I'm tired of talking about how awesome Washington is. Aren't you?

I'm about talked out with regards to this game, but before we look ahead to Oregon, how about we enumerate some of the things that were awesome about the Cougs yesterday? Because there was plenty:

  • Klay Thompson's foul trouble caused him to play his fewest minutes (28) since the blowout win against Montana State (Dec. 15) and completely screwed up our rotation, yet we were still able to stay in this game until the end. Think about some of the combinations that were on the floor at times. If you're not marveling at this fact, you're just not remembering how offensively atrocious some of those combos were. That would not have happened earlier this year.
  • We actually had just two fewer free throw attempts than Washington (23-21), and the margin basically came down to the intentional fouls at the end. This, in a building where the Huskies had averaged 17 more free throw attempts than their opponents. (So put that in your pipe and smoke it, guy who was sitting in front of me!)
  • Aron Baynes scored 16 points on five shots. That is efficiency my friends. I know we'll lament the fact that he didn't get more shots, but as I mentioned in the comments, it's awful tough to make an opposing defense play your big man honest when there was often only one perimeter threat in the game.
  • Oh, and Baynes also had 11 rebounds -- four offensive -- three blocks and a steal in 39 minutes, all while holding Jon Brockman to seven points. And don't even try to discredit his performance by pointing to Brockman's rebounds; I'd say at least three of them were in a situation where someone else tipped the ball and Baynes had position. Not his fault.
  • Taylor Rochestie has the most guts and heart of any Cougar I've seen in a long time. Say what you will about some of his late-game decision making this year, we are not even sniffing success yesterday without his 23 points and four assists. I know he had five turnovers, but I think at least a couple of those could have gone to guys who weren't ready to catch the bal. The bottom line is that Taylor further cements his place in Cougar lore with each passing game.
  • Washington shot just 2-of-10 from 3-point range.
  • "Player of the Year" candidate Justin Dentmon and freshman of the year in waiting Isaiah Thomas combined for just 18 points on 6-of-20 shooting. Dentmon had 12 of those.
  • Thomas didn't shoot a free throw. He is 8th in the Pac-10 in free throw rate, and it was only the second time that's happened this year.

I know sometimes it's hard to see the big picture when you don't win -- and especially when that loss likely seals your NCAA Tournament fate -- but we played a heck of a game yesterday. Don't lose sight of that.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker