Rather than throwing together a bunch of unknown faces in a new setting, Washington coach Chris Petersen decided continuity and familiarity were what he wanted with his first coaching staff in Seattle.
The final score really did not indicate just how competitive this Pac-12 conference contest was. Washington led for a good portion in this one, playing with a consistent effort that had been seldom seen from the squad this season.
Washington (9-5, 1-0) built a 17-point halftime lead, 40-23, due in large part to its transition game. With Wilcox and Williams-Goss leading the way, the Huskies got up and down the floor to stress the Sun Devils defensively. Washington shot over 60 percent in the first half.
Before the Huskies get to face the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, they face an 11-2 Arizona State team that can shoot well and boasts one of the quicker point guards in the league in sophomore Jahii Carson. Carson is averaging 19.3 points and 5.3 assists per game so far this season.
Coming off a season in which he rewrote the Washington record books, running back Bishop Sankey will skip his senior season with the Huskies and enter the NFL draft.
Washington running back Bishop Sankey will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft after the best rushing season in school history.
The Huskies concluded their nonconference play with consecutive wins over mid-major squads, this one coming against Hartford, a team from the American East. With Pac-12 play beginning in four days, the Huskies are hoping they are mentally prepared for the challenges to come.
The Huskies enter the game with a shot at nine victories for the first time in 13 years — the 2001 Rose Bowl Champions (2000 season), led by Marques Tuiasosopo, who will coach the Dawgs in their fourth straight bowl appearance.
Connecticut (10-1) head coach Kevin Ollie’s elite backcourt tandem of Napier and Ryan Boatright proved too quick for its Washington counterparts. Boatright added 16 points as the duo combined for 36 points to lead UConn to its 10th win.
The University of Washington confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that it is looking into recruiting allegations against an assistant football coach following a report in the Los Angeles Times.
Scenes from the November 23, 2013 matchup between the Washington Huskies and Oregon State Beavers.
Scenes from the November 15, 2013 matchup between the Washington Huskies and UCLA Bruins.
Scenes from the November 9, 2013 matchup between the Washington Huskies and Colorado Buffaloes.
Scenes from the October 19, 2013 matchup between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Scenes from the 10/12 matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.