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Husky Men's Basketball

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March 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Did Washington have a successful season?

There’s a divide among Washington fans about the 2011-12 season and if it was as successful as it could have been.
On the one hand, coach Lorenzo Romar is a victim of his success. In 10 years, he’s elevated the program to the level where fans expect to compete for a Pac-12 title and make the NCAA tournament every year.
Some would say, anything less and the season is a failure.
On the other hand, Washington was picked to finish fourth in the conference in a preseason media poll and returned just one starter from the 2010-11 season who played more than 15 games. Given the team’s youth, others would say Washington exceeded expectations.
When asked to reflect on the season, Romar noted the team’s inexperience.
“For too much of the season I thought we were an immature team,” he said. “We grew up a lot as evidenced by some of our road victories in the conference.
“The one thing that’s worse to being in a perceived down league, is not winning the league. Whatever anyone wants to say, we won that league. I would consider that an accomplishment for this group. We were the Pac-12 regular-season champs. But there are many times we didn’t handle situations in a mature enough fashion.”
PROS:
— Won the outright regular-season title with a 14-4 record
— Won at least 24 games for the fourth straight season, which is the longest streak in UW history
— Advanced to NIT semifinals
— Romar named Pac-12 Coach of the Year
— Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. named first-team all conference
— Wroten won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award
— Aziz N’Diaye named to conference’s all-defensive team
— C.J. Wilcox named honorable mention all-conference
— Tremendous effort at Arizona during a 69-67 win
— Magnificent NIT quarterfinal performance against Oregon in a 90-82 win
— Rank fifth nationally averaging 40.0 rebounds per game
— Developed Ross and Wroten into potential first-round NBA picks
CONS:
— First regular-season champion from a major conference to miss the NCAA tournament
— Squandered a five-point lead in the final 34 seconds of regulation at Nevada and lost in OT
— Lost on a last-second three-pointer against Marquette
— Dropped the first five road games
— Throttled 92-73 to South Dakota State, which snapped a 32-game home winning streak against non-conference teams
— Blown out 82-57 at Oregon
— Listless in the first half against Oregon State during the Pac-12 quarterfinals and lost 86-84
— Rank 328th in the nation with a 61.2 percent free throw percentage
— Failed to develop a consistent inside scoring threat
Romar waffled when asked if the Huskies had a successful season.
“I always define success in John Wooden’s definition of did you do your best and I thought a lot of times we did,” he said. “I thought there were times when we were young and didn’t quite understand how to get it done. It took some games to get that experience. By in large I would say the majority of the season was a success. There were parts of the season that weren’t.”
What do you think?

Did Washington have a successful season?

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