Well, it was a nice dream we had once. Saturday, February 3rd, the Huskies were riding high off of a last-second victory over the Top 10 Arizona Wildcats (pre-scandal). We were 17-6 (7-3), very nearly cracking into the Top 25, with a couple of creampuff games on the road against the Oregon schools to keep the momentum going. Obviously, the high-point of our season.
Since that night, the Huskies have gone 3-6, including a whopping 1-4 against those same fucking Oregon schools. Those Oregon schools that aren’t worth a shit, yet somehow have our fucking number every time. Even the lone win, against the Beavs, last week, was a nail-biter to the bitter end!
I caught a lot of the game last night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Downtown Seattle, before the Anthony Jeselnik show at The Moore, but I gotta be honest, I was a good 1 and a half sheets to the wind. So, you know, I remember bits and pieces. I remember both teams were fucking atrocious in the first half, offensively. I remember the Beavs kicking it up a notch in the second half. I remember the Huskies having the ball, tied, with a little over 30 seconds to go. I remember Jaylen Nowell driving, pulling up in the lane, and missing a difficult shot in traffic. I remember the Beavs going the other way and getting up a legitimate shot to win it that clanged off. I remember the game going into overtime and I remember needing to leave right that second as the comedy show was about to start. I remember my friend checking his phone for score updates, I remember seeing the Beavs with a 3-point lead, and I remember the score not changing as ostensibly the Huskies would’ve missed their final shot(s).
I also remember losing 40 fucking dollars on the God damned Huskies! WHAT A START TO MY LONG GAMBLING WEEKEND IN RENO NEXT WEEK!
I mean, what can you say that hasn’t already been said? David Crisp: 2/7 from the three-point line, with only 1 free throw attempt in 41 fucking minutes of game play. Jaylen Nowell: 4/12 from the field, with only 3 free throw attempts in 31 minutes of game play. Noah Dickerson, bless his heart, had 15 points and 10 rebounds while in constant foul trouble. But, one of the keys here was the 3-man bench of Dominic Green, Naz Carter, and Hameir Wright. They combined for 8 points, were 1/6 from beyond the arc, and ultimately made pretty much no impact in a game that was close from start to finish. That’ll change next year, as guys are more experienced, and get used to playing with one another, but damn did it hurt the Huskies this year.
The book is out on this Husky team. Double team Noah Dickerson (or do whatever you can to deny him the ball in the post), let David Crisp shoot all the fucking threes he wants, get physical with Jaylen Nowell, and you’ll live with the other guys trying to beat you, because the other guys are ultimately too unselfish or otherwise not good enough to beat you on most nights.
Mike Hopkins was a very deserving Coach of the Year winner in the Pac-12, considering where this team was a year ago, but he won that award the day this team beat Arizona. I think it’s more than a little alarming the way this team finished its season. I still have very high hopes for next year, but I’m also going to be a little cautious.
As for the rest of this year, I guess you could make an argument that the Huskies should be in the N.I.T., but I dunno. This team has been dreadful over the last month, and there are a ton of teams just in the Pac-12 alone that have been playing MUCH better than us. So, this might be the end of the line, which is a collosal bummer. Fingers crossed, I guess.