Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by absinthe, Dec 8, 2014.
Agreed. But SDSU shooting 14 percent until a few junk time buckets brought it up to 20 percent played a role. How much was UW and how much was SDSU having their off shooting night of the decade is up for debate. Regardless, UW certainly has exceeded expectation and look pretty good.
Washington is definitely back to being more of a typical Romar team that emphasizes defense.
They absolutely earned everything against SDSU, but SDSU is also not a great shooting team and they don't have good guard play (and they missed several open shots). This year's UW team has definitely found the defensive effort though that has taken previous Romar squads into the tourney.
One thing to keep in mind about UW is they lost Jarreau in the first game of the year last year to injury, and Kemp wasn't healthy all year as he was dealing with thyroid issues. Getting your top 2 bigs back healthy is huge for UW, and (adding) Upshaw who is a defensive monster and a piece that Romar has never really had may have been the biggest upgrade for the Huskies. Couple that with Andrews and Williams-Goss returning with another year under their belt and they are definitely looking the part at this time of a tourney team if they can stay healthy and injury-free. I couldn't be happier with the way the year has started or with the recent recruiting class which is on paper Washington's best ever. Huge game coming up next week against Oklahoma, that should give us an even better chance to find out how good these Huskies are. And they also face a couple games before then which they should win if they are indeed a good team.
One surprising stat is that despite the last couple of down years, Romar's Huskies are still a Top 10 basketball school for numbers of players currently in the NBA. Romar is once again showing his ability to develop talent and that is good for both the Huskies and for the Pac overall.
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