February 13, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Can Washington go on a 7-0 run?
The Huskies believe they have to win their remaining seven games to have any chance of earning an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. It seems like a tall order for a team that’s lost six of their past six games.
But in order to go 7-0, you have to win the first one and that starts 8 p.m. tonight when No. 23 Oregon visits Alaska Airlines Arena.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd who is filling in for injured Dominic Artis is trying to remain confident during a shooting slump. Since taking over, he’s converted 6 of 28 shots in the past five games. He has 16 assists and 12 turnovers.
— Artis, who has a foot injury, is doubtful.
— The Ducks collected 21 turnovers from Washington during their 81-76 win nearly three weeks ago at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon will try to rely on its press and multiple defenses to force the Huskies into mistakes.
— Arizona State is making a run at a NCAA tourney berth, but poor free-throw shooting threatens to trip up the Sun Devils. ASU shoots 62.1 percent, which ranks 330th among 347 DivisionI teams.
— USC’s Ari Stewart broke his thumb Sunday against Washington and will miss the next three weeks.