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Oregon State Basketball: Opponent Preview - Washington Huskies (Game 16)

Oregon State invites an inconsistent group of Huskies to town.

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Washington Huskies (3-12, 2-8)

  • Head Coach: Mike Hopkins (4th Season, Overall: 66–51)
  • Points For: 67.1 PPG (306th)
  • Points Against: 77.3 PPG (302nd)
  • Last Game/Streak: 77-62 vs. Washington State (1L)

The Skinny

USC v Washington
Quade Green is the player to watch for the Huskies.
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  • Quade Green (15.7 PPG)
  • Jamal Bey (9.4 PPG)
  • Erik Stevenson (9.1 PPG)
  • Marcus Tsohonis (7.8 PPG)
  • Nate Pryor (6.2 PPG)
  • Nate Roberts (5.6 PPG)
  • Hameir Wright (5.5 PPG)
  • RaeQuan Battle (4.8 PPG)

The Huskies have pieced together an ultimate disaster of a campaign, as Washington head coach Mike Hopkins just can’t seem to figure out what has gone wrong with his program.

After claiming Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors in his first two seasons, Hopkins has guided the Huskies to an abysmal 7-21 mark against conference foes since and while this season was never projected to be a renaissance campaign, it also wasn’t meant to be an absolute train-wreck either. Washington just doesn’t know who they are these days.

A lack of offensive production with a top-heavy option in Quade Green. A sheer inability to defend at all as a team. A bottom spot in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, assists and rebounds per contest. The list of the Huskies’ issues goes on and on and on. But after playing two solid games in their first victories since December 9th, it seemed like Hopkins had finally pressed the right buttons with this group.

Then, Washington slid back against Washington State and the questions came up again.

It’s always been said that basketball is a game of runs, but the true matter of fact is that success in the game revolves around consistency. Just look at the top teams in the country. Their talent is exceptional. Sure. But their ability to perform on a nightly basis with such consistency is their real key to the top.

The ability to execute on both sides of the ball is what gives great teams their core and like we’ve seen at times with Oregon State, inconsistency in any shape or form can be a disaster to a team. The Beavers head into this one as rare favorites, yet they desperately are trying to snap a two-game losing skid.


Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, February 4th
  • Time: 6:00 PM PT
  • Location: Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, Oregon)
  • Coverage: Pac-12 Networks