The Wildcats visit the home of Starbucks and Microsoft for their only matchup with the Huskies this season.
The seventh-ranked Arizona Wildcats fly north to Seattle, Washington to take on the Huskies tonight at the Alaska Airlines Arena. The Wildcats are 6.5 point road favorites. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 9pm ET.
Arizona had won six straight before falling 81-78 to in-state rival Arizona State in its third road defeat of the season against unranked teams on Saturday. Point guard T.J. McConnell scored a season-high 25 points, but the Wildcats allowed the Sun Devils to shoot 50.0 percent from the field after only allowing opponents to connect on 40.8% of their shots during the Wildcats’ winning streak.
”We just weren’t ready, to be honest,” McConnell said. ”When we have a team that is not ready, we aren’t going to win against any team.”
McConnell has been the jet-fuel in the Wildcats’ engine all season, and not just on the scoreboard. The highly coveted senior had a career-high eight steals in Arizona’s win over the Oregon State Beavers in its previous contest Jan. 30, and his 3.07 assist-to-turnover is second in the Pac-12 and in the top 20 nationally.
Arizona is 20-3 on the season, including an 8-2 mark in the Pac-12.
Washington enters Friday’s game with an average at best, 14-9 record that includes a dismal 3-8 mark in Pac-12 conference play. Washington started the year with 11 straight wins including victories over San Diego State and Oklahoma. The Huskies have lost five straight conference games after starting at 3-3.
A Closer Look At The Arizona at Washington NCAA BB Betting Lines, My Final Score Prediction
Matchup: No. 7 Arizona Wildcats at Washington Huskies
Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: Alaska Airlines Arena
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Arizona Vs Washington
Point Spread: Arizona Wildcats -6.5
Arizona Will Cover the Spread If
The Wildcats gets their defense going.
Arizona is an interesting team. Versus Oregon State, they held the Beavers to 34 points and 28.6% from the field. Oregon State only made 14 of 49 shots, but against Arizona State the Wildcats allowed 26 of 52 shots, 50%, and 81 points.
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) February 12, 2015
Which Arizona team is going to show up against Washington? The last time that these two teams met, Arizona held the Huskies to 41.7% shooting, a 25 of 60 performance, and beat Washington 71 to 62. This time around, Arizona might have to keep Washington from so many possessions in order to cover the spread. They have to hold the Huskies to around 52 to 54 shots, which means that the defense is going to have to step it up with the man to man pressure.
Washington Will Cover the Spread If
They can defend versus the kick out three and not foul in the act of shooting.
Using the three is how the Wildcats open up big leads against opponents. It starts with T.J. McConnell who in the last game versus Washington dished 6 assists. For Washington to have any chance at covering the spread in this game, they’re going to have to force McConnell, when he penetrates, to kick it out to a shooter that isn’t open or to try and complete the play himself.
— UW Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) February 12, 2015
The Huskies did a good job at doing that in the last matchup. Even though McConnell got 6 assists and Washington lost the game, they held Arizona to 22% from behind the arc in a 2 out of 9 three-point shooting performance. Where Washington failed was putting Arizona on the line 26 times. The Wildcats were good on 21 out of 26 free throws in the last game. That’s 80.8% from the line. Washington has to be careful about fouling in the act of shooting too much in this game if they hope to have any shot at covering the spread.