Washington vs. Houston Game Preview

#21 Washington (10-2, 0-0) vs. Houston (9-3, 0-0)

Wednesday, December 25th @ 5:30 p.m. PT

Stan Sheriff Center (Honolulu, HI)

Line: Washington -1.0

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1000AM KOMO/97.7 FM

 

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Washington

G Quade Green (6’0″, 11.5 ppg)

G Nahziah Carter (6’6″, 13.3 ppg)

F Isaiah Stewart (6’9″, 18.8 ppg)

F Jaden McDaniels (6’9″, 14.7 ppg)

G Hameir Wright (6’9″, 5.5 ppg)

Houston

G Nate Hinton (6’5″, 12.8 ppg)

G Caleb Mills (6’3″, 11.8 ppg)

G Quentin Grimes (6’5″, 15.3 ppg)

F Fabian White Jr. (6’7″, 10.3 ppg)

F/C Brison Gresham (6’8″, 3.7 ppg)

PREVIEW

The Washington Huskies traveled to the tropical paradise of Honolulu, Hawaii this holiday season to compete in the Diamond Head Classic tournament.

Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN2, and the Huskies will look to bring home the championship trophy from the “Islands of Paradise.”

Washington came out focused and won their semifinal 72-61 against the host Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, in a game where the Huskies went on an 8-0 run down the stretch.

Houston is currently 9-3 on the season, and in their semifinal they won 70-59, against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, while owning the “boards” with a 42-25 differential.

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GAME NOTES

• This trip will be UW’s longest of the non-conference season, travelling 5,354 roundtrip miles for the Diamond Head Classic … following this trip, the Huskies will have travelled just under 30,000 miles since August (29,713) between trips to Italy, Fort Worth, Anchorage, Toronto and now Honolulu. 
• Green’s 21 points tied his career high set against East Tennessee State on Nov. 17, 2017 when he played at Kentucky
• Washington made a season-high 11 from 3-point range against Ball State
• Stewart has yet to score less than 10 points in a game and has posted three-straight double-doubles
• Stewart’s back-to-back 20-point/10-rebound double-doubles make him the first Husky overall and first Husky freshman since Markelle Fultz in 2016-17 to have back-to-back 20p/10r games
• Washington shot a season-best 58.3 percent from the field against Seattle U including a 69.2 percent mark during the second half
• UW has seven players listed at 6-9 or taller on its roster, the most in the Pac-12
• Attendance through UW’s eight home games (8,011 average) is up by over 1,500 from the first eight home games last season (6,402)  … UW’s home attendance ranks third in the Pac-12
• Junior Nahziah Cater reached 600 career points against Seattle U and is now at 615
• UW graduated four seniors last season (D. Crisp, N. Dickerson, D. Green, M. Thybulle) and lost sophomore Jaylen Nowell as an early NBA Draft entry … those five accounted for 80.2 percent of UW’s scoring during the 2018-19 season
Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 watch list … Stewart was also selected for the Citizen Naismith Player of the Year watch list
• UW faces four teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago during non-conference action in Baylor (Second Round), Tennessee (Sweet 16), Montana (First Round) and Gonzaga (Elite 8)
• Coach Mike Hopkins is the reigning back-to-back Pac-12 Coach of the Year becoming the first league coach to earn the honor in his first two seasons on the job … he is also the second coach in UW history to record 20 or more wins in their first two seasons, joining Tippy Dye (1951-52, 52-53).
• UW was picked to finish third overall in the Pac-12 by media covering the league … additionally, freshman Isaiah Stewart was picked to finish on the Pac-12 First Team while junior Nahziah Carter, sophomore transfer Quade Green and freshman Jaden McDaniels were selected as honorable mention Preseason All-Pac-12

 

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