Ross today. Maybe it was because Wilcox and Tony Wroten were busy doing nothing, but Ross was a presence on the floor. He scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and without him the Dawgs lose this game. Terrence was also the Husky in double figures.

Abdul Gaddy: I will admit that I get upset with Gaddy a lot. Probably too much. Today he finished with 7 points, 6 assists and 1 turnover. I will take a 6:1 A/T ratio any day in a close game on the road.

The 2-3 Zone: The zone slows the pace of the game. In games like today where they pace was already sloth-esque, the zone worked to perfection. Utah rarely received good looks against the Dawgs’ lengthy zone. It will be nice to see this defense to close out games in the future.

* This asterisk is for Desmond Simmons. He will be a part of the "Woofs" section every game unless otherwise noted. His effort, rebounding ability and consistency make him a standout player on a nightly basis. His hustle is unmatched by any Husky. Simmons finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds today in 28 minutes and has officially taken Gant (17 minutes) out of the top 6 players on this team. UW was down 7-10 early before Dez picked up back to back layups on offensive rebounds AND dove for a loose ball. His effort should not go unappreciated.



Tempo: Utah is a bad basketball team that enjoys walking it up the floor. UW is a competent basketball team that likes to run with ball. For some reason, Utah was able to force their tempo on a lethargic Husky team and keep this game in the 50s. Not a single team in this conference has the athletes to run with the Dawgs, I hope they realize this before their next road trip.

Rebounding: UW once again lost the battle on the boards 39-34. I boldly predicted that the Huskies would not be outrebounded throughout conference play. Boy, was I wrong. The Dawgs gave up 14 offensive rebounds against a team ranked No. 335 nationally in rebounding. Inexcusable.

Aziz N’Diaye’s Hands: Aziz would average more than six layups a game if he could catch the ball. To Husky fans’ disappointment, he can’t. Wroten made multiple effective drives today only to dish it to Aziz, who would then struggle gaining possession of the ball. Speaking of Tony…

Tony Wroten: Tony looked very hesitant from the field today. He refused to take open 15 foot jumpers and allowed Utah to give him the Rondo treatment. This turned into 8 points on just 3-6 shooting and zero assists. Wroten needs to establish himself as someone who can knock down mid-range jumpers if he wants any respect from defenders.


Finishing Thoughts

A road win is a road win. Romar’s team heads back to Seattle to face Seattle U. and Washington State next week at home. I am looking for this team to take some pride out of this road win and have more confidence now that the “road losing streak” monkey is off their backs. These next four home games will be very telling in the direction this team is headed and it will be important for the Dawgs to not overlook next week’s games before California and Stanford come to town.

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