Some links before the Huskies try to snap their four-game losing streak.
--- Here's our preview of Washington's 6 p.m. game against Oregon State tonight at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies are trying to find some semblance of production from beyond the 3-point arc, where they've struggled all season.
SEATTLE — When they lose, the Washington Huskies frequently point to what their coach calls “slippage,” typically on the defensive end of the court, as the primary cause.
Slippage is a broad term used most often by coach Lorenzo Romar to describe missed assignments, slow rotations, uncontested outside shots and the like.
During UW’s current four-game losing streak, there has been plenty of that. But there’s a simple explanation for why the Huskies find themselves in the unenviable position of needing near-perfect defense to beat each opponent.
They can’t make 3-pointers.
Or, at least, they haven’t. Through their first 15 games, the Huskies have converted just 30.6 percent of their 3-point tries, a number that ranks 11th in the Pac-12. As it currently stands, would be the worst 3-point shooting mark by any of Romar’s Washington teams. The previous low point was in the 2009-10 season, when UW shot 33.6 percent from beyond the arc.
---Five things to watch tonight between OSU and UW
--- Washington State hired Alex Grinch as its defensive coordinator. Grinch coached safeties at Missouri the past three years.
There were two Pac-12 basketball games last night ...
Stanford 69, California 59 --- Four consecutive losses for the Bears now after beating UW.
UCLA 83, USC 66 -- Norman Powell and Bryce Alford led the Bruins.
And three others tonight, in addition to UW-OSU ...
Colorado at Arizona, 6 p.m., ESPN
Utah at Arizona State, 7 p.m., FOX Sports 1
Oregon at Washington State, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
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