Washington Embarrassed By Colorado State 73-55


Not much to say about this one except that the 2012-2013 Washington Huskies basketball team is bad. Apparently so bad that they will listlessly allow themselves to be dominated and humiliated by a lower-tier opponent on their own home floor. It was one thing when they lost by one to Albany. That was at least close. Washington may have led 30-28 at the half, but with ten or so minutes left in the second half, it was very clear that Washington wasn’t willing, or wasn’t able, to compete.

Nov 24, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Colorado State Rams guard Dorian Green (22) drives to the basket while being fouled by Washington Huskies guard Andrew Andrews (12) during the 2nd half at Alaska Airlines Arena. Colorado State defeated Washington 73-55. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Most glaringly, the Huskies were outrebounded 40-19. Yes, that is for real. On the offensive glass? 19-6 Colorado State. The Rams seriously ripped down more offensive boards than Washington managed total rebounds. Pierce Hornung and Colton Iverson, two players I discussed in the game preview, each managed twelve. Hornung had eight offensive rebounds, Iverson six. Meanwhile, N’Diaye had a team high eight while the two starting forwards, Desmond Simmons and Jernard Jarreau, combined for six. That huge advantage allowed the Rams to win despite shooting only 43%. They managed to hit redo on so many possessions that they attempted 17 more shots than the Huskies.

On offense, Washington certainly missed Scott Suggs, who was out with a foot injury, as Wilcox was left to launch up 25 shots, resulting in a game-high 28 points. Beyond that, no one scored in double digits. I just can’t imagine Suggs’ boost to the offense possibly making up for the disparity in rebounding, and that is the storyline of that game and the single biggest issue with this team. The posts don’t block out, they don’t fight for position, they don’t have any grit. Meanwhile, the guards don’t collapse to help their teammates out. The result is offensive board after offensive board, and if the trend continues, it will be loss after loss after loss. Until something changes, I will not consider the Huskies favored in any upcoming game. They just looked too broken.