Wait, this isn't one of those "This is your brain on drugs" things, is it?
You know that feeling you get when you’re walking through the mall and you see a couple, and you notice that the short, chubby guy that is also presumably an asshole is with that fox of a blondie?
That’s kind of how I feel now.
Somehow, by the grace of God, the University of Washington basketball team is in sole possession of first place of the Pac-12 more than half of the way through the conference schedule.
Don’t ask me how they’ve gotten there. I don’t know, it baffles me too. The Huskies are ugly to watch, very ugly, most of the time it’s not even fun. We are too busy screaming at Tony Wroten to actually attack the basket. We’re too busy pulling our hair out when Terrence Ross refuses to take shots in the first half. We’re too slamming our foreheads on the table because these Huskies don’t understand defensive concepts of closing out and not leaving their feet.
But here we are anyways, stealing the prom queen even if we aren’t sure we even really deserve it.
At the same time, we can’t really say we’re surprised, can we? This is Romarball. This is a perfect, living, breathing, example of Lorenzo Romar ball.
The formula for Romarball is quite simple. Take a random assortment of athletes and turn it all into a basketball team by March.
We’ve seen it time and time again, Washington teams playing horribly in out of conference, only go on rampant runs in Pac-10 play to earn tournament bids. Fitting round pegs into square holes.
The only difference with this years team compared to the last three? The round pegs are a little bigger, and there isn’t a guiding force on the court that is shoving these pegs in to the whole. This team desperately misses Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman.
Could that force be Terrence Ross, who scored 22 points in tonight’s miraculous come from behind victory against UCLA? One would assume it has to be moving forward if Washington is going to finish what they’ve started – A run towards the Pac-12 championship.
Terrence Ross may very well be one of the three or four best Washington basketball players….ever. But you sure as hell wouldn’t know so if you glance at his usual half time box score that reads something like 2 for 9 shooting with six points and four rebounds.
Ross is simply a sophomore who played sparingly his freshman year, but an easily recognizable talent, an almost consensus lottery pick should he choose to pursue the NBA after this season.
It really can’t be no one else. The lone senior Darnell Gant is an important piece to the Husky puzzle, but is more a spark plug than an ignition. It can’t be the freshman Tony Wroten, who has to learn how to get out of his own way before he can guide others.
Terrence Ross has now twice lead Washington from the depths of despair at home, single handedly defeating Wazzu and UCLA with amazing second half finishes. Two wins that if Washington didn’t have, they’d be half way down the Pac-12 standings hoping for miracles to acquire a post-season berth.
But, hey, little of that matters now because the Huskies are in first place. First. Freaking. Place. All ours.