The Washington Huskies basketball squad (11-6, 1-3 Conference) is not quite in desperation mode there is the urgency to win a game after losing four of the last five games. The Huskies will host the Oregon State Beavers ( 12-4, 2-2) Thursday at 8 p.m. The Beavers are coming off an impressive 82-65 win over the Arizona Wildcats last Sunday in Corvallis.
The Huskies are 0-2 in their last two games all on the road and will be looking to stir up some home magic against the Beavers and produce a win to get back in the Pac-12 Title Race.
BEAVERS PLAYING GOOD BASKETBALL
If the Huskies are to snap their two-game losing streak they will need to play good fundamental basketball against a Beaver team that is off to its best start since the 1989-90 season. That team had a 14-2 record after 16 games.
Oregon State and Washington are meeting for the 305th time with the Huskies leading a series that began in 1904, 162-142. Washington has a 108-40 advantage in games played in Seattle.
The Beavers are 11th in the nation in field goal percentage (48.4%) …
• Freshman Jaden McDaniels has posted back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career recorded 18/15 at Stanford and 12/11 at California
• McDaniels joins fellow freshman Isaiah Stewart in recording 15 or more rebounds in a game this season … The last time UW had two players record 15 or more rebounds in a game during the same season was 2012-13
• Sophomore Jamal Bey, in his third start of the season, put up 12 points and a career-high tying five rebounds at California
• The Huskies outrebounded both Stanford and Cal on the road by an average of 10 boards
• Washington posted its biggest rebounding margin of the season against Stanford, owning a 46-32 advantage
• UW’s 32-point victory over USC was its biggest conference win since a 15-point win at California on Feb,. 10, 2011 (109-77 at home).
• UW has only shot below 40.0 percent from the field in a game in two gamse this season, up until the game at Stanford, it was the first time since the 2004-05 campaign that the Dawgs had shot over 40 percent in its first 15 games
Tres Tinkle needs 21 points to become the 16th player in Pac-12 history to score 2,000 career points … Tinkle is the only Pac-12 player in the top 10 in the league in scoring (second, 19.9), rebounding (ninth, 6.8), assists (ninth, 3.9) and steals (first, 2.1) …
Ethan Thompson is averaging a team-best 20.8 points over the last five games, while shooting 63.5% (33-for-52) from the field, 44.4% (8-for-18) from beyond the arc and 90.9% (30-for-33) from the free throw line .
The Beavers have lost 15 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 both games last season. The first was 79-69 on Jan. 26 in Corvallis. The second was 81-76 in overtime on March 6 in Seattle. Tres Tinkle averaged 24.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the two games, including a double-double in the game in Seattle (31 points, 10 rebounds). Kylor Kelley added 16 points and nine boards in the game at Alaska Airlines Arena.