We’re not in New York, but watched Washington’s 102-84 loss to Indiana on television and have our usual tale of the tape to pass along.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — This could split a few different ways, all in favor of the Hoosiers. Troy Williams led all scorers with 22 points and added five rebounds. Yogi Ferrell scored 20 points, had five assists and two rebounds. Noah Vonleh throws his hat into the ring with 18 points and nine rebounds. And Indiana’s entire team seemed to crash the boards, perhaps the biggest reason why this game was never really in doubt.
STAT OF THE GAME — Indiana enjoyed a 50-29 rebounding edge, and grabbed 21 of the game’s first 27 available rebounds. That’s quite the percentage. The Hoosiers used all those boards to score 54 points in the paint. They also scored 27 second-chance points.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — UW was hanging around, trailing 71-60 after a Darin Johnson 3-pointer midway through the second half. But the Hoosiers reeled off a 12-2 run, and that was that.
QUOTABLE — “They were like Dobermans on the boards.” — UW coach Lorenzo Romar, to reporters, on Indiana’s rebounding effort
WHAT IT MEANS — This wasn’t a game many expected the Huskies to win, but the rebounding disparity really drove home the negative effects of Washington’s current lack of frontcourt depth. Even without the boards, the Hoosiers seemed to get to the basket at will and had open shots when they pleased. UW’s defensive and rebounding deficiencies are particularly concerning.
UP NEXT — Washington plays Boston College, which lost Thursday to Connecticut, at 2 p.m. Friday. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
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