22nd ranked Washington basketball is facing their biggest challenge yet in the ninth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs
Gonzaga has dominated the series against Washington basketball so far. Things might change this year, with the Huskies fielding arguing their most talented team ever.
The Huskies have a 7-1 record going into Sunday’s matchup, with their only loss coming to #21 Tennessee at a neutral site. The Bulldogs have a record of 9-1, with their only loss also coming on a neutral site, at the hands of #4 Michigan.
There are only four players on the roster who played in last year’s matchup. Senior Sam Timmins played a decent role off the bench, Hameir Wright will be making his second career start against the Bulldogs. Nahziah Carter played only 11 minutes, and Jamal Bey only played four. Neither scored a point, but that won’t be the case this time around.
The Zags only have two returners from last year’s matchup, junior Corey Kispert, the team’s second-leading scorer who’s currently averaging 13.6 points per game. The other is sophomore Filip Petrusev, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 15.7 points per game. The 6’11 forward is also averaging 8.4 rebounds per game.
The other three starters are senior forward Killian Tillie, who missed last year’s game with the Huskies is averaging 13.4 points per game so far this year while dealing with an ankle injury. Senior guard Ryan Woolridge, who also missed the Washington matchup last year is averaging 9.3 points a game, and redshirt senior Admon Gilder is averaging 10.3 points per game in his final season after missing most of last year due to a blood clot. This is an experienced Gonzaga team
This is a big-time matchup between the two best basketball programs in the state of Washington, and will be a big resume booster for the winner when it comes time for the NCAA Tournament. Will the Huskies break the streak?