In two recent losses against the St. Louis Billikens and Nevada Wolf Pack, the Washington Huskies have shown a familiar ineptitude against teams that try to limit possessions and control tempo. In both cases the Huskies allowed their opponent to dictate the style of play, and were unable to respond in the half court—something their remaining opponents have certainly taken note of.
The book is out on the Huskies: A zone defense can can negate their best attribute—athleticism—and using the entire shot clock can dissolve their best weapon—possessions.
If Washington has anything to prove this season, they will have to do it against the frustrating zone defenses and deliberate half-court offenses that can stunt their run and gun methodology. Dramatic improvement against these opponents is crucial for their NCAA tournament hopes—starting this week at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden against two ranked opponents in No. 16 Marquette, and No. 4 Duke.
Here are five key areas the Huskies must improve in the half court to have a chance.