The Washington Men’s Basketball Season autopsy, one of the worst in Pac-12 history, is still incomplete.
Mike Hopkins could not analyze in detail what went wrong for Haski after the 98-95 loss to Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
“Obviously we were disappointed with our record,” Hopkins said. “It’s not where we want to be, there has to be some improvement. But these are things we will talk about and work on. “
After 5-21 seasons, there is a big charge of skipping after 11t: install Pac-12 on 4-16. UW’s .192 victory percentage is the fifth lowest in convention history since the 1968-69 season.
What was so terrible about the Huskies?
We will delve into six boxes of reasons that explore Washington’s misconceptions and shortcomings.
1. Rough miscalculations of offensive-defensive schemes
Thanks to the staff, Hopkins changed the crime from a low attack to a perimeter scheme, in which he imagined the UW, trying to score 25-30 points in each game.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, they were only 33.2% behind the bow, which ranked 10th.t: At Pac-12, it’s the second-third lowest score in school history in 20 years.
Worsening the situation, Washington did not have a real playmaker to operate the attack, occupying the last place in the championship with 10.8 goal assists.
Thus, the Huskies were essentially a poor jumping team, playing one-on-one with the ball, rarely scoring in the last position in the Pac-12 with 15.3 free throws per game.
As bad as it sounds, the defense issues were much more worrying.
Hopkins is an avid 2-3 zone apostle, but for the second season in a row, Huskies’ inability to work effectively with his favorite defense forced him to fake, tweak, and eventually change to a new scheme during the season.
In January, Washington adopted a coincidence zone, a complex scheme in which players begin each property in the zone before moving on to the human-to-human principle. The change helped UW fight its backlash և attributed to Colorado’s victories over Utah.
Eventually, UW’s opponents made adjustments, և Hopkins ran out of counter-attackers.
The Huskies had the worst 78.6 points in the league, including an 11-game lead, when rivals scored at least 77 points.
The Washington minus -10.1 point differential is the lowest in the history of the program.
2. Lack of player development
For the sake of fairness of Hopkins և his staff, it is difficult to assess the player’s development during the epidemic season, which takes almost everything out of the situation.
It is still impossible to identify Husky, who was with the team in 2019-20, who has made a noticeable improvement this season, except for Jam Amal Bey.
The 6-foot-6 junior defender was behind last season, while he averaged 5.7 points, or 25.7%, on three points. He developed into a reliable goal threat, led by Pac-12 with three points (50.7%), averaging 10.3 points per game.
Seniors Quade Green (15.4 ppg and 3.6 rebounds per game) և Hameir Wright (6.2 ppg and 4.1 rebounds per game) did not necessarily exceed expectations.
Sophomore Marcus so ohonis (10.4 ppg.), Reds forward Nate Roberts (5.2 ppg. And 5.7 rpg.) And sophomore Riley Sorn (3.1 ppg. And 2.5 rpg.) Had the least gains due to extra playing time :
Rookie RaeQuan Battle (4.6 ppg) seems to have retreated, playing in just five of the last 17 games of the season.
3. Error collection և Dominance over transfers
Hopkins collected his collection in the home race in 2019 when he landed in the 10th national class, which included McDonald all-American Isaiah Stewart and Aiden McDaniels.
Last year, the Huskies failed to bring in a high school recruit. Freshman Dominic Penn was a rare mid-season addition, using scholarships for the transfer trio (Eric Stevenson, Cole Bajema, Nate Pryor) with hometown connections.
Stevenson had the biggest impact when he averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists, but gave him 10 games to score in the double quarters to find a quarterback who included Green, Bey և so ohonis.
After resting, Stevenson has scored at least 11 points in 12 of his last 17 games, but his 29.8% three-point shot is a cause for concern, given that he led the team behind the bow with 124 attempts.
Pryor played at the start of the season, starting three games before his minutes, production dwindling and Bayeman overcame a slow start, effectively replacing Battle in mid-season rotation.
Whatever spark they sometimes gave was insignificant in the large scheme of things.
4. Lack of size and depth in the front line
This may be the main reason for the destruction of Washington.
Inexplicably, Hopkins watched the four great men (Stewart, McDaniels, Sam Timmins և Bryan Penn-Johnson) leave the team through early dismissals, graduation և transfer և all that’s talent replaced J’Raan’s 6-foot -9 with younger children. Brooks, who averaged just 2.0 points և 1.3 rebounds per game at USC in 2018-19, moved to Washington last season before moving to Washington.
Instead, Hopkins relied on the tough frontline of Wright, Roberts, Sorn, and Brooks, which he often referred to as the “heavyweight bout.”
It was predictable that the Huskies were stuck in the paint. UW took 11th placet: In Pac-12, with a minus 7.7 return differential. Wright, who has had six Premier League disqualifications, բեր Roberts led the conference with 87 և 82 errors respectively.
At the end of the attack, Washington’s relatively narrow frontline provided very little inside the game. Roberts showed signs of efficiency, but so ohnis was UW’s most successful low message.
5. Losing Nahzia Cards
The Huskins suspended Carter ahead of the season, and he left the team in December after a school test confirmed two allegations of sexual harassment by UW students.
It was a great disgrace to Washington.
On the court, Carter, who averaged 12.2 points և 4.9 rebounds, would help the Husky team, which lacks explosive perimeter players. The 6-6 Senior Guardsman was a flying artist and was considered the prospect of the NBA’s 100 best projects.
6. Bad schedule
In the aftermath, Hopkins regrets rushing to organize a market match against Baylor at the Big 12 power plant in Las Vegas after a four-team tournament at the Alaska Airlines Arena after the end of a four-team tournament in Washington due to COVID-19 problems with rivals Washington.
Two days after losing 82-56 to the No. 2 Bears, Hopkins again made a blunder և in a non-conference game against UC Riverside in Las Vegas two days before the opening of the Pac-12 in Utah.
Referring to fatigue, Washington left the field in both games, starting the season with a score of 0-3, which proved to be a sign of a season full of losses.
“Usually in the pre-election season you have a regular training camp and then you have exhibition games to see where you are,” Hopkins said. “Our exhibition game was against Baylor. You never know what it’s going to do, it’s a bad calculation for me. ”
Washington beat Seattle University 73-41 before losing a disgraceful 66-58 loss to Montana.
“Building confidence in losing games at first, I think it was a huge thing,” said Hopkins. “It simply came to our notice then.
“We did not play well early, it would be good to build that confidence soon. I did not do such a well-planned job. “
[In Part II of our season review, we’ll take a look at what Washington needs to do to fix its problems.]