The Seattle Times — Impressions from UW’s win over UCLA: Can the Huskies keep winning if Noah Dickerson can’t play?
Percy Allen lists his takeaways from the Washington Huskies’ 69-55 win over the visiting UCLA Bruins, including Sam Timmins stepping up in place for an injured Noah Dickerson, the effectiveness of Washington’s zone defense, and UW’s struggle to play effectively against UCLA’s full-court press.
Seth Davis is thoroughly impressed by the Huskies, with the Dawgs earning his vote for 19th in the latest AP poll:
I know the Pac-12 is bad, but it’s still impressive that Washington is undefeated in league play. The Huskies beat USC and UCLA at home last week by a combined 27 points, and this week they play at Arizona and Arizona State. Trust me, no one will want to see this team in the NCAA Tournament. You know how hard Syracuse is to beat in the tourney because of that zone, right? Well, former ‘Cuse assistant Mike Hopkins is using it to great effect in Seattle, and it will be even more lethal in March when opponents are unaccustomed to going up against it. Washington has held every Pac-12 opponent to 70 points or fewer.
The Seattle Times — Matisse Thybulle, Huskies’ defensive ace, is stealing the show (and lots of basketballs)
Matt Calkins shines a spotlight on the tremendous impact Matisse Thybulle has made on the court for the Dawgs this season, especially with regard to his six first-half steals:
Heading into Saturday’s game, Thybulle was averaging 3.0 steals and 2.14 blocks per game. The former was first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the country. The latter was tied for second in the conference. After Saturday, he’s at 3.2 steals per game, which should put him at No. 2 in the nation.
According to Washington’s sports-information department, only two players in the past 20 years (Duke’s Shane Battier and Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel) have finished a season averaging two blocks and two steals per game. Neither averaged three steals and two blocks, which Tybulle is on pace to do.
The Mercury News — The Pac-12’s primary talent pool is shrinking faster than those of other Power Five conferences
Jon Wilner has been an invaluable source of reporting regarding the Pac-12 position relative to the nation’s other power conferences, and his latest report regarding high school football participation represents potentially dire news for the conference’s long-term competitive viability:
According to data collected by the National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in 11-on-11 tackle football in California has dropped 8.8 percent in the past five years:
2013 season: 103,474
2014 season: 103,740
2015 season: 100,205
2016 season: 97,079
2017 season: 94,286
Numbers from the fall of ’18 won’t be available until this summer, but Roger Blake, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), expects the decline to continue.
- Tony Castricone spoke to Nahziah Carter, Todd Tuetken and Mike Hopkins in the latest episode of the GoHuskies Podcast.
- Pro Football Focus judged Greg Gaines to be the best interior run defender in the conference during the 2018 season.
The highest-graded overall interior defender in the Pac-12 was ALSO the highest-graded run defender this season. pic.twitter.com/GNYG18GWl6— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 2, 2019
- A group of football recruits, including elite 2020 football linebacker Sav’ell Smalls, was on campus for Saturday’s basketball game against UCLA, and clearly enjoyed the environment that greeted them.
- Gladys Knight’s rendition of the National Anthem at yesterday’s Super Bowl is going to set at least one oddsmaker back a cool six figures.
- In the wake of the draconian sanctions imposed upon Missouri for self-reported infractions committed by a rogue tutor, Nicole Auerbach argues that the NCAA is incentivizing institutions to not cooperate with the governing body.
- Get to know the players and coaches comprising Washington’s softball team.
- The women’s basketball team dropped their seventh in a row Sunday against UCLA.
- The Huskies baseball team on Friday announced the sad loss of a member of their family.
Husky Baseball lost a valued member of the family earlier this week with the passing of Luther Martin. Luther had been part of the UW facilities team since 1995 and was the primary caretaker of Husky Ballpark. Thank you Luther and RIP. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/b4HaCoZlJY— Washington Baseball (@UW_Baseball) February 1, 2019