Pressure, transition points, turnovers. These were hallmarks of Huskies teams past. The style brought recruits and put behinds in Hec Ed seats. Oregon is playing it now.
Oregon trapped, pressed, switched defenses and drove into the paint. However, Washington did not wilt against the conference leaders. Saturday was not the mental checkout of the prior two games. The Huskies just didn’t have enough to beat the 16th-ranked Ducks in a game where neither team could stop turning the ball over.
Washington wanted a test in its exhibition and Div. II defending national champion Western Washington provided it.
The Vikings were scrappy and tricky to guard during Washington’s 88-78 win. I said to Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar afterward that Western was like South Dakota State Light, and he said that’s what he told the team beforehand.