Evaluation: Is it time to hit the panic button for UW males’s basketball crew?


For the primary time since 2002 – when Lorenzo Romar took over – the Washington males’s basketball crew has began a season 0-3.

The Huskies return residence from a dreadful three-games-in-five-days highway journey during which they’ve misplaced by no less than 14 factors in every outing.

UW’s newest setback – a 76-62 defeat at Utah on Thursday – marked a slight enchancment for a crew that misplaced by 34 and 15 factors respectively in its two earlier video games.

Listed below are three impressions.


The brand new offense isn’t working. That’s a easy and primary evaluation of Washington’s revamped assault, which is meant to characteristic an array of perimeter shooters. Throughout his first three seasons, coach Mike Hopkins favored a low-post assault led by Noah Dickerson within the first two years and Isaiah Stewart final season. With redshirt sophomore Nate Roberts making his first begin at ahead and slowly maturing as a low-post scoring possibility, Hopkins put in a three-point assault as UW’s major offensive weapon. To date, that call has been a miscalculation. After Thursday’s video games, Washington ranked 279th amongst 285 Division I groups in three-point area aim share (18.9 %). That statistic is much more distressing contemplating UW ranks 42nd nationally with 24.7 three-point makes an attempt. It could be too early to drag the plug on UW’s offense, however the Huskies rank 280th in scoring (52.0) and it’s tough to think about they’re all of the sudden going to shoot higher with extra apply.


Nobody is suggesting backup heart Riley Sorn goes to avoid wasting Washington’s season, however the 7-foot-4 backup heart appears as if he’s deserving of extra minutes after his newest efficiency. Bear in mind, the redshirt sophomore had performed a complete of 4 minutes in his UW profession earlier than Thursday. However in opposition to Utah, Sorn completed with eight factors on 4-for-7 taking pictures, six rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes. And the massive fella with expansive wingspan is a towering defender in the midst of UW’s 2-3 zone. Sorn received beat a few instances defensively and allowed a backdoor layup and dunk, however he additionally led the Huskies with 5 offensive rebounds. And he’s a mismatch nightmare offensively for opposing groups. Sorn is the antithesis of latest UW’s three-point offense, however he’s additionally a possible recreation changer if given minutes and alternatives.


Washington performs its subsequent three video games at residence – with out followers within the stands – in opposition to Seattle College on Wednesday adopted by Oregon (Dec. 12) and Montana (Dec. 16). It’s not hyperbole to counsel, the cross-town battle in opposition to the Redhawks is a must-win recreation for the Huskies. SU misplaced 78-52 at UCLA on Thursday to fall to 3-2. UW must win a recreation to revive hope in a season that in some ways already feels misplaced. Washington has a 15-game profitable streak in opposition to Seattle U and must retain its dominance within the neighborhood rivalry to revive its ebbing confidence. It’s one factor to get blown out by No. 2 Baylor and drop some video games on the highway, but when the Huskies can’t win at residence in opposition to non-Energy 6 groups, then it’s time to hit the panic button.

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