Washington (14-12 overall, 5-8 Pac-10) demonstrated the up-and-down nature of its season with an up-and-down week. Thursday at Oregon, the Huskies were just a little off their game, and that was fatal in a 71-58 loss to the Ducks. UW was more focused Saturday and blew out Oregon State, 97-59.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Ryan Appleby had a career-high 32 points at OSU. Justin Dentmon has been solid for three straight games. Matthew Bryan-Amaning lost his first career double-double when a scorekeeping error at OSU was corrected, but he still showed a lot with 12 points and nine rebounds. Jon Brockman notched two more double-doubles.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Anything short of winning out will make the NCAA and probably even the NIT a long shot. But that kind of streak can't happen amid the kind of inconsistency this team has shown. Brockman – the most essential Husky -- has been losing minutes recently due to foul trouble. Free throws remain an adventure.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Washington returns home to face the Arizona schools, a pair of NCAA bubble teams that stand at 6-6 in conference play. First up are the Wildcats, who routed the Huskies in their earlier meeting in Tucson, 84-69. That started the four-game losing streak that created a hole the Huskies are still trying to escape.
Coach Lorenzo Romar confirmed that if the inaugural College Basketball Invitational tournament extends a post-season offer, UW will accept. "I'm not one of those that is into turning extra basketball down," he said – before noting that the Pac-10 tourney still offers a path to the Big Dance.