The Huskies have not been the most watchable team over the past week-plus dating back to the loss at Washington State. That continued Sunday night, where UW was blown out by the Colorado Buffaloes 95-61.
Things started off poorly for the Huskies and never got much better. CU began the game with a 10-0 run, and it set the tone for the rest of the night.
After a Josh Scott basket with 10:51 left in the first half, UW trailed 28-11 and Colorado was just on fire while C.J. Wilcox couldn't buy a jumper (but was doing an excellent job at getting into the lane). The Dawgs showed fight, though. Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss combined for 10 points in the midst of a 16-7 Huskies run that pulled UW to within eight.
What happened next was the most Andrew Andrews sequence that could possibly happen.
The last score of that 16-7 run was a dunk in the lane by Williams-Goss. After a CU miss, Andrews has the ball on the left wing in transition with two Buffs closing in on him. He shoots the contested three. It misses. Two possessions later, Askia Booker makes two free throws. The ensuing Huskies possession, Andrews turns it over, but it doesn't hurt the Huskies as Mike Anderson steals the ball from Booker. Andrews then hits a three from the right wing.
He does the team good. He does the team bad. He does the fans frustration. Please figure it out, Andrews, please do. At least your decision-making wasn't the problem tonight. The team's defense on a whole was.
The seven-point deficit was the closest the Huskies would get, as the half ended on an 11-3 Colorado run, and would lead 48-33.
The second half didn't go any better for Washington. Xavier Johnson set his career-high in points with 27 by banking in a three-point bucket. It was also his first career double-double.
Jaron Hopkins had a SportsCenter-worthy dunk over C.J. Wilcox on a fastbreak. That happened to be the second time the "SC Top 10 Nominee" graphic was used by ESPNU, as an alley-oop dunk by the Buffs in the first half also was worthy of the graphic, not that it was going to make the show (probably) but it was a nice finish.
Being dunked on was only the finishing touches on the worst-shooting night of the season for Wilcox. He has missed seven threes twice before in this season, the only difference with those is that he made a shot from behind the arc in each of those contests; he went 0-7 on triples. He finished the night with eight points, a season-low. The only other time this season where Wilcox didn't register double-digit points was at Stanford, who the Huskies play on Wednesday.
The defense let the Huskies down again, and this may have been the worst showing of the season.
I'm trying something new, tonight. I am going to give a stat of the night out before my Dots. This one is not a happy stat.
Stat of the night: C.J. Wilcox went 0-7 on threes. This was the highest number of threes that he has attempted in a game without making a single one.
- Man, this team is really bad offensively with Wilcox struggling. He was tired for whatever reason tonight. He airballed two of his first three three-point attempts, though he may have been fouled on the second airball. The funny thing is that if Wilcox's attempts were removed from the count, the Huskies would have been 8-of-19 from deep, which equates to 42 percent. That is a really good shooting percentage. That said, even if Wilcox had been hot tonight and made 5-of-7, the game would have still been out of reach
- Colorado was not going to be stopped. The Buffs played a wonderful game, and nothing should be taken away from them. Xavier Johnson played the best game of his career. Askia Booker scored 20, as did Josh Scott. The Huskies just couldn't keep up.
- Perris Blackwell's lack of athleticism has really showed up defensively as of late. When it comes to defending pick and rolls, he is slow on the switch, and it will oftentimes leave the other defender in a bind. What he brings the team on the offensive glass and as a scorer down low is still important. He would be really good as a four next to an athletic rim protector, or as a big man off the bench.
He also was Washington's most efficient scorer. He has 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
- It seems Desmond Simmons gets cut on the face a lot, and it happened again. It was his second start of the season, and he took the place of Mike Anderson. Both of these guys are hustle players, and fill a similar role on the team. Anderson did not take kindly to the fact that Simmons took his starting spot, and let him know tonight with an elbow to the forehead.
You can argue all you want that Anderson did it unintentionally, and that he "would never do that to a teammate," but we all know the truth. Mike Anderson now has it out for Desmond Simmons.
Now that I have fulfilled some sort of satire requirement for a blowout, Darin Johnson caught an inadvertent elbow from C.J. Wilcox during practice and has some stitches in his forehead as well. This is a contact sport.