The Washington Huskies, winners of the PAC12 regular season, lost on Saturday night to the Oregon Ducks 55-47 in which on the surface seems like an inconsequential game. However, the loss is troubling as the Huskies have shown vulnerability in their last 4 games, losing two of them.
The lack of focus and an exposed offensive game has shown the PAC12 that the Huskies are vulnerable and this will most likely weaken the Huskies standing for the NCAA tournament. With a 24-7 record (15-3 in the PAC12) the Huskies are by no means a lock for the tournament. It is completely in the realm of possibility that a poor showing in the PAC12 tournament next weekend might see the Huskies overlooked for the NCAA field of 68. There is hope though as the Huskies will still have the #1 seed for the PAC12 tournament putting them in a position where their fate is in their own hands.
Oregon held the Dawgs to their lowest offensive output of the year, limiting UW to 22% shooting in the 1st half. The Ducks would storm off to a 20-8 lead and never give up that advantage. UW would get within 3 points with 8 minutes left by a score of 43-40, but the offense could not get on track as they hit just 3 of 20 from 3-point land.
Jalyen Nowell went 0-4 from downtown, but he did finish the night leading the Huskies with 17 points. Noah Dickerson had a dominant night under the boards with 16 rebounds and 14 points. However, Oregon seemed content to let those two score and shut everybody else down. David Crisp, Dominic Green and Matisse Thybulle would combine for 3-19 shooting and 213 from 3 point land. Add in a miserable 6 points from the bench and it is no small wonder why the purple and gold took the loss.