Washington Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating UCLA in Pac-12 Game

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Washington Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating UCLA in Pac-12 Game
Husky guard Andrew Andrews.

The Huskies (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12) stopped a four-game losing streak last Saturday by beating Arizona State 96-92.  The Sun Devils shot an impressive 64 percent from the field, yet still managed to lose.

UCLA last played on Jan. 30 and is in the midst of a two-game losing streak.

Washington is an up-and-down team that can be defensive stalwarts one game and run-and-gun in their latest home win.

Head coach Lorenzo Romar has made some adjustments by giving sophomore Shawn Kemp Jr. and guard Andrew Andrews more minutes.  Both scored career highs in the Arizona State matchup.  

As the Huskies prepare for the Thursday-evening encounter at UCLA, they'll face an impressive group of freshmen who can rebound, score and steal the ball.  It will require Washington to have a complete game offensively and defensively.  

Senior center Aziz N'Diaye is a "big" presence under the boards and will have his hands full with UCLA's Kyle Anderson jostling for rebounds.  It should be an interesting battle between two of the Pac-12's top rebounders.

The Bruins could "steal" this one away if the Huskies become turnover prone.  Should this matchup be close and tense, Washington's ball-handlers will need to be on guard.

Washington remains an enigma game by game.  If Romar's strategy is to go up-tempo with the inclusion of Kemp and Andrews, this could be another high-scoring affair at Pauley Pavilion.

Statistics from Pac-12.com

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