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September 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Monaco’s zone defense gives UW fits

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Photo credit: Dave Kronstad
After suffering a 27-point defeat Friday, Washington returned to the court and hung tight with Monaco before falling 83-76.
Here’s a few observations.
— Five free throws. The Huskies attempted just five shots at the line while Monaco had 35. Not sure how that type of disparity can happen. UW looks to be a jump-shooting team, but five free throws is a very low number. The Huskies are at a big disadvantage during this trip. They’re playing a long, long ways from home. They’re adjusting to new international rules and referees. They’re breaking in a new offense and three new teammates. But five free throws is awfully low.
— A big reason for the low amount of free throws is Monaco played a zone defense. Coach Lorenzo Romar said: “They zoned us and it was tough for us. During the summer when we had our 10 practices we pretty much just worked on man-to-man and tried to put in a new offense. … Still, with the zone, we got wide-open shots.”
— Washington may have games like this during the season when its Big Three take the lion’s share of shots. The Huskies attempted 80 field goals while Monaco had 51. Three UW players accounted for 51 shots and 70 percent of the scoring. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But the Huskies must learn to win playing that style of basketball.
— The statistics say C.J. Wilcox had the game of his life and we’ll never really know if the numbers are lying or if they accurately depict how the junior guard impacted the game. He finished with a game-high tying 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting. He was 2 of 6 behind the arc and 2 for 2 at the line. However, it was his work on the glass were Wilcox was exceptional. He had 13 rebounds, which is a really big number for someone whose high last season was six. Wilcox also had four steals and three assists in 27 minutes.
Scott Suggs obviously has the green light. He attempted 11 three-point shots and made three. He was also 7 of 19 from the field for 18 points. Not having seen the game it’s impossible to know if Suggs played well or not. Maybe he forced the issue or maybe he had great open looks that didn’t go down. Whatever the case, Suggs appears as if he’ll be one of UW’s main scorers and rightfully so the fifth-year senior is not being bashful offensively. He played 35 minutes and has logged more time than anyone the past three games.
— The third member of the newly-minted Big Three is Abdul Gaddy, who scored 17 points and leads UW on the exhibition trip with a 15 point scoring average. But if Gaddy doesn’t do anything else besides scoring, the Huskies will likely struggle. Not sure if the new high-post offense is taking the ball out of his hands and would explain why he had just two assists. It’s the third time in four games Gaddy has had three or fewer assists. Last season he averaged 5.2. But would you take Gaddy shooting a high percentage from the field (7 for 15) and behind the arc (3 for 6) if he consistently had just one rebound, two assists and three steals.
— Who’s more valuable? Any member of the so-called Big Three or Aziz N’Diaye? Some might suggest the big guy is more important than anyone else. Playing the second day of back-to-back games, Washington’s senior 7-footer may have been a little tired. He’s played virtually no real basketball this summer due to wrist surgery so conditioning could be a factor. N’Diaye may have also been hampered by the zone and could have had trouble finding spots to make shots. Whatever the case, he tallied just four points on 1-for-5 shooting and two rebounds in 17 minutes. The Huskies won’t win many games if he disappears like that during the season.
— After just four practice games, I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to suggest redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews has secured a spot in the rotation. The first game he scored just one point, but hse’s getting starter minutes lately and he’s producing. Today he had eight points and four steals in 25 minutes. He also had three turnovers.
— Looks like a typical game for Desmond Simmons who had six points on 3-for-6 shooting and four rebounds and four fouls in 15 minutes.
— Meanwhile the trio of power forward hopefuls Martin Breunig, Jernard Jarreau and Shawn Kemp Jr. combined for four points and seven rebounds. Breunig did have four boards in 12 minutes, which appears to be promising.
— Not sure what it says when freshman walk-on Quinn Sterling plays nine minutes and scores three points while sophomore Hikeem Stewart is scoreless in three minutes.
— It appears as if the Huskies did a good job with ball control and had just 13 turnovers. Monaco had 21 TOs.
— Monaco also had more rebounds (43-38), assists (16-9) while shooting better from the field (45.1 percent to 38.8) and three-point line (42.9 to 33.3).

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

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