Your Washington-Arizona SuperBlog

A live collection of timely thoughts on the Washington-Arizona men’s basketball game.

3:01 p.m. – Good news, Husky fans. I found a 16-ounce PBR in my fridge with expiration date Feb. 21, 2011. Absolutely fantastic.

3:04 p.m. – Oregon sucks.

3:08 p.m. – Yeah, I had it on FSN for the past couple minutes…

3:09 p.m. – You wouldn’t expect a state like Arizona to have a whiteout.

3:10 p.m. – How many Latinos you think are in McKale Center right now? I’ll set the over-under at 3.5.

3:11 p.m. – Jesse Perry’s shooting form is hideous. But he looks like ‘roided out Larry Fitzgerald, so it’s okay.

3:12 p.m. – Kyle Fogg’s long arms get him in trouble on that foul. Three shots coming for Isaiah.

3:13 p.m. – Love having Brad Nessler on the play-by-play. He called the Huskies’ National Championship season in The Sixth Man.

3:15 p.m. – Kyle Fogg is one of those guys who doesn’t look cool when he emphatically yells.

3:17 p.m. – C.J. Wilcox knocks down a bucket. We need him to get hot. He’s the X-factor today.

3:19 p.m. – And then as soon as I say that, Wilcox misses two straight shots, including an airball. Way to go, jinx.

3:20 p.m. – Yikes. Justin Holiday with a horrible miss on a trey. Between him and Wilcox, Huskies look like they’re shooting on the Rock ‘N Jock 50-point hoops.

3:21 p.m. – Boom! Wilcox knocks down a trey. I just came a little bit…

3:22 p.m. – Holy hell. Arizona’s shooting the lights out right now from beyond the arc. That rim might as well be a tramp stamp.

3:24 p.m. – Jimmy Dykes just said, “Watch him come right here.”

3:25 p.m. – Aziz is being unfairly targeted by the refs. Just because he sticks out like a sore thumb against the whiteout, you can’t be picking on him like that.

3:26 p.m. – What is that fat guy standing next to Sean Miller gonna teach you about basketball? How to eat well on the road?

3:27 p.m. – The look on MBA’s face after he blocks a shot is absolutely inexplicable. Like he just stepped in a pile of sh*t or something.

3:28 p.m. – Isaiah has never sold a call better than he just sold that offensive foul on Jordin Mayes. A push-off on a fast-break? Never seen it before until now. Golden Globe-winning performance, Isaiah.

3:29 p.m. – MBA is making Kyryl Natyazhko look even goofier than that goofy-ass mop of goofy-ass hair on his goofy-ass head.

3:31 p.m. – When does Hassan Adams get to play?

3:32 p.m. – Thank you, Jimmy Dykes, for acknowledging the fact that MBA is the worst passer in the history of the world.

3:34 p.m. – I had to check the ESPN play-by-play to confirm, but yes, it was indeed MBA that threw the lob to Holiday on that alley-oop. Like he heard Jimmy Dykes, or something.

3:36 p.m. – Momo Jones’ haircut is cute.

3:37 p.m. – Solomon Hill with a technical foul. First he kicks the ball and now this. Go to Europe if you want to whine and kick things.

3:39 p.m. – Jesse Perry would be a lot better if Kurt Warner were on the Wildcats’ roster.

3:40 p.m. – The rivalry between Venoy Overton and Momo Jones is reminiscent of Tupac and Biggie. Jones is from Brooklyn, so it almost makes sense. West Side…

3:41 p.m. – Arizona doing a lot of cheating right now. Fouls, technicals, over-and-backs. Play by the rules. This is a disgrace.

3:42 p.m. – Jimmy Dykes just said that MBA misses a lot of shots inside. I could have Dykes’ baby about now. He recognizes all the things about MBA that the rest of us do. Thank you, Dykes.

3:45 p.m. – Darnell Gant picks up his second foul with nearly five minutes left in the half. Aziz is already on the bench with three. Brendan Sherrer is at home with a staph infection. I never thought we might need Sherrer this badly. But by the end of the game, we just may.

3:48 p.m. – Gant knocks down a layup, and-one. Instant offense.

3:49 p.m. – Under four minutes left to play in the half. Wilcox leads ALL scorers with 10 points. We’re gonna need 20 from him if we want to win this game…

3:50 p.m. – If you’re watching in the Seattle area, you know “The L.J. Way” involves having a smokin’ hot chick pimp cars for you at Lee Johnson Chevrolet. Apparently, “The L.J. Way” is just high-class prostitution. I’m down.

3:51 p.m. – Jimmy Dykes is talking about trimming the hedges or something. I don’t know. It sounds amazing, though.

3:52 p.m. – Jamelle Horne fouls Terrence Ross and sends him to the line for 1-and-1. Remember when Horne was, you know, good?

3:53 p.m. – MBA just unnecessarily volleyball-spiked a blocked shot, choosing to show out instead of just grabbing the ball, and Brad Nessler called his bitch ass out for it. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE ESPN ANNOUNCERS??!! Thank you, Brad Nessler, thank you.

3:59 p.m. – Pac-10 officials doing their best to end this half awkwardly. Good work, Pac-10 officials.

4:01 p.m. – Just the fact that the Pac-10 refs had to deliberate to end the half as it should have been ended says all you need to know about these f**k-ups.

4:05 p.m. – Halftime: Arizona 49, Washington 40. Wilcox and Derrick Williams lead all scorers with 11 points. Washington getting dominated on the glass. Arizona with 17 boards, including eight offensive in the first half; Washington with 10 boards, only one offensive. Ugly.

4:18 p.m. – Huskies start the half with an MBA missed layup, which turns into an Arizona three-ball. Jimmy Dykes is now counting MBA’s missed easy shots. I love you, Dykes.

4:20 p.m. – Venoy takes a huge charge. Could be a momentum shifter. That was amazing.

4:22 p.m. – Back-to-back steals by the Huskies following Overton drawing that charge…just sayin’.

4:23 p.m. – Kyle Fogg picks up his fourth foul with 17:00 remaining. Those long arms are just so cumbersome.

4:25 p.m. – Just noticed that according to the ESPN.com box score, Desmond Simmons is 0-1 on field goals today for the Dawgs. We burned his redshirt for this?!

4:28 p.m. – 15:00 left to play now. Arizona up 54-48. And for the record, we didn’t actually burn Simmons’ redshirt. ESPN just doesn’t know what’s going on sometimes.

4:29 p.m. – I haven’t seen Unstoppable. But just the fact that Denzel Washington has the wherewithal to utter a smooth comment in the middle of a disaster — “You ready for a tug of war?” — takes away all semblance of reality for me. In real life, you know he’d be like, “What the f**k is goin’ on? Why can’t anyone stop this f**kin’ train? AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!”

4:31 p.m. – Derrick Williams gave Aziz about five opportunities to foul him, and Aziz only capitalized as Williams was putting a layup in the bucket. Nice work, Aziz. Off to the bench with four fouls.

4:32 p.m. – If Arizona was shooting for Sudan today, Sudan would be the new Dubai.

4:34 p.m. – It’s worth asking if Kyryl Natyazhko is a terrorist.

4:35 p.m. – Timeout on the floor. Arizona up 64-58 with 11:59 remaining. Dawgs hanging in there.

4:36 p.m. – I feel like I should comment on the Schick Shadel ad we just saw Pat O’Day pitching here in the Seattle area. But frankly, I’ve got nothing. I apologize.

4:38 p.m. – MBA just hit a layup and I swear to God I heard him yell “And one!” from 1,500 miles away.

4:39 p.m. – Isaiah Thomas is dishing like a busboy right now. Holy hell. Wilcox knocks down another trey. This is looking like an NBA game. No one’s missing shots.

4:41 p.m. – Wilcox ties it up with ANOTHER deep ball. 68-68 right now, under 9:00 remaining.

4:44 p.m. – HUSKIES TAKE THE LEAD! Terrence Ross with a put-back layup on an MBA miss to make it 70-68. Wilcox has 17 points. Told you we’d need 20 from him to win, we’re almost there. MBA leads all scorers with 18. IT has 12 points, to go with nine assists. Timeout, Arizona.

4:47 p.m. – Media timeout. 7:38 remaining. Huskies up four, 72-68. Isaiah is currently on the bench, gearing up for the stretch run. Crowd at McKale has gotten awfully quiet. Keep in mind that its nearing bedtime for many of these Arizona fans. They’ve already missed the early dinner at Denny’s, so they’re probably a little cranky.

4:49 p.m. – I hate Jesse Perry.

4:50 p.m. – IT still on the bench, but Venoy is making a difference. Nice dish to Gant underneath for a bucket, then follows that up with a steal. Gets fouled on the way to the hoop, but the refs fail to blow the whistle.

4:52 p.m. – Wilcox with a layup on a dime from MBA. (Dime from MBA, really? Really.) C.J. has 19 points now, one away from that target number I set out there. Twenty also happens to be C.J.’s career-high.

4:54 p.m. – Arizona takes a two-point lead and the Huskies call a timeout. McKale Center going crazy to the tunes of House of Pain’s Jump Around. Nothing says McKale Center like an Irish rap group.

4:56 p.m. – MBA is working Solomon Hill like Sienna West on the knob right now.

4:57 p.m. – Oh my. MBA just dunked on Derrick Williams. Props to Williams for at least trying to contest that. But he got posterized.

5:00 p.m. – 3:59 left. 80-80 tie. Huskies need one more point from Wilcox to seal this. I’m telling ya…

5:02 p.m. – Justin Holiday looks like a young Michael Jackson. Only in his face, though. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this.

5:04 p.m. – How you gonna let Derrick Williams face you up and shoot a jumper like that? Ugh. Gotta get a hand up. Williams has 26 points. Arizona up one with 2:00 remaining.

5:05 p.m. – Huskies regain lead on a five-footer by Gant. 86-85, Dawgs. Arizona calls timeout with 1:34 left to go.

5:07 p.m. – 17.5 seconds remaining. Huskies down by one with the ball, call a timeout at halfcourt to regroup. Last shot coming up with a chance to win it…hold on…

5:10 p.m. – Holy hell! MBA gets called for a travel with three seconds left. Arizona takes the ball out of bounds. Huskies steal it by knocking it off Momo Jones. UNFREAKINREAL! 2.2 seconds left for one big shot. FIND C.J.!!!

5:13 p.m. – Derrick Williams with the defensive play of the century to swat a Gant attempt out of bounds with 0.2 seconds remaining. Amazing. Dawgs lose by one. Wilcox finishes with 19 points. I told you. We’d need 20 from him to win. That twentieth point woulda tied it up. Unfortunate.

5:18 p.m. – Final: Arizona 87, Washington 86. Both teams were at a tournament level today. No real shame in falling short. Sucks, but each team brought their A-games. All for now.

20 thoughts on “Your Washington-Arizona SuperBlog”

  1. everyone knows UA doesn’t have to play by the rules while they’re at home. I think it is in the Pac-10 ref rulebook.

  2. Where the EFF is the 1 for dunkin over the guy that just checked him med air?!? These refs are garbage.

  3. Cheer Up Huskies – UW is a Team To Be Reckoned With

    Normally, I am completely distraught, when we lose. However, we played amazing out there. Everyone was saying how MBA was doing horrible with his shots lately. MBA did (NBA level) amazing. We also showed that we can play without I.T. to some degree. Another (very) important aspect of this game is we showed that we don’t need to rely on 3 pointers. And even though we lost, we lost by ONE POINT. That means had we not fouled as much as we did, there is a good chance we would have won. We challenged a team who is ranked fairly high in the nation and had we not lost to WSU, Oregon, and Oregon State (especially Oregon State), we would be ranked higher than Arizona (before tonight’s lose).

    Another thing that’s amazing is we played without two crucial players: Gaddy and Suggs. Now on Arizona’s defense, they have Williams, who injured his pinky, which in my opinion is a bogus injury for NBA recruiters (if you can shoot three pointers with your pinky, it clearly doesn’t hurt). But even so, at least Williams was able to contributed a great deal of points. Everyone chipped in, in order to score. You had guys who shoot threes that were making lay ups. Thomas was also great with the incredible assists that he had (some he didn’t even look at the guy when he passed).

    Overall, it was a good game. And don’t worry, we’ll be back!

  4. When you lose by one point, it’s easy to say that any single act could have changed the outcome of the game. I don’t know that I’d necessarily put it on fouls. Arizona and Washington attempted the same number of free throws (18) and the foul differential was balanced (Washington was called for 18 personal fouls, while Arizona was whistled for 17). For being on the road — at the McKale Center, no less — with these Godawful officials, you would probably expect the calls to go much more in Arizona’s favor than they did. Personally, I didn’t feel like the fouls were much of an issue at all, but that’s just one person’s opinion.

    To reiterate your point, we did play pretty well, and I don’t feel as badly about this loss as some of the others. Heck, Vegas was giving the Dawgs two points, so we covered the spread at least (small victories).

    That said, I have to politely disagree with your commentary on MBA. He certainly had a decent fourth quarter, and overall a nice second half, but he missed a ton of easy buckets throughout the game, to the point that color commentator Jimmy Dykes was keeping a tally of his failed gimmes. That kind of thing won’t fly at the next level, and suffice it to say he won’t be able to do all those soft moves in the NBA (should he get there), either. Instead of going up against 6’7″, 6’8″ guys (Solomon Hill and Derrick Williams, for two), he’ll be bodying up dudes who are his size or bigger. He’s gonna need to get the rest of that Britishness out of him and start playing like a gangster. Don’t let the numbers fool you. MBA is an above-average power forward at the college level, but there have been many of those over the years. Perhaps most recently, we can look at a guy like Jeff Pendergraph as a comparison. Pendergraph put up similar numbers to MBA, but he was much more vicious around the hoop. And where’s he right now? Currently out of the league.

    Everything else you mentioned I agree with. Thanks for the comment, Jay. That was good stuff.

  5. Definitely heard the And-1 call from MBA when you did. Can’t believe he didn’t get a FT after that dunk over Williams. Still can’t believe how many fouls Williams gets compared to everyone else, the refs are treating him like Kobe out there.

  6. Alex,

    I’m surprised that you of all people used the number of FT’s and number of fouls called as evidence of a fairly called game. I agree that the Pac 10 looks at it that way, but most people who have played or tried officiating should know that teams don’t necessarily mirror each other’s aggressiveness, and therefore a fairly and consistently called game would likely NOT have an even numbers of fouls called on each team.

    I thought the refs did great by letting the teams play and the players dictate the winner. Ya, Williams got star treatment, and drew some ticky tack fouls that weren’t called in MBA’s favor. However, the refs got out of the way and fought off the urge to dictate the pace of the game. That is how the games will be officiated in March, so I think it was good that the Dawgs got that experience.

    Good game. I wonder if Gant’s look would have gone in.

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