Arizona will look to ends its two-game trip on a positive note when the Wildcats visit Washington State on Saturday in a game that will be televised live on FOX Sports Arizona at 8:30 p.m.
The Wildcats (15-4 overall, 4-2 Pac-10) are coming off a disappointing 85-68 loss to Washington on Thursday that knocked them out of a tie for the Pac-10 lead. Arizona got 22 points and 11 rebounds in the loss from forward Derrick Williams, who had tied his career high with 31 points in two of the previous three games. Williams is now averaging 19.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season.
No other Arizona player is in double figures in scoring, with Solomon Hill (8.7 points), MoMo Jones (7.7), Kyle Fogg (7.6), Jamelle Horne (7.2) and Kevin Parrom (6.8) supporting Williams on offense.
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Washington State (14-5, 4-3 Pac-10) beat Arizona State on Thursday and has now won four its past five games after a three-game losing streak.
The Cougars are led by shooting guard Klay Thompson, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 22.9 points per game and averages 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Guard Faisal Aden is second on the team with 14.6 points per game, but he missed Thursday night’s game with a knee injury and his status for Saturday is uncertain. Forward DeAngelo Casto averages a team-leading 6.3 rebounds and adds 10.6 points per game.
As a team, Washington State averages 75.9 points on 47.8 percent shooting, including a 39.1 percent mark from 3-point range. Thompson is shooting 44.2 percent from behind the arc.
Arizona leads the all-time series with Washington State 51-16, but Washington State has won the last three in a row, including a 78-60 win on Feb. 6, 2010, in Pullman.
The Wildcats have not lost two games in a row this season.