Friday, December 28, 2012

Some Things to Know About Washington, UConn's Opponent on Saturday

A few things to know about Washington:

*** The Huskies are 8-4 and have won four straight. Those wins have come against Seattle University, Jackson State, Cal-Poly and Northern Illinois, however, so keep that in mind. In fact, Washington’s only two decent wins this season came in an overtime win over Seton Hall in the Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament and over St. Louis (which isn’t as good as people originally thought). The Huskies have lost to such luminaries as Albany and Colorado State (as well as Nevada and then-No. 4 Ohio State).

*** Washington is led by 6-5 junior guard C.J. Wilcox, a potential future NBA player who averages 19.6 points per game and has scored over 20 in three straight games.

What impresses Kevin Ollie the most about Wilcox?

“Nineteen points (per game) impresses me," he said. "He’s a great 3-point shooter, he’s just active, knows how to get his shot. His energy feeds right into his shot. I always look at Ray Allen, moving without the basketball, constant moving … we’re going to have to play good, solid defense against him. We can’t be late against him … we can’t have him get going.”

*** The Huskies are big and experienced, with 7-foot Aziz N’Diaye in the middle and a pair of guards (Wilcox and Scott Suggs) who stand 6-5 and 6-6, respectively. They start three seniors, a junior and a sophomore.

*** Coming off the bench is Shawn Kemp, Jr., a 6-9 sophomore and son of the former six-time NBA all-star. He’s averaging 4 points and 2 rebounds per game after missing UW’s first seven contests with a torn patella tendon in his left knee.

*** UConn is 3-0 all-time against its West Coast Husky brethren, most recently a 98-92 overtime win on March 24, 2006 in an NCAA regional semifinal in D.C. Rashad Anderson’s long 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds let forced OT. UConn also beat UW on Dec. 1, 1998 in the Great Eight in Chicago, and on March 19, 1998 in an NCAA East Regional semifinal in Greensboro, N.C.

*** A good amount of NBA scouts are expected at Saturday's game.

*** This is Washington’s second-straight game against a Husky-mascoted team!

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