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Tony Wroten Displays Character Flaws Amidst Scandal

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It’s already been a very tough offseason for Husky basketball fans. First we were surprised with the news that the indisputable leader of our team in Isaiah Thomas was leaving school for the NBA. Then we had to watch as the Huskies continued to lose out coveted big man recruits like God’s Gift Achiuwa and Wally Judge.

Today, it got even worse as the Seattle Times’ Mason Kelly reported that Tony Wroten Jr., the Huskies’ most heralded incoming recruit, was essentially taking bogus classes at Garfield HS in order to become eligible at Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

Husky Basketball Offseason Preview

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Klay Thompsen is roughly half as talented as Terrence Ross... that isn't even a joke.

After this past weekend, I can’t even think about the Mariners.  I mean, I knew the M’s weren’t gonna be competitive this year, but our offense is just downright excruciating to watch.

Thus, let’s talk some Husky basketball and preview the offseason and the team’s outlook for 2012

Recruiting

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The Blame Game- Worst Officiated Games in Seattle Sports History

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Let’s face it: Seattle sports teams have been on the wrong end of some absolutely horrendous calls over the years.  It seems like every time the stakes get higher, so too does the ineptitude of the refs calling the calling the game.  There are two games that stand out in my memory worse than any others:

The Two Worst Officiated Games in Seattle Sports History

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Super bowl XL

This one was pure torture.  To see the Hawks make the Super Bowl and play a great game, only to have it repeatedly tarnished by the officials.  There were two bullshit calls in this game that took away 14 points from the Seahawks (offensive PI on Darrell Jackson, offensive holding on Sean Locklear), not to mention the gift of a touchdown call on Ben Roethlisberger’s scramble that gave the Steeler’s 7 when they should have had 3.  That’s an 18 point swing right there.  The Hawks lost by 11.

4 years later, head official Bill Leavy offered this statement about his performance in Super Bowl XL: “I’ll go to my grave wishing I’d been better… I know I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough.”  You can say that again.

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2006 Sweet 16 VS. Connecticut

March 24, 2006.  Now there’s a date I wish I could have just blacked out and spared myself the lasting emotional trauma it caused me.  The UW basketball team faced Connecticut in the Sweet 16, and the refs blew the game in such expert fashion even Kim Kardashian had to take notes.

While the refs made countless ticky-tack calls in the game, probably the most upsetting moment was when they called three fouls on Brandon Roy in just over a minute, bringing his total up to four with 13:48 left to play.  With Roy out, Connecticut was able to chip away at the Dawgs’ 10 point lead until they forced overtime on a last second 3.  In OT, Roy finally fouled out (ending his Husky career), the refs missed an EGREGIOUS goaltend by UConn that could have kept UW in the game, and we ended up losing by 6.  I would also like to note that I just vomited on my keyboard as I typed this.

Anyways, those are the two big games that I actually believe the refs cost us the game in.  Last weekend’s NCAA tournament game against UNC, however, was not on the officials.  Don’t give me anything about the lack of a goaltend on Isaiah Thomas’ last shot (his foot was on the line), or the clock issue at the end of the game.  It was our costly turnovers and inability to score at the end of the game that cost us.

 

Venoy Overton’s full court drive down 1 with :15 seconds left was absolute garbage, but a sadly fitting end to his UW career.  It’s impossible to count how many times we’ve seen Venoy try to go coast-to-coast in his career, only to throw up a prayer of a layup over two defenders.  Now, I’m thankful for Venoy’s great defense over the years, but he’s always been my least favorite player with the ball in his hands, and the fact that he wouldn’t try to get the ball to our offensive threats at the end of the game was inexcusable.

Ugh… now that I’ve gotten my two cents out on that game, I can start to move on.  The Dawgs will be absolutely stacked at guard next year with Abdul Gaddy back and Tony Wroten coming in.  We’re gonna be short handed down low, but I think we’ll be able to pull off a 4-guard lineup a la 2006 Villanova with some success.  Luckily, our guards will have some height, so hopefully we won’t get killed on the boards.

One rock solid prediction: the Pac-12 is gonna be dirty next year.  Be afraid of what’s going on down in UCLA and Arizona.  WSU and USC should also be very good next year, assuming Klay Thompson and Nikola Vucevic stay at their respective schools.  This league is going to bounce back in a big way, and the Huskies are going to face much tougher opponents in league play.  It should make for a very exciting season.

Dawgs Rediscover their Swagger

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Isaiah Thomas drivin' (note Faisal Aden sitting down in background)

Damn.  That was probably the best game in Seattle sports this year.  The UW Huskies played like we haven’t seen in weeks, and Washington State did what we all expect them to do: Coug it.

With that win, the Huskies eliminated any lingering doubt about their NCAA tournament credentials.  We’re definitely in, now it’s just a matter of seeding.

I wrote a couple days ago about the Huskies NCAA tournament seeding predicament, and how losing in the Pac 10 tournament might actually help their chances of avoiding a dreaded 8 or 9 seed.  Unfortunately, that appears to still be the case.

By looking around at updated bracketology, the Huskies still seem to be slotted at a 9 seed on average.  It’s anyone’s guess as to where we’d end up with another win or loss tonight, but I realized that’s no longer important.  It was much more crucial to get the win last night and get back to their up-tempo style of play.

A win tonight will put them in the championship game, and who knows, maybe we can steal a 7 seed if we win the whole Pac 10 tournament.  For now, Oregon presents a big challenge for UW as they looked dominant last night in their romp over Lucifer Nelson and UCLA.

Other observations:
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