Wow, I didn’t see that one coming.
And I’m not just talking about the cheap shot Aaron Brooks put on Ryan Appleby, either.
How that game unraveled in the final 15 minutes is kind of a mystery, giving that the Huskies seemed so in control for the first 25.
But a quick analysis reveals a few things:
• UW had 19 turnovers, tying the second-highest total of the season — only 28 at USC in early January was more. Interestingly, 12 were by seniors Brandon Roy (5), Bobby Jones (4) and Mike Jensen (3), lending some credence to the comments Roy made after the game that the seniors didn’t lead very well.
• Appleby was understandably not the same player after the elbow/forearm he took from Brooks, and didn’t score for only the second time all season. That made the bench non-existent other than what Jamaal Williams brought.
• The loss of Appleby for a while and the fact that Justin Dentmon played just 20 minutes due to foul trouble couldn’t have helped the turnover total. Still, as coach Lorenzo Romar said, Oregon was without its main point guard in Brooks for the final 30 minutes, as well. The Ducks used a walk-on, Adrian Stelly, for 10 minutes and he was on the floor for much of the comeback.
• Chamberlain Oguchi obviously was the difference for Oregon’s offense in the second half. Jones did the main job keeping him scoreless in the first half. But Oguchi finally hit a couple three-pointers midway through the second half when Joel Smith was on him, and by the time Jones got back in the game, Oguchi was off and running.
• The scoring was way too concentrated in the hands of three players — Roy (30), Williams (17) and Jones (10). Jensen had just one and Appleby zero.
• UW’s lack of interior defense was exposed badly by Ivan Johnson, who finally showed why the Ducks have put up with so much from him this season yet still kept him around. He had 16 points and 10 rebounds and as Roy said, pretty much did what he wanted inside against UW.
• Roy said he didn’t think the Huskies played with the same urgency as did the Ducks. “We forgot that every game they play is their last game,” Roy said. “They fought with more heart than we did. We didn’t have any fight.”
Certainly, it looked that way by the end. But UW did come out inspired and led through the first 32 minutes of the game. This, instead, looked an awful lot like the two WSU losses, where UW seemed in control then let it get away late. It also looked a little like the New Mexico game in the Wooden Classic, UW’s only other neutral court game this season. Maybe UW has trouble keeping up that intensity away from home.
• Let the Cameron Dollar season begin. Idaho fired Leonard Perry Thursday night and Dollar will obviously be a candidate for that job. His name could also arise in Wyoming if the Cowboys fire Steve McClain, as will reportedly happen next week. Wyoming’s AD is Gary Barta, who was an assistant AD at Washington for quite a while, and left shortly after Dollar came to Seattle, meaning the two know each other, and Barta has a lot of places to go for references on Dollar.
• I’ve had several people tell me I was too light on Brooks in my description of what happened last night. I’m in no way attempting to downplay the incident. But I have to confess from where I was sitting, on press row behind the basket on UW’s end, I didn’t really see it, and we were not afforded replays in the arena. Deadline pressure didn’t help, but I tried to put it in perspective as best as I could.
Wow, I didn’t see that one coming.
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