FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: FSN, ROOT. Home Record: WSU 8-7, Washington 9-6. Away Record: WSU 1-8, Washington 5-6. Neutral Record: WSU 2-2, Washington 1-1. Conference Record: WSU 2-13, Washington 7-8. Series Record: Washington leads, 175-100.
GAMES NOTES: In a rematch of intrastate rivals the Washington State Cougars will visit the Washington Huskies for a Pac-12 Conference battle at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars have been one of the more disappointing teams in the Pac-12 this season. They come into this game just 11-17 overall with a conference worst mark of 2-13 in league bouts. The Cougars are also riding a eight-game losing streak into Sunday's affair, its last on the road. Washington State will host UCLA and USC in its final two games of the season.
At 15-13, Washington hasn't been as disappointing as the Cougars but it certainly hasn't been impressive. The Huskies have traded wins and losses in their last four games and are now hovering right around the .500 level in Pac-12 play (7-8). Washington is beginning a three-game homestand in this contest that will end the season. The Huskies are 9-6 at home thus far and will host USC and UCLA next.
Washington held off Washington State for a 68-63 win in the first meeting this season. The Huskies have now won four straight and eight of the last 10 meetings, improving to 175-100 in the all-time series.
The last time Washington State hit the floor was last Saturday when the Cougars were taken down, 73-56, by Arizona. Washington State allowed the Wildcats to shoot 55.6 percent from the field and knock down 11 shots from beyond the arc. Brock Motum dumped in 20 points to pace the Cougars in the loss.
Motum (17.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg) is the leading scorer for the Cougars, but unfortunately, doesn't receive much help. The 6-foot-10 forward leads one of the worst offenses in the Pac-12. Washington State is second to last in the conference in scoring (63.6 pg) and field-goal percentage (.422). The Cougars' offensive production took a big hit when Mike Ladd (11.4 ppg) injured his knee in February. Ladd is expected to miss Sunday's game with the same irritation in his left knee. DaVonte Lacy (10.5 ppg) and Royce Woolridge (9.9 ppg) are the only other players scoring more than 6.5 points per game for WSU.
In its final road game of the season, Washington shocked Arizona State in a 68-59 victory last Saturday. The Huskies shot 48.1 percent from the floor and had three players in double figures led by Scott Suggs (16 points), who knocked down four shots from beyond the arc.
The Huskies are a bit better on the offensive end but certainly not a team that will light up the scoreboard with alarming frequency. They are scoring 67.8 points per game, on 43.5 percent from the floor. Too often they rely one- on-one plays as they assist on just 11.8 field goals per game. C.J. Wilcox (17.1 ppg) is a crafty scorer that thrives in creating his own shot. Abdul Gaddy (11.3 ppg, 4.2 apg) runs the point, while Suggs (11.2 ppg) is most dangerous from 3-point range. Aziz N'Diaye (9.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg) patrols the interior as an efficient scorer and rebounder.
Though they are staying in-state, the Cougars have been horrendous on the road (1-8) and with Ladd out again they are missing a scoring option. Washington should roll in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 70, Washington State 62
03/03 10:35:57 ET
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