Washington Huskies More Dangerous Than Their Seed Will Predict
Looking for a team to make a sneaky run for your brackets? Take a look at Washington. Their overall resume of wins and body of work is not that impressive, heck, the Huskies cannot even separate themselves from the pack in a muddled Pac-12. But Washington is playing the best basketball of the season, winning nine of the last ten games, being led by freshman point guard Tony Wroten Jr. And during the ten-game slate, Wroten has emerged as the leader in the Player of the Year race, averaging 17 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2 steals per game (all of this while shooting just 13.3 percent from 3).
Wroten is side-kicked by sophomore wings Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox, who combine to score 29 points a game as the team's best perimeter options with 10 rebounds combined between them. Both have proven quite capable, specifically Ross, of taking over a game (nine combined 20+ point games) and putting points on the board in a hurry.
In the frontcourt, Aziz N'Diaye, can be a defensive intimidator, averaging nearly 15 rebounds per 40 minutes, blocking and altering plenty of shots with his imposing size and wingspan. Darnell Gant, a stretch-the-floor 4, who serves as a decent kick-out option per Wroten's and Ross' drives to the rim.
Washington will not be a "sexy" pick in many brackets, but they should be in yours.
By President Corey Ruff - 3 - 3 - 12