Noah Dickerson finished with 25 points and seven boards, but it was Dominic Green coming off the bench for 14 points — including this game-winning three at the buzzer — as Washington completed a sweep of the Arizona schools with a 78-75 win over No. 9 Arizona:
I cannot stress enough just how important this weekend was for the Huskies.
They were already in a good position to make a run at an NCAA tournament berth given their win over Kansas on a neutral floor, but knocking off both Arizona and Arizona State this weekend like puts them into the 8-9 when brackets update on Monday morning.
Think about that for a second.
Just last season, with essentially everyone that is on this current roster not named Jaylen Nowell, the Huskies won nine games with the guy that was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft over Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma, etc.
Instead of being coaching by Lorenzo Romar, Washington is now coached by former Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins.
And it makes you wonder: How does Romar feel about all of this? Now an assistant, he was given a standing ovation by Washington fans when he walked onto the floor on Saturday night, and his new team — one loaded with blue-chip recruits and future NBA players — proceeded to lose at the buzzer to the team that he himself built and got fired with.
It’s a fascinating dynamic and a situation that I cannot imagine we’ve seen before or will see again.