Washington Huskies basketball to begin Pac-12 play tonight against Colorado

Washington Huskies men's basketball will begin Pac-12 play against Colorado on Friday, Dec. 29 at 6 PM PT.
Nov 19, 2023; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Huskies forward Keion Brooks Jr. (1) dunks against the
Nov 19, 2023; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Huskies forward Keion Brooks Jr. (1) dunks against the / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

With an 8-3 standing so far, the Huskies have displayed a promising performance, notably securing a significant victory against No. 7 Gonzaga. Their home record stands strong at 6-1 (technically 3-1), while they've claimed victory once on the road. Notably, the team is riding a five-game winning streak, a feat they haven't accomplished since the 2019-2020 season, showcasing their current momentum.

Forward Keion Brooks Jr. emerges as a standout player, not only leading the Huskies but also topping the Pac-12 with an impressive 20.1 points per game average. His impact extends beyond scoring, leading the team in total rebounds with 84 and contributing significantly to the team's 913 total points this season. He transferred from Kentucky two years ago and has become a crucial part of transforming this Husky team.

Backing Brooks, guard Sahvir Wheeler proves instrumental as the team's second-highest scorer, averaging 15.6 points per game and sharing the team lead in blocks with 12. Wheeler also comes from Kentucky in his first season as a grad transfer at the UW.

Washington Huskies basketball faces stout Colorado team

On the opponent's side, Colorado is currently 9-2 and riding a four-game winning streak which presents a competitive challenge. Guard KJ Simpson shines as their primary scorer, tallying 196 total points and averaging an impressive 28.9 points per game. Additionally, forward Tristan da Silva leads the team in points per game with an outstanding 30.4.

Statistically, both teams exhibit potent offenses. Washington maintains an average of 83 points per game, while Colorado edges slightly higher at 85. Colorado's shooting efficiency stands out, making 52% of their shots, while the Huskies maintain a respectable 48% success rate.

The upcoming clash between these two teams promises an exciting matchup, pitting the Huskies' recent winning streak and solid home record against Colorado's consistent performance and sharpshooting offense. Fans anticipate an intense battle on the court as both teams vie for a crucial early-season victory in the Pac-12 conference.