Washington Preview

The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming off their first Pac-10 road game under new coach Herb Sendek. The Sun Devils (6-8, 0-3) will now be heading to rainy Seattle, Washington to face the 24th ranked Washington Huskies. The Huskies (10-3, 0-3) are coming off of a tough loss to the 7th ranked U of A, and overall are off to a start that no one was expecting this year.

Washington has been lighting up the score board early this season, but they have been letting opponents do the same. The Huskies are averaging 86 PPG, while giving up 78. After their 3rd straight Pac 10 loss, the Huskies are going to come out with a high tempo offense. Thursday's loss was their first conference home loss since January 7, 2006 against Washington State. Against Arizona the Huskies were led by F Quincy Pondexter who had 25 points.

This will be Coach Sendek's first game against a Top-25 opponent in his young ASU career. In their first road game in this Pac 10 season, ASU was not able to hang around with Washington State in the second half. The Sun Devils were trailing only by four at halftime, but it was all down hill from there. The Cougars were able to show that taking UCLA to the wire was no fluke. ASU was led by sophomore C Jeff Pendergraph with 16 points and 7 rebounds. ASU was only able to force 6 turnovers while committing 16. WSU had four players in double figures lead by junior C Robbie Cowgill with 16 points.

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar (5th Season, 9-4)

Projected Starters:

PG - Ryan Appelby
SG – Adrian Oliver
SF – Quincy Pondexter
PF – Jon Brockman
C – Spencer Hawes

Impact Reserves

G - Justin Dentmon
F – Phil Nelson

Overview

Washington has got off to a slow start to the Pac 10 season for the second year in a row. After starting 1-3 last season, they have started 0-3 in the 2006-07 campaign. After a convincing win against LSU, they have not been able to take it to the next level in conference play. This can be largely contributed to the lack of senior leadership on this team. Washington has a total of zero seniors on this young and talented team.

Hawes is the go to guy for this team. He has made an immediate impact on the team and has given Coach Romar hope for the future. Hawes is averaging just over 16 points per game. Quincy Pondexter is the team's spark plug. He is quick and talented and will be a tough match up for the Sun Devils. Serge Angounou will be put to the test when he faces a double-double machine in Jon Brockman. Brockman is averaging 14 points a game along with 10 rebounds.

First off of the bench for the Huskies is sharp shooter Phil Nelson. Nelson, a freshman forward, led the Huskies against Arizona going 4-5 from behind the arc. G Justin Dentmon will also come in very quickly for Coach Romar. He is the team leader in assists averaging 4.5 per game.

Guards

This will be an interesting match up throughout the game. Both teams are young in the backcourt, with neither starting a senior. Atuahene and Derek Glasser will have to pressure the ball and try to force turnovers. The Huskies guards are averaging just over three turnovers per game. On the offensive side of the ball, Atuahene needs to continue to drive the lane, enabling Polk to have some open looks from the perimeter. It is important for freshman Jerren Shipp to get his shot back because the Huskies are giving up almost 80 points per game. If the Devils can force some turnovers and get hot from the outside, they have a chance to stay in this game.

Solid Edge – University of Washington

Forwards

The Huskies start a young, but very talented duo at the forward position. Standout freshman Quincy Pondexter is averaging 14 PPG and sophomore John Brockman is averaging 12 PPG and 10 RPG. Angounou will need attack the hole because Brockman has a tendency to get into foul trouble, already fouling out twice this season. It may be important for sophomore Sylvester Seay to step up and get some more playing time to match the size of the Huskies.

Solid Edge – University of Washington

Centers

This may be the most intriguing match up of the night. Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph has had a nice start to the year. He has been an animal on both the offensive and defensive boards, along with a nice touch on his shots and the muscle to go up strong in the post. The Huskies start yet another freshman, Spencer Hawes, who was the 2nd ranked center in last year's recruiting class. Hawes is the leading scorer for this young team, but has the tendency to turn the ball over. The Devils will need to choose wisely when they drive the lane, because Hawes is averaging over two blocks per game.

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Final Score – Washington 82 – Arizona State 70

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