Thurday’s 76-73 loss to California has hurt the Washington Huskies more than ever. The biggest upset in the NCAA was great for the Golden Bears, but it wasn’t for the Huskies. Washington clinched the regular season PAC-12 title last night, but it won’t mean a thing unless the Dawgs can win out. With three games left and the PAC-12 tournament coming up, the Huskies must win every game.
It’s weird how a 22-6 team could possibly miss out on the March Madness Tournament. That’s what makes March maddening for all college basketball fans. As of this moment, the Huskies will get a no. 1 seed bye and would then could play up to three games in the tournament. With six wins, Washington finishes the season with a 28-6 along with the automatic bid for winning the PAC-12 tournament. The thing that would kill the Huskies chances at an NCAA tournament bid would be one more loss during the regular season, and not winning the PAC-12.
Things still look great for Washington. Coach Mike Hopkins can still get this program into its first national tournament since 2011. This team has had its backs against the wall before this season and have still found a way to pull through. With their backs against the wall once again, guys like Jaylen Nowell, David Crisp, and Matisse Thybulle have got to lead this team to six more wins. Last night Crisp had a career night, he scored a career-high 32 points and Nowell added 22 points.
New career high for Crisp! 32 points tonight!#TougherTogether
— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) March 1, 2019
The final three games for Washington will be against Stanford, Oregon State, and Oregon. The Huskies will travel to Stanford and then travel back home for their final two games. The Huskies have beaten all three of those teams this season. They’ll look for a sweep of both teams. Oregon was the only team out of the three to lose by single digits. Everything is set for the Huskies to punch their ticket into the national tournament, the only thing left is to finish the job.