Intentional Upset: Huskies Down The Bruins
Led by Justin Dentmon’s 20 points, the Washington Huskies snapped a 4-game losing streak (including 3-in-a-row at home) by beating the 4th ranked UCLA Bruins by the score of 71-61. In the loss, UCLA was a horrid 1-16 from the 3-point line, a stat that will kill even the most talented team.
As for now 14-11 Washington (4-7 in the Pac-10), they could’ve won the game by an even wider margin had they performed better at the free throw line (16-30). As it stands, these missed charity points did not come back to bite the Huskies, but if they want to actually turn the season around like Coach Romar suggests, borderline 50% free throw efforts will not help their cause.
Of course, UCLA fans aren’t too pleased with their team’s performance, but, they refreshingly aren’t displaying the end-of-the-world mentality other fans are known for when a good team happens to lose:
Yes, they [Washington] have had a horrific season (which is not going to turn because of an aberration on Sunday). But the reason for that hasn’t been lack of talent but due to Romar and his staff (as admitted by Romar) inability to develop and harness the talent and put together a cohesive team. However, as we witnessed during the Lavin era, as long as there is talent, even a poorly coached, dysfunctional team playing jungle ball can have its day against well coached, fundamentally sound programs every now and then.
And that’s what happened yesterday. The Huskies came out with fire and passion, and for once played up to their talent. Our team (the entire team) came out flat, failed to match that passion and intensity, and inexplicably lived up the standards of Ben Ball they have set last few years in Westwood.