The Washington Huskies traveled to Los Angeles to face their last two opponents of the season. A win in both games would have guaranteed the regular season Pac-12 title. A win in one would clinch at least a share. They took the first game against the USC Trojans by a score of 80-58. Thus, putting them one away from being crowned the out-right Pac-12 regular season champions.
This was a game that never was never in doubt as the Huskies spent the vast majority of the game with a double digit lead. The only time it dipped below 10 points, Romar called a timeout to re-focus his squad on the task at hand, putting the Trojans away.
It was a game in which not only did the Dawgs have a title on the line but where they could show the ability to “stomp on the throat of an opponent.” Winning by a large margin.
While 22 may not be overly impressive for some people against a team with six scholarship players. Romar was able to help enforce the mindset of not allowing teams to hang around. Winning the whole game and not just halves or in brief glimpses.
The Huskies had three players find double-digits in scoring; Terrence Ross (18), Darnell Gant (14), and Abdul Gaddy (12). This is not your usual company when it comes to Husky double digit games. This is a solid step forward for the Huskies because when Tony Wroten (2-13) and CJ Wilcox (3-10) were struggling from the field , players like Gaddy and Gant stepped up.
This is what will help them not only in the immediate future versus UCLA, the Pac-12 championship, but also in the NCAA tournament.
Rebounding was a big factor in this game and something the Huskies will need to rely on come tournament time. UW showed that tonight in a 49-23 advantage. UW had 20 offensive rebounds to USC’s 3.
The Trojans may be lowly but this is still a division 1 basketball program and the Trojans were completely out matched.
The Huskies will stay in Los Angeles and play the UCLA Bruins on Saturday at 11 am PT. Another win in LA and the Huskies have their first outright regular season title since 1953.