It’s a Pac-12 contest down in the Golden State between a pair of teams with different situations down the stretch of the regular season. The Washington Huskies are on the road as they travel to face the Cal Golden Bears Saturday afternoon. Washington was clubbed 94-78 at home by Stanford on the road Thursday night. Cal dropped their fourth in a row as they were edged 78-76 at home by Washington State Thursday night. The Golden Bears hold a 70-66 advantage in the all-time series but it was the Huskies taking a 66-56 win at home in the first matchup this season on January 11.
Washington Huskies In Need of Victory
Washington lost rather badly to call for their fourth loss in five games as they were handled by Stanford. The Huskies fell to 18-10 overall and 8-7 in the Pac-12 with the loss: they need to pick up some wins if they want to be considered for an at-large bid. Washington was down 48-26 at the half and couldn’t get closer than 11 in the second half of the contest. The Huskies shot 41.7 percent from the field and went six of 26 from three point range while allowing Stanford to shoot 52.6 percent in the game. Jaylen Nowell led Washington with 18 points in the loss.
The Huskies come into this game tied for 150th in the nation in scoring offense with 75 points per game. Washington is 268th in rebounding with 33.7 per contest and is tied for 296th with 11.9 assists per game. Defense has been an issue as the Huskies are 202nd in scoring defense as they allow 73.4 points a night. The Huskies are shooting 45.7 percent from the floor so far this season. Washington drains 6.7 three pointers a game while shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc. The Huskies are mediocre at the free throw line as they shoot 69 percent as a team. Jaylen Nowell leads the team with 16.1 points per game. Noah Dickerson puts up 14.9 points and 8.5 boards a contest, David Crisp chips in 11.6 points per game and Matisse Thybulle contributes 11 points a night. Sam Timmins, Dominic Green, Nahziah Carter and Carlos Johnson each score at least 4.1 points a night for the Huskies.
Cal Golden Bears Continue to Struggle As Season Winds Down
Cal found another way to lose a conference game as they were edged at home by Washington State in a battle of teams that were tied for last place in the Pac-12. The Golden Bears dropped to 8-20 overall and just 2-13 in the Pac-12 with the defeat. Cal trailed by two at the half and was tied in the final minute before giving up the winning bucket with 1.7 seconds to go in the contest. The Golden Bears shot 49.2 percent from the field and went eight of 18 from three point range while winning the rebounding battle 34-26. Justice Sueing led Cal with 25 points in the loss.
The Golden Bears are a below average team offensively as they come in 273rd in the nation with an average of 69.6 points per game. Cal is 152nd in the country in rebounding with 35.9 boards a night and 342nd with 10.4 assists per contest. The Golden Bears are struggling on the defensive end of the floor as they are 306th in scoring defense by allowing 78.2 points per game. Don Coleman leads the Golden Bears with 15.2 points per game. Justice Sueing puts up 14 points plus 5.4 rebounds a night, Marcus Lee contributes 12.3 points plus 7.6 boards and Darius McNeill adds 11.4 points per game. Kingsley Okoroh puts up 5.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and two blocks per contest while Juhwan Harris-Dyson is the only other player scoring more than two points a game. Cal shoots only 41.7 percent from the floor as a unit this season. The Golden Bears are connecting on 4.7 triples a night but shoot 30.2 percent from beyond the arc this season. Cal has to improve on their free throw shooting: the Golden Bears are connecting on 68 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.
- Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Golden Bears are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
The Golden Bears have had an abysmal season and one has to wonder how warm the seat for coach Wyking Jones is. This clearly isn’t what anyone would have expected from the team: granted, they aren’t a powerhouse that was going to contend for the national title, but the basement of the Pac-12 isn’t what anyone projected either. Washington has played well most of the season under first year coach Mike Hopkins but they have to turn it back on after losing four of their last five. This is as good a place as any to get rolling: take the Huskies in this contest.