FROM LOS ANGELES -- After snapping their seven-game losing streak by beating Washington State in Pullman three days ago, the Huskies are back on the road, this time in a building that has not treated them well recently, or ever.
Washington is 7-61 all-time against the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, where they play tonight in an 8 p.m. game televised by ESPN2 (Dave Pasch and Bill Walton are on the call, so regardless of how the game turns out, the broadcast should be worthwhile).
And if the Huskies are going to have any chance of upsetting the Bruins on the road, they'll likely need another big game from junior guard Andrew Andrews, who is putting together some impressive end-of-season numbers.
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"(Andrews) is averaging 19.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in UW’s last six games, and his season field-goal percentage is back above 40 percent for the first time since early in the nonconference schedule. And he’s quietly improved his 3-point shooting percentage to 36.4, which currently ranks 12th in the conference. Against WSU, Andrews became the 38th player in UW history to score 1,000 or more points in his career."
Some more on Andrews' recent uptick in production, courtesy of UW's game notes:
--- The Huskies are one of two teams in the Pac-12 with two players averaging over 16 points in conference play (Nigel Williams-Goss at 16.9; Andrews at 16.1) ... the last time UW had two players average over 16 points was in 2011-12 (Terrence Ross - 16.4; Tony Wroten - 16.0)
--- Co-captains Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss have scored or assisted on 78.0 percent of UW’s points over the last six games (529-of-678) ... including 87.0 percent over the last two outings (135-of-155)
--- Andrews finished the 2013-14 regular season averaging 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds over the final six games.
--- Since head coach Lorenzo Romar arrived in 2002-03, he’s helped produce 11 1,000 point scorers for the Huskies, including Andrew Andrews, which is the most by any coach in UW history. Andrews is joined in Romar’s 1K club by C.J. Wilcox, Will Conroy, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson, Justin Dentmon, Brandon Roy, Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman.On to the links:
--- Three players sent home from USC's trip to Arizona last week have been reinstated and will play tonight against Washington State, so it's probably safe to assume they'll also play on Saturday against the Huskies. Also noted in that story: UCLA coach Steve Alford had hernia surgery on Monday, but he still hopes to coach the Bruins tonight.
In addition to UW-UCLA tonight, there are two other Pac-12 games.
Washington State at USC, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Oregon at California, 8 p.m., ESPNU
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