UCLA (16-12, 8-7) vs. Washington (15-11, 4-10)
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Pauley Pavilion
TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, BIll Walton)
Radio: AM 570 (Chris Roberts, Tracy Murray)
Scouting report: A once-promising start to the season for Washington has fallen apart over the last month, with the Huskies stumbling into a seven-game losing streak — the longest of Lorenzo Romar’s 13-yard tenure.
Six of those losses came after the dismissal of big man Robert Upshaw. The 7-foot redshirt sophomore had averaged 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.4 blocks before violating team rules. No one in college basketball is averaging more than 3.74 blocks per game, and only six are even averaging more than 3.0. And even though he hasn’t played since Jan. 28, Upshaw is still fifth in the country and first in the Pac-12 with 85 total blocks; next-best in the conference is Oregon’s Jordan Bell, who is seven blocks behind despite playing eight more games.
The effect of Upshaw’s absence is easy to gauge. In the seven conference games he played in, he recorded 29 blocks and helped Washington hold opponents to 41 percent shooting from the field. In seven games without him, the Huskies are giving up 53.6 percent.
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Defensive end Benning Potoa’e has verbally committed to Washington over UCLA, choosing to stay close to home.
The four-star prospect was regarded as one of the top recruits in his state, and is a product of Lakes High in Lakewood — located an hour or so south of the UW campus. His older brother, Sione, was a former defensive tackle for the Huskies.
Washington has done a better job of landing in-state recruits since hiring Chris Petersen in December 2013. All but three of the top-10 prospects in the 2012 and 2013 recruiting cycles left the state, according to Rivals.com rankings. In 2014, the Huskies secured four commitments from similarly ranked recruits — and beat out UCLA for touted safety Budda Baker.
With Potoa’e, UW now has half of the in-state top-10 in 2015.
Brett Hundley carries the ball in the second half of UCLA’s 44-30 win at Washington on Nov. 8, 2014. (Stephen Brashear/AP)
If you missed any of the coverage from UCLA’s 44-30 win at Washington last night, here’s a roundup of everything that appeared in today’s edition of Los Angeles News Group papers.
» UCLA’s 44-30 win at Washington looked strong in most facets, but nowhere more so than Brett Hundley’s four-touchdown performance.
» Hundley now stands alone with as UCLA’s all-time career leader in touchdown passes, plus notes on penalties and injuries.
» Vinny Bonsignore’s column on Bruin head coach Jim Mora’s return to his alma mater.