Not too deep to look to realize Washington’s problems against UCLA.
The Huskies (17-14, 9-9) committed 19 turnovers and were outscored 29-9 in points off turnovers during a 61-54 loss to the Bruins Saturday morning in Hec Ed. It was a similar effort to the one in Los Angeles.
Some quick notes, quotes and thoughts:
> Abdul Gaddy had four assists and one turnover in the first half. He had one assist and three turnovers in the second. He finished the regular season with 132 assists and 93 turnovers. His 444 assists are third all-time at Washington and are 22 short of second place.
> Scott Suggs battled Shabazz Muhammad, but his trash-talking may have energized the Bruins’ scoring machine. Muhammad finished with 21 points on 17 shots, not exactly an efficient outing. In many ways, he’s like Tony Wroten with range. Muhammad, as C.J. Wilcox put it, “throws and goes” and is difficult to stop from getting his own miss. Muhammad had six rebounds, four of which were offensive.
“I think that really got me going when he was talking,” Muhammad said. “I like that trash talk, I just get determined and really focused.”
Suggs shot well again. He scored 14 points on 6 for 10 from the field. But, he had zero rebounds in 34 minutes.
“We wanted to come in here and finish this season on a wining streak so we gave a lot of effort today,” Suggs said. “It was fun, I wish we could have given the fans a win.”
> Aziz N’Diaye had two enormous blocks to go with five points and 10 rebounds. He also had two turnovers. He was sporting an “I (heart) Africa” T-shirt when introduced for Senior Day.
> UCLA wing Jordan Adams had a hot start to the second half. Of the 38 points he and Muhammad combined for, 25 came in the second half. At halftime, an UCLA assistant let them know they were losing the battle with Suggs and Wilcox.
“Their offense primarily goes through their two wings and our offense primarily goes through our two wings,” Adams said. “Assistant coach Korey McCray came up to me and Shabazz and said at halftime, ‘you two are losing the matchup to them two.’ They came out hot early. Me and ‘Bazz just looked at each other and said, “We need to step it up.” That’s what we did in the second half.”
> Wilcox remains cold. He was 3 for 13 Saturday and 2 for 8 from 3. In his last 10 games, Wilcox is shooting 20.8 percent from 3.
Postgame, he said he felt better Saturday than the past couple weeks. He had three 3-pointers rattle out after hitting his first. Many were wide open and appeared right on line.
“They missed some open shots,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Three for 13 from Wilcox? I’m telling you right now, three of him that he missed? WIDE open. We’re not even defending him. There was one late, left side, it would have really been a crusher had it gone. Thank you, thank you (for rattling out).”
> Excellent game for Desmond Simmons. He had 11 rebounds, a steal and a block in 17 minutes. Midway through the second half, he was all over the place.
> Shawn Kemp Jr. was 5 for 6 from the field for 10 points, but five of those six shots came in the first half. Washington shot 41.1 percent for the game and 35.7 percent in the second half. Curious as to why Kemp didn’t get more shots, or at least more touches, in his 24 minutes. UCLA was double-teaming him midway through first half. The Bruins don’t have a defensive answer for him.
> Tough night for Jernard Jarreau after a breakout game against USC earlier in the week. Three turnovers in 14 minutes for him. He has trouble finishing inside against UCLA and others. He needs to improve his overall and hand strength. It was fun to watch him matched up with the Bruins’ equally elongated Kyle Anderson. Whole lot of legs and arms between that duo.
> Largest home crowd of the year today, 8,747. Washington did not have more than 9,000 fans at any home games this season. The cause of the attendance dip is likely multifaceted: A new offensive system, lack of success, zany start times, all games on television and not a specific player who could blow up, drawing people just to see what he does.
> Washington heads to Las Vegas on Tuesday. It will play in the last game of the opening day on Wednesday, when it tips against Washington State, which it swept in the regular season, at 8:30.
Final Pac-12 standings:
1. UCLA, 23-8, 13-5
2. Cal 20-10, 12-6
3. Oregon 23-7, 12-6
4. Arizona 23-6, 11-6
5. Colorado 20-10, 10-8
6. Washington 17-14, 9-9
7. USC 14-17, 9-9
8. Stanford 18-13, 9-9
9. Arizona State 20-11, 9-9
10. Utah 13-17, 5-13
11. Washington State 13-18, 4-14
12. Oregon State 14-17, 4-14
Preseason media poll:
1. Arizona (15) 403
2. UCLA (16) 402
3. California (3) 325
4. Stanford 296
5. Washington (2) 278
6. Colorado 262
7. Oregon 217
8. Oregon State 166
9. USC 163
10. Washington State 111
11. Arizona State 107
12. Utah 78
First place votes in parentheses
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