As T noted in the post game thread, the Ben Ball warriors cruised passed Washington Huskies in what turned out to be a prototypical bruising and physical game. billyknight might have stolen my game notes because he basically posted what I was going to write this am (kidding bk). But read his diary because I couldn’t agree more with his observations Keefe, Love’s defensive play, and how different players keep stepping up for our team every game, as it is grounded in that trademark inside-the-jersey, suffocating Ben Ball defense.
The biggest stories from tomorrow night are the status of DC and Luc. DC suffered a hip contusion while Luc banged up his knee. Dohn has the details on DC and Luc:
Collison missed UCLA's first six games with a torn ligament in his left knee, and Sunday was hospitalized briefly because of food poisoning. He took fluids intravenously at the hospital, and again after Wednesday's practice.
However, there was no quick remedy for his ailing hip, which he injured when he bumped with Washington's Ryan Appleby.
"I am frustrated, but I'm going to continue to stay positive," Collison said. "This team has a bright future ahead, and all I can do is keep my head up and stay positive. I'm going through a lot of adversity right now. It's going to really challenge me to see how I'm going to progress and mature through those situations."
Mbah a Moute, who was plagued by sore knees all last season, suffered a right knee contusion in the second half. It was the same knee he injured Saturday at California, and was a bummer of a way to cap what was one of his best offensive performances of the season.
"Darren will be ready, that's not even a question," Love, who scored 11 points and had seven rebounds, said of Collison.
"He (Luc) will be ready, too. They're just banged up. They'll go in and get some treatment tomorrow, and they'll be fine by Saturday.''
Mbah a Moute said he expected to be ready Saturday.
Westbrook, who had four assists and three rebounds along with his 18 points, said this win was a credit to the defense. "That's always our thing," he said.
Photo Credit: Jack Rosenfeld
He led the team with 18 points. But in addition to his offensive output it was also his defensive that got everyone’s attention. Westbrook teamed up with Luc to DOMINATE and SHUT DOWN Appleby. He had the Husky guard dumbfounded and searching for answers all night.
Besides Westbrook and Luc, Love once again held his own on the defensive side of the court by containing Brockman. From the Seattle Press-Intelligence:
Speaking of Love, I also like the chemistry when both Love and Mata-Real is on the court at the same time. It was fun to see Love find his Lo down low multiple times for easy buckets, when hew as getting all the attention.
Well we are going to need lot more of Love, Mata-Real, Westbrook, Shipp and AA2 on Saturday when taking on the Cougars. Howland described what Saturday is going to be like to Dohn: