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February 11, 2015 at 6:12 AM

Huskies hoops links: UW can learn from 2013-14 Oregon team

Oregon's Joseph Young (3) sinks a shot in the closing minutes of their game with the Huskies on Wednesday, Feb. 4 , 2015, in Eugene, Ore.   , ASHLEY SMITH / STATESMAN JOURNAL

Oregon’s Joseph Young (3) sinks a shot in the closing minutes of their game with the Huskies on Wednesday, Feb. 4 , 2015, in Eugene, Ore. , ASHLEY SMITH / STATESMAN JOURNAL

A year ago, Oregon was 3-8 in the Pac-12 standings before winning seven of their final eight regular-season games.  The Ducks finished fourth in the conference with a 10-8 record and received the fourth seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, which included a first-round bye.

Oregon went 1-1 in Las Vegas before bowing out in the Pac-12 tourney semifinals.

The Ducks had a 23-9 record on Selection Sunday and received a No. 7 seed to the NCAA tournament in the Midwest Region. They played their first-round game in Milwaukee and beat No. 10 BYU 87-68.

In the second round, Oregon fell 85-77 to No. 2 seed Wisconsin. The Ducks finished the season 24-10 and coach Dana Altman was heralded as a miracle worker for salvaging a season that appeared to be heading for disaster.

Why is the relevant?

Washington is 3-8 in the Pac-12. The Huskies (14-9) would need to follow Oregon’s blueprint if they’re going to snap their three-year NCAA tourney drought.

There’s a couple of parallels between UW and last season’s Oregon team.

The Ducks began the season with a 12-0 record before losing five straight games and eight of the next 10.

The Huskies started 11-0. They’re 3-9 in the past 12 games.

Joseph Young (18.9 points per game), Mike Moser (13.2) and Jason Calliste (12.7) led the Ducks in scoring. They were a high-scoring bunch that averaged 81.9 points while allowing opponents 74.1 per game.

Washington is led by Nigel Williams-Goss (15.3 points per game), Andrew Andrews (12.9) and Shawn Kemp Jr. (10.1).

Both teams had to deal with a crisis during the season.

Washington dismissed 7-foot center Robert Upshaw. Oregon had three players involved in a sexual assault investigation. Although Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin finished the season with the Ducks while UW is still figuring out how to replace Upshaw, who set a school record with 85 blocks.

Oregon’s seven-game winning streak last season included a win over then-No. 3 Arizona at Matthew Knight Arena.

Guess who Washington plays Friday? Bingo. No. 7 Arizona comes to town.

The Huskies are organizing a black-out with the hopes of drumming up a large crowd and support for a team that’s faltering and riding a five-game losing streak.

The odds are staked against Washington pulling out of its tailspin, but history says the Huskies’ NCAA tournament dreams aren’t dead yet.

Just ask the Ducks.

HUSKIES HOOPS LINKS:

— College basketball has a scoring problem.

— Yahoo’s Pat Forde takes a look at five coaches on the proverbial hot seat and includes Lorenzo Romar.

— Arizona junior center Kaleb Tarczewski has struggled recently, which may be good news for the Huskies. He’s averaged 6.8 points over his past six games. Also, backup point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright may not make the Wildcats’ trip to Washington this weekend and appears doubtful to play as he continues to recover from a concussion.

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