Little man, big shot.
Isaiah Thomas has never had the biggest body on the basketball court, but his heart and personality can fill any space. The 5-foot-9 senior faked a drive with seconds on the clock in overtime, putting Arizona's Momo Jones on his heels for a split second, then stepped back and coolly drained a deep shot to send Washington to its second straight surprise Pac-10 tournament title.
Thomas finished with 28 points on 10-16 shooting (including 4-7 from three) and 7 assists. Freshman Terrance Ross added 16, and was the only other Huskies player in double figures. The No. 3 Huskies took down the tournament's No. 1 seeded Arizona Wildcats, despite a masterful 24 point, 11 rebound performance by Derrick Williams.
The player to watch? Isaiah Thomas, of course. He's the sparkplug that makes Washington go.
Record: 23-10 (11-7)
Colors: Purple and gold
We're thinking: 7 seed
Kenpom ranking: 15
Best win: Arizona (twice)
Worst Loss: at Oregon State
Interesting stat: The Huskies don't visit the line very often, notching just a 32 percent rate of free throw attempts/field goal attempts. They don't make many of those they get, either, hitting just 66.9 percent as a team.
Most recent tourney appearance: 2010, Sweet Sixteen. Defeated Marquette and New Mexico, lost to West Virginia.
Posted by Eric Angevine
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