There have been some good comments on the UW basketball season in the threads below. I'll try to answer some of the questions and react to some of the comments later today and likely over the next few days.
For now, however, here's my column from today's paper, which tries to make the point that while, yes, these Huskies were hurt by free-throw shooting, they were also hurt by not being good enough to overcome poor free-throw shooting. In other words, it wasn't one thing, and it's almost never one thing.
This season, the Huskies weren't quite good enough to get into the top half of the tough Pacific-10 Conference. But in a loser-out situation, they also weren't quite good enough to get past a Horizon League also-ran such as Valparaiso.
I think next season could be considerably better. I think the Huskies gain from experience and another recruiting class more than what they lose from the graduation of Ryan Appleby and Tim Morris. Just as importantly, I think the rest of the Pac-10 is likely to come back to them a bit, with WSU and Oregon losing key seniors and USC and others perhaps losing NBA bound freshman.
And, of course, it's hard to imagine the Huskies being that bad at the free throw line again.