Scouting report: Seattle University
Game info: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM/ESPN 710-AM
Record: 9-11. RPI rank: 209th.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Cameron Dollar a 9-11 record in his first year with the Redhawks.
Series: UW leads 20-4 in a series that began March 13, 1953 with a Husky victory in the NCAA West Regional. Washington is 11-1 at home. The last time Seattle U. claimed a victory was Nov. 28, 1978.
Last meeting: UW won 87-60 at Hec Ed on March 3, 2009.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior forward Charles Garcia, the one-time UW signee is averaging 20.7 points per game, which ranks 20th in the nation. His 9.1 rebounding average is 48th in the country. Garcia has been prolific in getting to the free throw line so far this season, averaging 11.4 free throw attempts per game. Garcia has attempted a Division I-high 228 free throws.
— Reserve senior guard Chris Gweth became the 34th player in Seattle University history to score at least 1,000 career points. He currently has 1,015 career points, 33rd place on the all-time scoring list, with SeattleU Athletic Hall of Famers John Tresvant and Rod Derline in his sights. Gweth has reached double figures in points in 12 straight games, averaging 15.3 points per game during that span.
— The teams met last year, but tonight’s game is the first of a five-game series between the two Division I schools in Seattle. Next year’s contest is set for KeyArena and the games will rotate between the downtown arena and Hec Ed.
— The Redhawks are in their second year transitioning back to Division 1 status.
— Dollar returns to Washington where he spent seven seasons as an assistant coach, looking to help the Redhawks improve on last year’s performance against the Huskies.
— Seattle U. and Washington have three common opponents. UW beat Cal State Northridge 88-76 at Hec Ed while SU split a pair of games against the Matadors. UW beat Oregon State 76-70 while SU destroyed the Beavers 99-48. And UW beat Portland by 35, while SU lost by 18.
G – Cervante Burrell, 5-10, 170, So., 10.6 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 4.0 apg.
G – Mike Boxley, 6-5, 215, Sr., 8.2, 3.5, 1.2
F – Aaron Broussard, 6-5, 205, So., 10.7, 4.9, 0.9
F – Garcia, 6-10, 230, Jr., 20.7, 9.1, 1.0
C – Gavin Gilmore, 6-8, 220, So., 3.4, 2.5, 0.4
— Dollar may have inadvertently energized Quincy Pondexter before the season when he said Garcia was the best NBA prospect in the state. Not sure if they’ll play against each other, but if they do square off, it should be fun. Pondexter alluded to the possible matchup Monday. He also said he was aware of Dollar’s comment and expects “a coach to say that about his player.” Garcia and Pondexter are the only players from state schools who appear on many mock drafts.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DOLLAR:
(What do you think about going back to UW?) “Obviously its exciting. Its exciting for our kids and our program. Its time to go play.”
(Coach Lorenzo Romar and Pondexter say it’s weird.) “It will be weird for me as well. Its been weird watching them from afar. It is what it is now. But those are always going to be my guys. I always miss them and root for them. It will be definitely weird being in that visitors locker room and being on that other bench over there.
(Who has the advantage?) “I dont know if we have any advantages going to play at Hec Ed. Our kids are excited. I dont know if there are any advantages on our side. Its a hostile environment. Theyve got some really really talented guys. And theyre coming off of a weekend that in their minds was disappointing. We saw what happened last time they came home off a weekend that was disappointing, and we hope to not be that carnage that the Bay Area teams were.”
(How big would a win be?) “Any win for us is big. And any game that we play is a big game. As we climb our way up we want to play hard and be competitve, but its more about how we play. Thats what Im concerned about.”
(Is the Oregon State win relevant for confidence?) “Since our two games after Oregon State aren;t two games Id like to talk about, so I dont know how relevant Oregon State is for us. Whats relevant for us is we have to come out and compete and be ready to fight and play right. Thats all we talk about. If we do that, then Ill be pleased. If we dont come out and compete and scratch and claw, then I wont be pleased.
(What’s the difference between good Redhawks and bad Redhawks?) “Playing together. Sharing the ball. I think anytime you can get your team not just my team, but any team to use their talents with each other and not necessarily against each other I think you have a good chance of coming out on top. I think fundamentally sound basketball, it doesnt change. Its just how you do it and when you do it. Thoughout the course of a year, whether you have a success or failure, your team can kind of drift away from what youre supposed to do to make you successful.
(Will you unveil a special style vs. UW?) Were going to do what we do. Were going to try to be advantagious on offense, were going to try to be stingy on defense. No matter who weve played, it never really comes down to about them as much as about us and how we compete and what we do.”