The Washington Huskies take on the Seattle University Redhawks Tuesday night to continue the series between the inner-city foes.
The Dawgs are looking to build on their first road win of the season in this out-of-conference game and to prepare themselves for Washington State this Sunday. The Huskies posted two extremely poor outings on their first conference road trip of the season, grinding out a victory against a Utah team that is very comparable to Seattle U. The Redhawks are 3-10 in just their third year since Division I reinstatement.
7 p.m. PST. ROOT. Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington Huskies (9-6; 3-1) Seattle University (3-10)G Abdul Gaddy 6'3 G Prince Obasi 6'2 G Tony Wroten 6'5 G Sterling Carter 6'0 G C.J. Wilcox 6'5 G/F Eric Wallace 6'6 G/F Terrence Ross 6'6 F Clarence Trent 6'6 C Aziz N'Diaye 7'0 F Aaron Broussard 6'5
ANALYSIS AND THE PICK AFTER THE JUMP!
Breaking Down Seattle U.:
The Redhawks come into this game in a freefall, having lost eight of nine. They are a very small team, with no starter over 6’6 and only one contributor off the bench over 6’8 (6’9 Louis Green).
Senior standout Aaron Broussard, a Federal Way graduate, leads the Redhawks with 17.2 points per game, while former UW football experiment Clarence Trent (pictured above) is second on the team with 11.5 ppg.
Because of the Redhawks' lack of size, head coach Cameron Dollar--a former Husky assistant--has implemented a very fast-paced, three-pointer-dependent offense (20 attempts per game). Shooting guard Sterling Carter leads Seattle U. with 6.5 tries per game from beyond the arc. The Redhawks have struggled to play at their own pace as they have 10 players averaging at least one turnover per game.
Seattle U. is still a very raw team that is trying to work with the players they have, leading to them playing a similar style to South Dakota State (sigh). SDSU differs from Seattle U. because the Redhawks have been very ineffective from beyond the arc this season.
The Starting Five: Keys to the Game
Control the Glass: Seattle U. has neither the height nor the athletes to keep the Dawgs from dominating the battle on the boards. UW has a great opportunity to absolutely shut down the Redhawks on the glass.
Fast Start: South Dakota State opened the game against the Dawgs with a huge run aided by threes from all parts of the court. Seattle U. is not afraid to shoot the ball and has the potential to get hot from outside. It is important for UW to erase any hope for the Redhawks from the get-go.
Tempo: Cameron Dollar knows this Husky squad well and I expect he saw the tapes from the Utah game. Seattle U. cannot win against the Dawgs in a shootout, but UW was clearly frustrated by the Utes’ extremely slow pace. UW needs to control the tempo and not settle for a walk-it-up style basketball game.
Tony Wroten: It will be interesting to see how he bounces back from a tough game against Utah. Wroten did not look confident shooting the ball against the Utes. If he keeps this up, look for other teams to start giving him the “Rondo treatment”.
Terrence Ross: UW’s super sophomore finally delivered a big performance against Utah on Saturday. Hopefully, he can build off of the previous game and continue to command the attention he deserves. I want to see Ross take his smaller defenders to the post against Seattle U.
The Huskies are playing an extremely inferior opponent at home. This game should be in hand by halftime. Seattle U. has the potential to hit threes a la SDSU, but I see the Huskies defense having no problems with the Redhawks. This game is a great opportunity for UW to gain a big lead and experiment with their zone as well as halfcourt offensive sets (if the Dawgs have any).
The Dawgs open with five sluggish minutes before kicking it into high gear. They beat the Redhawks, 87-63
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