Washington Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Washington Huskies

Pac-12 (26-8, 15-3)

Washington was a team that was expected to finish in the middle of the Pac-12 and be in the mix for an NCAA Tournament berth, but they certainly exceeded those expectations. The Huskies took advantage of a down year in the conference, but UW still managed to go 15-3 in conference play and that is impressive no matter how bad of year the Pac-12 is having.
Big Wins: 1/12 at Colorado (77-70), 1/24 at Oregon (61-56), 1/26 at Oregon State (79-69)
Bad Losses: 2/9 at Arizona State (63-75), 2/28 at California (73-76), 3/9 Oregon (47-55)
Coach: Mike Hopkins
Why They Can Surprise:
The Huskies have won the Pac-12 title with their defense. And most of the impressive defensive play comes from 6-5 guard Matisse Thybulle. He is averaging an impressive 3.4 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. Thybulle also averages 9.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Jaylen Nowell and David Crisp are also guards who can grab a few steals and score plenty of points. Nowell is the team’s top scorer at 16.2 points per game and adds 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Why They Can Disappoint:
UW has some talented scorers, but this offense can struggle for long periods of time. They do not share the ball particularly well and they will turn the ball over. The Huskies will usually win the turnover battle, but they will lose possessions on the glass. It is extremely important for this team to avoid turnovers in the NCAA Tournament since they lack the offensive firepower to make up for it.
Probable Starters:
David Crisp, Senior, Guard, 12.5 ppg, 2.8 apg
Jaylen Nowell, Sophomore, Guard, 16.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.1 apg
Matisse Thybulle, Senior, Guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 3.4 spg, 2.3 bpg
Dominic Green, Senior, Forward, 6.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Noah Dickerson, Senior, Forward, 12.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg
Key Role Players:
Nahziah Carter, Sophomore, Forward, 7.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Sam Timmins, Junior, Forward, 2.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Jamal Bey, Freshman, Guard, 0.8 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.4 (240th in nation, 10th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.0 (26, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.7 (100, 7)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.4 (58, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.4 (212, 7)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.7 (157, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.1 (190, 8)
Rebound Margin: -1.7 (254, 9)
Assists Per Game: 11.5 (298, 11)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.5 (227, 8)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NITFirst Round win over Boise State
2018NITSecond Round loss to Saint Mary's
2016NITFirst Round win over Long Beach State
2016NITSecond Round loss to San Diego State
2013NITFirst Round loss to BYU
2012NITFirst Round win over Texas-Arlington
2012NITSecond Round win over Northwestern
2012NITQuarterfinal win over Oregon
2012NITSemifinal loss to Minnesota
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Georgia
2011NCAARound of 32 loss to North Carolina
2010NCAARound of 64 win over Marquette
2010NCAARound of 32 win over New Mexico
2010NCAARegional Semifinal loss to West Virginia
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Mississippi State
2009NCAARound of 32 loss to Purdue
2008CBIFirst Round loss to Valparaiso
2006NCAARound of 64 win over Utah State
2006NCAARound of 32 win over Illinois
2006NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Connecticut
*all team stats through 3/10