Only two teams have held Andrews, who averaged 21.2 points, to fewer than 10 this season, and the most recent to do it was Stanford — UW’s first-round Pac-12 tournament opponent at noon Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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LAS VEGAS — Andrew Andrews isn’t necessarily planning to score a bunch a points for an encore after tallying 47 — the second most in Washington men’s basketball history — during his most recent outing.

“It’s a brand new game,” he said.

Still, the hot-shooting Huskies senior guard, who ran away with the Pac-12 regular-season scoring title, begins the conference tournament this week in Las Vegas as a marked man.

Five players to watch

C Jakob Poeltl, Utah: There’s no bigger star in the conference than the Pac-12 player of the year. However, only four previous POY winners went on to capture the Pac-12 tournament title. The list includes: UCLA’s Kevin Love (2008), Stanford’s Josh Childress (2004), Oregon’s Luke Ridnour (2003) and Arizona’s Sean Elliott (1988 and ’89).

G Gary Payton II, Oregon State: It’s a homecoming of sorts for the two-time defensive player of the year, who went to high school in Las Vegas and will be playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends. Payton is the first player to lead the Beavers in points (15.9), rebounds (7.6), assists (5.3) and steals (2.4) since Lester Conner during the 1981-82 season.

F Ryan Anderson, Arizona: A year ago, forward Brandon Ashley captured MVP honors and carried the Wildcats to the Pac-12 tournament title. Can Anderson do the same?

G Andrew Andrews, Washington: Interested to see what the Pac-12 scoring leader does after pouring in 47 points in his last outing.

G Isaac Hamilton, UCLA: Last year, the Bruins junior scored 36 points — a tournament high — to lead UCLA to a 90-76 win over USC in the quarterfinals.

Wednesday’s schedule

Game 1: No. 8 Washington vs. No. 9 Stanford, 12:10 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Networks)

Game 2: No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Washington State, 2:40 p.m. (P12N)

Game 3: No. 7 USC vs. No. 10 UCLA, 6:10 p.m. (P12N)

Game 4: No. 6 Oregon State vs. No. 11 Arizona State, 8:40 p.m. (P12N)

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“Andrew has played with a bull’s-eye on his back quite a bit of the season,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “He scored over 30 points a half a dozen or more times. So he hadn’t scored 47, but he’s had games where he’s gone off. So this is not unfamiliar territory with him where he’s had big games and had to come back and play in the next one.

“Forty-seven is the last thing you remember, but he did get 30 down at Oregon State and (21 at Oregon). … So he’s starting to play right now. He’s starting to make shots like he did earlier this season.”

Only two teams have held Andrews, who averaged 21.2 points, to fewer than 10 this season, and the most recent to do it was Stanford — UW’s first-round Pac-12 tournament opponent at noon Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The Cardinal limited Andrews to eight points on 0-for-3 shooting from the floor. He was 8 of 9 on free throws. It was the first time he failed to score a field goal in 65 games.

Not so coincidentally, the previous time was against Stanford during a 64-60 UW win on Feb. 12, 2014.

But there’s more to Andrews’ game than scoring. He leads the Huskies in assists (4.7) and is UW’s co-leader in rebounding (5.8).

“If they’re so worried about me scoring, I can help in other ways, either on the glass or getting other guys shots,” Andrews said. “Just things to help us win the game as a team. I don’t really try to put a mark on my scoring. I just do what the team needs at that point.”

In their most recent encounter, the Cardinal locked up Andrews offensively, but he finished with six assists and Dejounte Murray picked up the scoring slack.

The freshman guard sliced Stanford’s unorthodox 2-3 zone for 25 points while carrying the Huskies to a 64-53 win three weeks ago at Alaska Airlines Arena.

“He’s very creative, and he seems to be able to fit into a lot of small spaces,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said of Murray. “He got into some areas that were really congested, and most players can’t get there. It says a lot about his talent level.”

The Pac-12 tournament allows teams to wipe the proverbial slate clean.

UW (17-13) and Stanford (15-14) appear headed toward the National Invitation Tournament at best unless they’re able to get on a roll this week and make one last run at the NCAA tournament.


• Former Washington Husky standout Bob Houbregs was one of 20 players selected to the Pac-12 All-Century team.

Former UCLA greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Wooden were voted the conference’s player and coach of the century, respectively.

The Bruins dominated the All-Century team with 10 players. Arizona, Oregon State and USC each had two players chosen.

Houbregs, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound center, played three years (1951-53) for the Huskies and led UW to its only Final Four appearance as a senior.

•  Andrews was voted to the 10-player District IX team by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The USBWA’s ninth district includes teams from California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska.

•  The Pac-12 announced that all sessions for the conference tournament has sold out for the first time in tournament history.