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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 13, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: KeyArena (17,459) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: ROOT-NW. Home Record: Washington 3-3, Seattle 2-1. Away Record: Washington 0-0, Seattle 1-2. Neutral Record: Washington 1-1, Seattle 0-0. Conference Record: Washington 0-0, Seattle 0-0. Series Record: Washington leads 23-4.
GAMES NOTES: An crosstown rivalry will be renewed on Thursday night when the Washington Huskies and the Seattle Redhawks battle at KeyArena.
Washington just finished off a four-game homestand which the Huskies split. Washington dropped the last game of that stint with a tough 76-73 loss to Nevada. It was the third straight game that was decided by five or fewer points for the Huskies. This will be the first true road game of the season for Washington although the commute certainly won't be that far since the two campuses are just across town. Washington returns home for three straight games next beginning with Jackson State.
Although it is just 1-2 in its last three games, Seattle is returning to KeyArena after already vanquishing another squad from the Evergreen State. Seattle traveled to take on Eastern Washington and came away with a 75-69 victory over the Eagles. Seattle is now 3-3 this season, including a 2-1 mark at KeyArena. This is the opening of a five-game homestand for Seattle that will close out the calendar year.
The Huskies have dominated the all-time series between these squads with 23 wins in 27 previous meetings including a 91-83 victory last season. Seattle has not earned a win against Washington since 1978.
After trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half against Nevada, Washington fought its way back and tied the score twice in the last eight minutes. However, the Huskies were unable to earn the win. They shot just 39.7 percent from the field, but did manage to nail nine 3-pointers while holding a 41-36 edge in rebounding. C.J. Wilcox was the standout scorer with a team-high 21 points, including 15 from beyond the arc.
Just like their record, the Huskies' numbers on offense have been pretty identical to their opponents. Washington has a slim +0.6 scoring differential by putting in 70.6 points per game. Washington shoots better (45.8 FG percentage) than its foes, who have managed to net just 43.5 percent of their shots. The Huskies have also fought to even in the rebounding category with just a +0.2 edge on the boards. In fact Washington is the second worst rebounding team in the Pac-12 (34.6 pg). Wilcox (19.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg) has been piling up the points this season and is the unquestioned go-to scorer on the team. Also in the backcourt is Abdul Gaddy (14.2 ppg, 3.5 apg) who serves as a solid second option to Wilcox, while also distributing well. In the frontcourt, Aziz N'Diaye (11.4 ppg, 9.4 rpg) is a constant double-double threat and Desmond Simmons (6.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg) does good work on the boards.
Seattle led for the entirety of the second half and made big plays down the stretch against Eastern Washington to secure its most recent win. Seattle hit an even 50.0 percent of its shots, including 16-of-27 in the second half. On the other end the Redhawks limited the Eagles to 36.8 percent shooting. Seattle also outscored Eastern Washington by a 38-26 margin on points in the paint. Chad Rasmussen was one of three players in double figures with 16 points.
Although Seattle is also sitting at .500, the Redhawks have not been as even with all of its foes. Seattle is scoring 64.0 points per game, while shooting at just a 39.0 percent clip. The Redhawks have really been hurt by a lack of ball security, as the squad allows the third most turnovers (21.2 pg) in the country. Seattle allows 71.3 points per game on, 41.5 percent shooting at the other end of the floor. Seattle has rebounded well (42.2 pg) ranking 22nd in the nation, while owning a +5.9 edge on the glass. There aren't an abundance of prolific scorers with Clarence Trent (!1.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) representing the top option. Teaming with Trent in the frontcourt is Deshaun Sunderhaus (10.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), who is the only other player scoring in double figures and one of the team's best rebounders. Prince Obasi (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg) contributes across the board out of the backcourt. No other player scores more than 6.5 points per game.
While Seattle is technically the home team the limited travel that Washington has to endure will make for a less difficult road test. Washington has the front line to shut down the major source of the Redhawks' offense, while Seattle can't match up with Wilcox and Gaddy on the perimeter.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 73, Seattle 64
12/13 10:34:53 ET
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