Washington basketball has their final regular season series at home this week taking on Oregon State and Oregon
The Huskies have already won the Pac-12 championship with a record of 14-2 with an overall 24-6. Also, they are undefeated at home 14-0. The two losses in Pac-12 play were against Arizona State and Cal. The Golden Bears had not won a game in Pac-12 play until beating Washington basketball.
Washington basketball beat Oregon State 79-69 in their first meeting, pulling away late in the game. The Huskies had four players in double digits led by Jaylen Nowell with 19 points, while Nahziah Carter had 18 points coming off the bench. David Crisp had 14 and Matisse Thybulle added on 11.
Noah Dickerson, Washington’s second-leading scorer at 12.5 per game only had seven points playing 18 minutes because of foul trouble. It will be important he stays out of foul trouble, as he’ll have his hands full with Tres Tinkle.
Tinkle, the Beavers’ leading scorer and the second leading scorer in the Pac-12 had 18 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting this season.
In that first meeting, the Beavers were led by senior guard Stephen Thompson Jr. with 30 points. He had a hot night, going 11/19 from the field and 6/11 behind the three-point line.
Ethan Thompson averages 13.6 per game, however, the Huskies were able to limit him to nine points. He took only four shots in the first meeting making two of them including one behind the arc.
In the first outing against the Ducks, Nowell led the Huskies in scoring with 20. Crisp also had a good first game against the Ducks, scoring 18 points. The Huskies would love for him to have a game like he did last week at Cal, where he dropped a career-high 32.
Oregon played the Huskies tough in their first game, especially in the second half. The Ducks defense put on a full court press, forcing the Huskies to turn over the ball. The Huskies ended up with 19 turnovers with 12 coming in the second half, but the Husky offense played well down the stretch to close the game.
Freshman forward Louis King led the Ducks in scoring in that game with 19. The only other scorer for the Ducks in double digits was Miles Norris with off the bench. Forward Kenny Wooten should be at full strength in this game, he played the first meeting in a mask after suffering a broken jaw.
These two games will be a good test for Washington going into the tournament. The Huskies will honor their four seniors on Saturday, Matisse Thybulle, David Crisp, Noah Dickerson and Dominic Green.