Huskies take out the #2 Jayhawks in signature win for new coach
New Washington head coach Mike Hopkins isnt just writing a new chapter in Huskies history, rather he has just ripped up the pages and started writing his own story. And what a fairy tale this would be as the 22 point underdog, Washington Huskies would take on the legendary Kansas Jayhawks and against all odds defeat the #2 ranked team and beat them in their house by a score of 64-65.
Matisse Thybulle would drop 19 points on 7-11 shooting and Jaylen Dowell would add another 17 points to push the purple and gold ahead of the heavily favored Kansas squad. Forward Noah Dickerson would haul in 14 rebounds and score 13 points to be a dominant under the hoop while point guard David Crisp would shovel 7 assists to lead the team to victory.
The Huskies would endure Kansas superstar Lagerald Vick and his 28 points, but he would get very little help from his co-hort Devonte Grahm and the rest of the Jayhawk squad. Mike Hopkin’s 2-3 zone shut down the supporting cast for Vick and his disciplined defenses found their assignments and held fast as a frustrated Kansas team rushed shots.
“They took everybody away but Lagerald — `See if you can beat us,'” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I thought our defense was horrendous and our hustle plays weren’t very good either.”
This was a signature win for the new head coach Mike Hopkins, and while they struggled against Seattle U and Omaha, one wonders if the new coach knows how to get his squad up for the big games, when it counts. This sunday against Gonzaga we will see if this was a fluke or not.