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December 17, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Huskies hoops links: UW players cite buy-in for team’s fast start

Andrew Andrews says We all bought in during training camp ... Everyone started clicking a little more.” (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

Andrew Andrews says We all bought in during training camp … Everyone started clicking a little more.” (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

What’s the reason for Washington’s 8-0 start?

Better coaching? Nigel Williams-Goss? Robert Upshaw? Manageable nonconference schedule? Or a renewed sense of dedication?

You’d be correct if you answered yes to all of the above. And you probably wouldn’t be wrong if you had a few other ideas about why the Huskies are 8-0 and ranked 16th.

The players, however, attribute their recent success to a buy-in they say occurred during the offseaosn, which galvanized them. They remained on campus this summer for nine weeks of classes and workouts when normally they’d go home for vacations.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

More on the Huskies in the Everett Herald.

Buddy Hield scored 16 points to help No. 15 Oklahoma during an 85-53 win over Oral Roberts. The Sooners (7-2) play Washington on Saturday in Las Vegas.

— Maybe the long four-game road trip is starting to take its toll on Eastern Washington. Whatever the case, the Eagles were demolished 76-52 Tuesday night by the Bearkats at Sam Houston. EWU, lost to UW on Sunday and plays Friday at California, fell to 8-3.

Upshaw gets a mention in this SI.com story.

— Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle is looking to restart the Far West Classic, a nationally recognized Christmas holiday tournament that ended in 1996 after a 40-year run.

Pac-12’s weekly notes says conference schools are 61-6 at home.

 

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