Arizona State (7-14, 3-8) at Washington (12-9, 7-4)
When: 9 p.m., Thursday
TV:FS1 Radio: 620AM/98.7FM
The last time they played: The teams played twice in the same week at Tempe last season with the Sun Devils winning both 97-64 and 80-72.
About Sun Devils: ASU has lost eight of its last 10, just ending a five-game streak against nationally ranked opponents (two against USC, two against Arizona and one against UCLA). The Sun Devils’ biggest win of the season came Saturday when they beat No. 3 UCLA 87-84 in triple overtime. They are 5-5 in games decided by five points or less. G DJ Horne (13.1 ppg) is the top scorer with senior F Kimani Lawrence (10.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and sophomore G Jay Heath (10.2 ppg) also in double digits. Junior F Jalen Graham (8.6 ppg) is averaging 15.8 in his last seven games, which was highlighted by a career-high 19 against USC. Lawrence has six double-doubles this season. ASU is shooting 39% from the field and 29% from long range, but has been doing better lately. In the last two games, ASU is 41.2 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from long range.
About Huskies: Washington is one of the most improved teams in the Pac-12, going just 5-21 overall and 4-16 in conference last year and 15-17 overall and 5-13 in conference in 2019 -2020. The team’s non-conference schedule was not particularly difficult, however, with victories over Northern Arizona, Southern Texas and Central Washington Division II, among others. The Huskies are coming off an 87-69 loss to Stanford that ended a three-game winning streak. A big part of the turnaround was the addition of newcomers with the transfer of Arizona Terrell Brown (22 points per game) the conference’s leading scorer. Junior F Emmitt Matthews (11.1 ppg), a transfer from West Virginia, is the team’s second leading scorer. The Huskies play zone defense, something that has presented a challenge for ASU in the past.
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