Scouting report: Jackson State
Game info: 4 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Jackson State and Washington.
Coach: Tevester Anderson is 138-159 in his ninth year with the Tigers. His career record is 239-211, including a 101-52 mark at Murray State over a five-year stint (1998-2003).
Prediction: Picked to finish third in the 10-team SWAC by conference in a preseason poll.
Series: Washington leads 1-0 in a series that began in 1995.
Last meeting: The Huskies won 92-76 on Dec. 4, 1995.
Previous game: Lost 2-41 at Washington State on Thursday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Former Ole Miss guard Dundrecous Nelson (right) missed the first four games due to NCAA transfer rules. He’s made strong early impression in just three games. He leads Jackson State with a 17.0 scoring average. He tallied a season-high 27 points off the bench in a 127-67 in a loss at Saint Mary’s. Against the Gaels, Nelson converted 6 of 18 field goals, 4 of 10 three-pointers and 11 of 13 free throws in 27 minutes.
Nelson, a 6-0 and 180-pound junior played in all 34 games and made seven starts as a freshman at Ole Miss. He averaged 7.2 points in 15.1 minutes per game. He was fourth on the team in scoring, third in 3-pointers (44) and third in free-throw percentage (78.0). He also set the Ole Miss freshman record with a 30-point performance at Auburn, tying the freshman record with 7 3-pointers
— Sophomore guard Kelsey Howard averaged 14.6 points and won the SWAC Freshman of the Year award last season. He was named to the preseason all-conference team. Howard missed the 2012-13 season opener, but tallied 25 points in his first game this season against Baylor.
—Senior guard Christian Williams is a two-year starter. He’s second on the team in scoring averaging 13.6 points per game. The 6-1, 180-pounder is a streaky scorer. He’s tallied 24, 23 and 22 points in games this season. He’s also had scoring outings of 8, 3 and 1.
— The harsh reality for small programs like Jackson State is it makes fiscal sense to plan a 10-day, five-game non-conference road trip. The Tigers are playing the fourth game of their West Coast swing that began at North Texas and included stops at Saint Mary’s and Washington State on Thursday. JSU plays Seattle University on Monday before heading home to Mississippi. In fact, the Tigers will play its first 11 games this season on the road.
— Despite the horrible schedule, JSU has major problems scoring and stopping opponents from scoring. The Tigers average 58.3 points, which ranks 320th in the nation. They also allow team’s to score an average of 82.7 points, which is 343rd in the country.
— JSU is riding an 12-game losing streak. It lost five straight games to finish the 2011-12 season and began this season with seven consecutive defeats.
— Last season the Tigers finished 7-24 and tied for eighth (5-13) in the SWAC. It was their worst season under Anderson.
— The Tigers return four starters. However, senior guard Jonathan Lewis and junior forward Willie Readus recently moved to the bench and have been replaced with Nelson and Raymond Gregory.
C- Raymond Gregory, 6-9, 255, Sr., 1.7 ppg., 2.8 rpg., 10.8 mpg.
G – Dundrecous Nelson, 6-0, 180, Jr., 17.0, 1.3, 2.3 apg.
F – Derrell Taylor, 6-5, 195, So, 6.3, 4.2, 46.9 FG%
G – Kelsey Howard, 6-4, 190, S0., 14.7, 4.5, 14 of 36 3 PTers
G – Christian Williams, 6-1, 180, Sr., 13.6, 2.1, 1.7 apg.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
— Theoretically Washington has an advantage at every position. It will be important for the Huskies to keep tabs on Nelson, Howard and Williams who are capable of a big scoring night. UW can survive a strong outing from one of them and maybe two. But if all three get going at the same time it could be a long night for the Huskies. C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs are going to draw a favorable matchup against a guard and they should be able to exploit their size advantage. The same goes for Abdul Gaddy and Aziz N’Diaye.