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The NIT: Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies love ‘em & hate ‘em

Final Four!

The Washington Huskies are in the Final Four! Not the one everybody hoped for, though. After becoming the first “Power Conference” school to win the regular season title and NOT make the NCAA tourney, the Dawgs came out gunning after their hangover performance against Texas-Arlington.

After a satisfying win against Northwestern, the Huskies were going to get another crack at Oregon. And they made the best of the opportunity. A big 90-86 win catapulted the Huskies into the Final Four of the NIT.

There wasn’t much to hate about this performance, but there was plenty to love about it.

Love ‘em

Turnovers

The Huskies only turned the ball over 8 times in this game. That’s the same amount it seems like Tony Wroten gets in a game by himself!

All jokes aside, the Dawgs held onto the ball tonight. They didn’t make wild passes and they protected the ball when necessary. It was a great effort and something that has been missing all season long. If they can keep playing like that, they will see great success this season and next. “One more year!”

Tony Wroten

This is not because he put up points, so don’t be disappointed I don’t give Terrence Ross his own section here. Aside from his 22 points (second to Ross’ 24), he only had two turnovers. He had 7 rebounds. And he also went 10-14 from the free throw line.

Yes…I am talking about Tony Wroten. Apparently he got the message and has stepped up his free throw shooting as of late. Tonight’s performance was a true testament to what this kid can do.

Side note – the team was 27-35 as a whole from the free throw line tonight. That is astonishing.

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"One more year!" (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Abdul Gaddy

This is one of the few times you’ll see me give this guy much love. Tonight he played above his normal level and it showed. For starters, he only had 2 turnovers. That’s a good number for the guy who touches the ball the most on the team.

He also had 10 assists. That’s huge, because his vision is helping this team. As I had to be reminded by my friend today, and a good reminder for others, assists mean points.

He had 7 rebounds. Scored 11 points. But his biggest contribution?

Holding Oregon’s Devoe Joseph in check. By shutting down one of their top scorers, it allowed everyone else to focus on more pressing needs.

They beat the friggin Ducks

It’s ALWAYS satisfying to beat the Eugene Pondsquatters! They may have had our number in football recently, but we still own them in hoops.

Hate ‘em

There is only one thing I hated about this game. And it’s mainly because if has been a plague for this team and it almost struck again tonight.

Early fouls

The team as a whole fouls a lot. A young team does that usually, so I can learn to forgive. But it has cost them some games or come close to it. And it needs to be addressed.

Take tonight for example. Aziz N’Diaye was in foul trouble from the get-go. Austin Seferian-Jenkins stepped in and helped fill some of the void left by Aziz’s absence.

A lot of games, he isn’t even playing the last couple minutes because he has already fouled out.

The same goes for the rest of them.

Tonight was honestly the first time in a really long time I haven’t seen a Husky be fouled out of the game. Amazing.

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