The 13th-ranked Huskies used words like “sloppy,” “mentally fatigued” and “slippage” to describe their 66-57 win over Tulane on Monday.
Despite it all, Washington improved to 11-0, which tied the best start for a Lorenzo Romar-led team. The 2005-06 team also started 11-0 before finishing in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16.
We’ll see how this team winds up.
But here’s a few thoughts about Monday’s game.
Foul trouble spoils Jernard Jarreau’s night – Jarreau looked as if he was on his way to his first double double before running into foul trouble. He played just five minutes in the second half and finished with six points on 3-for-3 shooting, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in 19 minutes. That’s productivity. When Jarreau is active and involved, the Huskies are really good. It looks as if he’s starting to regain his form after suffering a season-ending knee injury last season. Jarreau had a career-high tying 12 points in the previous outing against then-No. 15 Oklahoma.
Not on the same page – Many of Washington’s season-high 18 turnovers were committed by players who tried to get the ball inside to Shawn Kemp Jr. and Robert Upshaw. They had size advantages over the smaller Tulane front line, which included 6-6 forward Tre Drye. And yet, the Huskies weren’t accurate with their entry passes inside.
Cold outside – The Huskies connected on just 3 of 10 three-pointers while Tulane was 7 of 17 behind the arc. Andrew Andrews had a five-game streak where he connected on at least two three-pointers. He was 15 of 32 during those games. But in the past two games, he’s 2 of 9 from downtown, including 1 of 4 on Monday. Despite an uneven offensive performance, Washington converted 52.1 percent from the field.
Can’t blame the zone this time – Washington surrendered 16 offensive rebounds on a night when it used the zone sparingly. Tulane won the battle of the glass 36-33 despite being the smaller team. Kemp, who scored a game-high 16 points, had a great night on the offensive end. However, he finished with just one rebound in 33 minutes.
How about that crowd – Wasn’t expecting the Huskies to draw 7,130 during the winter break when students are out of school. And it’s a Monday, which is a non-traditional night for basketball. But Alaska Airlines Arena was loud and the crowd played a factor, especially in the second half. It was the largest crowd this season. Afterward, coach Lorenzo Romar applauded the renewed sense of vigor in the Dawg Pack.