Just about everything went right for the Huskies, and just about everything went wrong for the Cardinal. All told, it adds up to a 23-point drubbing, with the Huskies winning the first game of the Pac-12 Tournament this afternoon.
The Huskies made 7 of 20 from behind the arc, but that’s after starting 7 of 13 and getting sloppy in the second half. Doesn’t matter that they missed their last seven, as the Cardinal never found their touch, hitting only 3 of 21 from behind the arc (14.3%) and under 40% overall from the floor. To top it off, the Cardinal turned it over 15 times and let the Huskies shoot 36 free throws.
The Huskies were the aggressors from the get-go as they ran out to a 50-22 halftime lead. Dejounte Murray led all scorers with 25 points; Marquese Chriss poured in 18 and 10 rebounds; and even Malik Dime dropped 11 points & 10 boards. That’s how you do it when your stud, Andrew Andrews, only puts up 14 points, 9 assists, and 9 boards. “Only.” Shit, that’s an awesome game! But, a far cry from the 47 he put up last week.
Nevertheless, this was a laugher throughout, and Stanford never really made it much of a game in the second half. The starters probably played more minutes than you’d expect in such a contest, but after Wazzu uglied up last week’s game when the Huskies had a huge lead, I’m hard pressed to blame Romar for the usage of his players. Rather keep this one comfortably in control and play our starters a little longer, than have Stanford pull it close & stretch the game out with fouls and free throws.
Big one coming up tomorrow against the Ducks, also at noon. A lot of times, in these situations, you see the underdog come out flat and tired. Can’t have that. Can’t let the Ducks run away with it early. Gotta keep the game close and hopefully hit a miracle shot at the end to win it.
Beat the Ducks, things start to get really interesting. God Awgs.