Washington Preview

After a long break and a grueling road trip, the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-14, 0-9) return home to square off against Washington (13-7, 3-6) on Thursday. The Sun Devils are still searching for their first win in Pac-10 play and the Huskies are starting to show signs of improvement but are still playing well below their pre-season expectations.

Many experts picked Washington to challenge for the Pac-10 title and were considered a shoo-in to the NCAA tournament but now head coach Lorenzo Romar and his young squad must play flawless basketball for the rest of the season to be considered for the big dance.

Washington is coming off a huge win over Oregon State that seemingly injected a new wave of energy and excitement for the Huskies. Sophomore F Jon Brockman was a beast scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore PG Justin Dentmon scored 17 and freshman C Spencer Hawes came off the bench to score 13.

The Sun Devils are playing their first game since they were beaten 71-47 by Arizona in Tucson. The Sun Devils played good defense for most of the game but took themselves out of the game with their inability to score consistently. The Sun Devils were led by Christian Polk and Serge Angounou who scored 11 and 10 respectively. ASU's leading scorer, Jeff Pendergraph was limited to 5 points before he fouled out.

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar

Projected Starters

PG – Justin Dentmon – (11.4 PPG, 4.5 APG)
SG – Ryan Appleby – (9.7 PPG, 44% 3PT)
SF – Quincy Pondexter – (12.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG)
PF – Jon Brockman – (13.8 PPG, 9.8 RPG)
C – Spencer Hawes – (15.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG)

Impact Reserves

G – Adrian Oliver
F – Phil Nelson
F – Hans Gasser
C – Artem Wallace


This is the second meeting between the Sun Devils and Huskies this season with Washington winning the first meeting in Seattle 64-53. Ryan Appleby was lights out from 3-point range in that game, hitting six long distance baskets and scoring 20 points. Jon Brockman put together a nice double-double going for 16 points with 10 rebounds. The Sun Devils were led by Pendergraph who had 18 and Derek Glasser who chipped in with 13.

Although Washington started the conference season with six losses in seven games, they have bounced back nicely with a sweep of the Oregon schools including a huge victory over ninth-ranked Oregon. The Huskies battled with injuries to key players and have had to throw a lot of young players into the mix in arguably the toughest conference in the country. As their last weekend showed, when Washington is at full strength and showing signs of maturity, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Leading the way for Washington will be a junior (Appleby), two sophomores (Dentmon and Brockman), and two freshmen (Pondexter and Hawes). The youthful Huskies have as much talent as anyone in the country and once they start putting it all together in terms of chemistry and awareness, they will start winning more games. The offense for Washington is starting to click just in time, they averaged 90 points a game against Oregon and Oregon State and will really test the Sun Devils elaborate zone schemes if they can keep knocking down shots on the perimeter.

If Pondexter can maintain his hot play and Appleby can have another spectacular game against ASU, the Devils will undoubtedly be in trouble. Hawes has been sick and hurt but is just beginning to get back to full strength and he is likely to start against ASU.

One of Washington's best assets is their bench. The Huskies are a deep squad and they have five reserves logging more than nine minutes a game. The first guys off the bench will be two more freshmen, Oliver and Nelson. Oliver, a combo guard is more of a slasher and is a good spell for Appleby and is able to give teams a much different look. Nelson is a big forward that is more valuable on the defensive end of the floor. Others coming off the bench for important minutes will be big men Gasser and Wallace.


In the first meeting between these two teams, the guard play was all the difference. Glasser and Christian Polk both played well but Appleby was the reason that Washington won by nailing six treys and scoring 20. He was able to make the Sun Devils completely change their zone defense as the game progressed and consequently the Huskies took control and never looked back. Since the last meeting, Glasser has become a much better team leader and has made great strides in improving his game as well as his teammates'. This game will likely hinge on guard play again and if Dentmon and Appleby hit their shots and play mistake-free, the visitors will once again have the advantage. If the shots don't fall while the Sun Devils make quality adjustments on defense and Glasser, Polk, and Jerren Shipp can all get their games going again, the Sun Devils can make a serious run.

Slight Edge – Washington


This is where the Huskies will have their way with the maroon and gold. Jon Brockman is one of the hottest players in the country right now and he is a special player in that he is athletic and physical. That type of player is one that the Sun Devils have struggled with this season. Allen Morill has played his best basketball as of late and is as physical as Brockman but not as athletic. Angounou played well against Arizona but still has been too inconsistent. Brockman and the athletic Pondexter will be tough for the Sun Devils to contain.

Solid Edge – Washington


Spencer Hawes has been sick and hurt and has shown his inexperience by getting into foul trouble and getting knocked around some. Pendergraph is coming off his worst game of the season and will surely be motivated to bring his best effort against the Huskies. As is always the case, if Pendergraph can stay out of foul trouble, he will be able to give his team a good chance to win. In the last game against the Huskies, Pendergraph scored 18 on Hawes and had his way offensively. If that happens again, this match-up will be a highly entertaining one.

Slight Edge – Arizona State

Final Score – Washington 66 Arizona State 60

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