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CBB Analysis: Five Things Wrong With UW Hoops “Right Now”

Huskies Get Spanked

After an embarrassing 87-69 loss at the hands of the University of Colorado Buffaloes  on Thursday night, dropping them to 8-6 (2-1),  I have compiled a list of the top five things wrong with the Huskies going into their second weekend of Pac-12 play.

Here we go!

1. 3 point percentage

The Dawgs shot only 20% from behind the arc, going a dismal 4-20. C.J. Wilcox was the lone bright spot in this category, going 3-9 from downtown. Coach Romar may need to address this before their up-coming game in Salt Lake Saturday morning.

2. Field goal percentage

It is a tried and true fact that if you want to win games, you have to shoot the ball well.  The Huskies definitely need to find their shot if they want to stay near the top of the standings in this tougher than usual Pac-12 Conference.

Lorenzo Romar UW

Where is #2 When you need him? Part of the reason the Huskies lost their last game was because of the foul trouble their starters got into early in the game.

Thursday night, the Dawgs shot only 37.5% from the field, led by Tony Wroten knocking down nine of his sixteen shots on the way to a team high 21 points.

Wilcox added 19 on 6-16 shooting, and the only other Husky in double figures with 13 points was Terrence Ross.

3. Discipline

Part of the reason the Huskies lost their last game was because of the foul trouble their starters got into early in the game.  No team on earth can expect to mount a comeback of twenty plus points with their starting core on the bench in foul trouble.

If Coach Romar has anything at all to take away from a loss like this, it is teaching the importance of discipline. Foul trouble will kill any team every time.

4. Defense

The Huskies defense, especially in the second half was atrocious.  They were playing conservatively because of the foul trouble, and even switched to the zone which was effective for a few minutes, but have to not let the other team get too many open looks beyond the arc.

Askia Booker single handily put the game out of reach late in the second half with a trio of wide open looks beyond the line that he sunk with perfection.

5. Win-less on the road

Thursday’s game also marked the Huskies third loss in as many chances on the road this season.  Saturday they face the Utes in Salt Lake in the largest arena in the Pac-12.

If the Huskies can’t buckle down and play some clean defense, and learn to play outside of the confines of their home arena, this will be a long season indeed.


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