Thanks to FSN, we in Seattle didn’t get to see this game. Rather than sit by the radio staring at the wall, I opted to forgo the game altogether.
I won’t make that mistake again.
I woke up to the delight of seeing my Dawgs clutch an overtime win @ USC. To understand the importance of this feat, one needs to only look to last season. On January 23rd of this year, we went down to face the Trojans and had probably without question our worst defeat of the season (87-61). They out-bigged us, out-shot us, and certainly out-defended us. Just a miserable night all around in what would be a miserable weekend in southern California.
We just didn’t match up with USC at ALL last year. The Huskies lost 2 home games a season ago: an improbable defeat to the Ducks when they shot out of their minds, and a 3-point heartbreaker to these very same Trojans. So, let’s just say quite a few Huskies had this game circled on their calendars at the start of this season.
One of those guys would certainly be Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who was pretty pedestrian down in southern Cal last season. Last night, MBA shot 6 for 11 (the perfect amount of shots for him, in my opinion), AND made 6 of 9 free throws for 18 crucial points. To go along with a team-leading 8 rebounds, I’d say payback was on his mind.
In keeping with the rebounds, did you know it was possible for the Dawgs to out-board the Trojans 40-26? That’s just incredible! Who are the teams that give the Huskies fits every time out? The teams with a lot of height, because they muscle us, they take all the rebounds, they make all the put-backs, and they force us into a half-court game that just isn’t our style.
Well, get a load of this: 0 fast break points for the Huskies in a victory. Amazing.
Equally amazing was Terrence Ross, who tied a team-lead with 18 points, knocking down 4 of 8 from behind the arc. He got all of Wilcox’s minutes (who was out with injury) and many of Suggs’ as well (who was ineffective and benched in the 2nd half). Aside from Ross and MBA (and to a lesser extent Holiday), the Huskies kinda shot like dogshit. Fortunately, that didn’t carry over to the foul line, as we shot 71% as a team.
I’m not gonna lie to you, I might take 71% as a team every game from here on out.
UCLA on Friday. Let’s make this an immaculate weekend in SoCal! 1 down, 2 to go!