Redhawks Ready for Huskies

This has been a date circled on a lot of calendars ever since the college basketball schedules for this season were announced. For the first time in over 32 years, Seattle University hosts the University of Washington at KeyArena. The game is set to tip off at 7:10 p.m. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will be courtside broadcasting the game on 710 ESPN Seattle. FSN Northwest will televise the game live, with Tom Glasgow and Lenny Wilkens providing the play-by-play and analysis, helped by Jen Mueller and Francis Williams on the sidelines. The largest crowd to attend a Seattle U home game since reclassification began is expected, and it will be interesting to see how both teams respond to such an atmosphere in Seattle.


SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies enter Tuesday's game with an 18-8 overall record, including a 10-5 record in the Pac-10 Conference to currently sit in third place in the league standings. Washington is coming off a tough 87-86 loss at Arizona this past Saturday. The Huskies are scoring 85.7 points per game, second in the country behind only VMI, and giving up 70.4 points per contest. As a team, Washington is shooting 48.2 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 66.0 percent from the free throw line. Isaiah Thomas, a strong candidate for Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, leads the team with 16.6 and 5.9 assists per game. Matthew Bryan-Amaning is right behind him in scoring with 16.3 points per game, plus he leads the Huskies in rebounding and blocked shots, averaging 8.0 boards and 1.8 blocks per game. MBA is shooting 58.1 percent from the field. Justin Holiday is contributing 12.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. Already without Abdul Gaddy for the rest of the season, the Huskies will probably be without Scott Suggs Tuesday, as he is recovering from a sprained MCL suffered Thursday against Arizona State.

SEATTLE U VS. WASHINGTON: This will be the 26th meeting all-time between Seattle University and Washington, with the Huskies holding a 21-4 series advantage. Washington spoiled Seattle U's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 92-70 victory in the 1953 NCAA West Regional in Corvallis, Ore. The intracity rivals did not meet again until the 1969-70 season, when the two schools split the season series with each team winning on their own home floor. Washington won ten straight games from 1971-76 before Seattle U broke through at the start of the 1976-77 season (78-64). Seattle U's only victory at Washington came at the start of the 1978-79 campaign, an 82-78 victory. Washington has won the last five meetings, including an 87-60 victory on March 3, 2009, in the first game between the two schools in 29 years. Last season, Washington jumped out to a 30-3 lead halfway through the first half on its way to a 123-76 victory at Hec-Edmundson Pavilion. Charles Garcia led Seattle U with 20 points and seven rebounds, and Cervante Burrell contributed 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and five steals.


{courtesy:  Seattle University Athletics}