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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

December 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM

What’s wrong with Isaiah Thomas’ free throw shooting?

The highlight video (above) was produced by the University of Washington and the school will make similar short cuts after every home game this season.
There were a few items that didn’t get addressed in last night’s post game wrap-up following Washington’s 102-75 dismantling of Long Beach State.
Isaiah Thomas addressed his poor free throw shooting. Last night, he went 3 of 6 at the line. He’s 18 for 32 this season, which is 56.3 percent. When asked what’s going on with his free throws last night, Thomas jokingly said: “You tell me.”
That’s when Matthew Bryan-Amaning chimed in. “It’s looking worse than me, right?”
“Never that,” Thomas said. “But I don’t know. Part of that is taking my time. It’s concentration. It’s repetition. I’m making 100 free throws before every practice. It will go away. Hopefully soon.”
Thomas shot 68.6 percent at the line as a freshman and 73.2 last season.
Aziz N’Diaye suffered a cut lip during his dive/face plant late in the first half, which required stitches, coach Lorenzo Romar said. I don’t believe the injury had anything to do with N’Diaye playing six minutes in the second half. That game just wasn’t suited to his skills and he needs to mature as a player and learn how to be effective against smaller teams that play a 2-3 zone.
— We touched on Abdul Gaddy’s offensive explosion – he had a career-high 17 points – but forgot to mention he was very good on the defensive end. Aside from some early gaffes when he gave up two backdoor cuts, Gaddy held 49ers guard Casper Ware to just three first-half points. And Gaddy provided one of the game’s best defensive plays when he forced a turnover, dove and retrieved the loose ball before it rolled out of bounds and flipped it to a teammate. He has a steal in five of six games. Last season he finished without a steal in the final four games.
— Still no definitive update on reserve guard Scott Suggs (strained left MCL) who missed last night’s game. Forgot to ask Romar about him, but judging by the way Suggs was limping around last night, he’s unlikely to play Saturday against Texas Tech.
— Totally missed this last night, but Long Beach State guard Larry Anderson broke his hand during the second half. The injury explains why Anderson played just one minute after halftime. He finished with season-low five points.
WEDNESDAY LINKS:
— Here’s our story from last night’s game, which focused on C.J. Wilcox who poured in a game-high and career-high 20 points.
— Without two starters (guard Reggie Moore and forward DeAngelo Casto) Washington State had more than enough firepower to rout Sacramento State 84-36 last night and remain the Pac-10 lone unbeaten team at 5-0. Casto (sprained foot) is expected to play Friday against No. 6 Kansas State and Moore (fractured left wrist) will try to see if he can play with a splint.
— Texas Tech coach Pat Knight tells the Dallas Morning News the Red Raiders are improving. He believes they should be 6-1 rather than 4-3. Tech is a much different team than the one that knocked off then No. 12 Washington last year in overtime.
— In case you missed it, Stanford star Jeremy Green collapsed on the court following Sunday’s 81-74 overtime win over DePaul in Anaheim, Calif in the 76 Classic Tournament. He did not lose consciousness and was taken to a local medical center.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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