Let the games begin!
It’s rivalry week in the NCAA and naturally, the Washington Huskies and Cougs are facing off. Washington (10-6, 3-1 Pac 12) is looking to come out of the dust as the leader of the very cloudy Pac-12. No clear team is favored this year as the Pac-12 conference has played pretty poorly this season as a whole.
The Huskies hope to continue the momentum of their last game, a week vs Seattle U.
In last year’s first meeting, (Washington won 89-87) the scoring for the Cougars was completely lopsided. WSU’s leading scorer in that game, Klay Thompson (now in the NBA), scored 43 of his team’s 87 points.
That means the rest of his team scored 1 more combined point than he did the whole contest.
Things have changed 1 year later.
Brock Motum is the Washington State team leader in most major categories including points per game (15.2). Second on the team in that stat is Faidal Aden (12.8). If the Huskies can lock those 2 down, they will have their best chance at winning this game.
To win, though, the Huskies must also improve their game massively, with the team going to the free throw line a whopping 59 times and only making 37 of them in their last game.
That is a problem that has plagued the Huskies all season long. They also turned the ball over 16 times in that game.
Star freshman Tony Wroten has been completely dominant offensively, but has been one of the biggest offenders in the negative free throw and turnover stats. He will need to hold onto the ball and make those free throws in order to help his team in this game.
Against Seattle U, he was 12-18, well above his season average free throw percentage.
With nobody stepping up on the Huskies, someone between Terrence Ross, Wroten, C.J. Wilcox and Abdul Gaddy will need to fill that role. With no clear leader on the team, the team looks sloppy and lethargic at times on the floor.
With no floor general to help direct, this trend will continue. Somebody needs to step up.
We all know the Huskies peak and play their best in February and March, but that begs the question: will they even have a chance by then?
If the team can just continue what they had going for them against Seattle U offensively, the Huskies have a great chance in this one.
The game tips off at 4pm this Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec-Ed Pavilion in Seattle.