Groz: What the WSU win over UW Huskies proves about college hoops
The WSU Cougars may not be in the NCAA Tournament mix, but they’ve been having an enjoyable run in Pac-12 play. The rival UW Huskies, though – well, their season has been heading the opposite direction.
That came to a head on Sunday in Pullman when WSU knocked off the talented but scuffling Huskies 79-67 thanks to a career-high 34 points from CJ Elleby. The win moved the Cougs to 14-10 and 5-6 in conference play in head coach Kyle Smith’s season, while Washington suffered its sixth straight loss and eight in its last nine games.
The Huskies’ season began with a 67-64 win over Baylor, which to date is the only loss pinned on the Bears, who currently hold the No. 1 ranking in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls. But it’s been all downhill since UW started the campaign with a 10-2 record, as they now sit 12-12 and in last place in the entire Pac-12.
While UW’s season has fallen apart, WSU has found some surprising success. Sure, the Cougars either need an incredible run down the stretch or to simply win the Pac-12 Tournament to make the field of 68 in March, but there are other postseason invitations they could receive that would be a feather in Smith’s cap in his first season in Pullman.
Dave “The Groz” Grosby shares his thoughts on WSU, UW and the college basketball season in his latest Just A Minute segment, which you hear in the player at the top of this story.