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Dots: Washington’s NCAA Tournament Dreams Take a Serious Hit

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UW’s road back to the Big Dance is suddenly much more hazardous, thanks to two recently dropped road games in the state of Oregon.

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Happy Monday morning, y’all. This weekend was one of highs and lows for the Washington Huskies: The men’s basketball team lost an eminently winnable road game against Oregon State on Saturday night, while the women’s basketball team was embarrassed 95-57 by the Beavers. On the bright side, the gymnastics and softball teams posted impressive victories of their own, and Isaiah Thomas showed some bright flashes in his debut as an L.A. Laker.

The Seattle Times — Washington drops double-overtime thriller 97-94 as Oregon State hits last shot

After notching a pair of top-25 victories two weeks ago against the Arizona schools, Washington took a decided tumble back toward earth in the last few days by losing consecutive contests to the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers. Stephen Thompson Jr. may have delivered the killing blow in double-overtime, but the bigger story seems to be that Washington led by 13 with 8:26 remaining in regulation and couldn’t find a way to close the game out. Recent heroics on the part of Noah Dickerson, Jaylen Nowell and Dominic Green have helped obscure the fact that this team is led by a first-year head coach implementing his system with players that he largely did not recruit, but these two most recent disappointing losses have thrown that circumstance sharply back into the spotlight.

The Washington Post — A lifer with Jim Boeheim at Syracuse has found a new life at Washington

It’s not often that we get to link to The Post in our Dots articles, so we certainly have to take advantage of it when we can. (Hi, Jerry Brewer!) Columnist John Feinstein details the circumstances that drove Mike Hopkins to accept the gig as Washington’s head basketball coach, and what he has learned in his first season at the helm.

The Seattle Times — House fire adds more heartache for family of UW lineman Kaleb McGary

Tragedy struck the McGary family in late January, when a fire partially destroyed his family’s home in Fife. If you are so inclined to help, a GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit the family during this trying time. (To those of you who might worry about possible NCAA implications, we checked in with the UW Department of Athletics last week, and they gave us the go-ahead to spread the word.)

SB Nation — Isaiah Thomas scores 22 points, turns ball over 6 times in Lakers debut

Fresh from what amounted to an extended layover in Cleveland, Isaiah Thomas suited up for his first game in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform Saturday. Despite the impressive scoring performance,

[Thomas] effectively lost the game for the [Lakers] down the stretch, turning the ball over with under a minute to go with one of his dreaded jump passes. ... Thomas [hasn’t] recovered to 100 percent after a torn labrum in his hip sidelined him for seven months. There was a fear the former Celtics All-Star had been diminished to two damning words: Damaged goods.

Here’s to hoping that Isaiah can make a full recovery, and return to playing like he did during his exciting run with the Celtics.

The Daily — Washington returns home with a top score

I’m going to be honest, I don’t know a thing about how scoring works in gymnastics. That being said, the No. 16 Huskies edged out No. 11 Oregon State by the slimmest of margins — 197.000 to 196.500 — and hot damn this looks exciting.

The Daily — Eleven-run inning powers UW softball to complete undefeated weekend

Four games into the 2018 season, Washington’s softball team has yet to play in a seventh inning, having ten-runned every opponent it has played so far. The Dawgs are one of four teams in the conference that still own undefeated records.

The Seattle Times — Oregon State hits 18 three-pointers to beat Washington women 95-57

I don’t know what to add here that the headline doesn’t already convey, other than the obvious point that you’re not going to win many games when you allow 54 points from beyond the arc. With a 1-13 conference record, the lady Dawgs have claimed sole ownership of last place in the Pac-12 standings.