Washington (15-13 overall, 6-9 Pac-10) split with the Arizona schools. The win over the Wildcats put the Huskies in realistic mathematical position to get back into middle of the conference, but the loss to the Sun Devils shoved UW back into a tie for eighth with nothing but away games ahead.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
The Huskies once again showed that at their best they can beat good teams. Freshman point guard Venoy Overton had the best game of his young career against Arizona, flashing offense, defense and heart. Jon Brockman remained both productive and dependable with his 19th and 20th double-doubles.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Overton couldn't build on his breakthrough game, and was mostly a non-factor against Arizona State. The Huskies had outside shooting troubles in both games, especially by Ryan Appleby, who was a combined 6-for-26. The tenacity the up-and-down Dawgs brought on Thursday was missing on Saturday.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Huskies go on the road to face a pair of teams that they lost to earlier at home: Stanford and California. The Cardinal dominated the first game as thoroughly as any team pushed around UW this season. That leaves the Cal games as the Huskies' apparent best chance at staying above .500.
The Huskies' only remaining path to the NCAA is winning the Pac-10 tournament; and they probably need to at least make the finals to interest the NIT. Even the College Basketball Invitational would likely turn away if the Huskies can't pull an upset in one of their three remaining road games.