Photo credit: Seattle Times – Jim Bates
Game info: 7 p.m. Tuesday at KeyArena
TV/Radio: FSN/710 ESPN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 10-16. RPI rank: 290.
Previous game: Won 60-48 at Northern Illinois.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Cameron Dollar (above, right) is 27-30 in his second season with the Redhawks. He spent seven years at Washington as an assistant before taking the Redhawks job in 2009.
Series: Washington leads 21-4 in a series that began in 1953. The cross-town rivalry was dormant for 29 years (1980-2009). Washington has won the past five nine meetings. Seattle’s previous win was an 82-78 victory in 1979. Dollar is 0-1 against UW and coach Lorenzo Romar is 2-0 vs. SU.
Last meeting: While Isaiah Thomas sat at home due to illness, Venoy Overton filled in and helped the Huskies to a 123-76 victory on Jan. 26, 2010 at Edmundson Pavilion. He converted 16 of 19 free throws for 20 points. Washington raced out to an 18-0 in the opening minutes to take control of the game. The Huskies were up 61-20 at halftime when Seattle U. began to deliberately foul UW at just about every opportunity. The ploy was somewhat effective. SU was outscored 62-56 in the second half. Led by Quincy Pondexter (27 points), six Huskies scored in double figures. Former UW player Elston Turner also had 20 points. The 123 points were the second most in UW history. The 47-point victory is tied for the seventh largest in UW’s modern history.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior Aaron Broussard is an undersized forward at 6 foot 5, but he leads the Redhawks in scoring (15.0 ppg.) and rebounding (8.1 rpg.). He can do a little bit of everything. He scores in the post, on the perimeter and in transition. He’s also a willing defender. The biggest weakness in his game is at the free throw line where he shoots 58.6 percent for his career.
— Freshman guard Sterling Carter (above, left) is a former Franklin High standout who redshirted last season at the University of the Pacific. He’s an accurate three-point shooter who has 65 treys this season. He ranks on SU’s all-time list for three-pointers in a single season.
— Seattle U. will host Washington for the first time in 32 years and the school is expecting its largest home crowd in many years. Anticipating perhaps 10,000 or more, the school is selling tickets in KeyArena’s upper bowl. Those sections are normally not available for SU home games.
— The Redhawks beat Oregon State at KeyArena and won at Virginia this season.
— Ten Redhawks are averaging at least 13 minutes per game, but Dollar looks as if he’s reduced the rotation to 8-9 players.
— Seattle U’s biggest problem is scoring and shooting, which goes hand in hand. The Redhawks shoot just 39.1 percent from the field and they average 68.7 points. Part of the problem is they lack a consistent play maker who creates scoring opportunities for teammates. As a team, SU’s assists-to-turnover ratio is 0.6. The Redhawks average 17.8 turnovers and just 11 assists.
— Height is also an issue. The Redhawks don’t have a player taller than 6 foot 8.
— Senior guard Garrett Lever is one of three players along with Broussard and Carter who have started every game. Lever is a productive player who averages 3.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.4 steals. He’s also second on the team in minutes at 29.3. He’s the son of NBA player Fat Lever.
— Senior forward Alex Jones is a capable of a big scoring night. His season high is 29 points. He’s also scored at least 20 points 12 times this season. As good as Jones has been at times, he also hurts SU on occasions. He’s turnover and foul prone. He averages two turnovers per game and has fouled out six times.
— Junior forward Gavin Gilmore, 6-8, is the only other real big low-post presence.
— Reserve junior guard Cervante Burrell leads the Redhawks with a 3.2 assists average.
— There will be a moment of silence before Tuesday’s game in memory of Dr. Huber Grimm, the Seattle U team physician for 30 years and a Seattle U Athletic Hall of Famer who passed away Friday night, Feb. 18, at the age of 90.
F – Alex Jones, 6-8, 215, Sr., 11.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg
F – Gavin Gilmore, 6-8, 220, Jr., 2.4, 2.6
F – Aaron Broussard, 6-5, 205, Jr., 15.0, 8.1
G – Sterling Carter, 6-0, 200, Fr., 13.4, 3.3 rpg
G – Garrett Lever, 6-0, 180, Sr., 3.7, 5.6
— Somewhat amazingly, Matthew Bryan-Amaning didn’t take a free throw last Saturday at Arizona. That won’t be the case Tuesday. Washington’s senior forward should dominate in a major way because the Redhawks don’t have anyone who can match his size and speed. Bryan-Amaning has feasted on smaller teams this season. He had 30 points against Arizona State and 28 versus McNeese State. Carter can get hot from the outside, but containing Broussard is critical for the Huskies because he’s the only consistent scoring option for SU. Still the key matchup is in the backcourt. Last year, the Huskies forced 29 turnovers and collected 16 steals. At times SU couldn’t advance the ball past halfcourt because of Overton’s defensive pressure. If the Huskies can rattle the Redhawks guards once again, then UW will collect a much-needed feel-good victory.