Washington’s is looking at NIT after 69-66 loss to Beavers
The University of Washington was not supposed to win 20 games this year. With a new head coach in Mike Hopkins and a new system, the Huskies were not given a chance to make the NCAA tournament. The Huskies fought hard all season, but teetered out losing winnable games such as this evening’s loss to the Oregon State Beavers in overtime by a score of 69-66.
UW leads 64-63.
— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) March 8, 2018
Matisse Thybulle had 19 and Noah Dickerson scored 15, the Beavers Drew Eubanks would score 19 and defeat the Huskies in OT.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to Oregon State,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “I mean, they battled, they made the plays down the stretch that you had to make. I mean, the bottom line is this is a championship-level conference and a great environment. They beat us in overtime. It was a heck of a game.”
UW is now eliminated from the Pac12 as well as the NCAA. Most likely, UW will get a consolation prize in an NIT appearance. Having only won 9 games last year, Pac12 Coach of the Year Mike Hopkins looks to gain momentum in the NIT and build for next season. Wins over Arizona and Kansas proved that the Huskies have something to offer now and in the future to college basketball.
“New coaching staff, new system, there is a lot going on,” Hopkins said. “These guys went out there and made the plays that they had to make. We’ve beaten some really, really good teams this year. Part of what we’re trying to build is a standard of excellence.”