Washington basketball will try to break even in the Bay Area against Cal after suffering a disappointing loss at Stanford on Thursday
Washington basketball split with Cal last year, and will definitely be looking for revenge at the site of their first conference loss of the 2019 season.
The Golden Bears have two returning starters, one of them is sophomore guard Matt Bradley, who is currently leading the team in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game and shooting 36.1% from behind the three-point line. The other is junior forward Grant Anticevich, who’s third on the team in scoring at 9.1 points per game.
Guard Kareem South, a graduate transfer who was a three-year starter at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, has been excellent this season, averaging 10.5 points per game, good for second on the team. He’s also shooting 36.5% from long distance. The other two starters are freshmen, center Lars Thiemann, and guard Joel Brown, both of whom are averaging under four points per game.
Senior guard Paris Austin is the first guy off the bench for the Golden Bears, and after starting last season, he brings a jolt to the second unit for Cal. His scoring has taken a step back, averaging just 6.8 points per game this year after scoring in double digits in the last two seasons.
Another key player off the bench is sophomore Andre Kelly, who’s averaging 21.1 minutes a night while scoring 7.9 points per game. Last year, he appeared in every game for the Golden Bears, and he started 18 of them. Kelly shoots 42.9% from long distance, and if the Huskies can shut him down, they’ll be in good shape.
Mike Hopkins has a tough task on his hands after losing Quade Green for the remainder of the regular season, but the back to back Pac-12 Coach of the Year will definitely have a plan to get the Dawgs back on track in the Bay Area.