Huskies Insider Blog

First half: UC-Santa Barbara 47, UW 44

Very entertaining 20 minutes of basketball, from both sides. Some observations:

GOOD1, Wroten's attacking style: The early revelation was that with Aziz N'Diaye injured, true freshman Tony Wroten got the start in the backcourt with Abdul Gaddy.

And while the shooting numbers were not fantastic - he was 6-for-14 - the way Wroten went after missed shots, his or teammates, really set THE attacking tone.

2, This Gaddy is certainly OK: Abdul Gaddy, where have you been hiding all season?

The Bellarmine Prep product really came out assertive, looking for his shot. He hit a pair of 3-pointers, and scored 12 points in the first half - his most in a half this season.

3, Man, that Johnson guy is smooth: There is at least one more future professional on the court tonight. His name is Orlando Johnson, and he is a senior for UC-Santa Barbara.

Some of the shots he hit - high bankers from 15 feet, fallaway 16-footers, even some of the stuff off the dribble - were all contested by UW defenders, who clearly had him on their pre-game scouting report. Really didn't matter.

BAD1, Defend the cutter: While the UW did a great job with hlpe-side defense in the paint, taking four charges and getting a fifth turnover on a UCSB illegal screen, the Gauchos made a living getting easy baskets inside of back-door cutting, which the Huskies followed poorly.

2, Getting Wilcox, Ross involved: Arguably the UW's two best scorers were not really getting many looks. Wilcox hit a couple of outisde shots early, but in the final 10 minutes - not much.

The two went a combined 3-for-9 from the floor.

It appeared Ross limped off to the locker room with the team at the end of the half.