Coming off a loss to Washington State on Thursday night, Arizona State continues its Northwest trip with an even tougher matchup — a game in Seattle against Pac-10 champion Washington that will be televised live on FOX Sports Arizona starting at 2 p.m. Arizona time.
The Sun Devils (9-9 overall, 1-5 Pac-10) have lost two in a row and three of their past four and take on a Washington team that has won eight of its past nine games, including an 85-68 win over Arizona on Thursday. Star point guard Isaiah Thomas has been on a tear, averaging 20.1 points and 9.6 assists per game in Washington’s last five contests. For the season, Thomas is averaging 15.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds.
ASU’s offense has struggled of late, going eight consecutive games without reaching the 70-point mark despite the efforts of senior guard Ty Abbott. Abbott leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and is averaging 18.3 points over his last four games. Trent Lockett, averaging 13.3 points per game, is the only other Sun Devil in double figures.
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Much of ASU’s trouble has come on the boards, where forward Kyle Cain leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game. Forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning is averaging 7.7 rebounds for Washington, which outrebounded Arizona 37-29 on Thursday.
The Sun Devils are 2-5 on the road this season. They have split the last six games against Washington but have lost 14 of the past 17 in the series. ASU coach Herb Sendek is 3-7 against the Huskies in his career (1-3 in Tempe, 1-3 in Seattle, 1-1 in Pac-10 tournament play).
Washington (14-4, 6-1 Pac-10) is unbeaten at home this season, with the Huskies’ only losses coming in Hawaii against Kentucky and Michigan State and on the road against Texas A&M and Stanford.