After a promising 10-3 start in non-conference play, Washington basketball is currently sitting in last in the Pac-12 with a 3-12 record in conference play
Washington basketball is no doubt, one of the most talented teams in the country. And it would be a great feeling for their two five-star freshmen, Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels, to finish their season, and possibly careers, at Washington on a high note. The Huskies have an opportunity to get back on track this weekend against the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils.
The Sun Devils are currently third place in the Pac-12 going into the last week of the season. Sun Devils have a 10-6 record in the Pac-12, and have most likely sealed themselves a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona State has five players who scored in double digits. In the first meeting with the Huskies, those five combined for 83 of the team’s 87 points. Guard Remy Martin leads the pack, and is arguably having the best season of anyone in the Pac-12 right now. He had 19 in the first meeting with Washington.
The Sun Devils had three players who each scored 18 points in the first meeting. They were forward Romello White, guards Rob Edwards, and Alonzo Verge Jr. coming off the bench. Khalid Thomas also chipped in 10 points.
If the Huskies can find a way to cut down on their turnovers, they might find a way to pull off a few wins. Mike Hopkins has spoken at length about slowing down the tempo on offense, which would help make more controlled passes. They’ve been able to do it in spurts, but Hopkins wants to see more consistency from his team.
Washington’s offense can’t rely simply on Stewart on the interior with everyone else spread out around the perimeter. Jamal Bey and Nahziah Carter both played excellent games against Washington State, and if they can consistently contribute on both ends of the floor, the Huskies are a hard team to beat.