At long last, the UCLA Bruins will face the only Pac-12 opponent they have yet to face this season when the Washington Huskies visit Pauley Pavilion tonight.
It’s been a rough few seasons for the Huskies under Mike Hopkins. Many of the Washington faithful have wanted the Huskies to make a change in head coaches but, after finishing the past two seasons in 12th place and 11th place, respectively, the lowest Washington can finish at this point would be 9th place and, right now, the Huskies are in 5th in the Pac-12 standings.
Unfortunately, four of Washington’s remaining six games come against the same two teams — UCLA and Washington State. Then, in the final week of the season, they will face the Oregon schools.
So, Washington has a lot riding on their two games with the Bruins. Whether or not they can do anything about it remains to be seen after the Huskies have lost three of their last four games. Before losing to Southern Cal by ten on Thursday night, they split a pair of games with the Arizona schools last weekend in Seattle, beating ASU and losing to UofA by 24 points. Prior to those games, they lost to Stanford by 18 in Palo Alto.
It doesn’t look like Washington is going to finish the regular season very strong.
Let’s look at the Huskies’ starting five.
Senior guard Terrell Brown, Jr. is clearly the leader of this Washington team. Not only is he one of just two Husky starters averaging in double figures in points, he is averaging 22.2 ppg in addition to leading the team with an average of 4.4 assists per game. He also leads the team with 58 steals on the season. He scored 23 on Thursday against the Trojans.
The only other Husky averaging in double figures is forward Emmitt Matthews, Jr. The 6’7” tall senior is averaging 11.6 ppg but he also scored 20 points Thursday night by hitting three shots from behind the arc.
Redshirt junior Nate Roberts is the Huskies’ defensive leader. Roberts leads Washington with 6.8 rebounds per game along with 20 blocks for the season. Hopkins won’t get much out of him offensively, though, as the forward only averages 4.8 points per game.
Senior Jamal Bey will be one of the Huskies’ other starting guards. Bey has averaged 8.6 ppg this season and he is second on the team in blocked shots with 18.
The third starting guard for Washington is up in the air. The Seattle Times reported that Daejon Davis was expected back for Thursday’s game against Southern Cal, but Davis did not play that night. Will he be back for tonight’s game against the Bruins? That remains to be seen. Davis is a graduate transfer who joined the Huskies this season from Stanford. He has been averaging 7.8 ppg for the Huskies.
If he can’t go, look for junior PJ Fuller to get another start. Ironically, Fuller has also been averaging 7.8 ppg in mostly a reserve role this season.
Wtih Tyger Campbell coming back after serving his one-game suspension on Thursday for violating team rules, the Bruins should be back at full-strength. That doesn’t bode well for a Washington team that’s dropped three of their last four.
As a result, tonight’s game should be a relatively easy win for the Bruins. I’ll be surprised if they don’t win by at least ten points.
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Opponent: Washington Huskies (13-11, 18-6)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 103-43
When: 7:00 pm PT, Saturday, February 19, 2022
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports 1 with Noah Eagle and Steve Lavin
Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app
Radio: AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 137 and XM Ch. 197 (UCLA Call)
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
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