Oh god, it was a slaughter. Those poor Dawgs didn’t stand a chance. How cruel it was to put these two teams on the same court.
In a matchup pairing potentially the first two picks in the NBA draft, UW’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Ball and his teammates didn’t leave a doubt as to who the better team was, embarrassing the Huskies at home 107-66. This was the first time the Huskies have allowed 100+ points at home in a conference game since a 1998 home loss to Arizona.
Four different UCLA players, including Ball, scored 20+ points tonight. Near the end of the game, before all the starters were pulled, it looked like Washington had completely given up competing in this game. The Huskies were out rebounded 41-32. They had 20 turnovers. They shot 47% from the line, 38.5% from the field and 26% from deep. There is no positive spin I can conjure or glimmer of hope I can identify for this team from this game. This was one of the single worst defensive performances I have ever witnessed in a basketball game. The offensive output was nearly as bad. These teams didn’t even look like they played in the same division.
This was a measuring stick game for this program and a brutal reminder of how far they have fallen. While facing the No. 11 team in the country at home, they were completely outplayed in almost every facet of the game to a humiliating degree. This game made this team look bad. Very bad. Of course, UCLA is very good and the Huskies are capable of playing much better, but they didn’t show it tonight. Ouch.