Washington vs. Oregon Game Preview

Per The University of Washington Press Release…..

#1 Huskies (26-7) vs #6 Oregon (22-12)
UW will play for the Pac-12 Tournament Championship for the sixth time in UW history and the first since the 2010-11 season on Saturday as it faces No. 6 seed Oregon at 7:30 p.m. inside T-Mobile Arena. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with Dave Pasch, Bill Walton and Molly McGrath 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. The programs split the two meetings this season with each team taking a win on its opponent’s home court.
The Coach – Mike Hopkins (47-20)
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
• Washington has assisted 30 of its 50 made baskets during the Pac-12 Championship and has three players averaging double-digits in Nowell (19.0), Crisp (14.0) and Carter (13.5)
• Dickerson has reached double-digit rebounding in four-straight games and is averaging 13.8 in that span … the four-straight games is the longest streak of double-digit rebounding in his career
• Thybulle tied the Pac-12 career steals record with his one steal against Colorado as he now has 321, shared with Gary Payton (1986-90) … additionally, his 116 steals are the Pac-12 single-season record, as he passed Jason Kidd of Cal (1992-93), earlier this week.
• 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 18-straight games
• Nowell has 104 assists on the season … he has recorded the 41st 100 assist-season in UW history and joins teammate Crisp who posted a 100-assist year in 2017-18 with 106
• UW’S 26 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 (5.8) and ninth in steals per game (9.0), joining only Duke as the two teams to be ranked nationally in the top 10 in both categories
• Thybulle is averaging 5.8 takeaways per game this season between steals and blocks combined … that number did jump to 6.5 during Pac-12 action.
• In the Pac-12 Tournament, Wright has recorded six steals and four blocks while averaging 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds
• UW has four 1,000 point scorers on its roster at the same time for the first time in program history … Dickerson (1,573), Crisp (1,486), Thybulle (1,226) and Nowell (1,088) … 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 18 of the last 21 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 15th in the nation in turnovers forced per game, averaging 16.2 per outing
• UW is holding opponents to just 64.3 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)