The Washington Huskies were a long shot to make the NCAA tournament entering Pac-12 play. However, they recorded a huge win on the road against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Is Washington a contender in the conference as a result?
Well, it is probably way too early in the conference play season to deem the Huskies a contender, especially with how they did in their non-conference schedule.
Washington already has five losses on the season and a couple of those losses should really have fans worried. Well, the past is the past and I am sure that is how the Huskies would like to look at it.
Arizona State came into this game with an 11-2 record. It looked good enough to compete for a conference title after beating teams like UNLV and Marquette early on. That still may be the case, but Washington now has a huge road win on its resume and is the No. 1 team in the Pac-12. Let me rephrase that: the Huskies are 1-0 in the conference, so technically they are at the top of the standings.
C.J. Wilcox and co. proved that they are not going to be a tough out this conference season. This team still has a lot to do before it can even think about making the tourney, but it is heading in the right direction.
Whether if it was a fluke, Arizona State just played a bad game or whatever it may be, Washington still won.
I wouldn’t call this team a Pac-12 contender, but beating Arizona next could change that. However, the Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the country and will be at home in that contest, so I wouldn’t count on the upset.