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June 2, 2010 at 5:37 AM

Is It Too Soon To Revisit Sweet 16 Loss To West Virginia?

Spent an hour watching Washington’s 69-56 defeat to West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 courtesy of the NCAA Vault, which provides full game videos and highlights of tournament games not including the first two rounds.
Knowing what we know now, it’s interesting to look back on UW’s final game of the 2009-10 season.
Notice the first two shots by Elston Turner, who transferred to Texas A&M and said he wanted to expand his three-point specialist role.
At the time, I thought Quincy Pondexter’s offensive fouls were bad calls, but now I’m not so sure.
It’s obvious the referees made a mistake calling a foul on Justin Holiday when he clearly had position and Da’Sean Butler should have been given an offensive foul.
Despite the bad call, coach Lorenzo Romar cost the Huskies dearly when he picked up a technical foul protesting the play. Washington trailed by nine (52-43) with 8:11 left before the play and were down 14 after the four free throws by the Mountaineers.
Venoy Overton has a knack for drawing fouls, but he committed three turnovers in the final six minutes, which killed any chance of a late-game comeback.
Despite the second-half miscues, Washington controlled the first half and the Huskies forced 23 turnovers. The Huskies also committed 21, 13 by Overton (five), Isaiah Thomas (4) and Pondexter (4).
When Abdul Gaddy is aggressive and looks to score, he’s dangerous. When he dribbles on the perimeter and waits for something to happen, then he’s not as effective.
Notice the stellar interior defense by Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who had five blocks and eight rebounds. He struggled, however, defending the perimeter and allowed Kevin Jones to knock down a pair of costly three-pointers in the second half.
Notice Holiday’s offensive game. He collected five steals, but offensively he’s made great strides. Even the shots he missed looked good because they were in rhythm, on balance and not hurried.
And Thomas displayed a lot of heart and determination, perhaps proving the Huskies will be in good hands with him as a co-captain alongside Holiday.
I just wanted to take one last look at the final game. We’ll start to delve into the upcoming season over the coming weeks and months.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
Scout: What can Brown do for you?
Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels caught up with Oakland star recruit Jabari Brown who rattled off a bunch of schools that’s offered him a scholarship and he began with Washington before listing the others: California, Arizona State, Maryland, Wake Forest, UNLV and New Mexico.
Kansas, Georgetown and Georgia Tech are also recruiting the 6-3, 195 shooting guard, but they haven’t offered a scholarship at this point.
— Portland star recruit Kyle Wiltjer told Scout.com that he’s been offered a scholarship from many Pac-10 schools including Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona. He’s listed as a Washington recruit on a few recruiting sites, but he didn’t mention the Huskies when asked which schools are recruiting him.
— No link, however, Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Hicks scouted the Nike EYBL event in Los Angeles and wrote positive reports on the subscription site about Rainier Beach High guard Hikeem Stewart, Brown and Kentridge guard Gary Bell, who committed to Gonzaga.
— The college summer camp season starts this month and Gary Parrish at CBSsports.com has an interesting story about the NCAA cracking down on college coaches who funnel money to high school and prep coaches. The new rule also hurts those who aren’t cheating the system.
— When rumors circulate about John Calipari bolting to the NBA, it’s a national story. But when similar rumors swirl around Tom Izzo, no one takes them seriously.

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