Washington (10-3, 0-0) vs. UCLA (7-6, 0-0)
Thursday, January 2nd @ 7:00 p.m. PT
Alaska Airlines Arena (Seattle, WA)
Line: Washington -8.0
Radio: 1000AM KOMO/97.7 FM
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
G Quade Green (6’0″, 11.5 ppg)
G Nahziah Carter (6’6″, 13.4 ppg)
F Isaiah Stewart (6’9″, 19.2 ppg)
F Jaden McDaniels (6’9″, 14.3 ppg)
G Hameir Wright (6’9″, 5.5 ppg)
G Tyger Campbell (5’11”, 8.6 ppg)
G Chris Smith (6’9″, 11.1 ppg)
G/F Jaime Jaquez Jr. (6’6″, 7.8 ppg)
F Cody Riley (6’9″, 10.6 ppg)
F/C Jalen Hill (6’10”, 9.9 ppg)
The Washington Huskies concluded their non-conference schedule when they traveled to Hawaii to compete in the Diamond Head Classic.
Tonight’s game will be televised on FS1, and the Huskies will look to start out their Pac-12 Conference schedule with a victory at home.
Washington came out focused but lost their tournament finale 75-71 against the Houston Cougars, in a game where the Huskies couldn’t sustain an early double digit lead.
UCLA is currently 7-6 on the season, and recently lost 77-74 at home, against the Cal State Fullerton Titans, after using a 17-0 run to take the lead in the second half.
ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR
• Freshman Isaiah Stewart is one of two players nationally and the only freshman averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds while shooting at least 60 percent from the field, joining Yoeli Childs (BYU – SR)
• Stewart is one of two players nationally and the only freshman who have recorded at least two 25p/13r double-doubles (Tyere Marshall, Rider, SR)
• UW is 38-6 at home under head coach Mike Hopkins … the last time UW recorded just six home losses during three years was 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 … Washington also has 1,012 wins inside AAA, which is the most inside any team’s current arena in the nation
• Stewart picked up his third Pac-12 Player of the Week honor on Dec. 30 as he averaged 25.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games for the Huskies
• UW is currently tied for 11th in the NCAA in blocks, averaging 6.0 over 13 games … UW led the NCAA at the end of the season a year ago in the category
• Over the last five games, Quade Green is averaging 15.4 points, 6.2 assists while shooting 64.0 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from 3-point range
• Between McDaniels and Stewart, the freshman duo is accounting for 531 of UW’s 968 season points which comes in at 54.8 percent between points and assists
• Quade Green is averaging 5.4 assists per game and has dished out at least six dimes, eight times this season
• 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 fourth in the Pac-12
• Junior Nahziah Carter reached 600 career points against Seattle U and is now at 639
• 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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