Washington St. played Washington, and nothing was as it seemed. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Isaiah Thomas combined to go 4-21 from the field. Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto spent 29 combined minutes on the bench with extreme foul trouble. A Washington team 6th best in the nation in turnover percentage coughed the ball up 24(!) times against a simple 2-3 zone. The Cougars, not particularly known for drawing fouls, took 30 free throws.
It all added up to a wild, unpredictable game that ended with a raucous home crowd storming Friel Court because Washington, which looked poised to take over the game so many times, finally ran out of minutes. (Sidenote: I know it's probably not going to happen any time soon, but I can't wait until the students get Haas rocking again the way WSU students did last night.) And in the process the Cougars must force us to reconsider the inevitability of a Pac-10 title for Washington.
Granted, the Huskies are still tied for first in the conference, and they have by far the most favorable end of season schedule in the conference: four road games, three against Oregon, Oregon St. and Arizona St., the three worst teams in the conference by essentially any objective measure. But looming on February 19th is a visit to Tucson that could end up deciding everything.
(Note: Twistnhook wrote the following recaps of last week's Pac-10 action. I extend my thanks for his assistance. If you love it, please forward all rec's to Nick, Nor Cal. If you hate it, please forward all flags to Hook, Twist N.)