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.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— 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).