Saint Louis (3-2) at Washington (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 28, 11:59 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Saint Louis 2-1, Washington 1-2. Away Record: Saint Louis 0-0, Washington 0-0. Neutral Record: Saint Louis 1-1, Washington 1-1. Conference Record: Saint Louis 0-0, Washington 0-0. Series Record: Saint Louis leads 8-6.
GAMES NOTES: Looking for their first back-to-back wins of the season the Saint Louis Billikens will travel to Alaska Airlines Arena for a non-conference matchup with the Washington Huskies, who will try to halt a losing skid.
The Billikens were an NCAA Tournament team last year, but have had an up and down beginning to this campaign, trading wins and losses through five games. The Billikens are coming off a 61-51 victory over Southern Illinois. This is the first true road game of the season for the Billikens.
As for Washington, it is currently riding a short two-game losing slide after a 73-55 rout by Colorado State at home this past Saturday. The loss came on the heels of a 77-66 loss to Ohio State as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. The Huskies will have a great deal of time at home to fix things with six of their next seven games, including this one, at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Saint Louis has won the last three games between these teams to grab an 8-6 lead in the all-time series.
Defense was the key for Saint Louis last season and the Billikens looked to get back to those roots against Southern Illinois, holding the Salukis to just 36.5 percent shooting, including an 8-of-33 showing in the first half. On the offensive side, the Billikens didn't put up huge offensive numbers but did connect on 51.2 percent of their attempts from the field. Dwayne Evans was the lead scorer with 14 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds.
The 51 points the Billikens surrendered were a season low for Saint Louis which is actually being outshot by foes. One continuing issue that has lingered is the team's weak rebounding (30.6 rpg). In fact even in the win over Southern Illinois the Billikens were outrebounded (36-28). Evans (14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) is the lead scorer and rebounder among a quartet of players scoring in double figures. Cody Ellis (12.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Mile McCall Jr. (11.0 ppg, 3.8 apg) and Cory Remekun (10.0 ppg) complete the foursome.
A huge night from C.J. Wilcox was wasted in Washington's loss to Colorado State. Wilcox poured in a career-high 28 points but was the only player in double figures for the Huskies who had just nine field goals in the second half when they were outscored 45-25. The Huskies were also beat up on the boards (45-21).
Struggling to connect on shots has not been an issue for Washington regularly, as the Huskies are hitting on 47.8 percent of their field goal attempts. However, the Huskies are also allowing 69.8 points per game and are suffering from a negative differential on the boards (-0.6). Those rebounding numbers are particularly troubling considering Aziz N'Diaye (10.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg) is on the team. N'Diaye is the lead rebounder in the Pac-12, but is one of only two players on the roster bringing in more than four boards per game. Wilcox (18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) is the top scoring option, with backcourt running mate Abdul Gaddy (14.6 ppg) providing a complementary option.
Winning on the road is always tough and this will be a long trip for Saint Louis. However, the Billikens are beginning to whip themselves into shape and could be poised to steal a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Louis 66, Washington 63
11/28 10:37:19 ET