If you’re still trying to pick your jaw up off the floor after Washington pulled out the win over No.13 Utah last Saturday you aren’t alone. Not that Nigel Williams-Goss putting up big numbers is anything new, but the Huskies upsetting the second-best team in conference to end their season on a high note.
Now it’s tournament time, and a chance to see if they can carry the momentum from their season-ender into Wednesday’s bout with Stanford–with the opportunity to rematch with the Utes the following day.
The Huskies are well aquainted with the Cardinal after this past season, falling to them 68-60 in OT back on January 4–they can thank big man Chasson Randle for that one–then 84-74 in regulation on January 8. A victory over them coming off the heels of the win over the Utes would be the ultimate test.
But the squad from Palo Alto went on a bit of a skid in the latter part of their 2014-15 campaign, losing three straight including a crushing 91-69 ender down in Arizona to the Wildcats. After having to settle for a split in Pac-12 play, they will be looking to take their frustrations out on the Huskies.
Not to mention that a win would give Stanford another crack at the Utes after losing their only meeting 75-59 in Salt Lake City.
If Wednesday’s matchup is anything like the first tilt between these two teams it should certaily make for some entertaining hoops, as they matched each other for 28 shots a piece in both halves of play. The difference now, for Washington, is the absense of Robert Upshaw. The difference for Stanford is that Randle played that game with a cold–but still registered 24 points.
Tip off for the quarterfinal tilt between Stanford and Washington is scheduled for 8:30pm Pacific time.
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