The Utah Runnin’ Utes, fresh off of a sweep of the Bay Area schools, are looking to get another sweep in Washington. The Utes are in Seattle, Wash. tonight facing off against the Huskies. The Utes will close out the final trip of the 2017-18 regular season when they take on the Washington Cougars on Saturday in Pullman Washington.
Utah’s offense is looking the best it has this season. The last time out against the California Golden Bears, David Collette finished with a game-high 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Justin Bibbins chipped in with 15 points for the Utes. Sedrick Barefield notched his second-straight double-digit scoring effort, pouring in 13 points with a 3-of-4 effort from three-point range. The Utes also totaled 24 assists as a team and registered a season-high 54.9 shooting percentage. It is the highest single-game shooting percentage since totaling a 55.3 shooting percentage against Colorado back on Feb. 23, 2017.
More about Washington from the official press release:
The Huskies are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since falling to Stanford and Utah earlier in the Pac-12 season. UW fell in road games to both Oregon (65-40) and Oregon State (97-94, 2OT) this past weekend, snapping a four-game winning streak.
Despite the two losses over the weekend, UW is still tied for fourth-place in the Pac-12 standings with a conference record of 7-5. Washington is 17-8 overall on the season, which includes a 13-2 mark in games played at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW’s only home losses came to Gonzaga (97-70) and Stanford (73-64). Since the loss to the Cardinal, UW has won three straight at home, which included top-25 wins over Arizona State (68-64) and Arizona (78-75).
Jaylen Nowell leads a quartet of players averaging in double figures for the Huskies, with a 16.5 points per game average. Noah Dickerson follows with 15.5 points per game and has a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game average. Matisse Thybulle ranks first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation with 77 steals on the season. He has also tallied a team-high 37 blocked shots.
UW shoots 46 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the charity stripe.
How to watch and listen:
GAME 25 | Utah (15-9, 7-6) at Washington (17-8, 7-5)
Date/Tipoff: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 | 6 p.m. PT
Location: Seattle, Wash. (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: Utah Radio Sports Network