That game, man, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s like if the players in the NBA All Star Game actually gave a shit about the outcome, but still gave up wide open layups like they agreed to suck your dick later, that’s what we saw here tonight.
In what might for real be the last home game in a Husky uniform for the following guys (not like that fake “last home game” a couple weeks back), Murray finished with 30 points, 9 rebounds, 7 turnovers, and 5 assists; Chriss finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 turnovers, and a block; and Andrews finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and went 14 of 15 from the free throw line (oddly enough, missing the very first one he shot on the night, then nailing the next 14 in a row, including a bunch at the end to seal it).
The Huskies will be on the road in the next game of the N.I.T. against San Diego State, which should just be another low-scoring nail-biter, so bring a sweater.
I guess I should provide some commentary down here, but what can you say? The team is what it is. Getting mad at this Husky team for not playing defense is like getting mad at an infant for sucking at calculus. You thought that was an ugly game? I thought the pace of play and the offensive talent on the floor was breathtaking. Unlike football – where a really good, high-flying, hard-hitting defense can be fun to watch – good defense in basketball is boring as fuck. It’s missed shots, it’s long possessions, it’s off-balance jumpers. Who wants to see that? If you want that, go hire Mike Fratello to be your head coach.
At the same time, you know, maybe try to slow down the man with the ball on the fast break once in your lives. I’m just saying.
You could say it didn’t look like the Huskies gave a shit out there, especially in the early going, and I might be inclined to agree with you. But, once the game got going, this team fought back and played hard throughout. There’s no quit in this team; that’s a reflection on the head coach and the types of players he brings into his program. This team has been a lot of things this season, but the term “quitter” shouldn’t be anywhere near that list.
I’m just glad I get more Husky basketball. I’m just glad tomorrow, I’ll be flying to Reno and taking a shuttle to South Lake Tahoe. I’m just glad that sometime in the next few days, I’ll be able to throw money on the University of Washington to beat the San Diego State Aztecs in a game that matters, with a parlay on the over because I’m no dummy.
UPDATE: or, fuck, I guess the next game is on Monday, when I’ll already be back in Seattle. God dammit, N.I.T.