Washington is soaring after a big win over Arizona to cushion their lead atop the Pac-10 and will now look to sweep the Arizona schools at home. Isaiah Thomas and Justin Holiday each scored 22 points while Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored 18 of his own in the victory. Derrick Williams had 22 for the Wildcats.
Lorenzo Romar vs. Herb Sendek
G – Isaiah Thomas (16.8 PPG, 5.7 APG) vs. Jamelle McMillan (6.2 PPG, 4.2 APG)
G – Scott Suggs (6.6 PPG, 46% 3PT) vs. Ty Abbott (13.5 PPG, 40% 3PT)
G – Justin Holiday (12.9 PPG, 44% 3PT) vs. Trent Lockett (13.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG)
F – Matthew Bryan-Amaning (15.4 PPG, 7.7 RPG) vs. Carrick Felix (5.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG)
F – Aziz N'Diaye (4.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG) vs. Ruslan Pateev (3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG)
One of the most explosive players in the country, Thomas is becoming a great distributor on top of being a great scorer and when he is rolling, the Huskies are rolling. Justin Holiday is the most underrated players in the Pac-10, if not the nation – a superior defender with great shooting range, he can be a nuisance on both ends. The season-ending injury to Abdul Gaddy depleted the depth in the backcourt a bit but Scott Suggs has stepped in nicely and he splits a lot of his minutes with the pesky Venoy Overton. Also joining the foray off the bench will be C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross.
It's the same old story for ASU with McMillan, Abbott and Lockett. McMillan has been quiet as of late while Lockett and Abbott absorb much, if not all of the scoring load in the backcourt. Brandon Dunson (who should be available after missing the WSU game) and Marcus Jackson back up the point while Corey Hawkins and Keala King split time on the wings.
Edge – Washington
Quincy Pondexter was a big departure for the Huskies but Bryan-Amaning has been stellar stepping into the role he left. A big body with a nice touch around the bucket, the British forward has been a force down low. N'Diaye knows his role and that role is to clog the lane and grab some boards. Darnell Gant is the primary frontcourt reserve.
Carrick Felix has made the trip to Seattle after missing the WSU game due to illness and his presence could greatly change the outcome of the game. An explosive player that does well in the lane, his aggressive play is something the Devils severely lack when he is not on the floor. If he's does not start, Rihards Kuksiks will be the guy. Pateev will split minutes with Kyle Cain and Jordan Bachynski at the five-spot.
Edge – Washington
Slump. Not since Herb's first year in the desert has ASU been swooning this badly. Something needs to change. Maybe it's switching to man-to-man or going bigger in the lineup to have a chance in the paint but the current schemes simply aren't working.
Who Will Win and Why
The slump will end. It will. Just not against Washington on their home court. Thomas and Holiday are too good and Bryan-Amaning is better than DeAngelo Casto and look what he just did. This team has to mix up the rotation and get tougher quickly.
Final Score – Washington 84 ASU 65