February 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM
Friday links: UW falling out of contention
Video credit: Pac-12 Networks
Short turnaround for the Washington Huskies, which has to put Thursday’s 57-53 defeat to No. 8 Arizona behind them and get ready for Saturday’s game against a dangerous Arizona State team that’s won three in a row.
Washington (12-9, 4-4) is streaking in the opposite direction. After starting the Pac-12 season 4-0, it’s lost four straight for the first time since 2008. The last time UW lost five in a row was the 2003-04 season. That team earned a trip to the NCAA tournament.
At their current rate, these Huskies would be fortunate to receive a return invite to the NIT.
Washington is in a four-way tie with Colorado, Stanford and California for fifth-place in the Pac-12 standings.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Steve Kelley, who is retiring after 40 years in the business, covered his final UW men’s basketball game for the Times. He writes: “This is one of those seasons that every program faces. A tweener season, stuck between the glories of the past and the promise of the future. There will be more nights of celebration in Alaska Airlines Arena this winter. But every game and every win is going to be as grudging as Bataan.”
— Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen writes: “Much of it is that Washington’s roster has been compromised by a series of early defections to the NBA, but another part is that the Huskies’ leading shooter, C.J. Wilcox, couldn’t get an unobstructed look at the basket Thursday. Nick Johnson gloved him. Isn’t that what Gary Payton used to say when he shut down an opposing shooter?”
— Next up for Washington is Arizona State, which beat Washington State 63-59 last night in Pullman. Freshman point guard Jahii Carson scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half to lead the Sun Devils (17-4, 6-2).
— It’s another narrow defeat for Washington State (11-10, 2-6).
— Mike Montgomery won his 100th game at California following a 71-68 victory over Oregon State.