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Husky Men's Basketball

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December 24, 2014 at 6:22 AM

Huskies hoops links: UW one of eight unbeatens after Arizona falls

Stanley Johnson looks back onto the court after he ran off following his turnover in the final seconds of No. 3 Arizona's 71-67 loss at UNLV. (Photo credit: Kelly Presnell - Arizona Daily Star)

Stanley Johnson looks back onto the court after he ran off following his turnover in the final seconds of No. 3 Arizona’s 71-67 loss at UNLV. (Photo credit: Kelly Presnell – Arizona Daily Star)

And then there were eight.

Just eight unbeaten teams remain after No. 3 Arizona fell 71-67 at UNLV on Tuesday.

No. 13 Washington (11-0) is among the handful of teams with an unblemished record. The others include: No. 1 Kentucky (12-0), No. 2 Duke (10-0), No. 4 Louisville (11-0), No. 5 Virginia (11-0), No. 7 Villanova (12-0), No. 24 Colorado State (12-0) and No. 25 TCU (12-0).

Meanwhile, Stanford pulled off the shocker and toppled No. 9 Texas 74-71 in overtime.

The nonconference season concludes next week, however the Pac-12 will finish 7-11 against ranked opponents. Washington and Arizona each secured two wins while Utah, California and Stanford each notched a victory.

Here’s a look at how the Pac-12 fared against ranked teams.

Date Team Opponent Outcome
Dec. 23 Stanford No. 9 Texas W, 74-71 OT
Dec. 22 California No. 5 Wisconsin L, 68-56
Dec. 20 UCLA No. 1 Kentucky L, 83-42
Dec. 20 No. 16 Washington No. 15 Oklahoma W, 69-67
Dec. 13 UCLA No. 9 Gonzaga L, 87-74
Dec. 13 No. 13 Utah No. 10 Kansas L, 63-60
Dec. 10 Washington State No. 9 Gonzaga L, 81-66
Dec. 7 Washington No. 13 San Diego State W, 49-36
Dec. 6 No. 3 Arizona No. 9 Gonzaga W, 66-63 OT
Dec. 3 No. 25 Utah No. 8 Wichita State W, 69-68 OT
Nov. 27 No. 22 UCLA No. 5 North Carolina L, 78-56
Nov. 26 No. 3 Arizona No. 15 San Diego State W, 61-59
Nov. 25 Oregon No. 14 VCU L, 77-63
Nov. 24 Oregon No. 19 Michigan L, 70-63
Nov. 22 Stanford No. 4 Duke L, 70-59
Nov. 21 California No. 10 Texas L, 71-55
Nov. 20 California Nov. 25 Syracuse W, 73-59
Nov. 18 No. 25 Utah No. 16 San Diego State L, 53-49


— Washington signee Dejounte Murray, UW commit JaQuori McLaughlin and Husky target Keith Smith are among the top nine players participating in the Les Schwab Invitational that begins Saturday in Hillsboro, Ore.. Smith is considering UW, Gonzaga, Washington State, California, Oregon, Oregon State and San Diego State. The tournament also includes 6-9 forward Ben Simmons from Montverde Academy, who is rated the No. 1 2015 prospect by ESPN.com.

Jabari Bird reportedly has a stress fracture in his foot and the sophomore guard may not be available when California (10-2) hosts Washington on Jan. 2 in the Pac-12 opener at Haas Pavilion. He’s missed the past six games. Bird averaged 11.7 points through Cal’s first six games and scored a season-high 18 against Cal Poly.

— UNLV (8-3) had lost to three Pac-12 teams (Stanford, Arizona State and Utah) this season, but the Rebels pulled off a big 71-67 upset at the Thomas & Mack Center while handing No. 3 Arizona (12-1) its first loss of the season in the nonconference finale for the Wildcats. UNLV poked holes in Arizona’s vaunted defense and exposed sharp shooter Gabe York and Brandon Ashley as a defensive liabilities. It was also a tough night for super sub Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who fouled out with 7:14 left, and Stanley Johnson, who blew a layup in the final minute that would have given the Wildcats the lead.

Anthony Brown scored 25 points and Chasson Randle had 22 to lead Stanford to a 74-71 overtime win at No. 9 Texas. That’s a huge win for the Cardinal (7-3), which snapped a three-game road losing streak.

Brekkott Chapman scored a career-best 22 points to help No. 14 Utah cruise past South Dakota State for an 80-66 victory. Delon Wright added 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Utes, who used a four-minute first-half run to take command and never looked back. Utah improved to 9-2 and 7-0 at home.

— Colorado led by a point with less than three minutes, but was on the wrong side of a 5-1 run to close the game and fell 53-50 to George Washington in the Diamond Head Classic semifinals. Askia Booker tied his career-high with 27 points against DePaul on Monday, but was limited to eight points in just 23 minutes played Tuesday. Wesley Gordon led the Buffaloes (7-4) with 10 points.

— Not a good sign when you’re still tinkering with the lineup this late in the season. However, Arizona State coach Herb Sendek had no choice. In the nonconference finale, he rolled out a new lineup that included two new starters. During his first start Savon Goodman had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Arizona State crushed Detroit 93-54. Roosevelt Scott added nine points in his first start as Arizona State snapped a two-game skid and improved to 7-5.


— No games today.

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