Tough to call the Washington-Seattle University game a rivalry considering the Huskies have won the past nine games while holding a commanding 25-4 lead in the series that dates back to 1953.
However, the Redhawks may have closed the gap on their cross-town nemesis.
SU’s point guard Isiah Umipig is arguably the biggest star in Friday’s 7 p.m. game at KeyArena. He averages 23.5 points and set a school single-season three-point record last season.
Umipig, who scored 22 points against the Huskies last year, said his emotions got the best of him during the 88-78 defeat. He felt he got caught up in too many 1-on-1 confrontations.
“I wanted to go out there and prove that I can play with those guys, play against them and beat them,” he said. “I may have gotten too involved in that. So this year it’s strictly about playing against them and getting a win.
“I’ll let the crowd and the media pump that up. I’ll just be focused on getting the win.”
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Coach Lorenzo Romar isn’t worried about Washington’s woeful three-point shooting in last week’s opener and the exhibition. The Huskies converted just 8 of 42 (.190) three-pointers in both contests. Romar said: “I promise you. I promise you after about four or five games, if we are not making 3s and we’re shooting 20 percent, then I will say ‘Wow we’re not that good of a shooting team.’ But I’m not ready to say that yet. Not after one game.”
— Big win Thursday night in New York for California, new coach Cuonzo Martin and the Pac-12. The Golden Bears crushed No. 23 Syracuse 73-59 in the semifinals of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden. Jordan Matthews scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. Jabari Bird added 16 points and David Kravish had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Cal (3-0), which faces Texas for the tournament title.
— UCLA wasn’t challenged during a 107-74 win over Nicholls State at Pauley Pavilion. Bryce Alford finished with 28 points and 13 assists, Norman Powell contributed 23 points and Tony Parker had 20 points for the Bruins, which improved to 3-0.
— Arizona State has built a 3-0 record with a stingy defense. In Thursday’s 68-44 win, the Sun Devils held Loyola Marymount to 28.1 percent from the field, the lowest shooting percentage for an ASU opponent since February of 2010. No team has shot better than 32.1 percent on the Sun Devils this year.
— USC traveled to the east coast, shot poorly and lost by 20 points to a Mid-American Conference team. The 66-46 defeat to Akron dropped the Trojans to 1-2.
— After a close loss Tuesday at No. 16 San Diego State, Utah is back on the court Friday looking to improve an offense that managed just 49 points.
— ICYMI, Oregon missed on another touted high school basketball player as Payton Pritchard, a 6-2 guard at West Linn, Ore., chose Oklahoma over the Ducks. For some reason, Oregon doesn’t nab many northwest prep stars.
— However, the Ducks do well securing out-of-state standouts like Trevor Manuel, a four-star forward from Lansing, Michigan.
— Oregon State gets bigger with the return of Daniel Gomis, who missed two games with a shoulder injury.