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Huskies stumble into crunch time

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The Pac 10 conference basketball season ended with a thud this weekend as Washington dropped a 62-60 decision to USC. Up next is a rematch against Washington State in the Pac 10 tournament. The Cougars have cleaned the floor with the Huskies the previous two times they met and I believe they will administer the final nail in the coffin of the Dawgs season next weekend.

What is wrong with this team? This was supposed to be a team that was primed to make a run at the final four. This was a team that looked good enough to win every Pac 10 game this season. What the heck happened? How did this team go 4-6 over the last 10 games?

I think the loss of Abdul Gaddy was a big one. Isaiah Thomas is a wonderful player but he isn't a great point guard. When Gaddy was in the lineup it allowed Thomas to be a pure scorer and defender. I think adding play making to his role bogged him down and made him think too much.

When players think too much the games slows down for them and the Huskies really haven't been playing fast over the past ten games have they. The play of MBA inside also deserves to be scrutinized. He has had some great games but when another team decides to take him out of the game...consider him taken out. He hasn't done a very good job handling adversity this season.

Overall this team isn't a very cohesive unit. The consistency we expected early in the season has gone out the window. There are still great individual performances on any given night but this team hasn't been able to string enough of those together during the crunch time of this season.

I remember watching Lorenzo Romar coach on the big stage of the Maui Invitational this season. I watched him go mano to mano with John Calipari and Tom Izzo and scratched my head during the last five minutes of those two contests. It seemed like Romar just let his kids play while Izzo and Calipari actively coached their teams to victory.

Does Romar have the answers to get the team over this hump and in to the NCAA Tournament when its back is against the wall? Historically his teams play best when they are in this position. That being said this team reminds me quite a bit of 2007. All that talent and no tournament.

In conclusion nothing has really clicked for this 20-10 team this season even though collectively they still have more talent than any other team in the conference. There of course is still hope. Nothing is over until it is over but this team will only go as far as IT will take them over the next couple of weeks. That is a lot of weight to put on his 5'8 shoulders.

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