The Huskies last game of the season looked similar to what Husky fans had seen most of the season. They started the game sluggishly, not playing team defense and looking at a deficit at halftime. Terrance Ross looked like the player NBA scouts wanted to see in the first half, taking control and being aggressive while taking defenders off the dribble. The team as a whole was outplayed, out hustled and definitely did not play as fast on offense or defense as the Gophers did in the first half. Their fast break and perimeter defense were lackadaisical, giving up lay-ups and dunks at will.
The second half was a different story, as the team came out with more energy and better team defense. Darnell Gant looked like the senior we had hoped for ALL year. He definitely took up the slack when the Gophers played tougher defense on Ross in the second half. Gant hit the offensive boards and had some good moves on the low post. CJ Wilcox also was a key contributor in the second half posting 12 points. Tony Wroten on the other hand, was nowhere to be seen most of the game. The Gophers obviously watched the tape on Wroten and knew that he pretty much only goes to his left.
As the end of regulation was nearing, the Huskies trailed by two with the Gophers having possession of the ball. Through some slight tugging of the jersey by Tony Wroten on Andre Hollins, the Huskies were able to steal the inbound pass and CJ Wilcox tied the game up scoring a lay-up with 16 seconds to go. The Gophers were unable to score on their possession and the game went to overtime. In overtime, the Huskies were never able to get the lead and Andre Hollins put the team away with free throws and ended the Huskies season with a 68-67 defeat. Terrance Ross ended with 21 point and rebounds while the other NBA caliber prospect Tony Wroten only managed 9 points on 4 of 16 shooting from the field.
Now Husky fans have a few weeks to ponder what could have been a promising tournament team and whether or not their two stars will come back for their sophomore and junior campaigns. Should they come back, the team has the talent, and with another year under their belt the maturity, to be the Pac-12 Champions again.