Washington vs. Colorado Game Preview

Per The University of Washington Press Release…..

#1 Huskies (25-7) vs #5 Colorado (21-11)
UW will compete in the Pac-12 Championship semifinals for the first time since the 2010-11 season as it takes on No. 5 seed Colorado on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson, Bill Walton and Lewis Johnson on the call. Additionally, fans can listen to Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton on the official Husky Radio Broadcast on KOMO 1000 AM/97.7 FM. UW won both meetings between the two teams this season first winning in Boulder (77-70) and then taking a 64-55 victory in Seattle.
The Coach – Mike Hopkins (46-20)
Mike Hopkins is in his second year at UW, and second as a head coach after becoming the 19th head coach in UW history. In two years with the Huskies, Hopkins has led the Dawgs to back-to-back 20-win season becoming just the second coach in program history to do so in his first two years. He repeated as Pac-12 Coach of the Year after winning it during his first campaign and is one of just three coaches in Pac-12 history to repeat on that award. After spending 22 years as an assistant at Syracuse, he oversaw teams that reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times including the 2003 National Championship, four Final Fours, five Elite Eights and 10 Sweet 16s along with four NIT berths. Syracuse never dipped below a 55.0 percent record while Hopkins was on staff.
Quick Hitters
• Thybulle set the Pac-12 single-season steals record with his five steals against USC as he now has 115, passing Jason Kidd of Cal (1992-93) … additionally, he is just one steal away from tying Gary Payton for the Pac-12 career mark of 321 (1986-90)
• Thybulle was named one of four finalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award on Thursday joining Duke’s Zion Williamson, Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter
• Washington swept the Pac-12 Player of the Year (Nowell), Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year (Thybulle) Awards becoming the first team in league history to do so.
• Both Hopkins and Thybulle won their award for the second-straight year making them the first duo to win both COY and DPOY in back-to-back seasons
• Nowell became the youngest Husky in program history to be named Player of the Year and is just the third Dawg to earn the honor joining Brandon Roy and Christian Welp
• Nowell recorded his 10th 20-point scoring night of the season with 24 against USC and has now reached double-figures in 17-straight games
• With his three assists against USC, Nowell reached 100 for the season, giving him the 41st 100 assist-season in UW history … he joins teammate Crisp who posted a 100-assist year in 2017-18 with 106
• In UW’s last three games, senior Noah Dickerson is averaging 12.7 points and 14.7 rebounds
• UW’S 25 wins are its most since the 2009-10 season … additionally, UW tied its most wins in Pac-12 Conference play as it finished at 15-3  … UW also reached 15 conference wins in 1983-84, 1952-52 and 1943-44
• Washington is ranked second nationally in blocks per game (5.9) and 10th in steals per game (8.9), joining only Duke as the two teams to be ranked nationally in the top 10 in both categories
• Thybulle is averaging 6.1 takeaways per game this season between steals and blocks combined … that number did jump to 6.5 during Pac-12 action.
• UW has four 1,000 point scorers on its roster at the same time for the first time in program history … Dickerson (1,566), Crisp (1,476), Thybulle (1,214) and Nowell (1,074) … UW is the only team in the nation with four 1K scorers that have reached those points at their current school (no transfers), Nevada has seven 1K scorers on its roster with only one scoring all 1,000 points at Nevada
• Crisp has reached double-digit scoring in 17 of the last 20 games
• Nowell has led the team in rebounding in 10 times this year and has seen his rebounding numbers jump to 5.4 per game from 4.0 a year ago … in league action he averaged 5.9 rebounds
• Thybulle is the only player since 1992-93 to record both at least 110 steals and 70 blocks in the same season (via SportsReference).
• Dickerson’s 5 rebounds at Stanford pushed him to 900 career boards … he is now just the sixth player at UW to post 1,500 points and 900 rebounds in their career
• Washington ranks 18th in the nation in turnovers forced per game, averaging 16.7 per outing
• UW is holding opponents to just 64.4 points per game overall
• Hopkins has led UW to back-to-back 20 win seasons in his first two years … the last UW coach to record 20 wins in their first two seasons was Tippy Dye (1951-52, 1952-53)