Scouting report: Hartford
Game info: 6 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Dan Dickau).
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
2012-13 record: 17-14 overall, 10-6 (fourth in America East).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: John Gallagher is 42-64 in his fourth year with the Hawks. He guided Harford
Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in the nine-team America East by the coaches in a preseason poll.
Series: First meeting.
Previous game: Beat St. Peter’s 66-56 on Dec. 22.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Mark Nwakamma is averaging 16.6 points to lead the America East. He needs 45 points to become Hartford’s 24th 1,000-point scorer. Nwakamma has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games this season. His season high is 23 points. He leads Hartford in scoring (16.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.4). He’s also second with 2.3 assists.
— Former Bellevue High standout Nate Sikma, the son of Sonics great Jack Sikma, returns home. He suffered an injury in the season opener and missed seven games. Sikma returned to the starting lineup last week. The junior forward is second on the team in rebounding average (4.7). He averages 6.7 points and 21.3 minutes.
— Hartford returns four junior starters. The newcomer is sophomore point guard Evan Cooper.
— Yolonzo Moore II is a solid guard who averages 10.7 points.
— The Hawks lost five straight games, including an 87-48 loss to then-No. 3 Louisville. They dropped seven of its first nine contests. Since then, they’ve won three of the past four games.
— Hartford has played three teams (Louisville, Florida Gulf Coast and La Salle) that advanced to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 last season.
— Hartford has a relatively small lineup, which is similar to Washington. No starter is taller than 6-7 and three are 6-2 or shorter.
— Backup guard Wes Cole, a 6-foot, 165-pound junior, is a three-point specialist. He’s made at least one three-pointer in the past six games. He ranks seventh on the school’s all-time three-point list with 139.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
F – Nate Sikma, 6-7, 235, Jr., 6.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 1.3 apg.
F – Mark Nwakamma, 6-6, 235, Jr., 16.6, 6.4, 2.3
G – Corban Wroe, 6-2, 195, Jr., 3.4, 2.8, 1.2
G – Yolonzo Moore II, 6-2, 175, Jr., 10.7, 3.1, 2.4
G – Evan Cooper, 6-0, 185, So., 8.0, 2.3, 1.7