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It’s a good thing for Washington that the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project isn’t a true tournament.
If it were, the Huskies would have been eliminated or bounced into the consolation rounds after last night’s 86-72 loss to UC Irvine. Despite Wednesday’s first-round defeat, UW advanced to host Eastern Washington on Sunday in a regional game.
And regardless of what happens in that second-round game, the Huskies will travel to New York and face Indiana in next week’s semifinals.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— It wasn’t pretty, but here’s a photo gallery from UW’s defeat.
— In case you missed it, Indiana – UW’s opponent Thursday – barely beat LIU-Brooklyn in its 2K Sports Classic tuneup. The Hoosiers (2-0) pulled out a 73-72 victory.
— The best team in the 2K Sports Classic appears to be Connecticut (3-0), which trounced Detroit 101-55 behind a brilliant effort from its backcourt. Ryan Boatright had 12 points and seven assists and Shabazz Napier added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
— It doesn’t look as if Washington will be the worst team in the 2K Sports semifinals. Boston College is 0-3 after falling 95-92 to Toledo in its home opener.
— No. 6 Arizona kept San Diego State at arms reach before knocking out a scrappy Aztecs team and walking away from Viejas Arena with a hard-fought 69-60 win. Nick Johnson had 23 points and Aaron Gordon 16 for the Wildcats (3-0).
— Stanford had four players in double figure scoring during its 71-58 win over Northwestern. Josh Huestis scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half. The Cardinal improved to 2-1.
— Arizona State signed six players on Wednesday.
— Utah signed three players, including two who are considered four-star prospects.
— Big day for touted Southern California prospect Stanley Johnson who will announce his college decision. Arizona is considered the favorite over Kentucky and USC.
— Nineteen years later, there’s going to be another Payton at Oregon State. Gary Payton II, nicknamed “The Mitten” verbally committed to the Beavers.