Washington basketball will try to end their four-game losing streak, the longest of the Mike Hopkins era, on Saturday against Arizona State
The Sun Devils have a slightly better record than Washington basketball, coming into the game at 3-4 in Pac-12 play after losing to the Washington State Cougars in Pullman on Thursday.
The Huskies want to start February off strong, after a porous 2-7 record in January. The four-game losing streak has left Mike Hopkins in unfamiliar territory, and he’s got to find a way
Junior forward Romello White leads the Sun Devils in rebounding, sitting at 9.1 per game, plus he’s third on the team in scoring at 10.7 points per game. He’s probably also going to draw the assignment of defending Isaiah Stewart.
The other three starters for Arizona State are forwards Taeshon Cherry, Kimani Lawrence and guard Rob Edwards. Of the three, Edwards is the only one scoring in double figures, currently at 10.4 per game. He’s also the team’s best three-point shooter, with his mark of 36.4% from behind the arc.
The Sun Devils primarily rely on two guys off the bench, and both of them are guards.The two are junior Alonzo Verge Jr. and freshman Jaelen House. Verge Jr. is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game, and House is fifth at 5.6 points per game. House is, of course, the son of former Sun Devil standout Eddie House who played 11 years in the NBA.
If the Huskies want any shot at the NCAA Tournament or even decent seeding in the Pac-12 Tournament, they need to turn things around right now, and most likely need to win out through the remainder of Pac-12 play.