After two straight devastating losses, and dropping four of their last five, Washington basketball needs to find answers on the road against a ranked Colorado squad
Washington basketball has had trouble closing, and it’s no surprise this has all happened since losing guard Quade Green due to academic ineligibility. The Huskies have also had a problem getting the ball into Isaiah Stewart down low, often forcing the ball into double teams, resulting in careless turnovers.
Of the last four losses, the Huskies have led for the majority of those games, and holding leads as large as 16 points.
Things won’t get any easier at #23 Colorado, an experienced squad who will give the Huskies all they can handle.
Junior forward Tyler Bey of Colorado, cousin of Huskies’ guard Jamal Bey missed Thursday’s game against the Cougars because of a hand injury. He’s the second-leading scorer for the Buffaloes at 13.1 points per game, and he leads them in rebounding at 9.3 per game. He’s actually the top rebounder in the Pac-12 right now, and Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle expects him to be back in the lineup against the Huskies.
Colorado’s leading scorer is junior guard McKinley Wright IV, who’s currently averaging 13.3 points per game, along with 5.3 assists per night. The other three starters are forward Evan Battey, and guards D’Shawn Schwartz, and Shane Gatling. They have three primary bench players in forward Lucas Siewert, and guards Daylen Kountz and Maddox Daniels.
The Huskies will have to play one of their best games of the year to pull off the upset win on the road. We might see some changes to the lineup after the Utah game, and Marcus Tsohonis might find his way into the starting lineup. The Huskies need to turn it around now if they want any shot at the NCAA Torunament, and a win at Colorado would do a lot for the Huskies’ tournament resume.