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UW Hosts Arizona on New Year's Eve

Dec 30, 2020

Gameday Central | Game Notes (PDF)

UW (1-6, 0-2 P12) vs Arizona (7-1, 1-1 P12)
UW opens up its main slate of Pac-12 Conference play this week first hosting Arizona on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with Aaron Goldsmith and P.J. Carlesimo on the call. Additionally, fans can tune into KJR 950AM to hear Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton on the official Husky Radio Broadcast. Arizona owns the series mark over Washington, 54-31. The Huskies have won three of the last five meetings against the Wildcats under Mike Hopkins with both the three wins and the two losses being decided by seven points or less.
The Coach (64-45 at UW/4th Year)
Head Coach Mike Hopkins is in his fourth year at Washington, and fourth as a head coach after becoming the 19th head coach in UW history. During his 22 years as an assistant at Syracuse, Hopkins was a part of teams that reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times including the 2003 National Championship, four Final Fours, five Elite Eights and 10 Sweet 16s along with four NIT berths. Syracuse never dipped below a 55.0 percent record while Hopkins was on staff. Hopkins is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, winning the honor in each of his first two seasons with the Huskies as he led UW to back-to-back 20 win seasons with postseason appearances each year. (2018 NIT, 2019 NCAA Second Round). 
Quick Hitters
• Over the last two games, redshirt sophomore Riley Sorn is averaging 13 points and 6 rebounds in just 14.5 minutes per game off the bench in those two contests.
• With his two assists against Colorado, Quade Green now has 101 career assists at UW in just 22 games ... averaging 4.6 a game while being a Husky
• Washington had a season-low nine turnovers against Colorado, marking their fewest in a game since eight against Oregon State on Jan. 16, 2020 at home.
• Redshirt sophomore Nate Roberts is currently fifth in the Pac-12 in rebounding pulling down 7.4 per game
• Sophomore Nate Roberts recorded his second career double-double against Montana, with 13 points and 10 rebounds  ... he is averaging 10.3 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last four outings
• Off the bench or in the starting lineup, junior Nate Pryor has been efficient over the last four games, averaging 11.3 points and 3.5 assists, he has reached double figures three times and most recently set a career high with 15 points against Colorado, 13 points against Seattle U while pulling down five boards and adding three assists and then tying the 13 points against Montana ... he also dished out three assists and had two steals against Oregon
• Prior to the Montana game, Quade Green was averaging 20.8 points, shooting 54.2% from the field, 50.0% from the 3-point line and 90% from the charity stripe in the previous four games (Ore, Seattle, Utah, UCR)
• The Huskies shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the FT line against Oregon, making it just the fourth time in UW history, the Dawgs were 100 percent from the line with 10 or more attempts
• Sophomore RaeQuan Battle's career-high 19 points against Oregon came in just 21 minutes ... he also knocked down a career-high tying four from 3-point range
• The Huskies have had at least five steals and five blocks in all but one game ... UW is second in the league in blocks averaging 5.0 per game
• Washington's 32-point win over Seattle tied for the third-largest margin of victory under Coach Hopkins
• Wright currently has 115 career blocks which is sixth all-time at UW, passing Aziz N'Diyae (113) ... he is now 22 behind fifth place (137, Malik Dime) and 71 behind the UW record of 186 (Matisse Thybulle and Christian Welp)
• Under Coach Hopkins, the Huskies' 2-3 zone defense has helped the Dawgs record the top two FG% defense marks in the last 44 years (dating back to the 76-77 season) holding teams to 38.1% (2019-20) and 41.6% (2018-19)