Washington basketball, losers of nine straight, are trying to put all that behind them with the California Golden Bears coming to town on Saturday afternoon
Cal got the better of Washington basketball in the Bay Area over the past two years, so can the Huskies return the favor on their home court? The Golden Bears stole a win from them earlier this year on a last-second banked in three in overtime from Matt Bradley to ice the game.
For the majority of the first game, the Huskies played excellent defense, but just couldn’t get their shots to fall, which has seemingly been the story of the season, especially after shooting 20% from three-point range against Stanford on Thursday night.
The Huskies have a great opportunity to end their losing streak tonight, as the Golden Bears are just 1-5 on the road during conference play. Obviously, the main goal is to break the losing streak, but doing it at home would be a huge confidence booster for this team.
In the first matchup with the Golden Bears, the Huskies were led by Isaiah Stewart with 13 points. Jaden McDaniels and Jamal Bey each had 12 points. McDaniels led also led the Huskies with 11 rebounds in that game, before injuring his ankle late in the second half, which hindered him for a few weeks after that. Keep in mind this was also the same week that the Huskies found out that point guard Quade Green was academically ineligible for the remainder of the regular season.
The focus now should be on the Pac-12 tournament, as it doesn’t seem like there’s much that the Huskies can do to get themselves out of last place in the conference, but stringing together a few wins before going into the tournament might be what this team stocked full of talent needs to find themselves.