The Zags venture into Bank of America Arena on Tuesday night to take on the young and athletic Washington Huskies. Washington sports a 6-2 record this season, highlighted by wins over Santa Clara and San Diego of the WCC, UNLV of the Mountain West Conference, and a second place finish in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks. The Huskies have shot very well from the perimeter this season, but have been victimized in their two losses by inconsistent performances from key contributors. The home game against Gonzaga is the UW's final pre-conference game. The Huskies open PAC-10 play against UCLA in Bank of America Arena on December 20. Game time is 7:30 PST. Radio: KGA 1510. Television: FoxSports Northwest.
UW 82, Alaska-Fairbanks 70 (Top of World Classic)
UW 81, Bowling Green 74 (Top of World Classic semi-final)
UW 64, Butler 67 (Top of World championship)
at UW 69, Santa Clara 49
at UW 77, UNLV 64
UW 98 at San Diego 94
UW 62 at UTEP 74
UW 75 at New Mexico State 74
A look at the Huskies by position:
Point guard Curtis Allen. 6'0", 170, SO. Allen is a jet quick sophomore PG who looks to dish first and shoot second. His outside shot is good enough that if a team plays off him, he can pull up and score as he did in UW's victories over San Diego and UNLV. Allen averaged 24 points in those two wins, earning him PAC-10 player of the week honors. Allen's performance slipped dramatically in a loss last week to UTEP when he scored just 2 points on 1-5 shooting and fouled out of the game. He had a comeback on Saturday in a win over New Mexico State with 14 points and 5 assists. He is a deadly free throw shooter.
Guard Erroll Knight. 6'7", 205, FR. The freshman from Seattle's Sealth High School has shown some freshman-like inconsistency. Knight had a great game against Alaska-Fairbanks in the opening round of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks where he was high scorer with 23 points, but lately his shot has been finding a lot more iron than net. In his last two games, Knight is just 1-8 from the field. For the season he averages just under 9 points and 3 rebounds a game. Knight is a superb athlete with great hops.
Forward Grant Leep. 6'7", 230, SR. Grant Leep from Mount Vernon has come into his own as a senior and is clearly the floor leader of this team. A bit undersized as a forward, Leep is an excellent outside shooter and is knocking down treys at a .635 clip.
Forward Doug Wrenn. 6'8", 220, SO. Doug Wrenn from Seattle's O'Dea high school began his career as a highly recruited freshman at Connecticut (he was attending prep school at the time GU played UConn in the elite 8). Run-ins with the law and his fellow students led to a dismissal from Jim Calhoun after his freshman season. Wrenn red-shirted last year and is in the UW starting line-up this season. Immensely talented physically, Wrenn is a prototypical scorer. He leads the Huskies in minutes played (29.8 pg), points (17.5 pg) and rebounds (6.8 pg).
Center David Dixon. 6'10", 270, SR. Dixon tipped the scales at well over 300 pounds last year. A loss of 30 pounds during the off-season has resulted in increased production and playing time. Dixon has become a solid contributor, averaging nearly 10 points and 8 boards a game. His last outing against New Mexico State was perhaps his best game in a Husky uniform as he tallied 12 points on 6-9 shooting and hauled down a game leading 15 rebounds.
Bench contributors. The 10-man Husky rotation was whittled down to 9 last week with a season-ending shoulder injury to freshman power forward Mike Jensen. The Husky bench is deep and Bender will go to it often. Washington has benefited from solid bench contributions this season. Sophomore shooting guard CJ Massingale averages 7 points in just over 12 minutes playing time per game. Junior JC transfer Josh Barnard has very good court sense and has hit 4-11 3pt attempts. Freshman Jeff Day (6'9", 220) has shown promise as a rebounder. Rounding out the Husky bench is freshman point guard Will Conroy from Garfield HS in Seattle.