Sunday, March 13, 2011
Isaiah Thomas is Amazing
The losses of Gaddy and Overton meant that Washington had only one point guard on the roster for the Pac-10 Tournament. They would need Isaiah Thomas to carry the team. Thomas played all but two minutes of the Huskies' tournament run.
Thomas played his best basketball of the year in the tournament. He was sensational in the first game against Washington State. WSU's Klay Thompson scored a tournament-record 43 points. But Isaiah had 21 points and 11 rebounds and seemed to will the Huskies to the win. Washington won by two.
Washington led pretty much the entire second game against Oregon. The Ducks made a comeback in the second half, though Washington pulled way at the end. UW won by 18. Thomas had 10 points and 12 assists.
The Huskies faced Arizona in the championship game. Arizona won the regualr season and had the league's best player, Derrick Williams. The game was close throughout. In the final minute, Arizona went up by 4 with 22 seconds left. However, freshman Terrence Ross hit a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to pull Washington within 1. With 14 seconds left, Lamont "Momo" Jones was fouled; he hit his two free throws. Washington trailed by 3. Isaiah brought the ball up the court. He passed the ball to C.J. Wilcox in the corner, and Wilcox drained it to tie the game. Overtime.
And so the Washington Huskies proceed to the NCAA Tournament. There's no reason they can't win a few games there. You just never know.