Washington eager to keep fighting, faces UC San Diego

The last time it played, on Nov. 19, Washington was involved in what coach Mike Hopkins called a “heavyweight fight.” The Huskies took San Diego State, the reigning NCAA Tournament runner-up, to overtime before dropping a 100-97 decision in the championship game of the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas. Washington will return to action on Tuesday night when it faces UC San Diego in Seattle. “You’re in the fighting capital of the world

No. 4 Washington insists focus is solely on Wazzu

After clinching a spot in the Pacific-12 Conference championship game with a 22-20 victory at then-No. 11 Oregon State last week, Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was asked whether the Huskies might overlook this week’s Apple Cup to focus on the title game. Penix was incredulous. “It’s the Apple Cup. What you mean? We can’t lose that,” Penix said. “That’s one of the biggest games for Husky Nation, with the whole tradition and everything. We’re

San Diego St. leaning on Jaedon LeDee with Washington looming

Jaedon LeDee was a productive role player on the San Diego State squad that lost in last season’s national championship game. Now the 6-foot-9 forward has emerged as an offensive force and the type of star player the program craved. LeDee looks to score more than 20 points for the fifth straight time to open the season when the Aztecs square off with Washington in the championship game of the Continental Tire Main Event on

Washington, Xavier look to shake off losses in Las Vegas

Washington and Xavier will meet Friday in Las Vegas for a semifinal-round matchup of the Continental Tire Main Event, both looking to rebound from losses. Washington (2-1) is coming off an 83-76 defeat at home last Sunday against Nevada. The Huskies dug an 11-point hole at halftime versus the Wolf Pack, which proved insurmountable. Washington coach Mike Hopkins said in his weekly press conference on Monday he was “more optimistic after watching the game” on

No. 5 Washington aims to stay hot vs. No. 11 Oregon State

While No. 5 Washington maintains pursuit of a College Football Playoff spot, keeping coach Kalen DeBoer in Seattle has become a hot topic. The coach who is 21-2 in less than two seasons with the Huskies will try to lead Washington to its 18th consecutive victory when it faces No. 11 Oregon State in Pac-12 play on Saturday night at Corvallis, Ore. If Washington (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12) defeats the Beavers (8-2, 5-2), it will clinch

Washington eyes 3-0 start as Nevada seeks rare Power 5 win

So far, so good for Washington. The Huskies’ 75-67 win over Northern Kentucky on Thursday in Seattle gives the Huskies a 2-0 record and allowed them to start a stretch of back-to-back games against NCAA Tournament teams from last year on the right foot. Washington should step up a little bit in class Sunday night when it welcomes Nevada to town. The Huskies will probably hope for a little more balance than they got against

From reserve to star, Koren Johnson leads Washington vs. NKU

Koren Johnson never reached the 20-point mark last season while averaging 19.5 minutes off the bench for Washington. However, the sophomore guard excelled in his first career start in the Huskies’ opener and now looks to follow up a 25-point outing when the Huskies battle Northern Kentucky on Thursday night in Seattle. Johnson made 10 of 14 field-goal attempts and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range as the Huskies rolled to a 91-57 victory

No. 5 Washington, No. 18 Utah ready for key Pac-12 matchup

It was supposed to have been a showdown between the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Southern California’s Caleb Williams, and this year’s favorite, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. Until Dillon Johnson stole the show. Johnson rushed for 256 yards — the same number that Penix threw for — and four touchdowns as the Huskies won 52-42 last week in Los Angeles. That will give No. 18 Utah (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) one more thing to worry about when

DII Bellarmine brings big reputation to Washington

With a couple of transfers from Kentucky on its roster, Washington might already have a little insight into Bellarmine, the team the Huskies will play host to Monday in their season opener in Seattle. UW would be wise not to overlook the Knights, who won the 2021-22 ASUN Conference Tournament and defeated Louisville in a cross-town showdown in last year’s opener. Forward Keion Brooks Jr., a Pac-12 preseason first-team selection, and point guard Sahvir Wheeler

No. 20 USC out to end No. 5 Washington’s unbeaten season

Looking to continue its perfect season, No. 5 Washington travels to Los Angeles on Saturday for a Pac-12 showdown with 20th-ranked Southern California. The Huskies (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) arrive with a streak of four consecutive single-digit victories after holding off Stanford last Saturday, 42-33. The nine-point margin was Washington’s widest over the recent stretch, which also includes wins of 31-24 on Sept. 30 at Arizona; 36-33 on Oct. 14 vs. Oregon; and 15-7 on Oct.