WATCH: Kaila's Keys For Beating the Stanford Cardinal At Home
Consistency From the Floor
UW moved the ball extremely well in the first half of its recent loss to UCLA on the road. But in the second half, the Huskies got out of control and made bad pass after bad pass. Scoring-wise, Washington made five of its eight 3-point jumpers in the first half, with RaeQuan Battle going 3-for-6 in those first 20 minutes but took only three more 3s in the second half. Those buckets were huge for the Huskies to go into the locker room ahead at halftime. Yet not being consistent in what was working caused yet another lead to be blown.
Defend the 3
Washington allowed Stanford to make 11 3-pointers at 36.7 percent. So many times this season the Huskies have given up huge, momentum-changing 3-pointers and that needed to stop eight games ago. Stanford has two guys who average over 40 percent on made 3-pointers per game in Isaac White and Spencer Jones. Jones alone has made 65 beyond the arc this season. Defending those big shooters is a must.
Isaiah Stewart—That’s the Key
It’s going to be the battle between forwards Isaiah Stewart and Oscar da Silva. In January, da Silva came out on top with 11 points while holding Stewart to only 4 points. Da Silva had 7 rebounds, 3 steals and a turnover, and shot 57 percent whereas Stewart had 5 rebounds, a steal and 3 turnovers, and shot 25 percent from the floor. Stewart having a productive game and holding da Silva in check will be the key.
My Spread Prediction: -4 Stanford
My Total Score Prediction: 115