Feb 27, 2011

Go Get 'Em, Jake!

JL's balls weighed in at Level 6: Brass, tops at the Combine.

Locker is helping his cause at the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran the 3rd fastest 40-yard dash for a QB (4.59), notched the best time in the 3-cone drill (6.77), and finished 3rd in the vertical jump (35").

The 6'2½ 231-pound stud also impressed scouts with his arm strength in this morning's passing session.  Comcasts' Matt Maiocco graded Locker 3rd best in the passing drills behind Christian Ponder and Colin Kaepernick. Draft analyst Rob Rang believes Locker's combine performance has him right back in the 1st Round conversation.

Top-ranked WR A.J. Green also singled out Locker after catching balls from all the QBs during drills earlier today. Green said, “I feel like Jake really proved himself today. He was throwing that thing pretty nice out there. There are a lot of questions out there about him, but I think he answered a lot of them today.”

Go Jake!
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Feb 23, 2011

Arizona Debacle, Seattle U. Bounce Back

After the emotionally-draining loss in Tucson on Saturday night, it was comforting to watch the Dawgs rebound against the Redhawks of Seattle University and take care of business 95-74 in KeyArena.

But first the controversial ending against the Wildcats. Here (for the millionth time) is the video:

Obviously it was a bang-bang play and I'm not shocked that goal-tending wasn't called against the home team in this situation. While looking at the play frame-by-frame points pretty clearly to goal-tending, it's not an easy call to make on the spot.

But when you add what basically amounted to wiping away the game-winner to the list of questionable calls that hurt UW in the McKale Center, it's easy to get frustrated and feel wronged. With reffing in general (and especially with Pac-10 officials) I feel like road teams have to out-play home teams in games like this by at least 10 simply to get the win.

"I'm legally blind. I just thought you guys should know."

Hopefully the Dawgs benefit from a little home-cookin' of their own in the all-important, upcoming Wazzu/UCLA/USC homestretch.

While moral victories are worthless in the standings, the Huskies showed a ton of heart against Arizona, surviving a vicious blitz of Wildcat three-pointers early in the game (6/8 at one point) as well as the extremely difficult playing conditions caused by the inconsistent reffing and the screams of 14,619 Four Loko-crushing desert rats.

But all in all, I feel confident about Washington's chances in a potential UW/Arizona rematch in the Pac-10 tourney.

Now the Seattle U. game had all the signs of a classic trap game as UW was coming off an emotional loss, most likely thinking ahead to the big rivalry game against Wazzu on Sunday, and playing in a strange home city/away team situation.

Luckily the Huskies are simply a much more talented basketball team than the Redhawks and were able to beat their Seatown counterparts by 21 while playing their C+ game. MBA and Aziz dominated SU's undersized frontcourt which led to UW winning the rebounding battle 47-23.

Who is this phenom wearing #55?

MBA was the star of this one with 24 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 9/11 from the field. It didn't matter that Bryan-Amaning played in a #55 jersey after forgetting his #11 jersey at school. Romar was unimpressed, but chose not to pull MBA from the starting lineup. Probably because he was too busy convincing Coach Dollar not to eat his weight in KeyArena Dogs before the game.

Dollar is at least 3 Natalie Portmans above his old playing weight.

Aziz N'Diaye might have had his best game as a Husky with 15 points, 10 boards, 3 blocks, and some much more fluid moves around the basket. While the stone-hands were on full display early in the game, Aziz settled in and was a major difference-maker on both ends of the floor. His 5/6 from the FT line was great to see as well.

While the game was pretty sloppy overall (the teams combined for 33 turnovers and 28 missed free throws), the Seattle U. promotions department livened things up with an array of awkwardly produced entertainment breaks including the worst dance-off of all-time - I know it's worthless without video, but if you were there you know what I'm talking about. If you're gonna be in a 15-second dance-off, don't just stand there shaking pom-poms the whole time while a dancing baby clowns all over you.

The SU Dance Team tumbling around in red hot pants was a highlight of the entertainment package as was the Redhawk inexplicably jamming out on a yellow, plastic guitar:

I told you bitches, I can shred.

But the most memorable of the crowd-pleasers was the "Ice Cream and Cake Dance" that involved a court full of children and their guardians dancing like this:

It was a sugar-covered nightmare.

The SU student section held it together pretty well, loudly cheering the Redhawks during their "Super Bowl" and managing to stay somewhat upbeat through the 20+ point deficits in the 2nd half. Though a lot of them left early.

Tragically, "A" ate "T", "T", "L", and "E"

Next up is WSU on Sunday in the first of three must-win games to secure a 7 or better seed in the NCAA Tournament. I expect a dominant performance as the fellas should be plenty motivated to slap around the couglets after that embarrassment in Pullman last month.

Go Dawgs!
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Feb 19, 2011

Get to Know a D-Bag: Wildcats

A joint Sarkisianity-TheDawgDude production:

The Dawgs methodically demolished the Flaming Sandbaggers of ASU on Thursday as MBA led the way with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks en route to a 79-62 victory.

"Margaret Thatcher signed this basketball, motherfucker!"

Now the Dawgs turn their attention to the marquee matchup of this road trip as IT, J-Holla, MBA and the boys roll into the McKale Center to take on the #13 Arizona Wildcats.

This game has been circled on the calendar since the beginning of the season.  Given what has transpired since then, it has gained even more importance.  The Huskies are 1.5 games behind Arizona for the Pac-10 lead and need a win in Tucson to make winning the conference crown more realistic.  

This is undoubtedly the toughest game remaining on the Dawgs’ schedule.  The Wildcats are a perfect 14-0 at home this season and are riding a 7-game win streak.  In fact, their last loss came at Hec Ed almost a month ago. Which might explain the Huskies accommodation in Tucson:

Fellas, don't use the ice machine, it's full of Hepatitis C.

Containing Derrick Williams will obviously be important, but I think it’ll be more crucial for the Huskies to limit contributions from other players like MoMo Jones, Jamelle Horne, Kevin Parrom, Kyle Fogg, and Brendon Lavendar.  Actually, Lavendar rarely does anything on the basketball court but the quartet of Parrom, Horne, Fogg and Lavendar sound like the members of a 70's folk group.    

They're not black, but you get the point.

Another factor the Dawgs will have to contend with is the second zoo-related student section they've faced this season.  Though their name sucks huge clown-dong, the Zona Zoo packs a little more punch than those Zzu Cru sister-bathers over in Pullman.  What they lack in size and tradition (they were conceived in 2007) the Zoo Animals make up for with their hypnotic prowess. 

Those things are no joke. Just ask Lute Olson...

"Goddamnit! I can’t look away!"

With his retirement in 2008, Olson gave way to former Xavier head coach, Sean Miller.  In his first two seasons, the native of Beaver Falls, PA (that name has way too much porn-related potential...) has proven his worth as a Pac-10 head man and recruiter.  While it’s concerning for a rival school to have success, we at TheDawgDude.com steer clear of substantive issues.  Have we mentioned he looks like Jimmy Kimmel?

Why this perfect couple broke up will always be a mystery.

To get the win down south (how’s that for a fuckin’ euphemism?), the Dawgs are going to have play their trademarked brand of “make you play like shit” defense.  The Wildcat backcourt is prone to turnovers, especially sophomore point guard and faux hawk aficionado, Lamont “MoMo” Jones.

Colin Darland/Arizona Daily Wildcat
MoMo can cry with the best of 'em.

With Scott Suggs sitting this one out due to an MCL strain suffered on Thursday, it looks like senior guard Venoy Overton will get the start.  The matchup of VO and MoMo will, in the opinion of this occasional expert, set the early tone of the game.  Overton has looked like his old self lately as well.  It’s no coincidence that he resembles one of the original regulators:

“And if your ass is a buster… 213 will regulate.”

The Dawgs have a lot to overcome to win this game: a hot Arizona team playing at home, the geriatric hostility from the fans, and some lost depth without starting guard Scott Suggs.  However, the Dawgs have also been playing with a chip on their shoulder and look like they might be hitting their stride.

I think IT and MBA will have solid games, but role players will have the ultimate say in deciding this one.  If Wilcox can continue his hot shooting and T-Ross can shut up the Zookeepers with a couple back flip 1080 jams, we’ll be in good shape.  An N’Diaye swat that breaks up the bridge game in Lute Olson’s suite wouldn’t hurt either. As would keeping 'Zona's "star" center, Kyryl Natyazhko, in check:

"It is not funny, these joke you makes."

This is a white out game (I thought that was every game in Tucson?) and the Dawgs will be rocking the all black uniforms.  I’m taking this as a sign that UW wants nothing more than to embrace their role as villain and crush the spirit of every Arizona fan in attendance.

I also take it as a sign that they might be literally trying to scare the shit out of any ‘Cat fan that’s been alive since prohibition (about 75% of them).  Ok, that was the last joke about old people, I swear.  Don’t want to pull another Jimmy Fallon over here…

Oh, and we’re also playing in Arizona, so here’s Solomon Hill doing his best Biebs impression:

And here are some girls:

Only the most hardcore of UA fans rock Coach handbags.

 And some dudes:

He's still pissed that a Dawg stole his chin.

This is going to be a very tough game for the Huskies to win, but if they can have success pushing the ball inside and the 3-pointer is falling, UW wins 77-74.

Oh, and buy a hat, all the cool kids are wearing them.

Go Dawgs!

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Feb 17, 2011

Get to Know a D-Bag: Sun Devils

Sorry for the delay in new content, the TDD offices recently withstood an arson attempt, but we're back up and running now. Here is another D-Bag penned by the talented journalist and nationally-ranked shuffleboarder, Sarkisianity. Enjoy!

The Dawgs took the first step back from the brink by snapping their three-game skid last weekend.    They got back to their game by shelling the Cal Bears on Thursday and then comfortably dismissing the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday.

Jorge Gutierrez remarked that it was the most humiliating onslaught a member of his family had experienced since the infamous Battle of Sacramento in 1847.  Saturday’s game had importance off the court as well with one-time UW recruit Angelo Chol making his official visit.  We now know that Angelo will be plying his trade in Tucson next year, which coupled with the graduation of Matthew Bryan-Amaning leaves some serious question marks in next year’s frontcourt.

I won’t give Chol too much of hard time because he seemed to handle the process the way it should be handled.  However, one interesting aspect of the whole ordeal was the level of confidence coming from UW commits Tony Wroten and Hikeem Stewart after last weekend’s visit.  That certainty makes me wonder if Chol led them to believe that he’d be joining them next year.  Regardless of what went down, it’s time to move on and eagerly await Tony Wroten tea-bagging the shit out of him next fall.

Keep an eye out for our recruiting breakdowns.  We’ll be doing profiles on both Wroten and Stewart and maybe throw in a little something about Jernard “I Give Albatrosses Wingspan Envy” Jarreau.  This is a D-Bag post however, so I should probably address the dickwads at hand.  "Dickwads at hand" also sounds like a stat for a pornstar, but that’s definitely a post for another day.

The Dawgs are on their much anticipated trip to the desert this week and start off with tonight’s matchup against the Fire Suckers of Arizona State "University."  Though the Flaming Douches are currently sporting the worst record in the Pac-10 at 1-11, they always seem to get up against the Dawgs.

Earlier this year at Hec Ed, ASSU was 60% from 3-point land.  That’s a full 26% percentage points above their season average.  Simply put, this is a down year for Herb Sendek’s program.  Fortunately, he’s got some incoming talent to put the program back on the right track.

South Park's "Giant Douche" is the star of ASU’s 2011 recruiting class.

This year’s team is led by 12th-year senior Ty Abbott and 4th-year sophomore Trent Lockett.  While both Abbott and Lockett are known commodities to Husky fans, the sleeper on this squad is 7'2 21 year-old freshman Jordan Bachynski.  You might be asking yourself how a 21 year-old could be a freshman.  To answer that, I’ll turn to Joseph Smith, Jr and the wonders of Mormonism.  Bachynski’s enrollment at ASU was delayed by LDS mission trip to the heathen stronghold of Miami.

I’m sure J-Bach faced a tough decision when presented with his mission trip location options.  Though Miami won out in the end, I heard the night club scene in runner-up Pavlodar (Kazakhstan) almost sealed the deal.  I think the modern-day Shakespeare, Will Smith, can shed some light on why Jordy went all LeBron on everyone’s ass and took his talents to South Beach.  Did I say Shakespeare?  I meant squeaky-clean assclown.

Classic Bachynski.

Not only has this upstanding young man earned the adoration of grandmas and third wives everywhere, he brings an eye-popping 3.3 points per game into tonight’s contest.  At his size, he could definitely present some issues inside for MBA.  Sorry, I definitely pulled a Jimmy Fallon and lost it while writing that last sentence.  MBA is literally going to shit on JorBach tonight.  Also, that’s the first and last time I’ll ever write “pulled a Jimmy Fallon”. 

“C’mon guys! I’m trying to tell you about the evils of green tea!”

The biggest risk I foresee for our boys is getting distracted by one of the many respectable and STD-free ladies earning their general studies degrees in Tempe.

Gives “And 1” a whole new meaning…

More like, "Vagina Mojado."

Be sure to catch this game streaming online at: http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/pages/arizona_streamplus

Dawgs should win this one without too much trouble as long as they don’t get caught looking forward to Saturday’s matchup against Arizona.  MBA will hopefully repeat the 30 point, 9 rebound performance he put on at Hec Ed vs. the Slut Devils earlier this season.

And because we love you and you made it to the end of the post, enjoy this little video:

She's a scholar!

Let’s go Dawgs! Slam these George Hamilton wannabes!
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Feb 11, 2011

Back in the Game

Now THAT was Husky Basketball.


The Dawgs shook off their brutal 3-game losing streak and absolutely blasted Cal last night, 109-77. UW shot 57% from the field including 55% on 3-pointers (17/31) and scored more points in this Pac-10 game than any other in the program's history. Not a bad way to end a skid.

IT was lights out: 23 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and only 2 turnovers. This was the IT that played like the best point guard in the nation after Abdul Gaddy went down.

Naismith Finalist.

MBA had another fine game as well with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. The Huskies simply couldn't miss early in the 1st half in racing out to a 44-18 lead. The three-ball was falling, the defense was energetic, and the passing game was outstanding.

It was nice to see C.J. Wilcox have his best game in over two months with 14 points on 4/7 from downtown. Fellow freshman Terrence Ross also brought some versatility with 11 points, 4 boards, 2 blocks, and a career-high 6 assists.

T-Ross also has a quality Kill Face.

VO had a solid game for the first time in quite a while as well, chipping in 8 points and 7 assists. The Dawgs finished with 30 assists and only 9 turnovers. A team-wide 3.33 assist-to-turnover rate is just ridiculous.

Coach Monty bitched and moaned his way to 37 foul shots (though the Bears only made 19 of them), but it wasn't nearly enough.

"I'm befuddled again!"

Next up is the Tree of Stanford on Saturday night. I full expect the Dawgs to pick up the win in front of stud recruit Angelo Chol.

The real question is whether UW can bring this tenacity and offensive efficiency down to Arizona next weekend. If the Dawgs take care of Stanford and ASU, and hang tough against Arizona, we can feel confident that last week's miserable Northwest road trip is firmly in the rear-view.

Go Dawgs!

Game photos by AP Photo.
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Feb 7, 2011

What in the Todd Turner?!

"But seriously, who's the AD? Me? What? Are you sure?"

It appears that TheDawgDude and the Husky bball team were both out of the country the last two weeks. Unfortunately for the Dawgs, they had three games. When I packed my bags for Tuvalu (lovely this time of year), UW was 15-4 coming off a home sweep of the Arizona schools.

And then the team went all Jean Van de Velde on us. The Huskies have lost three straight road games to their Northwest rivals and are now at risk of not making the NCAA tournament. This is a stunning slide for a team that was once ranked #11 in the nation and hoping for a top 3 seed in the tourney.

It appears that the Abdul Gaddy Effect is taking a major toll after not being much of an issue in the first six games after the talented point guard's injury. But the PG play over the last few games as been absolutely atrocious. And it starts with IT.

Straight bummin'.

After taking over point guard duties from Gaddy, Thomas absolutely torched the Pac-10 for the first six games, but the last three games have exposed major weaknesses in IT's play:

First 6 games: 20.2 points, 9.2 assists, 2.8 turnovers
Last 3 games: 13.7 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 turnovers

Fellow PG Venoy Overton certainly isn't helping matters either with this woeful stat line over his last three games: 3.0 points, 1.0 assists, and 2.7 turnovers.

The inevitable end of every VO drive.

It appears that Gaddy's ball-handling skills and calming presence as the floor leader are being sorely missed. I would suspect that this falloff in PG play has to do with the combination of IT and VO getting worn down by handling 100% of the point responsibilities and other teams now having more tape of the ball-handling pair to use to scheme against them.

Losing to Wazzu is bad enough. Losing to Oregon is inexcusable. And losing to both of them (and toss in Oregon State for good measure) is sadder than getting your moobs signed by Danica Patrick:

That guy has a great rack though.

Fortunately for the Dawgs, 5 of their last 7 Pac-10 games are at Hec Ed where they are 13-0 this season. MBA also rebounded with a nice game against the Ducks (21 points, 5 boards) and should be a focal point of the offense to establish an inside game.

I fully expect UW to take care of Cal and Stanford this weekend and put themselves in a better tournament position with a 9-4 Pac-10 record. It's certainly going to be tough to get ahead of 9-2 Arizona for the Pac-10 title however.

This 3-game losing streak has certainly been a bummer, but now is the time to rally around the team and make sure they get the season back on track. If this team can regain their previous form, there is still a strong possibility of a Sweet 16 (or better) finish.

Go Dawgs!
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Feb 1, 2011

Party Like You Just Beat UW!

If anyone doubted that beating UW is as good as winning a championship for Wazzu fans, clearly they believe it now after watching that redneck mosh pit on Friel Court after the Cougs beat the #18 Huskies 87-80.

I am (along with IT) pretty excited to play Wazzu at Hec Ed on February 27th. We won't storm the court after that victory as beating a fringe NIT team clearly doesn't warrant it, but it'll be nice knowing that the 'Zzu Cru will be crying into their Busch Light while sitting on a dilapidated futon in their Ma's trailer watching her breast-feed with one hand and smoke a Pall Mall with the other. Good times on the palouse.

Nicotine makes for healthy bones!

But on to the game: it was a fucking mess. The Dawgs committed a season-high 24 turnovers and shot a paltry 37% from the field. IT led the team with 7 TOs and had a major off-night shooting the ball (3-13). He did keep UW in it though with his foul-inducing drives and 11-12 free throw shooting.

Even IT's tattoo turned the ball over twice.

MBA also struggled with only 6 points on 1-8 shooting from the field and 4-8 from the line. Romar was the first to say that UW didn't push the ball inside to MBA enough, instead relying on 31 three-pointers. Bryan-Amaning was tough on the boards though with 11 and added 2 blocks and 2 steals.

Anybody else think MBA will have a huge game vs. Wazzu at home?

It's been awhile since UW lost a game when they out-rebounded their opponent, 44-28. But the shots were just not falling for the Dawgs in the Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum (great name, guys...). Games like this will happen for teams that rely on their sharpshooting, but Romar has to emphasize getting the ball inside for easier buckets when the team's outside shot goes cold.

"Is that fan smoking crystal in here? C'mon!"

It was a shitty game and it always sucks to lose to your bumbling, legally-incompetent little brother, but we can take solace in the fact that the game in Hec Ed will have a much different result. And that Bishop Sankey and Stephan Nembot will be happy with the victory.

The Dawgs are tied with Arizona for the Pac-10 lead at 7-2 (15-5 overall) and have a great opportunity at a road sweep against the Oregon schools coming up. UW has bounced back well from losses this year, so I expect to see an impressive performance against the Beavs on Thursday night.

Go Dawgs!
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