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December 13, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Mark Turgeon on UW: “I think they have Final Four talent”

Had a chance to watch the Texas A&M game again and the video shows Isaiah Thomas’ last shot was not a three-pointer, but rather a pull-up jumper near the free throw line. Not sure why the official stats recorded it as a trey.
Also this ESPN video clip shows Darnell Gant is open on the right wing outside the arc with his arms high and calling for the ball. C.J. Wilcox is also open in the right corner, but an easier pass would have been to Gant whose defender left him and concentrated on Thomas.
It’s easy to play the woulda-shoulda game, but in real time it was a heckuva defensive play by Thomas followed by an attempt to win the game as time was running out.
Aggies coach Mark Turgeon (above) told his players Washington may have made some shots late in the game, but “they’re not going to do it when the game is on the line.”
After watching the game again, it truly was little things such as boxing out at the free throw line, making an extra pass and spacing the court on the offensive end that contributed to the defeat.
Washington’s initial defense was outstanding. The Huskies forced 18 turnovers and they negated A&M’s backcourt. UW however, surrendered too many second-chance points (18), mostly to 6-foot-8 forward David Loubeau, 6-7 forward Khris Middleton and 6-7 forward Nathan Walkup.
Justin Holiday,who fouled out in 15 minutes, collected two ticky-tack fouls that were questionable. Losing him was a significant blow, coach Lorenzo Romar said.
“That’s our smartest player,” he said. “He has been playing probably the best all-around basketball on the entire team. So if you lose someone like that it definitely has an impact.”
It was Holiday’s shortest stint since playing 12 minutes in last year’s game against A&M.
If this game were played at Edmundson Pavilion, the foul disparity (A&M 17 of 25, UW 16 of 16) likely flip flops and Washington wins. If it were played on a neutral court, the Huskies still probably come out on top.
Still Washington needed a game like that.
The Huskies should remember it because in a couple of weeks because they’ll face a similar opponent at USC, which has an intimidating front line and a coach who preaches defense and ball control. Kevin O’Neill beat Washington twice last season, 87-61 in Los Angeles and 67-64 at Hec Ed.
After Saturday’s game, Turgeon had high praise for the Huskies.
“I think they have Final Four talent,” he said. “They really do.”
Maybe it’s in Turgeon’s best interest to say that. Or maybe he really believes it. Still it seemed like high praise for a 6-3 team that will likely fall out of the rankings later today.

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