Robert Upshaw is so good, he blocked four shots Saturday and the Huskies didn’t play a game.
After reviewing video of Washington’s 63-48 win over Seattle University, officials at both schools corrected the statistics and credited him with seven blocks. He had three blocks in the original box score.
During Friday’s game against Seattle U, the 6-11, third-year sophomore matched his block tally in last week’s opener against South Carolina State.
And once again he tied UW’s single-game record shared by David Dixon, who did it twice (2001 – Santa Clara and 2002 – Washington State) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (2011 – Arizona).
Of course it’s early in the season, but at his current pace Upshaw would finish the regular season with 210 blocks, which would obliterate Washington’s single-season record of 67 that’s held by Christian Welp (1985-86) and Dixon (2001-02). Heck, it would even break UW’s career block record of 186 that was set by Welp (1984-87).
Former Arizona State star Jordan Bachnyski set the Pac-12’s single-season block record of 133 last season. Hall of Famer David Robinson set the NCAA record of 207 during the 1985-86 season at Navy.
Upshaw had been billed as a dominant defensive player and so far he’s lived up to the hype. He’s been disruptive around the rim despite averaging just 18.5 minutes as a reserve.
Perhaps the most impressive component about his blocking ability is Upshaw has yet to draw a foul.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
The Pac-12 went 0-2 on Saturday, but that’s not the worse of it. It’s never good when two of the top teams in the conference lose. It’s particularly bad when those teams are embarrassed in disappointing performances. Read all about it.
— Blown opportunity for Stanford and the Pac-12 to gain some early season credibility and notoriety. The Cardinal lost 70-59 to No. 4 Duke in the title game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Chasson Randle scored 22 points and Stefan Nastic had had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Stanford (3-1), which lost for the first time this season.
— Sure it’s just one game, but Colorado’s 56-33 loss at Wyoming could have long-range damaging effects. The Buffaloes have a lot to explain. Starting with how they managed just nine points on 2-for-20 shooting in the second half. Here’s the box score.