IT’S OVER — UW 82-57.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED — Again apologies for the lack of updates, but nothing has changed. The reserves are in now and looks as if Romar is conceding defeat. UO 75-50, 3:02.
SLOWING DOWN — Early warning. Got early newspaper deadline tonight due to the late start. I’m not going to update as much in the second half unless the game dramatically changes. So far that hasn’t happened. UO 55-32, 15:38.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Not much to say about that first half. It was Saint Louis all over again. Worse than the Duke game? Not sure. How about South Dakota State? Not that bad. But it was pretty putrid.
Washington shot 30.3 percent from the field and was 1 for 8 on three-pointers. Oregon shot 64.3 percent and was 6 for 8 behind the arc.
Nothing is going right for the Huskies. Not sure why they’re struggling so much with Oregon’s sideline trap, which has become a trademark under Dana Altman. But each time Oregon presses, Washington panics. The Huskies have seven turnovers, but it feels like 20 because Oregon has scored 12 points off the miscues.
Washington is settling for jumpers. No one is attacking the rim anymore. Not even Wroten. Maybe it’s Oregon’s zone that’s keeping him away from the basket. Maybe he doesn’t want to get fouled and go to the line where he’s 4 for 8. N’Diaye is 0 for 4 and Washington is 5 for 13.
It would take a miracle for the Huskies to pull off a 23-point comeback. Still they need to take something positive from this game into Sunday’s contest at Oregon State.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Oregon 49-26.
DEJECTED — Not liking UW’s body language. The Huskies look defeated. Hadn’t seen this look in awhile. They just can’t find anything to work for them. The next three minutes are important. Washington needs to go into halftime feeling good about something. UO 38-19, 3:30.
PASS THE BALL — Oregon is trapping the Huskies who are intent on breaking it with the dribble. That’s not working. Got to cut and pass. UO 38-19, 4:11.
ASJ — Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in for Gant. The Huskies have fallen back into a zone for the past few minutes. It’s been somewhat effective. UO 32-19, 6:55.
POOR DEFENSE — Oregon is shooting 66.7 percent. Washington is at 35 percent. The Huskies are playing good defense for about 20 seconds, but they get tired or lose focus late in possessions and give up good shots. It’s happened at least three times. The Ducks are 12 of 12 from the field. Sim has a game-high 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. UO 30-17, 7:51.
COUG RISING — Just up the road Washington State leads Oregon State 55-41 with about 14 minutes left.
SLOW DOWN — Wroten made 13 of 16 before tonight. He’s 0 for 4. Looks like he’s rushing his shot. UO 21-13, 11:54.
MORE SUBS — C.J. Wilcox and Shawn Kemp Jr. are in for N’Diaye and Wroten. UO 19-10, 13:15.
FINAL IN ARIZONA — The Wildcats won 71-57. The Sun Devils beat Utah 57-52.
FIRST SUB — Darnell Gant is in for Simmons. The Huskies still look shell shocked. It’s as if they weren’t expecting this type of effort from the Ducks. Washington has to match the energy. UO 11-2, 15:53.
ZONE — Oregon started the game in a zone. The Huskies looked confused on the first two trips. On their third possession, Wroten set up in the paint and drew a foul. UO 8-2, 17:36.
TROUBLE — Sim came out firing. He hit his first three shots, including two three-pointers. One of them was over Gaddy and the other was over Wroten. Simmons air balled a mid-range jumper and Wroten missed a three. UO 8-0, 18:24.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye.
Slight change for Oregon. C Tony Woods starts for Olu Ashaolu. The rest: F E.J. Singler, F Jeremy Jacob, G Devoe Joseph and G Garret Sim.
THERE’S THE LINE — I’m sitting about 15 rows up and I can see the midcourt stripe. Shouldn’t be a problem.
LATE ARRIVAL — Washington’s 10-minute drive from the hotel to the arena took 55 minutes due to a traffic accident. Apparently there was a fatality on the road and the highway the Huskies were on was closed. The players were scrambling. They dressed on the bus and rushed on the court when they arrived.
HUSKIES ARRIVE — With about 45 minutes to go before tip off, Washington steps on the court. I’m told the Huskies were stuck in traffic.
RACERS FALL — Murray State lost 72-68. The Racers are 23-1. There’s no more undefeated teams in the nation. Indiana was the last team to finish the season perfect. The Hoosiers did it in 1976 when they won the national title with a 32-0 record.
PAC-12 UPDATE — Arizona leads Colorado 34-28 at halftime. Arizona State is up 47-38 on Utah late in the second half.
UNDEFEATED GOING DOWN — Watching No. 7 Murray State fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. What happens if the Racers don’t win their conference tournament? There goes an at-large bid that might have gone to a BCS school.
NICE SHOES — The Pit Crew arrived and some students are wearing the shoes Nike designed for them. Nice to have a Sugar Daddy like Uncle Phil.
NO HUSKIES — Washington is in the building, but the Huskies aren’t on the court just yet. We’re about an hour away from the start. The Ducks have been shooting for over 30 minutes.
PAISLEY ON TAP — Country singer Brad Paisley will play Matt Arena tomorrow.
BEAUTIFUL BUILDING — Gotta admit this place is flat out gorgeous. Oregon really did it right when they build Matthew Knight Arena. The exterior is marvelous, wide concourses, new-car smell and great amenities.
NICE DRIVE — Made the trek from Seattle to Eugene, Ore. in five hours. Easy drive. Sorry for the slow day on the blog, but I was on the road.