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January 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Morning links: Revamped defense sparked Washington turnaround

To preview Washington’s game at California, we took a look at the Husky defense, which changed dramatically after a 2-3 start.

“You’re searching, you’re looking and you’re scrambling for ideas as to why you’re not playing the way you’re capable of playing,” said Brad Jackson, a UW assistant coach. “It was some long days, for sure.”

At the time, UW opponents averaged 87 points and shot 51 percent from the field, which ranked 346th out of 351 Division I teams.

In the past 12 games, UW opponents are averaging 70.2 points and shooting 45.5 percent from the field.

And in four Pac-12 games, UW opponents are averaging 61.8 points, which is third in the conference, and shooting 39.2 from the field, which is second in league play.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Here’s a video (above) of California coach Mike Montgomery from Monday’s session with local medial talking about tonight’s game against Washington.

— Here’s the advance of the UW-Cal game in the Olympian.

— California freshman Jordan Matthew scored 32 points last week at then-No.17 Oregon. He followed that personal-best performance with two points a couple of days later at Oregon State. The Golden Bears are looking for a little more balance from him.

— When asked which team will be the surprise team in college basketball during the second half of the season, two of four writers at SI.com picked Cal.

— Washington State’s leading scorer DaVonte Lacy will miss 4-6 weeks with a rib injury.

— Arizona State’s Jermaine Marshall is looking forward to his first game at Arizona.

— Arizona guard Gabe York is expected to return Thursday against ASU after injuring his ankle Sunday at USC.

— Arizona’s Aaron Gordon picked up a nice award.

— Freshman point guard Jaron Hopkins will replace Spencer Dinwiddie, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. No. 21 Colorado is still trying to figure out how to proceed without its star.

— There’s no room in UCLA’s rotation for redshirt freshman guard Wanaah Bail at the moment, but he’s being patient.

— Utah’s Renan Lenz (sprained foot) is out indefinitely.

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