Big win for Washington, which hung on to defeat Utah 59-57 in its Pac-12 home opener.
Want to know why the Huskies are playing outstanding defense lately, check out the video of Washington’s final play against Utah. Three defenders (C.J. Wilcox, Desmond Simmons and Andrew Andrews) took turns defending Delon Wright. The UW players switched perfectly when Utah set two screens to get Wright open. The Huskies forced him in the corner where took an off-balance jumper that sailed over the rim.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No. 15 Colorado, which plays at Washington on Sunday, went into overtime to beat short-handed Washington State 70-71. Josh Scott scored eight of his team-high 19 points in OT for the Buffaloes (14-2, 3-0). Coach Tad Boyle told the Daily Camera: “We’ve got a target on our back right now. Our guys proved tonight that we’re not quite ready to handle that yet, in terms of the way we perform and we prepare.”
— Valiant effort from Washington State, which played without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy (ribs). The Cougars (7-8, 0-3) fell below .500 for the second time this season.
— No. 1 Arizona plays its first Pac-12 road game Thursday, but the Wildcats have done a nice job away from home in nonconference wins over Duke, Michigan, San Diego State and Drexel.
— Old heads like Ed O’Bannon can try and hype up the UCLA-Arizona rivalry, but that storyline won’t have much to do with Thursday’s game.
— UCLA’s 6-9 point guard Kyle Anderson presents a matchup problem for Arizona State.
— Oregon coach Dana Altman has never beaten California, which visits Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday.
— Stanford goes on the road for the first time in the Pac-12 knowing it needs to return home with at least a split against Oregon State and No. 17 Oregon.
— Shouldn’t be a surprise, but Oregon State’s Eric Moreland is rusty after serving a 12-game suspension.
— OSU will honor Hall of Famer and former Sonics great Gary Payton on Saturday.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE
No. 1 Arizona (15-0, 2-0) at UCLA (12-2, 1-0), 6 p.m. PT ……….. ESPN
Arizona State (12-3, 1-1) at USC (9-5, 1-1), 7 p.m. ………………….. Pac-12 Networks
Stanford (9-4, 0-1) at Oregon State (8-6, 0-2), 7 p.m. ……………. Pac-12 Networks
California (104, 1-0) at No. 17 Oregon (13-1, 1-1), 8 p.m. ……….. Fox Sports 1
Picks: UCLA, ASU, Stanford and Oregon
Pac-12 tally: 9-3Season tally: 106-25