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The Washington Huskies season is in a bit of a tailspin as they have now lost 3 of their last 4 games against teams that on paper they should beat. At home, versus the Cal Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal, the Huskies failed to eclipse 60 points and win games that were too close for comfort. Add in that starting point guard Quade Green was declared academically ineligible and one wonders what coach Hopkins is going to do to turn this team around.
Green, the sophomore from Philadelphia, must sit out the month of March and raise his grades to be eligible in time for the next quarter of the academic year. If he does so, he could be back in time for the NCAA tournament—if the Huskies make it.
Green was a transfer from Kentucky and expected to lead them to great things this season. In 15 games he has averaged 11.6 points per game and 5.3 assists per game. Coach Hopkins now turns to sophomore Elijah Hardy who has averaged just 1.6 minutes per game and has been a career backup.
@ Stanford L 61-55
UW actually was having a good game on Thursday as they led the Cardinal by a score of 28-20. Jaden McDaniels was having a monster game that saw him produce a double-double as he would score 18 and pull down 15 rebounds.
The Huskies however, were held scoreless in the final 3:12 of the game. Star forward Isaiah Stewart was held to a season low 4 points, far below his 18.2 average per game. Elijah Hardy made his first career start and in 31 minutes managed just 2 points and 3 assists. With 2 starters producing so little, it was any small wonder why the Huskies lost.
“We had so many different lineups in there that it looked like scrambled eggs at times,” Hopkins said. “That’s what happens when you lose a guy like Quade. Elijah did a good job, on defense especially, but he had a couple breakdowns. It’s a tough situation to be in. It’s hard to lose your starter.”
@Cal L 61-58
The Huskies were down at the half by a score of 28-20 and were offensively stifled yet again. The made a furious comeback to tie the game and you couldn’t say the effort wasn’t there as they out-hustled the Bears with 44 rebounds on the game. However, with a 29% shooting percentage, there isn’t much more one could expect but a loss.
Coach Hopkins tried Jamal Bey at point guard and the 6-6 sophomore out of Las Vegas seemed to do a bit better than Hardy a couple nights earlier. Bey had 12 points and 5 rebounds, but managed just 2 assists. As a whole the team had just 10 assists. Stars Jayden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart were still far below their season average as Jayden had just 12 points on 4-13 shooting and Stewart with just 13 points. As a whole the team shot a miserable 18-61 and just 8-32 from 3 point range. Unless something changes quickly, the Huskies will be staring at the basement of the Pac-12 and this season’s high hopes will be shelved.