The last time the Washington Huskies men's basketball team made the NCAA Tournament was in 2011, and with a 9-21 record this year, the streak will continue. The Huskies enter the Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 11 seed, and they will face the No. 6-seeded Southern California Trojans in the final game on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Washington won 19 games a year ago, but with a big drop this season, the Huskies are once again on the bottom looking up at the rest of the league.
Regular season stats: 76.5 points per game scoring (105th of 351 NCAA Division I schools), 81.2 points per game allowed (332nd of 351)
Conference record: 2-16 (11th place)
Overall record: 9-21, .300 winning percentage (303rd of 351)
Home record: 7-9
Road record: 1-11
Best win: An 85-83 overtime win at home against the Colorado Buffaloes on January 18 evened the Huskies' record (9-9). Washington overcame a 15-point halftime deficit, and the Huskies used that momentum to escape with the narrow win in extra time. Freshman point guard Markelle Fultz scored 37 points and notched eight assists in the win, while Washington's defense blocked 13 Colorado shot attempts on the way to a big comeback win that looked like it could change the team's fortunes.
Worst loss: Opening the season at home against Yale should have been a gimme for the Huskies, but the Bulldogs handed the home team a 98-90 loss that really just got the season off to the wrong start. Yale took a 14-point halftime lead and held on for the victory, while out-rebounding Washington, 34-26. The Huskies blocked a whopping 15 Bulldogs shots, but if you can't clean the glass against an Ivy League team, you're going to be in trouble.
Best Player: Shooting a solid 47.6 percent from the floor (including over 50 percent from two-point range), Fultz is the heart and soul of this team. The freshman led the Huskies in scoring (23.2 points per game) and assists (5.9), while finishing second in rebounds (5.7) and steals (1.6). He missed five games down the stretch, however, and Fultz may not play in the Pac-12 Tournament. After all, the Washington season is all but over, and there's little point in risking Fultz' future with nothing on the line.
Pac-12 Tournament outlook: Since the overtime victory over Colorado, the Huskies have lost 12 straight games by an average of 16.5 points per outing. It's almost as if the Buffaloes game took all the energy out of the Washington roster. With Fultz' status for the Wednesday night game against USC in question, the Huskies aren't expected to put up a fight against the Trojans, who are still in the hunt for March Madness. Plus, USC just beat Washington Saturday night by 16 points to close out the regular season and complete a two-game sweep this year.
Tickets to Session 2, featuring the Colorado-Washington State and USC-Washington games on Wednesday evening, can be purchased here.