With Stanford’s victory over Cal today, the Washington Huskies became outright Pac-12 regular season champions. Washington went 14-4 in conference play this season with losses to Colorado, Cal, Oregon and UCLA. They went 21-9 overall.
The Huskies lost a crucial game Saturday at UCLA that would have allowed Washington to earn the outright title themselves, but they couldn’t pull it out in the end.
Washington has now won 20+ games for 4 straight seasons. This is their second outright season title since 1953.
The Dawgs are also the first Pac-12 season champions…ever.
Anchored by a very young team, the Huskies won 13 of their last 16 games to challenge and overtake Cal for the conference lead. This is typical with Lorenzo Romar getting the best of his teams over the years in the second half.
Tony Wroten lead the team in points per game and steals this season, averaging 16.3 points and 2 steals per game. Aziz N’Diaye lead the team in rebounds, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. Abdul Gaddy lead the team in assists, averaging 4.9 assists per game. CJ Wilcox lead the team in both free throw and 3-point percentage, going .857 at the free throw line and .412 from 3.
Terrence Ross, although not the leader in any category, lit up opponents with his explosive play and highlight dunks.
The next task for Washington is the Pac-12 tournament. There is lots of speculation about how many NCAA March Madness tourney bids the Pac-12 will get, with many experts saying that only the winner of the conference tournament will make the big dance. That makes this tournament an extra tough task for this Huskies team.
The Huskies have won the previous two conference tournaments and have won 3 overall.
They were also runner-up twice.
Washington has a first round bye in the conference tournament after taking the top seed and will go on to play Thursday at 12:10. They take on the winner of the Washington State vs Oregon State first round matchup.
Washington beat Washington State both times this season, topping them 75-65 in Seattle and 59-55 in Pullman.
Washington beat Oregon State both time they played each other this season as well, beating them 95-80 in Seattle and 75-72 in Corvallis.