Washington Huskies at Arizona State Sun Devils – NCAAM February 25

Washington (5-18, 4-14) at Arizona State (8-11, 5-8)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, AZ
  • TV: FS1

Opening Tip

The Huskies are 2-2 in their last four games as they continue to plow through what has been a tough season. Washington is playing a stretch of eight games in 17 days as the Huskies and Sun Devils are on the second game of a back-to-back.

Arizona State has won four of it’s last seven games as the Sun Devils snapped a two-game losing streak with the 97-64 victory of UW on Tuesday. Arizona State expected a much better campaign, but injuries and COVID-19 protocols ripped up the chemistry as the roster has seemed to be in a flux all season.

The Sun Devils have won five of the last seven games in this series as the two teams are made up the game on Tuesday which was postponed on Jan. 2 due to COVID-19 protocols.

Vs. The Spread

Washington:

  • The total has gone UDNER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games
  • The Huskies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings with the Sun Devils
  • UW is 12-4 SU in the last 16 games at Arizona State

Arizona State:

  • The Sun Devils are 5-15 ATS inter last 20 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 5 of ASU’s last 6 games
  • The Sun Devils are 4-1 SU in their last 5 home games

Last Time Out

Kimani Lawrence tied his career highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds as Arizona State rolled past Washington, 97-64, in the first game of the back-to-back on Tuesday. Remy Martin’s 26 points equated to his sixth straight 20-point game as the Sun Devils went on a 17-3 run over the last 5:17 of the first half to take a 49-29 halftime lead. Marcus Tsohonis led UW with 16 points and Jamal Bey added 12 for the Huskies.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Washington +9.5 (-112) +360 O 154 (-103)
Arizona State -9.5 (-108) -450 U 154 (-117)

Advantage, Washington

Washington Huskies LogoThe Huskies will need a dynamic shooting night from the backcourt of Quade Green (14.6 ppg, 3.4 apg) and Marcus Tsohonis (10.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg) as they are the consistent offensive pop on this team. Tsohonis has scored in double digits in six of his last eight games and nine on the season. Green has recorded double digits in eight of his last 11 and 15 games overall. Jamal Bey (10.8 ppg-Pac-12) and Erik Stevenson (10.1 ppg – Pac-12) have upped their offense in league play as Bey has shot 56 percent against Pac-12 competition.

Key Huskies Stat:

Washington has been in a tough place defensively all season, but the Huskies have risen up in their last six Pac-12 games. The gave up 82.8 points over the first 12 league games, but have held the last six schools to 70.5 points per game. The Huskies held their last four opponents to 22-of-76 from three point range.

X-Factor:

How well Washington can mentally rebound from such a pounding on Tuesday will be important. The Huskies were outscored 42-26 in the paint and gave up 23 points on 16 turnovers and transition defense will also be huge as the Sun Devils scored 29 points off the fast break on Tuesday.

Advantage, Sun Devils

Arizona State Sun Devils LogoRemy Martin has been on a run over the past eight games as he has averaged 25 points per game in that run. Martin is 26-of-60 (43.3%) from three in his past nine games as he has also averaged 15.5 points per game in the first half of his last four outings. Alonzo Verge, Jr. averaged 17 points per game over his last two games as ASU continues to wait on the return of Josh Christopher, who has missed his last four game due to injury.

Key Sun Devils Stat:

Martin and Verge combined for 42 of the Sun Devils’ 97 points on Tuesday from the back court, so Lawrence’s output was a welcomed surprise as he made 9-of-11 shots and scored 22 points in 28 minutes. This needs to be a solid Big Three as ASU waits on Josh Christopher, Marcus Bagley and Taeshon Cherry to return from injury. Jalen Graham is listed as questionable with a migraine as he played 23 minutes Tuesday.

X-Factor:

ASU must continue the defensive stand it had Tuesday as the Sun Devils held the Huskies to 36.9 percent from the field. The Sun Devils also will look at limiting free throw attempts as their last three opponents averaged 17.7 free throws per game. Washington was thoroughly embarrassed with it’s performance so Arizona State needs a quick start as it’s likely the Huskies will give ASU it’s best shot right out of the gate.

Winner: Arizona State (-9.5) 81, Washington 70

The Bets
Arizona State -9.5
-108
Arizona State Sun Devils
-450
UNDER 154
-117
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.