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November 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

New lineup, same results for Washington

Boston College's Alex Dragicevich, right, and Joe Rahon, second from left, try to stop Washington's Mike Anderson, second from right, while Perris Blackwell looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in New York.

Boston College’s Alex Dragicevich, right, and Joe Rahon, second from left, try to stop Washington’s Mike Anderson, second from right, while Perris Blackwell looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo – Seth Wenig)

Maybe the Huskies shouldn’t play many more games at Madison Square Garden where they have a seven-game losing streak following Friday’s 89-78 defeat to Boston College in the 2K Sports Classic consolation game.

But then the world’s most famous arena really has nothing to do with Washington’s current problems.

Quite simply the Huskies (2-3) are injured and small. And those two things aren’t going to change any time soon.

Maybe the best sign for Washington on Friday – other than C.J. Wilcox finding his three-point stroke and dropping in a career-high 30 points – was Desmond Simmons walking with just a slight limp on the sideline. The Huskies are hoping he returns from arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-to-late December, which means he could miss the next 4-8 games.

Simmons isn’t going to solve all of Washington’s problems, but one of his best attributes is rebounding and this team sorely needs someone who can rebound.

For the second straight game and the fourth time in five games, the Huskies were outrebounded. Boston College entered the game averaging 27.6 rebounds and ranked 346th in the nation. However, the Eagles won the battle of the boards 34-27. It was a season-low rebound performance from the Huskies.

Still, Washington didn’t lose this game on the glass.

The Huskies lost on the defensive end where they allowed BC to shoot 55.9 percent from the field and 44 percent (11 of 25) on three-pointers. Opponents have scored at least 78 points against UW in every game. Three times UW opponents have shot better than 50 percent from the field. It’s no coincidence the Huskies lost all three of those games.

“We just have to get better defensively,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Much better.”

Romar tweaked the starting lineup and has fully embraced small ball. Newcomer Mike Anderson, a 6-6 wing, replaced 6-9 forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who has struggled in his past three games.

Still, Romar admits the four-guard lineup has problems.

“I think our lack of size has hurt us on the boards,” Romar said. “We don’t really have a rim protector.”

Without a shot blocker inside, it’s open season on the UW basket. Indiana pounded the Huskies with seven dunks while Boston College scored 40 points in the paint.

Wilcox also lamented another slow start.  The Huskies fell behind by as much as 16 points and trailed 46-34 at halftime. They managed to outscore the Eagles 44-43 in the second half, but it was too little, too late.

“It’s tough to bounce back after the opposing team throws the first punch like that,” Wilcox said. “We made some runs, came back and cut the lead to single digits, but they kept pulling away.”

Romar has to figure out his lineup, which is dwindling by the game. Judging from the minutes distributed Friday, he has faith in just six players.

“We’re still trying to learn this whole thing,” Wilcox said. “We’re playing a lot of new guys early since our two players went down. A lot of guys are being thrown into the fire.”

The Huskies fly home Saturday night for two games at Alaska Airlines Arena next week. The play Montana (1-2) on Tuesday and Long Beach State (1-5) next Saturday.

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November 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

C.J. Wilcox voted to 2K Sports Classic all-tournament team

C.J. Wilcox was chosen to the 2K Sports Classic all-tournament team. The Washington senior guard tallied 93 points in the four-game tournament, including 30 in Friday’s 89-78 defeat to Boston College in the consolation game. Wilcox had 24 points against Indiana and UC Irvine and 15 versus Eastern Washington. The all-tournament team included: Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier,…

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November 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Video: Lorenzo Romar after UW’s 89-78 loss to Boston College

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2860303208001″/] Here’s video (above) of coach Lorenzo Romar following Washington’s 89-78 defeat to Boston College in the 2K Sports Classic consolation game. “I think our lack of size has hurt us on the boards,” he said. “We don’t really have a rim protector. A few years ago, we put a really small team on the…

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November 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

C.J. Wilcox and Mike Anderson after UW’s 89-78 defeat to Boston College

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2860235759001″/] Here’s video (above) of C.J. Wilcox and Mike Anderson after Washington’s 89-78 loss to Boston College. Wilcox took little solace after scoring 30 points. “Really at the end of the day, it’s about the team,” he said. “I know none of us wanted to come out here and drop two, but I think we came…

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November 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Video: Boston College coach Steve Donahue and BC players after 89-78 win over UW

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2860235742001″/] Here’s video (above) of Boston College coach Steve Donahaue after the Eagles’ 89-78 win over Washington. “Washington is a very talented offensive basketball team,” he said. “Everyone of those kids can put in the basket. For the first half I thought we did a terrific job, but I thought we challenged (C.J.) Wilcox to…

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November 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Guess the UW Score: Boston College

Quick turnaround for Washington after Thursday night’s 102-84 defeat to Indiana in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic.

The game turned into a rout for the Hoosiers, which is something very few posters in the Guess the UW Score contest predicted. Most of guessed a relatively low-scoring Indiana win.

However, andersjorstad had a better read on the  game than any of us with a 95-74 Indiana victory.

Congrats on the win. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or Twitter to claim your prize.

And we’ll mention this one last time for the newcomers. Here’s how the GTUWS contest . You make your predictions in the comments section on this thread. The closest to the final score wins a hot dog and soft drink at a Washington home men’s basketball game on me.

Alright, let’s move on,

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE:

Boston College (1-4) vs. Washington (2-2), 5 p.m. ……………. ESPNU

Lamar (1-3) at Utah (3-0), 6 p.m. ………………………………….. Pac-12 Mountain

Bradley (4-1) at Arizona State (4-0), 7 p.m. ……………………. Pac-12 Networks

Morehead State (4-1) at No. 22 UCLA (3-0), 8 p.m. ……….. Pac-12 Networks

Picks: Utah, Arizona State and UCLA

Season tally: 32-6

AND THE UW-BOSTON COLLEGE WINNER IS …

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November 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Indiana puts on dunk show at UW’s expense

ndiana's Troy Williams drives to the basket against Washington's Perris Blackwell during the first half of Friday's 2K Sports Classic game at Madison Square Garden. Williams scored a team-high 22 points in the Hoosiers' 102-84 victory. / Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY Sports

ndiana’s Troy Williams drives to the basket against Washington’s Perris Blackwell during the first half of Friday’s 2K Sports Classic game at Madison Square Garden. Williams scored a team-high 22 points in the Hoosiers’ 102-84 victory. / Jim O’Connor/USA TODAY Sports

This one was over quick.

Indiana’s Will Sheehey dropped in a layup. Kevin ‘Yogi’ Ferrell drained a three-pointer. Troy Williams and Jeremy Hollowell added two more layups and before the 10,064 at Madison Square Garden settled into their seats, Washington was down 0-9 and the rout was on.

The Huskies trailed 19-16 with 12:53 left and that was as close as they would get before falling behind by as many as 22 points in a 102-84 defeat in the 2K Sports Classic.

There’s so many troubling aspects of this game for the Huskies, but coach Lorenzo Romar has got to worry about his team’s inability to bounce back and make this a game. After Indiana’s fast start, the Hoosiers essentially cruised to a comfortable 18-point win.

Indiana freshman forwards Troy Williams (22 points and eight rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (18 points and nine rebounds) were bigger, stronger and more athletic than anyone the Huskies put in front of them. Williams, Vonleh and Sheehey (16 points) sailed over and around the Huskies for an impressive aerial array of putback dunks, two-hand jams and tomahawk slams.

Washington never led, never mounted any real threat, never gained momentum for a long stretch and never got closer than three-points after IU’s opening run.

Of course, the Huskies (2-2) have other problems. For starters, they can’t rebound.

They’ve been outrebounded in three of their four games. Tonight, they were dominated 50-29 on the glass. Indiana had 20 offensive rebounds, which explains why IU led 27-16 in second-chance points.

Washington has trouble rebounding because the Huskies are short-handed on the front line and just plain short.

Perhaps out of necessity, Romar has used a four-guard lineup for extended minutes. The small-ball tactic worked last Sunday against Eastern Washington. However, against a talented squad like Indiana the Huskies were helpless to prevent what became a dunk show for the Hoosiers.

Washington’s other problem: It can’t shoot straight.

Four games into the season, the Huskies have to admit they’re a dreadful three-point shooting team. They’re shooting 25.8 behind the arc. Tonight they were 5 of 17 (29.4 percent) from downtown, which was the best they’ve shot in any game this season. Of course it doesn’t help if C.J. Wilcox, arguably one of the best three-point shooters in the Pac-12, goes 2 of 10 on treys.

The offense is a mess right now. Is Washington running the high post offense or a motion offense? It’s hard to tell. You can’t pin all of this on Romar. He’s missing two significant players in Jernard Jarreau and Desmond Simmons. 

Another contributing factor is Washington – like every other college team – is adjusting to the new defensive rules, which has placed a premium on dribble drive penetration. You’re not seeing a lot of ball movement in college basketball. Washington has played two games with fewer than 10 assists. Not surprising they lost both contests.

It’s impossible for the Huskies to fix all of their problems before Friday’s 2 p.m. consolation game against Boston College. They won’t have a lot of time to prep for the Golden Eagles (1-4), which lost 72-70 to Connecticut in Thursday’s other semifinal.

The best thing the Huskies can do is flush Thursday’s game out of their system as quickly as possible and come back the next day and play as hard as they can for as long as they can. Winning consolation games has virtually nothing to do with talent and preparation. The team that shows effort and desire will leave New York with a 1-1 split

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November 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Poll question: How will Washington fare in New York?

A couple of big early tests for Washington this week in the championship rounds of the 2K Sports Classic. The Huskies can erase the disappointment of last week’s loss at home to UC Irvine and bolster their sagging 211 RPI rating if they can win the tournament. To do so, Washington will have to break a five-game…

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