I’ve noticed that us Good Guys aren’t very good about writing about sports when sports go wrong. It’s a good thing we aren’t getting paid to write about these things because once our teams start losing, we all start going to the movies (or doing something that isn’t sports related). If you would like to pay us to write though, I’ll gladly accept your money. So, on this very full sports day, I’m going to ignore the Mariners trade that I don’t really like and talk about a surging Husky basketball team. I could have chose Chip Kelly or dead, fake girlfriends but I’ve been planning on writing about the Huskies for about a week.
The easiest place to start this post is with the question, “What happened to the Huskies?” The easy answer is that Romar pulled a Bugs Bunny and convinced the whole team that they are drinking something special so that they will be able to defeat the Monstars of the Pac-12. That’s probably not accurate though. Before conference play began, the Huskies suffered humiliating losses to Albany, Colorado State, and Nevada. The team had some good moments but they were overshadowed by inconsistency and a lack of play-makers. The team didn’t have an identity and seemed to be going no where.
There were excuses for this, and they were pretty legitimate. Romar lost two players to the first round of the NBA Draft. The team suffered injuries to Scott Suggs and Shawn Kemp Jr. The Dawgs weren’t a deep team to begin with and these injuries didn’t help. With that to boot, the Huskies were learning a new offense this year. When you don’t have your whole team there to practice a new offense, it’s hard to learn it. The defense also suffered, as they were slow on their rotations.
The Huskies played better towards the end of non-conference play but still was not consistent. The turnaround in the season may have come when the Dawgs went and played a game at Connecticut. They lost by 8 points but the defense held UConn to 65 points and the team played hard. It was clear that progress had been made.
Since that game, the Huskies have started Pac-12 play 4-0. Three of those wins have come on the road. Yes, they haven’t played the top teams in the conference but they have found a formula to let them compete against those top teams. That formula is hard-nosed defense, hustle, veteran scoring, and more hard-nosed defense.
Read about those after the jump!
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Yes, I still write for this blog. Welcome back, you say? Why thank you. How have you been, you say? I’m doing well. The main reason I haven’t written much lately is that I wanted to make sure that I was still writing on here for the right reasons. All four of the Good Guys’ write on this blog as a hobby and nothing more. We aren’t paid for what we write (nor should we be) and we aren’t the most popular sports blog in Seattle (again, we shouldn’t be). We just do this for fun and we are hopeful that our readers find us entertaining and somewhat informative. In the last month I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t writing just to see how many blog hits we could get. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t think of it as a chore. Most of all, I wanted to make sure that I enjoyed sports more while writing about them than not writing about them. Now, I’m back! Yes, I’ve missed writing and, having wasted about 200 words already, it’s time to get on with this post! There will be more in the future and, hopefully, not as many breaks in the future.
I was driving back to Seattle today and caught the last couple of minutes of the Husky basketball game on the radio. After watching their blowout loss against Colorado on Thursday, I was hesitant to even turn it on but I’m a Dawg and will always be. Despite the Huskies best effort to lose the game to a terrible Utah team, they edged out a close victory. It was their first road win of the year.
After the game had ended I spent a few minutes about what I thought ‘Husky basketball’ is. In recent years I think the program has been successful enough to earn an identity and I think Romar, Bob Rondeau and Harry the Husky would agree. What is that identity? I would peg it as in-your-face defense that takes risks, fast paced offense that thrives off of penetration and shooters, and a dive on the floor to get the loose ball mentality. Most of all, I think it’s that last part. That’s what makes Dawg fans stand up and bark. Since the program has been on the upswing, there is no doubt that Romar has taught his players to want it more than their opposition. Sure, that hasn’t been the case every single game but I think most Husky fans would agree. So what’s different about this year’s team? Continue reading →
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