LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Isaiah Thomas #2 of the Washington Huskies is taken out of the game late in the second half and as is greeted by head coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies while taking on the Oregon Ducks in the semifinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 69-51. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Washington Huskies limped into this tournament on Thursday but two consecutive victories over WSU and Oregon have put them into todays championship game against Arizona. Win or lose this afternoon the Huskies are now a certain lock to receive an invitation to the big dance.
Washington took control of last nights game from the onset. The Ducks lingered within striking distance the entire game but the Huskies shut the door completely on Oregon during the last five minutes on the way to a 69-51 win.
I think that last nght was one of Isaiah Thomas's most complete games as a Husky. His shooting hand wasn't hot but more importantly he was able to distribute the ball with finesse all evening. His improved ball handing is allowing the Huskies to score more inside which has helped them become less one dimensional on offense over the last two games.
CJ Wilcox (14) and Terrence Ross (13) led the Huskies in scoring. Scott Suggs and IT chipped in 10 a piece. Darnell Gant provided 21 minutes of excellent play highlighted be strong defense inside, 8 points, and a team high 10 rebounds.