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November 26, 2012
Washington beat its opponent on the boards in each of its first three games this year. The fact that they were just 2-1 during that stretch, with a one-point shocking loss to Albany, is a sign that rebounding isn't the only issue the team has.
But the last couple of times out it's been the most glaring issue.
You can excuse the Huskies for losing the war on the boards 38-32 to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are going to do that, and much worse, to plenty of other teams this year.
But 50-23 to Colorado State?
Granted, the Rams are a powerful team on the glass. Pierce Hornung, all 6-foot-5 of him, averages a dozen boards a game. And not many teams have a second-leading rebounder like Colton Iverson, who averages 10.5 boards each night out this year.
They outrebounded Denver and Chadron State by 10 each and Montana by 18.
But the Huskies were beaten to death on the glass. 50 rebounds for the Rams, 23 for the Huskies. Rarely will you ever see such utter domination on the glass.
Put it in perspective: Washington had a halftime lead but by the end of the game the Rams had more offensive rebounds than the Huskies' had total rebounds (24-23). You simply can't win when that's the case. Almost ever.
Truth be told, Aziz N'Diaye was the only player for the Huskies that even looked like he wanted to rebound against the Rams, and that was some of the time.
It would be easy to reduce the issue to blocking out. But it's more than that. You don't get beat like that on the boards simply by failing to block out. There was a mental unpreparedness and a lack of emotion that simply cannot exist if the Huskies are to turn this season around.