Nigel Williams-Goss said it best weeks ago when asked about the importance of beating ranked teams such as San Diego State and Oklahoma.
“It’s important,” he said. “But every game is important. … You may beat those teams and turnaround and lose to a team that say you’re not supposed to. And that hurts you just as much if not more than beating a ranked team.”
Following Sunday’s unexpected 62-57 loss to Stony Brook, the Huskies took an expected drop in the national rankings Monday morning. They were ranked 13th in both polls.
Washington fell eight spots to No. 21 in the Associated Press poll, which also includes Arizona (8) and Utah (10).
And the Huskies dropped six spots to No. 19 in the USA Today/coaches poll, which also includes Arizona (7) and Utah (12).
Washington’s RPI rating also took a big hit. The Huskies tumbled from No. 22 to 34.
Here’s a look at where the other Pac-12 teams rank in the RPI: Arizona (11), Utah (13), Stanford (43), USC (104), Colorado (107), UCLA (116), California (119), Oregon (120), Arizona State (146), Oregon State (171) and Washington State (225).
IN OTHER NEWS:
— Robert Upshaw maintained his lead among Division I players with 4.58 blocks per game.
— The Huskies are still among the national leaders in opponents’ field goal percentage. UW ranks fifth among 351 teams.