The 16th-ranked Huskies and Nigel Williams-Goss return to the MGM Grand Arena where they were bounced out of the Pac-12 Tournament in the first round last March by Utah. The Utes will also be in the building tonight, but the Huskies won’t play them.
Washington (9-0) faces No. 15 Oklahoma (7-2) in the first game of the MGM Grand Showcase at 6 p.m. while No. 14 Utah (7-2) meets UNLV (7-2) at 8:30 p.m.
Williams-Goss starred four years at Findlay, Prep in nearby Henderson, Nev.
Here’s his take on returning home: “That feeling and that frustration that I felt after that Pac-12 tourney game motivated me all offseason, and I’ve used it as motivation in every game so far. I’m looking forward to going back in that same arena and looking for a different outcome.”
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— It’s also a homecoming for Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, who spent seven years at UNLV before taking over the Sooners.
— Sounds as if UNLV fans miss Kruger.
— Mason Kelley is chronicling the Huskies’ trip with photos.
— Washington’s 2015 signee Dejounte Murray scored 29 points to lead Rainier Beach to an 87-68 win over Lakeside. UW target Keith Smith had 16.
— Here’s a preview of the Utah-UNLV game from the Salt Lake Tribune.
— Gotta love Arizona coach Sean Miller for scheduling a nonconference game at UTEP. The third-ranked Wildcats were pushed to the max in front of a sold-out 12,000 crowd at Don Haskins Center, but managed to escape with a 60-55 win. Arizona improved to 12-0. Freshman forward Stanley Jordan led the way with 17 points.
— California is 10-1 and no one is talking about them. It’s the best start since 1959. The Golden Bears aren’t ranked. Yet. That could change next week. They beat Eastern Washington 78-67 at Haas Pavilion. Tyron Wallace led Cal with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while 6-8 forward Christian Behrens overpowered the Eagles inside for 20 points.
— UCLA senior guard Norman Powell leads the Bruins against No. 1 Kentucky.
— ICYMI, Oregon State destroyed DePaul 90-50 on Thursday at Gill Coliseum and improved to 8-2. Keep an eye on the Beavers and first-year coach Wayne Tinkle.
— Former Sonics star Gary Payton congratulated his son Gary Payton II for notching Oregon State’s second triple double. Payton did it first in 1988.