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December 28, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Huskies hoops links: Washington puts unbeaten record on line

Jernard Jarreau is one of the many reasons why No. 13 is off to an 11-start. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz - Seattle Times)

Jernard Jarreau is one of the many reasons why No. 13 is off to an 11-start. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz – Seattle Times)

Here’s our advance for No. 13 Washington’s nonconference finale against visiting Stony Brook.

In the story, coach Lorenzo Romar talks about UW’s philosophy in building a competitive nonconference schedule. Not entirely sure how this is calculated, but the NCAA ranks the toughest schedules and Washington is No. 154.

SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Washington 2015 signee Dejounte Murray and Rainier Beach High are trying to defend their title at the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore. Here’s a breakdown of the teams in the loaded field that includes the No. 1 Ben Simmons and No. 2 Jaylen Brown 2015 recruiting prospects.

— Murray had 26 points and 14 rebounds in Rainier Beach’s 81-61 victory over Oregon City in the first round. If the Vikings get past Central Catholic in the second round, they’ll play either Simmons and touted Montverde (Fla.) Academy or Oregon’s Lake Oswego in Monday’s semifinals.

— Rainier Beach junior forward Keith Smith lists Washington atop his college choices, which also includes California, Gonzaga, Oregon and Oregon State.

— UW commit JaQuori McLaughlin scored 17 points for Peninsula, which lost 59-53 to Lake Oswego in the LSI first round.

— California, which hosts Washington in Friday’s Pac-12 opener, is trying to close the nonconference season on a high note. The Golden Bears are 10-2.

— No. 1 Kentucky defeated No. 4 Louisville 58-50, which trimmed the ranks of the unbeaten to just seven teams that includes: The Wildcats (13-0), No. 2 Duke (10-0), No. 5 Virginia (11-0), No. 7 Villanova (12-0), No. 13 Washington (11-0), No. 24 Colorado State (13-0) and No. 25 TCU (12-0).

— Former UW standout Isaiah Thomas returned to Sacramento and led Phoenix to a 115-106 win on Friday. He had 17 points.

— Former UW standout Justin Holiday is starting to get steady minutes with the Golden State Warriors.

— Joshua Smith, remember him? The former UCLA Bruin, Washington recruiting target and Kentwood High standout is finally realizing his potential. The big fella helped Georgetown to a 91-87 win over Indiana. He had 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, steals blocks and a block in 26 minutes. Smith, who had troubles controlling his weight at UCLA, is listed at 350 pounds on his Georgetown bio.

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