Washington (15-4) vs. Oregon State (12-6)
Saturday, January 26th @ 1:00 PM PST
Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, Oregon)
Line: Oregon State –3.0
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: 1000AM KOMO/97.7 FM
KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON
Guard – David Crisp
Guard – Matisse Thybulle
Guard – Jaylen Nowell
KEY PLAYERS: OREGON STATE
Forward – Tres Tinkle
The Washington Huskies Basketball team enters this contest with some momentum after a hard-fought 61-56 home win over the Oregon Ducks. The Oregon State Beavers are coming off a 90-77 home win over the Washington State Cougars. The Huskies will be looking for a 7-0 conference start and remain in first place in the Pac-12 standings. With a win over the Beavers, the Huskies will be looking for its first 7-0 start in conference play since 1952-53 when it started 14-0.
ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR
• Washington’s 6-0 start in Pac-12 play is its best since the 1982-83 season when UW also started 6-0.
• Four of UW’s six Pac-12 wins have been by 16 points or more … the last time UW had that many wins with at least a 16-point margin was the 2011-12 season.
• UW has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 4 of its 6 Pac-12 games including three of the last four and is shooting 50.3 percent from the field overall in those 6 outings, which leads the Pac-12.
• UW is holding its first 19 opponents to just 64.5 points per game, which leads the Pac-12 and is 30th nationally … 15 teams have been held to 70 points or less and UW has won 14 of those games.
• The Huskies scoring margin in league action of +13.5 leads the conference by almost eight points as ASU is second at a +5.7 margin.
• UW dished out a season-high 18 assists on 22 made FGs at Oregon, its highest assist-to-made basket ratio of the season.
• Over the last two seasons under Mike Hopkins, when senior Dominic Green hits at least 2 from 3-point range, the Dawgs are 16-2 … they are 8-1 this year when Green knocks in at least 2 from distance … when he hits 3 from behind the arc UW is 10-0 over the last two seasons.
• Thybulle is one of 15 players nationally named to the watchlist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year … he is the only player nationally to average 2.7 steals and 2.3 blocks.
• Seven of sophomore Naz Carter’s career 15 10+scoring efforts have come in the last 18 games.
• Nowell has recorded seven 20-point scoring efforts this season, and four in the last six games … he now has 17 on his career … Nowell is 5th in the league in scoring averaging 16.8 ppg.
• Nowell is averaging 7.3 rebounds in Pac-12 action, up from 5.4 overall this season … he averaged 4.5 in league play a year ago.
• Nowell is one of three players on the initial Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list to be shooting over 50 percent (51.5), averaging over five rebounds (5.4) and 3 assists (3.4) and scoring at least 16 points a night (16.7), joining Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver.
• Nowell has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 26 of his 53 career games (49.1 percent) … in those 26 games, UW has a 21-5 record.
• Crisp has had a standout start in Pac-12 play, averaging 16.0 points, on 47.6 percent shooting from the field (30-of-63), a Pac-12 leading 55.9 percent from 3 (19-of-34) and dishing out 2.2 assists.
• Nowell has seen an uptick in not just his scoring production (16.8 ppg) but in his assists as well as he currently leads the team with 64 (3.4 per game) which is up from an average of 2.7 a year ago.
• Thybulle, UW’s career steals leader at 257, is 64 away from first place all time in Pac-12 history (321, Gary Payton, 120 games, 1986-90) and is currently fourth all-time, just one away from tying for third.
• Thybulle is the only player in Division I averaging at least 2.3 blocks and 2.7 steals per game.
– QUICKLY: Oregon State has shot a better percentage from the field than its opponent in 15 of the 18 games and five of the six Pac-12 contests … The Beavers equaled their best conference record through six games since the 1992-93 team opened 5-1 (the 2014-15 team started 4-2 in Wayne Tinkle‘s first season) … Oregon State leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.470) … Tres Tinkle has scored 20-plus points in seven of his last eight games … Tinkle needs 16 points to reach 1,400 in his career … The Beavers are 4-0 this season when Stephen Thompson Jr. scores 20-plus points … Ethan Thompson has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games, the longest streak of his career … Kylor Kelley was one of 15 players selected to the midseason watch list for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award … Kelley is second on Oregon State’s single-season blocked shots list with 70; he needs four more to break the record of 73 held by Eric Moreland (2012-13) … Gligorije Rakocevic is shooting 63.5 percent from the field this season; his career field goal percentage entering this season was 47.1 percent.
– vs. WASHINGTON: Oregon State and Washington are playing for the 303rd time with the Huskies leading the series, 160-142.
– The Beavers have defeated Washington three straight times at Gill Coliseum and hold a 98-49 all-time advantage in games played in Corvallis.
– Stephen Thompson Jr. hit game-winning 3-pointers the last two times Washington played at Gill Coliseum:
Feb. 24, 2016: 3-pointer at the buzzer for an 82-81 win
Feb. 10, 2018: 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds to play in double-overtime for a 97-94 win
– Oregon State won two of the three meetings between the teams last season with none of the games decided by more than three points. The first was 97-94 in a double-overtime thriller on Feb. 10 in Corvallis. The second was 69-66 in overtime on March 7 in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Washington won in Seattle, 79-77, on March 1 in Seattle.
– Tres Tinkle averaged 21.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in the three games and Stephen Thompson Jr. averaged 18.3 points. The Beavers narrowly outscored the Huskies 243-239 in the three games.
– A WIN OVER THE HUSKIES: If Oregon State defeats Washington it will improve to 13-6 overall and 5-2 in Pac-12 play. It would also:
- Equal Oregon State’s best conference record through seven games since the 1989-90 team opened 6-1 (the 1992-93 and 2014-15 teams started 5-2).
- Be the fourth straight time Oregon State has swept the Washington schools at home (the Cougars and Huskies didn’t play in Corvallis in 2016-17).
- Be Oregon State’s fourth consecutive home win over Washington.