February 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Huskies fading to Pac-12 periphery
Curious to see what will be the fallout for Washington after last night’s 65-52 defeat to No. 23 Oregon.
The Huskies may have to get adjusted to a new kind of normal. They’re 13-12 and residing in the lower half of the Pac-12 standings. At 5-7, they’re ninth with defeats to Oregon State and Utah, which are tied for 10th at 3-9.
Not much chance Washington will finish last in the conference because Washington State appears destined for that spot. I guess that’s a small consolation for Husky fans.
Judging from post-game comments – and the statistics – Oregon’s hands-on defense had as much to do with Washington scoring a season-low 52 points as did the Huskies missing open shots.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Up next for Washington is a date with Oregon State on Saturday. The Beavers held on to defeat Washington State 67-66 behind Roberto Nelson’s 17 points. The Beavers (13-12, 3-9) saw their 15-point, second-half lead cut to one on the final play.
— The Cougars were shorthanded without starting point guard Mike Ladd, who sat out due to a knee injury. They shifted DaVonte Lacy from shooting guard to point guard. They started guard Dexter Kernich-Drew. They gave walk-on guard Bryce Leavitt 25 minutes. And they played hard for coach Ken Bone, who may be on the hot seat. Still, WSU fell to 11-14, 2-10.
— Utah handcuffed Arizona State star freshman point guard Jahii Carson and in doing so the Utes upset the Sun Devils 60-55 last night at Hunstman Center. Before fouling out, Carson had 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting, six turnovers and just one assist. Senior forward Jason Washburn had 26 points and nine rebounds for Utah, which improved to 11-13, 3-9.
— Arizona State was outscored 13-2 over the final three minutes. The Sun Devils lost for the second time in five days and fell to 18-7, 7-5.
— Big game tonight in Boulder, Colo. No. 9 Arizona visits Colorado in a rematch of their controversial game 42 days ago when referees robbed the Buffaloes of a last-second victory. It should be an electric atmosphere at Coors Events Center.
— The game threw CU’s Sabatino Chen into the national spotlight.
— Looks like California has adopted UW’s old mantra. The Golden Bears believe if they win out and finish 7-0, then they’ll earn an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament. The plan didn’t work so well for the Huskies, but Cal (14-9, 6-5) could pull it off.
— If Allen Crabbe carries the Golden Bears into the NCAAs, then he’ll be a strong candidate to win the Pac-12 MVP award.
— Here’s video of Crabbe talking about California being one of four teams debuting the new Air Jordan XX8 sneakers.
— UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad isn’t fazed by the scrutiny.
— Basketball analyst Bill Walton inspired, educated and entertained UW students Wednesday afternoon during a chat on campus.
— Oregonian columnist John Canzano thinks it’s a down year in the Pac-12.