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January 22, 2015 at 5:21 AM

Huskies hoops links: Washington has tough climb in Colorado

Washington guard Darin Johnson missed the past two games due to a quadriceps injury, but he's expected to return Thursday. (Photo credit: Seattle Times)

Washington guard Darin Johnson missed the past two games due to a quadriceps injury, but he’s expected to return Thursday. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

The Huskies have had a hard time in their past two visits to Colorado, but the Buffaloes were picked third in the Pac-12 preseason media poll and they’ve stumbled to a 9-8, 2-3 Pac-12 midway through the season.

Injuries could factor into Thursday’s game.

Sophomore backup guard Darin Johnson (quadriceps) is expected to return for Washington after a two-game absence while Colorado junior center Josh Scott (back) is questionable.

THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Colorado sophomore guard Jaron Hopkins, who is averaging 13.3 points in the past three games, appears to be growing comfortable with his role as a go-to scorer.

— After its big win over then-No. 8 Utah, No. 7 Arizona travels to the Bay Area to take on an experienced Stanford team that includes three senior starters.

— The Cardinal hope to snap its nine-game losing streak against Arizona.

— UCLA (11-7, 3-2) is hoping to continue its three-game winning streak when it visits Oregon State on Thursday.

— OSU coach Wayne Tinkle has shortened 90-minute practices to 75 because a lack of depth has forced him to rely heavy on a shortened rotation.

— The Oregon Ducks believe Thursday’s contest against USC is a “must-win game.”

— Meanwhile, midway through the season, USC is still looking for an identity.

— No surprise No. 12 Utah bounced back from its first Pac-12 loss and clobbered Washington State 86-64 in front of 12,691 at Huntsmen Center. The Utes went small against and guard Brandon Taylor led the way with 18 points.

— Interesting to note, Utah freshman center Jakob Poeltl did not play due to an ankle injury. It’s uncertain if he’ll return for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Washington State committed 17 turnovers, which led to 21 points for Utah. The Cougars also converted just 14 of 27 free throws. DaVonte Lacy scored 15 points while Josh Hawkinson had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Railey added 12 points for WSU, which fell to 9-9, 3-3,

— ICYMI, nice story on UCLA coach Steve Alford.

 

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