UW Faces WSU in Boeing Apple Cup Series on Sunday
UW (3-11, 2-7 P12) vs. WSU (9-7, 2-7 P12)
Washington and Washington State face off in the first meeting of the Boeing Apple Cup series this week as the Cougars come to Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks with Elise Woodward and Eldridge Recasner on the call. Additionally, fans can tune into KJR 950AM to hear Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton on the official Husky Radio Broadcast. Coach Hopkins is 4-2 against the Cougars since taking over the Huskies and three of the six games have been decided by five points or less.
The Coach (66-50 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).
• In Washington's two wins over Utah and Colorado, the Huskies shot 50 percent from the field (57-114) and 49 percent from 3-point range (24-49) ... UW's season average is 41.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from long distance
• Junior Jamal Bey was named the Pac-12 Player of the week after averaging 21.0 points while shooting 78.9 percent from the field (15-of-19), 85.7 percent from 3-point range (6-of-7) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (6-of-7).
• UW scored 80 or more points in back-to-back games for just the fifth time under head coach Mike Hopkins and the first time since a pair of games in December of 2019 (Dec. 17 v. Seattle/Dec. 22 vs. Ball St.)
• Jamal Bey became the fourth Husky to record a 20-point night with his career-high 28 against Utah, which are also the most points scored by a Husky since David Crisp scored 32 at California on Feb. 28, 2019
• Bey is currently leads the league in 3-point FG percentage at 51.5 percent and is fourth in Pac-12 games in shooting 52.0 percent (13-of-25) ... all but eight of his 3-point attempts have come during league action
• Marcus Tsohonis had a career-night in efficient fashion as he scored a career-best 27 points in 27 minutes on 9-of-13 shooting from the field including 4-of-6 from three and was perfect from the FT line (5-of-5)
• UW had four players score in double figures for the third-straight game and three players or more for the sixth-straight game
• UW hit a season-high 12 from 3-point range against Utah and over the last two games have combined for 22 from long distance ... the last time UW hit at least 12 from 3 was against Arizona on Jan. 30, 2020 when 14 were made ... prior to the California game, UW had not hit more than eight threes in a game
• Junior transfer Erik Stevenson has upped his scoring output over the last five games, leading the team in that span averaging 17.8 points per game, shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from 3. Prior to the California game, Stevenson had only made four from long distance, he has since made 18
• From 3-point range, UW has been shooting 46.0 percent over the last five outings compared to its season percentage of 32.4
• RS sophomore Nate Roberts is currently tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in rebounding pulling down 7.0 per game
• Quade Green has recorded five 20-point scoring efforts this season with his most recent coming against Utah as he posted 20 points
• With his five assists against Utah, Green now has 129 career assists at UW in just 29 games ... averaging 4.4 a game while being a Husky
• Wright currently has 121 career blocks which is sixth all-time at UW ... he is now 17 behind fifth place (137, Malik Dime) and 66 behind the UW record of 186 (Matisse Thybulle and Christian Welp)