Washington (12-10 overall, 3-6 Pac-10) struck an iceberg capable of sinking the season. The Huskies came home upbeat after an encouraging split in Arizona, but a pair of losses to Stanford and California dropped them to ninth place as league play reached its midpoint. There's a lot of catching up to do.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Junior forward Artem Wallace came up big Saturday, recording his first double-double with career highs in points (17), rebounds (10) and minutes played (33). His relentless toughness could serve as an example for several teammates. Quincy Pondexter is being more aggressive, but not dependably productive.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Missing 10 of 18 shots from the foul line likely cost UW the Cal game, and it will cost them more if the problem continues. The Huskies had no answer for mobile big men Brook Lopez and Ryan Anderson. The brief Joe Wolfinger resurrection cooled, as he had one point and no rebounds this week.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Huskies get a second shot at two teams they already have lost to this season: Southern California and UCLA. It may be some advantage that the Trojans visit first, because that seems the Huskies' far better chance at snapping this losing streak before the Bruins' visit is followed by at trip to Oregon.
The Huskies are out of the NCAA tournament picture unless they can recreate the dramatic turnaround that salvaged their 2003-04 season. As of now, Washington wouldn't make the NIT either. That leaves the inaugural College Basketball Invitational … assuming the Huskies remain above .500.