The Quakers, who rely on 3 pointers, couldn't hit anything at the beginning of the game and that was pretty much their downfall. The Dawgs used their superior athleticism and ability to score to run past the Quakers. If there was anything to critique from this performance, it was that the Dawgs need to shore up their help defense. Also, they seemed to get lost on the back cuts when Penn ran its motion offense. Aside from that, it was another encouraging performance from the Huskies as they moved to 3-0 on the season.
Marquese Chriss was once again impressive with 15 points, 6 rebounds and one baby windmill breakaway slam in the second half. Chriss appears to be the breakout star of the newcomers for Coach Romar.
Take a look at Jeff Coodman’s tweet during the game.
Marquese Chriss. Every NBA guy will know the Washington freshman's name soon. 6-9, athletic and skilled.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 21, 2015
Overall, the youngsters continue to impress and we are starting to see national recognition. Here’s CBS Sportsline’s Sam Vecenie:
Two freshman-laden teams that I probably way undervalued this preseason: Louisville and Washington. Both so talented.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) November 21, 2015
Getting back to Chriss, he may be the real deal. His ability to step out and hit a jumper and array of post moves on offense as well as his shot-blocking ability and rebounding on the defense plus his overall fluidity makes him fun to watch. Maybe his only flaw in today’s game was being the first Husky to miss a free throw at the beginning of the second half. That’s right, the Dawgs were 10-10 from the free throw line in the first half. They ended 16-21 at a 76% clip. Not too bad for a Coach Romar team that always seems plagued by the charity stripe.
Aside from Chriss, Murray had a very good game hitting 3 of 6 from 3 point range. He was a little wild handling the ball at points but this will obviously improve over the season.
Noah Dickerson may prove to be the unsung hero of the new faces for Coach Romar this year. On defense, Dickerson contests the high post pass aggressively, rebounds and overall seems to be involved in every play under the basket. On offense, Dickerson distributes the ball well and has a decent post game.
Andrew Andrews had another solid game with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 0 turnovers. He also had one highlight dunk on a breakaway.
David Crisp had a very good game at the point ending with 14 points. I could see Crisp filling in at the point during the season and Romar moving over Andrews to the off guard.
Here are some takes from the game. I also attended the game in person and have some thoughts on that too:
-Overall, the Dawgs outrebounded the Quakers securing 29 boards at half and adding another 11 in the second to end with 50. The Quakers only had 29.
- In addition to the 76% from the free throw line, the Dawgs shot 55% from the field.
- This was a scrappy game as two skirmishes on the ground diving for the ball by both teams ended in technical fouls.
- Inexplicably, the Huskies were assessed a technical for delay of game in the second half as they broke their huddle from a time out late.
- It was the second time that the Huskies scored 100 or more. It was also the second time that the opposing team scored 67 as Mt. Saint Mary’s scored as much on Thursday.
- Anyone else excited to see how Chriss and the rest of the young bigs for the Huskies do against the Gonzaga front line?
- As being at the game, it was a sparse crowd as the noon start, football game, the opponent and traffic all contributed to the low turnout.
- Frankly, the traffic was horrendous. Seattle really knows how to shut down a city on a nice sunny November day. If you go to a noon game, my advice is to see if you can sneak into the IMA and get in some time on an elliptical before walking over to the gym.
- They threw out Powerade to the crowd during time outs. I would suggest less "throwing" off full bottles.
- No one wanted to "whip" or "Nene" or dance at all on the big screen during time outs when the camera panned the crowd. Game ops may have to step up its in-game experience during conference games at home.
The young Huskies get a shot at Gonzaga (remember those guys) on Wednesday morning at 9am Seattle time.
Call in sick, you're taking the rest of the week off anyway.