GAME NOTES: The Arizona State Sun Devils go after their fourth straight win on Saturday when they travel to Washington to face the Huskies in a Pac-12 Conference affair at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Arizona State's roll continued on Thursday when Jahii Carson scored a game- high 25 points and Carrick Felix posted a double-double as the Sun Devils escaped with a 63-59 victory over the Washington State Cougars in Pac-12 action at Beasley Coliseum. Felix had 11 points to match 11 rebounds and Even Gordon added 13 points for Arizona State which has won nine of 11.
Washington, meanwhile, is at the other end of the spectrum and comes into Saturday's tilt having lost four in a row following a 57-53 loss to nationally-ranked Arizona on Thursday. Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox each tallied 11 points for the Huskies, who are in the midst of their worst stretch since 2008. Aziz N'Diaye and Abdul Gaddy added 10 points apiece in the loss.
Washington, though, has won its last five meetings with the Sun Devils and holds a slim 38-36 edge in the all-time series.
The Sun Devils have had a strong season thanks to a talented starting lineup that features five players scoring at least 9.1 points per game. The freshman Carson (17.6 ppg, 5.3 apg) has risen to the top of the team in both points and assists per game. Carson, who is averaging 20 points and five assists in the past six games, also ranks among the top five players in the conference in both of those categories. Gordon (11.2 ppg) is shooting just 39.6 percent from the field but has also scored in double figures from the backcourt. In the frontcourt, Felix (14.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) has scored and crashed the glass with equal success. Jordan Bachynski (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has been a force on the interior all season, ranking in the top five in the country in blocks (4.3 bpg).
The Huskies are the league's top 3-point shooting team (.370), but its overall field goal percentage (.436) ranks it ninth. As a result, the team averages 68.6 ppg, and its defensive allowance yields 66.1 ppg, both of which rank UW in the bottom half of the conference standings. The Huskies are fortunate to have Wilcox, who is averaging 18.6 ppg thanks largely to 3-point shooting that has him draining 41 percent of his attempts. Wilcox is a 45.7 percent shooter overall, and converts his free throws at a 75-percent clip, and he adds 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and more than a block per tilt to his impressive stat line. Scott Suggs (12.1 ppg), Gaddy (11.3 ppg, 3.6 apg) and N'Diaye (10.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg) are all averaging double figures in the scoring column as well.
With how well Arizona State has been playing as a unit it will take more than Wilcox's efforts to keep Washington around in this contest, even at home.
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