Shooting slump? What slump? Washington senior Andrew Andrews had been oblivious to the precipitous dip in his shooting percentage over the past two weeks until coach Lorenzo Romar talked to him about it the other day.
Shooting slump? What slump?
Washington senior Andrew Andrews had been oblivious to the precipitous dip in his shooting percentage over the past two weeks until coach Lorenzo Romar talked to him about it the other day.
Andrews would rather avoid the topic and doesn’t dwell on the fact that he’s shooting 25.5 percent from the field and 21.1 percent on three-pointers in the last four games.
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“Scoring is only one part of my game,” said Andrews, who ranks ninth on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,553 points. “If you try to press the issue or press the matter, you only put yourself in a bigger hole.
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“I’m a great scorer. So it’s just going to come (and) it’s a matter of time. Everybody misses shots. I just try not to worry about it. I try to focus on other things.”
Despite the errant shooting, the 6-foot-2 guard has managed to average 14.3 points over the past four games because he’s been a marksman at the line, where he shoots 81.4 percent and has attempted 214 foul shots – the most in the Pac-12.
Still, Andrews’ scoring average during his slump is 6½ fewer than his conference-leading 20.8, which is a major cause for concern for Washington (15-7, 7-3) heading into its biggest game of the season – Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. showdown against No. 23 Arizona (18-5, 6-4).
The game is expected to be a sellout – UW’s first since 2012 – and will be broadcast nationally on Fox.
“The last three years if we include this year, at some point in the league he’s gone through a slump,” Romar said. “But when he has come out of those slumps he comes out with stellar play. I’ve been saying it would be great if he came out of it Saturday.”
The Wildcats won’t make it easy.
In their first meeting, Arizona held Andrews to a season-low nine points on 3-for-11 shooting during a 99-67 Wildcats rout on Jan. 14 at McKale Center. The loss dropped Andrews to 0-5 against the Wildcats – the only Pac-12 team he has not beaten.
The Wildcats allow just 67.4 points per game, which is the second-fewest in the Pac-12. Their opponents are shooting just 31.4 percent on three-pointers, which is the second-lowest in the conference.
“They’re a tough matchup for us,” Romar said while describing Arizona’s NBA-sized front line that includes 6-foot-9 forwards Ryan Anderson and Mark Tollefsen and 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski as well as 7-foot reserve center Dusan Rustic.
“We got to go in and be prepared to face what I think is a different makeup of a team than anyone else in our league,” Romar added.
It would help Washington’s cause if Andrews returned to the form that made him an early Pac-12 MVP candidate when he scored 35 points against UCLA, 33 on Colorado and 30 at Arizona State.
But if he continues to struggle, the Huskies may have to lean heavily on Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss once again.
During Wednesday’s 95-83 overtime win over Arizona State, Murray set a UW freshman record with 34 points while Chriss scored 17 points of his 19 points after halftime.
“I’ve been saying it from day one that we’re not a (one-man) band,” Andrews said. “Anybody can go off at any given time. … We just have a whole bunch of pieces on this team. Like I said before, the team is not just me at all by no stretch of the matter.”
As a sophomore, Andrews went through a horrendous three-game slump midway in the Pac-12 season when he scored 11 points on 4-of-26 shooting from the field. In the next six games he averaged 18.8 points.
As junior, Andrews had a six-game skid when he averaged 9.5 points from late December to early January. He eventually recovered and averaged 19.3 points per game in the last 11 contests.
“He’s already pulled out of it before. Twice,” Romar said. “What’s great about Andrew now is he’s still assisting. He’s still leading. He’s still doing other things that can impact and are impactful to our team.”
Andrews averages 6.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals, which are second among UW players.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable being the point guard and being in the role, knowing when to shoot,” Andrews said. “Now going into games, I know where my shots are going to come from. I know how teams are going to be playing me.
“I also know when someone has it going. When to get people the ball and when not to get them the ball or anytime I need to take over. It’s part of the learning curve and it’s me growing as a point guard and being a leader.”
|Washington senior guard Andrew Andrews leads the Pac-12 with a 20.6 scoring average, but his scoring has dipped in the past four games due to a shooting slump. Here’s a look.|
|Feb. 3, ASU||2-13||1-7||8-11||13|
|Jan. 30, at USC||3-14||2-6||7-7||15|
|Jan. 28, at UCLA||3-10||0-1||6-7||12|
|Jan. 24, Utah||4-10||1-5||8-9||17|