The Huskies enter Pac-12 play with more wins already than all last season under Lorenzo Romar. It’s valid to buy into the Mike Hopkins hype, but his teams will get much better than this one.
It would be easy to start fantasizing right now, wouldn’t it? It might be tempting for Washington fans to start shopping for dancing shoes.
It’s not even Christmas yet, but the 10-3 Huskies have already won one more game than they did all last season under Lorenzo Romar.
Mike Hopkins’ debut has him looking like a Chris Petersen-like hire. The Dawgs lost Markelle Fultz — the No. 1 overall pick in last June’s NBA draft — and have still managed a double-digit win total through 13 games.
Conference opener, UW men @ USC, 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
It’s exciting, no doubt. Just make sure to put restrictions on your imagination. Hopkins is going to turn this program into a national contender one day. I’m just not sure it’s anywhere close to that yet.
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Friday night, the Huskies entertained the 5,915 fans at Hec Ed in a manner they haven’t seen for a while. They held off Montana in a 66-63 victory, giving them eight wins in their past nine games.
As the arena emptied, a child said to his father “that was the best Huskies game I’ve ever seen,” and it’s nice to hear those kind of things. But while most in attendance were enjoying the highs, a more discerning eye likely noticed the holes.
For instance, Montana not only outrebounded the Huskies 41-27, it pulled down 20 offensive boards. Defensive rebounding is always going to be an issue for teams that play zone, but giving up one offensive rebound every two minutes is going to result in humiliation against a Pac-12 team. When Gonzaga pummeled Washington by 27 points, it also outrebounded the Huskies by 12. Virginia Tech got six more rebounds against UW in its 24-point victory last month.