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WSU leads 24-17 in Hec Ed

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Longtime readers of this blog know I'm a defensive guy. Always felt defense was the difference between good teams and great teams. So when there is a game that's 24-17 at the half, you would think I would be in heaven. Well, though one team is shooting 22 percent (Washington) and the other is at 32 percent (Washington State), I can't in good conscience call this an outstanding defensive game. It's a tough game, a physical one, but not all that great defensively. Both teams have missed open shots. Both teams have made unforced and inexcusable turnovers. Both teams have failed to keep guys off the offensive glass. But the score is 24-17, so there must be some defense being played. ... Two things I've noticed. The WSU plan is to attack Venoy Overton on switches. Both Klay Thompson and Reggie Moore have taken him into the key, risen up and scored over him. On the other end, Washington State is mainly playing zone after made baskets and occasionally after turnovers. If the Huskies attack in transition, the Cougars stay in man. The change up seems to be bothering UW. ... After shooting 31 3-pointers (and making 11) in Pullman, the Huskies are 1 of 13 tonight. All those long shots have led to long rebounds and they have 14 offensive ones, one more than WSU has defensive. Thanks to horrendous shooting inside and turnovers, those 14 have led to just six points. ... Faisal Aden is playing, though he's 1 of 7 from the floor – his one hoop came on a pretty drive – including an air ball from 3 that excited the Dawg Pack. ... We'll be back about 10:30 or so with our game story.




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