Here's our weekly look back at the past week of UW basketball and a look ahead to what could be the final week of the season:
Washington lost in double overtime to rival Washington State, 76-73. If that wasn't enough, leading scorer and rebounder Jon Brockman suffered an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for this week. (Without any particular inside information, I think "doubtful" is probably more accurate.) UW ended regular season at 16-15 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10, eighth in the league.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ONThe Huskies actually had a relatively good game from the foul line, hitting 14 of 20 free throws (70 percent). Freshmen Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Venoy Overton looked comfortable in a high-pressure environment. Washington dominated the boards, outrebounding the Cougars, 47-29.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
UW committed 22 turnovers, which coach Lorenzo Romar identified as the smoking gun. After two breakout games, Joe Wolfinger managed only a 3-pointer and a couple of rebounds. Someone – and perhaps several someones – will have to step up if Brockman can't play or is limited.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The eighth-seeded Huskies will open the Pac-10 tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday against ninth-seeded California. The teams split in the regular season: Cal winning 79-75 on Feb. 2 in Seattle, UW winning 87-84 on March 1 at Cal. The winner advances to face top-seeded UCLA on Thursday.
The Huskies' hopes took multiple hits Saturday. They were denied a road win against a ranked opponent, a guaranteed winning record and a Pac-10 tournament-opening pairing against Oregon State. And if a marquee player like Brockman is out long, even the CBI may back off of the Huskies. My hunch is that UW probably needs to beat Cal to make the postseason.