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Washington (8-5) at Arizona State (11-2)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 2, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Wells Fargo Arena (16,110) -- Tempe, Arizona. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: UW 7-2, ASU 8-0. Away Record: UW 1-1, ASU 2-0. Neutral Record: UW 0-2, ASU 1-2. Conference Record: UW 0-0, ASU 0-0. Series Record: Washington leads, 40-36.

GAME NOTES: The Arizona State Sun Devils take a four-game win streak into their Pac-12 Conference opener against the visiting Washington Huskies on Thursday.

The Huskies also have a bit of momentum coming into this contest, winning each of their last two games. The most recent victory was a 73-67 triumph at home over Hartford. Washington, which is 8-5 overall, will stay in the Copper State for its next bout against No. 1 Arizona.

Arizona State has recovered nicely after a rough stint in the Wooden Legacy by posting four straight wins. The most recent victory came over UC Irvine last Saturday. The Sun Devils are now 11-2 overall, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home. They will be the hosts once again this Sunday when the Washington State Cougars come to town.

It's been awhile since Arizona State topped Washington. The Huskies swept the season series in 2012-13, and have now claimed wins in seven straight encounters with the Sun Devils. The winning streak has lifted Washington to a 40-36 advantage in the all-time series.

Washington shot 58.8 percent from the floor and outscored Hartford, 19-5, from the free-throw line in the second half to fend off the Hawks the last time out. C.J. Wilcox tallied a game-high 23 points in the win, while Andrew Andrews nailed 11 free throws and finished with 19 points.

Wilcox (20.5 ppg) can often be counted on to carry the load offensively as he ranks second in the conference in scoring. The 23-point showing he had against Hartford was his first 20-point effort since doing so in five of the first six games of the season. Andrews (13.1 ppg) can score, but is not an overly efficient shooter (.374 FG percentage). Nigel Williams-Goss (12.6 ppg, 4.4 apg) has been solid during his freshman campaign, and Perris Blackwell (12 ppg, 7.3 rpg) anchors the team in the paint. Washington is scoring 80.6 ppg, but ranks next-to-last in the league in field goal percentage (.450) while permitting an average of 79.2 ppg.

The normally potent Sun Devils made up for an off night from the floor (.421 FG percentage) against UC Irvine by tightening up on defense. They held the Anteaters to 40.3 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers, while Jordan Bachynski had six of the team's nine blocks.

Herb Sendek's squad has been performing much better offensively as a whole this season, as the Sun Devils are scoring 79.3 ppg while connecting on 48.6 percent of their field goal attempts. They have also been effective on defense, limiting the opposition to 63.8 ppg and 38.6 percent shooting. Bachynski (12.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.8 bpg) is an intimidating force in the paint, as he leads the nation in blocks and has accumulated eight double-doubles, although only two have come in the last seven games. Jahii Carson (19.3 ppg, 5.4 apg) is an efficient scorer and a skilled passer, while Jermaine Marshall (15.5 ppg) is also adept at putting points on the board.

A year ago these teams were fairly even, with each finishing 9-9 in league action. The Sun Devils are much improved this time around, and should be able to collect a victory over the often inconsistent Huskies.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arizona State 78, Washington 69

01/02 10:35:02 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
1st OT
HOU 118
POR 118
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR