The proverbial proverbial” stop me if you have heard this one”, punch line is the only way to start the narrative regarding the Washington Huskies (15-10, 7-6) 81 to 80 loss to Colorado (19-7, 8-5) Saturday afternoon in Boulder Colorado.
While the opening narrative is reference to a punch line, make no mistake dear reader, the Huskies run at an NCAA Tournament berth is in critical condition and by no means a joking matter. The only joke here is the the Huskies inability to put two quality halves together. A shakespearian play this is not. Fair enough Husky nation your words to Coach Lorenzo Romar and his young team is clear. No more toying with us , save us the drama and seize the moment so the aforementioned fans can finally rid themselves of the five year NCAA tournament drought.
For the eternal optimist Washington has three weeks to make good and make their way to the big dance. Saturdays loss to the Buffaloes was a deep cut in that, the nail bitter dropped the Huskies out of a three-way tie for fourth in the conference and into seventh play. The margin of error is yes razor thin moving forward and no one knows that better than Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. ” If we’re talking the NCAA tournament, (then) we’ve got t finish,” Romar said after Saturdays game. ” We don’t have a lot of margin for error at this point.”
While many so called prognosticators are predicting at minimum seven Pac 12 teams being invited to the dance, the young Huskies are better off taking destiny into their own hands. Lucky for the Huskies it’s all ahead of them.Washington will host California (17-8, 5-7) on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. and Stanford (12-11, 5-7) Saturday at 5 p.m. before heading down I-5 for the Oregon double dip, Oregon State (15-9,6-7) Feb 24th, Oregon (20-6, 9-4) Feb 28th and finish the regular season at home March 2nd against WSU (9-16,1-12).
The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will begin March 9th in Las Vegas. The NCAA Selection show will be March 13th.