Wilcox, Huskies Start Cold In Colorado, Lose 91-65
The Huskies conclude their three-game road swing at Colorado at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Defense, Another Scoring Drought Cost UW In 78-69 Loss At Utah
The Huskies continue their three-game road swing with a trip to Utah on Feb. 6.
C.J. Wilcox scores 24 points – 15 in the second half. But a lack of rebounding and one field goal over a decisive, 10-minute stretch of the second half send keeps UW from improving to 6-3 midway through the Pac-12 season. Up next: Thursday at Utah.
UW (13-8, 5-3 Pac-12) are expecting leading scorer DaVonte Lacy to return from injury for Washington State (8-12, 1-7) Saturday at 3 p.m. in the 278th meeting of Dawgs and Cougs. But, as C.J. Wilcox says, "it's about how we handle our business."
This previously sputtering team has a revised goal: Finish in the top four of a conference that currently has the nation's third-highest RPI and could send as many as half its teams into the NCAA tournament.
With C.J. Wilcox shadowed by a 6-foot-10 blanket all day, UW's point guard sets the school's modern freshman scoring record from inside and out. And the Huskies rally from 12 points down with 18 minutes left to improve to 5-3 in the Pac-12. Next up: At Washington State next Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies' freshman gave UW what its coach said was "the best, quality minutes" of his freshman season Thursday night in the win over Oregon. Johnson's parents will be at Alaska Airlines Arena again Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Huskies (12-8, 4-3 Pac-12) host Oregon State (11-7, 3-3).
The Huskies (12-8, 4-3) continue their week against the Oregon schools as they host Oregon State (11-7, 3-3) on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with J.B. Long and Ernie Kent on the call. For the Washington IMG Sports Radio Network, fans can tune in to hear Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton with the pregame show starting at 1:30. The Huskies will be participating in the annual ‘Coaches vs. Cancer' initiative to raise awareness for cancer research by wearing tennis shoes vs. OSU.
Wilcox scores 23 points, including the key swish from deep with 40 seconds left, and the Huskies (12-8, 4-3 Pac-12) send the Ducks to their fifth consecutive loss, 80-76, at roaring Alaska Airlines Arena.
The emergence of their 6-foot-9 forward, who has been battling through Graves Disease for six months, could become a literally huge factor in the Huskies getting back up to size in the Pac-12.