The Huskies are at #5 Stanford on Sunday, January 5th which presents a huge obstacle if they are to upset the Cardinal.
Here’s a quick preview of our key matchup of the game:
HUSKIES DEFENSE vs.STANFORD OFFENSE
TRANSITION vs HALF-COURT:
The Huskies elite defense (98th percentile) versus Stanford’s elite offense (96th percentile) is worth the price of admission.
Stanford is the best in the nation at scoring in transition (100th percentile) at 1.173 points per possession.
The Huskies transition defense (86th percentile) is, compared to Stanford, on the lower end of elite status.
The Huskies surrender 0.769 points per possession.
Stanford’s halfcourt offense is an elite but more manageable 89th percentile averaging 0.862 points per possession , which pales in comparison to the Huskies elite halfcourt defense (99th percentile) which allows only 0.566 points per possession.
Preventing Stanford’s fastbreak points is the major key to a Huskies win, however, it will be a tall task.
If the Huskies transition defense can get back in time to prevent a Stanford shot attempt, Washington’s odds of winning will skyrocket.