Washington basketball has announced a plan with the Gonzaga Bulldogs to extend their rivalry through the 2023-2024 season
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have become a national powerhouse over the past twenty years, and Washington basketball, since hiring Mike Hopkins two years ago are hoping to follow suit. The Huskies made the NCAA tournament this year after missing out since 2011. Though they lost to North Carolina in the second round, they hope to go further in the coming years. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Huskies and Bulldogs met in the tournament?
Washington’s Mike Hopkins has been named the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. The Huskies lost four of their five starters from last year, and will look much different when facing the Bulldogs, who had some significant losses as well. Matisse Thybulle, this year’s national defensive player of the year, guard David Crisp and forward Noah Dickerson all graduated. Sophomore Jaylen Nowell, the Huskies leading scoring over the past two seasons, decided to forgo his last two season and has entered the NBA draft this year.
Hameir Wright is the only returning starter for the Huskies. He along with fellow junior Nahziah Carter and senior Sam Timmins are the only returners with significant experience. Carter was one of the key players last year coming off the bench with Dominic Green who graduated as well. Timmins, on the other hand, played limited time primarily coming in for Dickerson when he got into foul trouble. The Huskies are hoping that his senior leadership along with Wright and Carter will help out this young but talented group of players this coming season.
With this recruiting class coming in, the Dawgs are hoping not only to repeat as Pac-12 champions, but to be a major force nationally. Beating Gonzaga will be a huge part of that.