Preview: No. 18 WSU faces UW with Pac-12 title hopes still alive

Mar 6, 2024, 10:41 AM | Updated: 2:53 pm

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Jaylen Wells of the WSU Cougars in action against UCLA on March 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

UW Huskies (16-14, 8-11 Pac-12) at No. 18 WSU Cougars (23-7, 14-5 Pac-12)

Thursday, 6 p.m. (pregame 5:30 p.m.)
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No. 18 Washington State faces Washington after Jaylen Wells scored 27 points in a 77-65 WSU victory over the UCLA Bruins.

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Entering this final game of conference play for WSU, the Cougars trail No. 5 Arizona (23-6 overall, 14-4 conference) by just a half-game for the Pac-12 lead. If Washington State beats UW, Arizona must win both at UCLA on Thursday and at USC on Saturday to clinch the title, as a tiebreaker would go to the Cougars, who beat the Wildcats in both of their meetings this season.

The Cougars are 15-1 on their home court. Washington State ranks eighth in the Pac-12 with 12.4 assists per game led by Myles Rice averaging 3.8.

The Huskies are 8-11 in conference games. Washington is 7-5 when it wins the turnover battle and averages 11.3 turnovers per game.

Washington State makes 46.9% of its shots from the field this season, which is 2.7 percentage points higher than Washington has allowed to its opponents (44.2%). Washington scores 13.9 more points per game (81.0) than Washington State allows (67.1).

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Andrej Jakimovski is shooting 34.1% from beyond the arc with 2.0 made 3-pointers per game for the Cougars, while averaging 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Keion Brooks Jr. is averaging 21.3 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Huskies.


WSU Cougars: 9-1, averaging 74.0 points, 36.1 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 4.9 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 67.8 points per game.

UW Huskies: 5-5, averaging 82.5 points, 35.8 rebounds, 16.9 assists, 6.0 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 78.2 points.

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