Friday, March 18, 2011

HUSKIES: UW beats Georgia in second round of NCAA Tournament

He's not the only sad Bulldog tonight
Georgia is up by seven in the first half. They’re controlling the boards, and abusing the Huskies inside. The Huskies are 2-10 on 3-pointers, and can’t find a rhythm. The Dawgs seemed to be panicking, just jacking up stupid shots, which is something you wouldn’t expect from a fairly experienced team.

The Huskies couldn’t sink ANYTHING, only hitting 34% of their shots and missing nine of their first eleven 3-pointers in the first half. However, Scott Suggs came off the bench to lead the way with 8 points, while MBA had 6 in the first half.
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Georgia’s Trey Thompkins looked like Amare Stoudemire in the first half, scoring 15 points. Justin Holiday was on Thompkins like glue, but still couldn’t stop the future NBA draft pick.

As Georgia was up eight with a couple minutes to go in the first half, you couldn’t help but wonder if the Huskies’ Tournament run was due to end. You would think a bunch of 20 something year old kids would slouch their heads and start to give up. It seemed as though Georgia had Washington figured out, like they somehow snooped on Lorenzo Romar’s game plan. Was hope lost?

Never, says Isaiah Thomas. Not on my team.

Before you even could blink, Isaiah and off from suspension Venoy Overton lead a charge at the end of the first half to tie the game at 28, which Thomas capped off by an electric, only-Isaiah-can-do-it layup.

Life was still with the Huskies.

Second half, the Dawgs started to look more like the Dawgs. Justin Holiday continued to play lockdown defense, Venoy Overton got in his man’s face, and Aziz N’Diaye actually didn’t turn the ball over that much. Wait, what?

Yes, Aziz actually played a great game offensively. He made 3 out of his 3 shots, and only turned the ball over once. His low post passing was excellent, and had two important offensive rebounds.

Isaiah scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, continuing an impressive post season.

In the end however, what really killed Georgia was their lack of bench support. The Bulldogs had 0 bench points. 0!! That’s like… nothing! Georgia’s starters were seriously gassed by the end of the game.

The Huskies countered that weak showing with an impressive 25 points from their bench. So, by the giving their starters a rest, UW ran the floor much better in the second half than Georgia.

Another thing that killed Georgia was their 15 turnovers, as opposed to UW’s 5. Lorenzo Romar put increased pressure on the exhausted Bulldogs guards in the second half, which ended in Georgia making sloppy mistakes.

The Huskies proved they were the better, deeper team tonight. Georgia clearly didn’t have enough speed and athleticism to keep up with the Dawgs, and it showed.

"We are fortunate we (were) able to come out with a victory tonight," Washington coach Lorenzo
Romar said after the game. "We were concerned with Georgia's inside game. Trey Thompkins is a big basketball player. ... They're a good basketball team and we played hard and aggressive to get the win."

UW takes on no. 2 seeded North Carolina at 9:00 AM this Sunday. And you know what?

I think we’ll win.

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