NIT 2012: An End to a Disappointing Season for the Huskies

TIM LOLContributor IIIMarch 28, 2012

Terrence Ross has been a standout player for the Huskies
Terrence Ross has been a standout player for the HuskiesStephen Dunn/Getty Images

It's going to be a tough few months for the Washington Huskies.

After an overtime loss to the Minnesota Gophers in the semifinals of the NIT tournament tonight, the Huskies were sent packing. Washington just couldn't break the lead that Minnesota had kept all game. A late comeback kept them alive as the game was sent to overtime tied at 61 apiece.

The end result can symbolically sum up the whole season. 

Washington became the first team in NCAA history to win the regular season in a power conference and not be invited to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies failed to win games against tougher opponents, finishing the season without a win against a top-50 team and a notable 19-point loss to South Dakota State at home.

"That's the most disappointing of the whole thing," coach Romar Lorenzo said. "We were in position to control the whole thing and we allowed someone else to take control."

The lack of performance has been widely attributed to their poor defense, which basically finished dead last overall in the Pac-12.

Let's be hopeful for a better season next year.