Last night, the Huskies beat the Cougs 99-91, but make no mistake, this was a drubbing that only got somewhat close due to an ugly finish. The Huskies were up 87-60 with around seven minutes to go in the game, before benches were cleared and the Cougs went on an absurd 31-12 run to the finish. Starters had to be reinserted, the game gained an extra bunch of minutes due to intentional fouls and free throws, but in the end the Huskies asserted their dominance and prevailed in the regular season finale.
The star of the night was Andrew Andrews, our lone senior on Senior Night, playing in front of his home crowd for what is almost certainly the final meaningful game he’ll play in Hec-Ed (unless the Huskies somehow get to host some games in the N.I.T.). In an emotional night, Andrews went bananas, hitting 13 of 22 shots, 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, as well as 16 of 17 free throws to tally the second-most points scored in a game in Husky basketball history (two shy of the all-time leader Bob Houbregs, who did it in 1953). I believe I also heard that Andrews got up to 7th on the all-time scoring list in Husky history, so a truly awesome night all around.
I didn’t watch the game until Andrews started to really go off, but I’m glad I did. He’s a special player having a special season, and he most definitely deserves to win Pac-12 Player of the Year.
As far as the Pac-12 Tourney goes, only one other game was played last night. USC beat Oregon State, putting the Trojans at 9-8, and the Beavers at 8-9. The Huskies are right in the middle at 9-9, with no more games to play. If I’m reading the tea leaves right, the only way the Huskies can get the 6-seed is if there’s a 3-way tie at 9-9 with USC and Stanford (I think we lose head-to-head tiebreakers with USC, 3-way tiebreakers with USC & Oregon State, and a 4-way tiebreaker with all four). Of course, for that to happen, the Beavers would have to lose to UCLA, which doesn’t seem likely (but would be a HUGE help).
As it seems pretty unlikely that Stanford will sweep the Arizona schools on the road, I’d say it’s pretty likely that the Huskies are looking at the 7-seed, playing UCLA in the opening round of the tournament next Wednesday. If I’m remembering correctly, that puts us at a 6pm start next week, so tune in, it should be a good one.