In hindsight, we probably should’ve seen this one coming. The Let-Down Game. The Huskies just won 4 in a row, including a couple monster games against the Arizona schools to get back in the NCAA Tournament conversation. Last night was a late, road, Thursday game against the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks aren’t as good as they’ve been in recent years, but they’re still okay, and they’re pretty tough to beat at home. On top of all of that, the Huskies were overdue for a really bad offensive game. They always go through these 5-minute stretches of inept offensive output every game, it was about time they had a full 40 minutes like that.
And so it came to be: Ducks 65, Huskies 40. Puke.
Noah Dickerson was the lone bright spot, if you can even call it that. 14 points and 11 boards is nothing to sneeze at, but obviously he wasn’t able to do enough. Honestly, the point output is a little disappointing considering it didn’t look like he was in much foul trouble in the second half. You’d like to see him pick up more of the slack in games like this.
Everyone else totally dropped the ball, though. No one else scored in double digits (Nowell came the closest with 9 points, but that was on 4/15 shooting, including 1/5 from beyond the arc). When you tack on his 5 turnovers, he was truly the Least Valuable Player in this one. Maybe co-LVP with David Crisp and his 2/10 shooting (1/6 from beyond the arc, shooting a fucking MISERABLE 27% on the season, 36/132). I mean, holy fucking hell, STOP SHOOTING THREES, YOU’RE FUCKING TERRIBLE AT IT!
Anyway, as I alluded to up top, I’m not gonna get too bent out of shape about this one. However, it’ll be another story entirely if we lose to the God-awful Beavers on Saturday. Gotta find a way to gut that one out anyway you can. An ugly win is still a win, and that better be what we see tomorrow night.