Scouting report: Seattle University
Game info: 7 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena (9,686 capacity)
TV: ROOT Sports (Tom Glasglow, Lenny Wilkens and Jen Mueller)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton) and 770 AM KTTH (Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr.)
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Seattle University and Washington.
Coach: Cameron Dollar is 43-52 in his fourth year with the Redhawks. He spent seven years as a UW assistant.
Prediction: Picked to finish eighth in the 10-team WAC in both the coaches and media preseason polls.
Series: Washington leads 23-4 in a series that began in 1953. UW is 4-0 on the road, 7-3 on a neutral floor and 12-1 at home.
Last meeting: The Huskies held off the Redhawks for a 91-83 victoryat Edmundson Pavilion. C.J. Wilcox finished with 25 points and Tony Wroten added 24. Seattle U erased a 50-37 halftime deficit nine minutes and tied it at 76-76 with less than five minutes left. Washington finished the game on a 15-7 run. The Huskies were 37 of 59 at the line. Five Redhawks fouled out. Two technical fouls and one flagrant foul were assessed in a scrum of a basketball game that lasted more than 2 ½ hours.
Previous game: Won 75-69 at Eastern Washington on Monday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— The Huskies are very familiar with junior forward Clarence Trent (near left) who began his college career at Washington in 2009. He played one season for UW and briefly tried out for the football team before transferring to Seattle U. He sat out the 2010-11 season. In his first year at SU, he started 26 of 27 games and averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. This season, he’s started all six games and leads the team in scoring (11.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.2 per game).
At 6-6, Trent plays multiple positions on the wing. He’s an explosive athlete who is exceptional in transition. He’s improved as a shooter and is 6 of 14 behind the arc. Still he’s shooting just 37.9 percent from the field. Trent’s career scoring high is 18 points, but against Virginia and Stanford, he tallied just four and seven points respectively. In his only meeting against his old team, Trent had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting last year.
—Redshirt freshman Deshaun Sunderhaus has been the early surprise of the season for the Redhawks. The 6-9, 230-pound forward from Georgia has started every game. He’s second on the team in scoring and tied for first in rebounding with 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Those numbers lead all WAC freshmen, as does his field goal percentage of .473 (26-of-55).
— Seattle University is 21st in the nation averaging 42.2 rebounds per game. SU is tied for ninth averaging 10.7 steals.
— Depth has never been an issue for Seattle U. Ten players average at least 12.5 minutes.
— SU averages just 64 points per game, but the Redhawks like to play at a fast tempo. Part of their scoring problems is an inability to shoot straight. They’re shooting 56 percent on free throws, 39 percent from the field and 31.8 percent on three-pointers.
— The Redhawks begin a five-game home stand.
— SU starts its first year in the WAC this season and is eligible for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1980.
— Junior guard Sterling Carter started five games this season, but didn’t play Monday. Dollar said he’ll be available tonight. Carter is a long-distance gunner. He’s second on the school’s all-time three-pointers list with 161, sitting behind only Aaron Waite (1988-92) with 239. He hit 85 treys in 2010-11, the third-highest single-season total in program history, and followed that up with the eighth-highest single-season total in school history with 69 last season.
— Dollar credits seniors Prince Obassi and Chad Rasmussen for providing leadership and finding their roles. Obassi is a no-frills playmaker who leads the team with 21 assists. Rasmussen has more three-point attempts (28) and makes (10) than anyone else on the team.
C- Deshaun Sunderhaus, 6-9, 230, RFr., 10.8 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 47.3% FG
F – Chad Rasmussen, 6-7, 200, Sr., 6.3, 2.2, 10 for 28 3-PTers
F – Clarence Trent, 6-6, 225, Jr, 11.2, 7.2, 3.6 TOs per game
G – Prince Obassi, 6-3, 205, Sr., 9.0, 4.5, 3.5 apg.
G – D’Vonne Pickett Jr., 6-0, 195, Jr., 4.7, 2.5, 1.8 spg.
THREE KEYS FROM DOLLAR:
— “We got to do a job on the boards. Because we’ve done really well on the boards in the past, teams go through a four-day boot camp to get ready for us. We better make sure we’re ready because we’re still (a little small) when you line up. They got the 7-footer (Aziz N’Diaye) at the five and they got (Desmond) Simmons who had 18 and 14 rebounds. We’re still undermatched on the boards. As much as the hype may say we’re really good rebounding, the reality is they can be just as good or better. So the reality is if they get all greased up and they come ready to rebound and we don’t bring our rebound to the party, that’s a problem.”
— “The second key is and it’s an obvious one, but we got to do a good job on (C.J.) Wilcox and (Scott) Suggs. We can’t let them just go wild and have big games against us scoring. We have to be able to guard. We got two talented wings that are tough matchups for us no matter how you shake it, but we got to do a decent job of being able to stay with them and guard them.”
— “The last one is we got to be able to score. N’Diaye isn’t moving. He’s still down in there. And every time we’ve played them he’s made it pretty hard on us at times to score the basketball. We got to be able to find an easy way to score the basketball. We got to do a good job on our glass and and be able to convert. Early in the year we’ve done a good job at turning teams over. As of late is the first time we’ve been good at converting those turnovers into buckets.”