Quick turnaround for Washington after Thursday night’s 102-84 defeat to Indiana in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic.
The game turned into a rout for the Hoosiers, which is something very few posters in the Guess the UW Score contest predicted. Most of guessed a relatively low-scoring Indiana win.
However, andersjorstad had a better read on the game than any of us with a 95-74 Indiana victory.
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And we’ll mention this one last time for the newcomers. Here’s how the GTUWS contest . You make your predictions in the comments section on this thread. The closest to the final score wins a hot dog and soft drink at a Washington home men’s basketball game on me.
Alright, let’s move on,
Boston College (1-4) vs. Washington (2-2), 5 p.m. ……………. ESPNU
Lamar (1-3) at Utah (3-0), 6 p.m. ………………………………….. Pac-12 Mountain
Bradley (4-1) at Arizona State (4-0), 7 p.m. ……………………. Pac-12 Networks
Morehead State (4-1) at No. 22 UCLA (3-0), 8 p.m. ……….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Utah, Arizona State and UCLA
Season tally: 32-6
AND THE UW-BOSTON COLLEGE WINNER IS …
The Huskies 86-78
Until Washington figures out its front line/rebounding issues, it’s difficult to imagine they’ll have much success on the road even against a bad team like Boston College.
Of course, Indiana had a lot to do with Thursday’s 50-29 rebounding disparity. BC is nothing like the Hoosiers on the glass. The Golden Eagles average 27.6 boards per game, which ranks 346th in the nation. That’s really awful. By comparison, UW ranks 153rd with a 38 rebound average.
If the Huskies can’t win the rebounding battle against BC, then they really have problems. Coach Lorenzo Romar and C.J. Wilcox said last night UW has to have five players committed to rebounding. So we’ll see if the Huskies learned any lessons from Indiana.
As I wrote last night, the outcome in consolation games usually has nothing to do with talent or preparation. The team that wins consolation games is the team that goes out and gives the most effort and really embraces the chance to play one more time. Remember Washington’s run in the NIT in 2012?
There’s another issue UW most overcome: depth.
Washington returns to the court less than 24 hours after last night’s loss. That’s not a lot of time to recover for guys like Perris Blackwell (35 minutes) and Andrew Andrews, Nigel Williams-Goss and Wilcox who all logged 31 minutes. The Golden Eagles have a deeper bench. Last night, three BC reserves played at least eight minutes.
Washington’s path to a win is to slow down forward Ryan Anderson and Olivier Hanlan, force the other BC players to score and attack the basket at every opportunity. The Huskies may need to double team Anderson, but they would be wise not to foul him. Last night, he made 11 for 11 at the free throw line. Hanlan is a volume shooter who can score from many spots on the floor.
If Washington can limit their effectiveness, then it’ll salvage a split on their New York trip and snap a six-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.