The Washington basketball men’s team has not played a game since Nov. 27.
Things were looking optimistic for Washington basketball at the start of the season when they brought in several transfers to help transform this team. However, COVID-19 has quickly made an impact on their season.
The Huskies were initially scheduled to play the Arizona Wildcats on Dec. 2 until the game had to be postponed until Jan. 25 due to a COVID-19 breakout amongst the team. Their Dec. 5 matchup against the UCLA Bruins was then forced to be forfeited and their Dec. 12 game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs was therefore also canceled.
At this point, it’s really unknown when we will see this Husky basketball team back on the court. Their next game is expected to be on Saturday, Dec. 18 against Seattle University.
So far, updates about the program’s ability to continue have been scarce.
This certainly puts the Washington basketball program’s season in jeopardy. Not only have they had the unfortunate luck of being affected by COVID-19, but head coach Mike Hopkins’ job is hanging on by a thread.
What is Washington basketball’s outlook right now?
The Husky men’s team is 4-4 so far on the season (not including the forfeit) and they really have only played average small schools up to this point.
Maybe missing a few games is what Hopkins and this team need in order to re-evaluate things going forward.
Dan Raley from the Husky Maven pointed out that Hopkins needs adjust the lineup and should feature PJ Fuller and Jackson Grant more prominently. His loyalty to his returning upperclassmen has to go out the door if he wants to get this team back on the winning track.
Hopkins has lost 39 of his last 51 games with the Huskies and now they find themselves falling down the Pac-12 ladder as UCLA and Arizona continue to rise—the two games that Washington happened to miss.