Washington (19-5, 10-1) vs. Washington State (10-14, 3-8)
Saturday, February 16th @ 5:00 PM PST
Beasley Coliseum (Pullman, Washington)
Line: Washington -8.0
Radio: 1000AM KOMO/97.7 FM
KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON
Guard – David Crisp
Guard – Matisse Thybulle
Guard – Jaylen Nowell
KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON STATE
Forward – Robert Franks
The Washington Huskies Basketball team enters this contest trying to regain some momentum after a tough 75-63 road loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Washington State Cougars are coming off a 69-55 road win over the Arizona Wildcats. The Huskies will be looking for an 11-1 conference start and remain in first place in the Pac-12 standings. With a win over the Cougars tonight, the Huskies would sweep their season matchup with their cross state rivals. The Huskies will have to get back on track and send a message that they are the cream of the crop in the Pac-12 Conference.
ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR
• Thybulle is the only active player in Division I to be in the top 25 career rankings in both steals (1st – 284) and blocks (25th – 156).
• In 18 minutes at Arizona State, Dickerson scored a team-high 18 points, going 5-of-7 from the field and hitting 8-of-12 from the FT line … he also added a team-high eight rebounds.
• UW has reached 10 conference wins for the second-straight year, marking the first time since the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons that the team has won at least 10 games in league action in back-to-back years.
• UW’s 10-0 start in Pac-12 play was its best since the 1952-53 season when it started 14-0 … additionally, UW was perfect in January for just the eighth time in the last 100 years (2018-19, 1952-53, 1935-36, 1933-34, 1928-29, 1923-24, 1922-23, 1921-22).
• In UW’s 12-game winning streak, the Huskies did not allow a team to score more than 70 points … additionally opponents in that span shot 28.0 from 3 and were held to 60.4 points.
• Seven of UW’s 10 Pac-12 wins have been by 10 points or more, its most double-digit wins in league action since the 2010-11 season.
• Crisp is now second all-time in made 3-point FGs in UW history with 233 … the record of 301 is held by C.J. Wilcox (2011-14) … meanwhile Thybulle is two blocks away from tying for second all-time in blocks at UW, currently has 156.
• UW has forced double-digit turnovers in 15-straight games, including a season high 24 forced at Arizona State, which was the most by an opponent since 24 against Dec. 19, 2017 against Bethune Cookman.
• Washington is second in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 6.0 per game as a team and are 12th in steals per game … only UW and Duke rank in the top 15 nationally in both categories.
• Thybulle, a candidate for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, has a career total of 440 takeaways (blocks and steals combined), which is the most by any of the previous Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year winners, which has been awarded 14 times in conference history.
• Nowell was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Naismith Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
• Nowell is shooting 51.6 percent from the field in 24 games, its up from his 45.1 percentage a year ago … he is also shooting 44.9 percent from 3, up from 35.1 a year ago.
• Nowell is the first player since Isaiah Thomas (2010-11) to earn three Pac-12 Player of the Week Awards in the same season.
• Crisp has scored in double figures in 12-straight and is shooting 45.0 percent from 3 during that span (36-80).
• Thybulle’s 79 steals this season rank second at UW in single-season history … Thybulle holds the UW single-season record already at 101 set a year ago … his 3.3 steals per game also lead the nation.
• UW has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 6 of its 11 Pac-12 games including 5 of the last 9 and is shooting 48.4 percent from the field overall in those 11 outings, which is first in the Pac-12.
• UW is holding its opponents to just 64.5 points per game, which leads the Pac-12 and is 28th nationally … 19 teams have been held to 70 points or less and UW has won 18 of those games.
• Dickerson recorded his seventh career 20 point/10 rebound game against USC with 21 and 14 … the last player to have that many 20/10 games in their career was Matthew Bryan-Amaning who had eight (2007-11).
• UW’s scoring margin in league action of +10.3 leads the conference by almost seven points as Oregon is next at 3.4.
• In the last 20 seasons, Thybulle is one of just four players to average 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season, joining Shane Battier – Duke (1999-2000, 2000-01), Nerlens Noel – Kentucky (2012-13) and Zion Williamson – Duke (2018-19).
• Nowell has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 29 of his 58 career games (50.0 percent) … in those 29 games, UW has a 24-5 record.
• Saturday marks the 289th meeting between Washington and Washington State, as the Huskies hold a 184-104 advantage in the all-time series.
• WSU trails the all-time series at home, 77-64, including a 1-0 WSU mark in Spokane.
• Washington won the first meeting, 85-67, Jan. 5 at Seattle in both teams’ Pac-12 openers.
• The Cougars are 2-3 in the last five meetings with the Huskies at home.
• UW won the last meeting at WSU last season, but the Cougars defeated the Huskies the previous meeting, Feb. 26, 2017, by a score of 79-71.
• Freshman CJ Elleby had a career-high 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field.
• He added 10 rebounds for this third double-double of the season at the time.
• Senior and Pac-12 leading scorer, Robert Franks, did not play due to a hip injury.
• The Huskies swept the season series last year with a 70-65 victory over the Cougars at Pullman, Jan. 6, followed by an 80-62 win at Seattle, Jan. 28.
• The Cougars swept the season series in 2017 with 79-74 and 79-71 wins at Seattle and Pullman, respectively.
• Just three of the last 154 games in the series have been decided by more than 8 points, as each of the last 15 meetings between the Cougars and Huskies have been decided by an average of 7.7 points.
• If the only three lopsided wins of that span (UW, 72-49, Feb. 28, 2014; UW, 80-62, Jan. 28, 2018 and UW, 85-67, Jan. 5, 2019) are thrown out, the average shrinks to 4.7 points; a two-possession difference.
• Ten of the last 15 meetings have been decided by five points or less.
• UW won seven of those 10 games decided by 5 points or less, claiming the latest five-point win, Jan. 6, 2018 (70-65).
• Third-year WSU head coach Ernie Kent is 13-23 all-time against UW as head coach at WSU and Oregon.
• NATIONAL RANKINGS:
• Scoring: Robert Franks, 15th (22.6).
• Double-Doubles: Robert Franks, 93rd (6); CJ Elleby 172nd (4).
• Rebounding: Robert Franks, 129th (7.7 rpg); CJ Elleby, 225th (6.8 rpg).
• Free Throw Pct: Marvin Cannon, 12th (.896); Robert Franks, 47th (.807).
• Assist/TO Ratio: Ahmed Ali, 33rd (2.70).
• Field Goal Pct: Robert Franks, 70th (.527); CJ Elleby, 172nd (.455)
• Assists: Team, 63rd (15.3 apg).
• Scoring: Team, 64th (77.5 ppg).
• 3-Ptrs Per Game: Team, 37th (9.5 3fgpg).