Here's today's preview story for Stanford's visit to Washington at 7:30 tonight, FSN.
I thought the most interesting part comes when I asked Quincy Pondexter -- whose point totals have declined the past three games -- if it's time for him and Isaiah Thomas to stop worrying about involving their teammates and instead just take over games and carry the team. They are, after all, the two best players on the team and two of the most dangerous weapons in the league. So, seeing that clearly less productive guys get their turn, seems, well, they're 1-3 in league.
However, the idea didn't fly.
“It’s a team,” Pondexter said. “I don’t see it that way. I just really want this team to be successful and we have to do a better job of getting other people involved. I have to make my teammates better. When I do that, when they’re playing really well, it makes my job and Isaiah’s job a lot easier.”
Now, to be honest, there probably isn't really that much more scoring Pondexter and Thomas can do. Each is already among the Pac-10's top five scorers and they combine to form the league's second-leading scoring tandem, averaging a combined 37.8 points (interestingly behind only Stanford’s Landry Fields and Jeremy Green: 39.7).
So, short of Pondexter and/or Thomas going pure Maravich, the Huskies' big two had better start getting better scoring support. And soon. Like tonight.