The Hopkins zone shuts down #25 ASU, Huskies win 68-64
The University of Washington’s Matisse Thybulle set a Husky record for steals in a season as the Dawgs down the #25 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils by a score of 68-64.
With 6 steals on the night, overtook the mantle previously held by Bryant Boston, who had 67 in 1994-95. Matisse, looks well on his way to breaking the career record of 195 by Jamie Booker from 1994-97. Thybulle is at 173 and still has over a month of games to achieve this feat.
One big story is that Noah Dickerson had a commanding presence in the game last Sunday against WSU. He continued his dominance with a game best 21 points and 16 rebounds. The 6’8, 245lb forward has been an inside presence all season, but today showed that he is capable of being a force in the Pac-12.
The bigger story is that Arizona State was ranked #10 in the NCAA in scoring but coach Bob Hopkins 2-3 zone shut the Sun Devils down to the tune of 20 fewer points than their season average! While the Huskies did not shoot all that well, the Sun Devils were abysmal with 44% from the field and an awful 26% from 3 point land.
The win now puts the Dawgs at 16-6, just behind USC and conference leader Arizona for 3rd place in the league. More importantly, this gives the Huskies yet another quality win to increase their rankings. The win over ASU and earlier this year Kansas has people whispering that an NCAA tournament bid is in the waiting. There is still over a month of regular season to consider, but it has been 6 years since we have had this kind of hype–I forgive you if you are getting excited.
Up next, is Arizona (19-4) on Saturday. The game will be a good measure as to where the Huskies are against a nationally elite squad. This is the crucible that the Huskies must face to determine where they exist in the hierarchy of the Pac-12.