#12 Washington (15-16, 5-13) vs. #5 Arizona (20-11, 10-8)
(Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament)
Wednesday, March 11th @ 2:30 p.m. PT
T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, NV)
Line: Arizona -6.0
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: 1000AM KOMO/97.7 FM
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
G Marcus Tsohonis (6’3″, 6.9 ppg)
G Jamal Bey (6’6″, 5.8 ppg)
G Nahziah Carter (6’6″, 12.5 ppg)
F Isaiah Stewart (6’9″, 16.6 ppg)
F Hameir Wright (6’9″, 5.7 ppg)
G Nico Mannion (6’3″, 14.0 ppg)
G Josh Green (6’6″, 11.7 ppg)
G Dylan Smith (6’5″, 8.5 ppg)
F Stone Gettings (6’9″, 6.7 ppg)
C Zeke Nnaji (6’11”, 16.3 ppg)
The Washington Huskies finished out the season on a high note after completing an improbable, but impressive two-game “Desert Sweep.”
Today’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, and the Huskies will need to find a way to beat the same opponent for the second time, in less than 5 days.
Washington came out energized against the Arizona Wildcats, during their 69-63 upset victory, after finding a way to close out the game for a second consecutive time down the stretch.
Arizona is currently 20-11 (10-8) on the season, and after losing to the Huskies last weekend, rest assured they will be ready to make adjustments seek revenge on a neutral floor.
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• This is the second time since the 2009-10 season that UW will face the same opponent in their regular season finale and first round game at the Pac-12 Tournament … UW faced Oregon State in back-to-back games during 2009-10 taking wins in both en route to the Pac-10 Tournament Title … then faced USC in back to back games during the 2016-17 season with losses in both meetings
• Washington swept the desert schools for the first time since 2011-12 … it was also the first Pac-12 road sweep since the Dawgs took the Oregon schools last year Jan. 24 and Jan. 26.
• Washington’s back to back wins at Arizona this year and last make it the first time since the 1983-84 seasons that the Dawgs have won two-straight in Tucson
• The Huskies’ 90 points at Arizona State tied a season-high and were its most in Pac-12 play since 94 against Oregon State two seasons ago in overtime on Feb. 17, 2018
• Washington is currently sixth in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense at 38.1
• UW has assisted on 50 percent of its baskets in 19 of their 31 games, and had 19 assists on 30 baskets at ASU
• Over the last nine games, eight off the bench, McDaniels is averaging 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds while shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 37.2 from 3 and 82.8 from the FT line
• Freshman Isaiah Stewart was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
• Freshman Jaden McDaniels earned his first weekly league honor as he was named Freshman of the Week on March 9
• Junior Nahziah Carter is now at 852 career points as he has the most points by anyone on the roster … his game against Arizona State was the 100th of his career
• Off the bench in the last three games, sophomore Elijah Hardy has averaged 5.3 points, 3 assists in 21.0 minutes … he scored a career-best 9 points at Arizona State while dishing out five assists and scored 5 points in 5 minutes against Washington State at home
• Isaiah Stewart now owns the UW freshman records for blocks (65) and rebounds (269) … the rebound record he broke set by Mark Pope (234) was done almost 30 years ago (1991-92)
• Stewart is also fifth in single season blocks overall for the Huskies … the single season record for blocks is 88 set by Malik Dime (2015-16)
• Stewart became the 40th player in UW history to reach 500 points in a single-season with his 16 points at Arizona … he is the first UW freshman since Jaylen Nowell in 2017-18 to reach 500 points in a single season
• Stewart is second in the Pac-12 with 13 double-doubles and his five 20/10’s are the second-most in the league behind Onyeka Okongwu (USC)
• In UW’s five Pac-12 wins, it has outscored their opponents by an average of 17.6 points … UW’s two 30-point conference wins mark the first time since 2010-11 that UW has picked up two 30 point wins over P12 opponents
• After pulling his redshirt, freshman Marcus Tsohonis has averaged 8.6 points in the last nine games, eight starts, scoring a career-high 19 points against Arizona State, following with 13 at WSU, adding five at UCLA and 11 against both Stanford and California … he is also averaging 2.6 assists in those outings
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