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Morning basketball links: Wilcox’s slide mirrors UW’s

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 16, 2013 at 1:53 am with No Comments »
February 16, 2013 12:03 pm

Wrote about C.J. Wilcox’s recent struggles for today’s paper. His struggles, not surprisingly, are coinciding with Washington’s.

Everyone is trying to figure out what is wrong with Wilcox. My personal thought is he’s worn down mentally and physically from all the attention he’s received this year from opposing defenses. Here’s what he said about the change to being the No. 1 guy for other teams to worry about:

“I didn’t think it was going to be like this,” Wilcox said. “I knew I was going to be one of the main guys on the scout board, but I didn’t think I was going to be the main guy that they would just change their whole defense to keep me from scoring.”

He’s learning what a challenge that is, especially without a consistent second wing scorer.

Also interesting is the direct correlation to his reduction in practice time to make sure his achy left foot doesn’t become a bigger problem and his declining shooting percentage. It happened just like this last year, too.

Wilcox missed three games in late January last season because of a hip injury. On Jan. 26, 2012, he went 0-for-3 in 10 minutes against Arizona State as Washington tried to ease him back in. That was the start of a six-game struggle during which Wilcox shot 35.4 percent.

His slide this season began Jan. 26, too. That’s right around the time Wilcox said he first began feeling discomfort in his left foot and Washington reduced his practice time. In the past six games, Wilcox is shooting 32.5 percent from the field.

Wilcox is all the way down to 43.9 percent from the field. Abdul Gaddy is shooting 43.7.

> Former Husky Isaiah Thomas had a good night at the Rising Stars game Friday night as part of All-Star weekend.

> Washington State’s Mike Ladd is expected to be out again Saturday because of a knee injury.

> UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad calls today’s game against Stanford a “must-win.”

> Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski continues to struggle, but says he knows what he has to do to turn it around, thanks to advice from his father.

“He told me there are people out there who are really great musicians,” the junior Arizona State center said. “And if you think about each note, it’s too much to think about because there are so many notes in a song. So they just need to play the song and not think about the notes.

“That’s what I have to do with basketball. I can’t think about this play or that play. I just have to feel it out and play how I know I can play, because we train all year for this. And sometimes you just have to rely on your instincts.”

> In a rare act for any basketball player, let alone a scorer, Askia Booker asked coach Tad Boyle not to sub him back into Thursday’s game against Arizona when the Buffs were on a run.

> Oregon is turning its attention to Brock Motum and is pleased that point guard Johnathan Loyd appeared all right after tweaking his knee against Washington.

Today’s schedule:


Series: UCLA leads, 136-91. Streak: UCLA 2 (last, 68-60 at UCLA)


Series: ORE leads, 161-123. Streak: ORE 4 (last, 68-61 at ORE)


Series: COLO leads, 4-3. Steak: ASU 1 (last, 65-56 at ASU)


Series: WASH leads, 155-137. Streak: OSU 2 (last, 74-66 at OSU)

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