Washington basketball is reeling, in the midst of an eight-game losing and hoping to snap that at home against the Cardinal
Washington basketball has been lacking an on-court leader at the guard position since starting point guard Quade Green was ruled academically ineligible in early January, before the Huskies’ first matchup with Stanford.
Most of the losses the Huskies have suffered have come down the stretch, with most of those losses coming by six points or less. They’ve lacked someone that can hit a clutch jumper, like what Jaylen Nowell was in 2019. Teams have been able to double and even triple-team Isaiah Stewart, and the Huskies don’t have anyone who can knock down a jumper in crunch time. Freshmen Jaden McDaniels and RaeQuan Battle have been hot and cold in crunch time, and Jamal Bey, who’s found himself taking a lot of shots at the end of the game, has yet to see one go down.
The Cardinal got off to a good start in the Pac-12, winning four straight; however, they’ve struggled since then, going 1-7 over their last eight games, with their only win being an upset win on the road over the Oregon Ducks. They’re currently on a four-game slide coming into Thursday night’s matchup at Hec Edmunson Pavilion.
It looks like Stanford could be the team the Huskies needed to face to finally end their long, rough losing streak. The two teams played each other tough when the Huskies traveled down to Palo Alto, and Mike Hopkins will definitely have his guys energized to get some revenge.
Someone has to end their losing streak, and at this point in the season, it could be a major momentum swing for the Huskies, who need some kind of energy to finish out the season and head into the Pac-12 Tournament. Theoretically, the Huskies are not eliminated from postseason play, as all 12 teams make the Pac-12 Tournament, and if they can pull off four wins in a row, they’d get an automatic bid into March Madness.