Former Duke Blue Devil Bobby Hurly traded in his satanic allegiance to the Arizona State Sun Devil moniker and has his team rolling with a 75-63 win over the Washington Huskies. The coach of the Sun Devils outpaced Mike Hopkins and his Dawgs on Saturday night as he exploited weaknesses that the rest of the PAC12 were unable to uncover.
The Huskies were on fire this last month and a half with 12 straight wins, but the good times ended with the loss against a powerful Sun Devils team who boasted a strong inside presence. That inside presence broke the UW zone time after time as they held a 40-23 edge in rebounding and a 61.7% field goal percentage with the vast majority of those shots coming in the paint.
UW was hampered by 4 early fouls on senior forward Noah Dickerson who still seemed a bit injured. Noah would finish with 18 points, but only saw 18 minutes on the court. Sam Timmins who had been filling in for Noah had a miserable 22 minutes with just 4 points and 3 rebounds as ASU exposed the depth of the UW front line.
UW may have lacked energy off an outstanding win over Arizona on Thursday, resting on their laurels. However, ASU may have been more invigorated by an embarrassing loss to Washington State on Thursday. UW looked as if they found a bad match-up on a day they had little to no spark.
“It was one of those games where we had to find some energy, we had to find something,” Hopkins said. “We were throwing stuff against the wall, seeing what would stick.”
UW is still in control of its destiny and barring a monumental collapse is NCAA Tournament bound. What is evident, from this game, is that UW is not invincible. They still have to show up every game if they are to win the PAC12 title.