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February 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Morning links: Andrew Andrews looking to bounce back

When asked if he’s the X-factor for Washington, sophomore guard Andrew Andrews said: “A lot of people tell me that. They say if I play good, we usually end up playing good. If I play bad, then we don’t know, it’s 50-50. I just look at it as I just need to come prepared to play if I am the X-factor or if I’m not.”

During Pac-12 play, Washington is 2-4 when Andrews falls short of his 12.1 scoring average. He had 14 points the last time Washington played Colorado. He also sank 1 of 12 shots in Thursday’s 78-69 loss to Utah.

Wonder which version of Andrews will play today when the Huskies and Buffaloes reunite.


Washington needs a win to resuscitate its NCAA tournament hopes.

— Like many point guards, Askia Booker is trying to find the balance between being a playmaker and a scorer.

Jordan Bachynski had a career-high 26 points and came up with a block at the rim as time expired to hold off hard-charging Oregon and give Arizona State a 74-72 victory. Arizona State (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) dominated the first half and led by 21 points in the second half. Jahii Carson had 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for ASU. Shaqueille McKissic added 15 points.

— Oregon put together a furious second-half rally behind Joseph Young and its press, using a 34-11 run to take the lead with 5 minutes left.Young scored all of his 29 points in the second half and hit four 3-pointers, but couldn’t get his final shot past Bachynski’s long arm, sending Oregon to its fourth 2-point conference loss. Mark Moser added 14 points for the Ducks (15-8, 3-8), which continues their free fall after starting 13-0.

— “This is agonizing,” Oregon coach Dana Altman told the Oregonian. “We’re 3-8 in the league. You are what your record says you are and we’re 3-8. We’ve been in every one of those games in the last four minutes, most of them down in the last possession, so it hurts.”

— The game got ugly off the court. ASU police investigated a charge from Oregon coaches that at least one ASU student spit on the Ducks after the game as they walked to the visiting locker room at Wells Fargo Arena.

Norman Powell scored 10 of his 21 points during a 3 1/2 minute span of the second half, Jordan Adams had 17 points and eight rebounds and UCLA completed a season sweep of USC with an 83-73 victory. Kyle Anderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for UCLA (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12), helping the Bruins beat their archrivals for the seventh time in the last eight meetings.

Brendan Wright had 16 points and Jordan Loveridge chipped in 13 to lead Utah to an 81-63 victory over Washington State. Delon Wright added 11 points and nine assists for Utah. Six different players scored in double figures for the Utes (16-7, 5-6 Pac-12) who beat the Cougars in their home arena for the 12th consecutive time. Utah has not lost a home game to Washington State since the first meeting between the two teams in 1946.

DaVonte Lacy scored 22 points for the Cougars (9-14, 2-9) and D.J. Shelton added 19 points and 10 rebounds. It wasn’t enough keep Washington State from losing for the ninth time in its last 12 games.

— The college basketball world is buzzing about the incident between Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart and a Texas Tech fan. (In the video below) Smart uses two hands to shove the fan while exchanging a few words before he received a technical foul. Here’s a look at the video (below).

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