The Washington Huskies (23-6, 14-2) will conclude the regular season looking to keep their unbeaten streak inside Alaska Airlines Arena alive this year by hosting Oregon State (17-11, 9-7) on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. and the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, March 9th 7 p.m.
The Pac-12 regular season champ will be looking to the home crowd to provide energy and spark that will give the Huskies some of the lost swagger due to last Thursdays disappointing loss to the Cal Bears (73-76). The Huskies bounced back from the loss with a nail bitting 62 to 61 win over the Stanford Cardinal. While the victory over the Cardinal notched another mark in the win column the Huskies are looking to use the last two home games to spring board themselves into a positive projectry heading into next weeks Pac-12 Tournament where they are the No.1 seeded team.
Before they can dream of an undefeated home record, a tournament championship the Huskies must take care of a persky Oregon State team.
One consistent trait that has kept the Huskies at the top of the Pac-12 has been their ability to bounce back from losses and play with a chip on thier shoulder.
The reason for the teams ability to bounce back from losses and perserve through adversity has been the bound of the teams four seniors in Matisse Thybulle, Davis Crisp, Noah Dickerson and Dominic Green. Four players who have build solid winning foundation for the UW Basketball program.
The Beavers have lost 14 straight games to the Huskies in Seattle with the last Oregon State win coming on Feb. 20, 2003 (80-72). It’s the Beavers’ longest current road losing streak to a Pac-12 opponent.
Washington won the first meeting this season, 79-69, on Jan. 26 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 30 points, and hit a career-high six 3-pointers, to lead the Beavers. Tres Tinkle added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Ethan Thompson finished with nine points, five rebounds and six assists. Jaylen Nowell scored 19 points with three 3-pointers, Nahziah Carter added 18 points and David Crisp had 14. Matisse Thybulle finished with 11 points and five steals.
UW is holding opponents to just 63.9 points per game overall which is ranked 23rd in the NCAA
Washington ranks 20th in the nation in turnovers forced per game, averaging 16.2 per outing