The Washington Huskies ( 12-12, 2-9) are hoping lightning will strike twice when they face the USC Trojans ( 17-7, 6-5) Thursday night( 6 p.m.) at the Galen Center. The Huskies used a 72-40 victory over the Trojans on Jan. 5 at Alaska Airline Arena. The Huskies have lost six consecutive games and have gone 1-8 since defeating USC 72-40 on Jan. 5 at Alaska Airline Arena.
USC made only 20 percent of its shots in that game, its lowest shooting percentage in a game since Feb. 3, 1956 (15.9 percent). If the Huskies are to get out of their current tailspin they will need a similiar performanc against the Trojans on Thursday.
USC has lost four consecutive games to Washington and trails in the all-time series 75-72* (2 USC wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 75-74). The Huskies will not only need to play stellar defense but find a way to get the ball to Freshman Isaiah Stewart who was named one of the Top 10 Finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award . Stewart is one of three freshmen and one of two players from the Pac-12 on the top 10 list
Stewart is one of two freshmen in the country averaging 17 points and eight rebounds per game (joining Vernon Carey, Jr., Duke) … additionally, he is the third leading freshman scorer in the NCAA averaging 17.4 points per game.