Washington may not have many chances to capture a statement win due to the lack of ranked teams – just three at the moment – on its schedule. You’d think the Huskies might get a little more excited than usual for Sunday’s showdown against 13th-ranked San Diego State, but they’re treating it as just another game.
Jerry Brewer is intrigued by the Huskies’ 6-0 start and writes: “More than any Washington team the past several years, these Huskies already understand who they are. And they’re not fighting it. They must continue to get better, but at their core, they should be a grind-it-out defensive team that shares the ball on offense and cares little about who scores. They’re limited; it’s not like they have multiple NBA first-round draft choices on this roster. But they have tougher players. They have guys with a winning pedigree who are willing to accept roles and do what Romar asks.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s the advance in the News Tribune.
— Lots of familiar faces will reunite 6 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena, including Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss and SDSU’s Winston Shepard were teammates at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
— No. 3 Arizona stayed unbeaten following a 66-63 overtime win over No. 9 Gonzaga. The Wildcats (8-0) rallied from a poor-shooting first half and a couple of deficits in the second half to force overtime. T.J. McConnell scored six of his 12 points in the extra period, leading the Wildcats to their 26th straight home victory. Brandon Ashley had 14 points.
— Oregon State gutted out a 65-58 overtime win over Portland in Chiles Center. Victor Robbins scored 18 points and Langston Morris-Walker had 16 to lead Oregon State, while Gary Payton II had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Beavers.
— Arizona State squandered an 11-point lead in the second half and came up short on a game-winning three-pointer during a 72-71 loss to Texas A&M.
— DaVonte Lacy scored 21 of his 31 points in the first 10 minutes and Washington State shot a season-best 60.8 percent from the field in a 91-71 romp over Texas-San Antonio.
— Statistically, Colorado ranks in the top 45th among the 355 Division I teams in scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense and defensive rebounding. However, Buffs coach Tad Boyle would give CU a C defensively if he were handing out grades.