To say the Washington Huskies have had a lackluster start to their 2012/2013 basketball season would be an understatement.
Coming off of a year that saw them win the Pac-12 Conference (though they would be eliminated in Round 1 of the Pac-12 Tournament and fall outside of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament), many believed the Huskies would be at least as talented as they were last season. And though there is still plenty of basketball to play (conference play has yet to start), early struggles this season have been rather disheartening for many Husky fans across the Northwest.
Should Washington continue their lackluster and inconsistent play throughout the rest of the season, it’s hard to imagine the Huskies being in the thick of things when it comes to selecting teams for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Washington currently finds themselves with a record of 8-4, their most defining moment coming against Seattle University when they kept bragging rights to the City of Seattle. In the grand scheme of things, however, this is not really a big win. Washington needs to turn around their play soon, or else they will face the wrath of mediocrity.
Let’s take a look at how they came to this juncture.
Wins and Losses
As was stated above, the Huskies currently have a 8-4 record through their first 12 games of the season. The best win of their season, also mentioned above, was a game where they saw themselves to victory over in-state competitor, Seattle University.
Though their worst loss of the season could be said to be to Albany, a program that has struggled establishing themselves as a competitive basketball program, Washington’s worst loss of the season came after they played a tough game against then-No. 4 Ohio State, subsequently getting demolished by Colorado State University. While the Rams are by no means a terrible program, the Huskies should be more than able to beat a program like CSU. This loss showed that the former Pac-12 basketball heavyweights may be in for trouble this season.
The top players for the Huskies (at least so far) in 2012 have been Aziz N’Diaye, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, and Abdul Gaddy. Though there have been a few other contributors for Washington, these players have been the most significant players in deciding the outcome of the Huskies’ earlier contests.
The top newcomer for the Huskies in 2012 has been Andrew Andrews, a freshman who is adjusting nicely to the college basketball scene. Though he has appeared in just 8 games, the time he has played has been productive and will surely make an impact in the games and years to come.
More of a shooter than a guy who can command the boards, Andrews will likely be a key player in keeping Washington in the mix in the Pac-12.
While the Huskies have had a rough start to the 2012/2013 college basketball season, the men from Washington can make right when conference play does come around.
It is no secret that the Pac-12 is headed towards what will likely be another mediocre year for the conference as a whole. Aside from the Arizona Wildcats there is no real standout team in a conference that used to be one of college basketball’s best.
This and the fact that the Huskies have the talent to contend with every team in the conference makes Washington a viable pick for at least contending for a conference championship this Pac-12 season.