The Huskies have won 25 consecutive non-conference home games, losing last in the building to Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. The Huskies also have a present 14-game winning streak and have won 47-of-the-last 49 games.
The Tigers worked out for two hours in the early afternoon local time in the historic arena that has been the home of the Huskies since 1927 when it was built at a cost of $600,000. The home of the 1952 NCAA Final Four underwent a $40 million renovation in 1999-2000 that upped capacity from 7,900 to 10,000, closing in an open end of the arena and removing large pillars in the upper deck that obstructed many patrons' views.
The Tigers are the first SEC team to play in the Arena/Pavilion since 1985 when LSU was a 70-61 victory.
LSU is 6-2 on the season, coming off a sometimes shaky 60-53 win over Oregon State in Corvallis on Sunday. The Tigers were able to do enough to win the game, holding off an Oregon State team that hit 11-of-21 threes, eight in the second half. Glen Davis had his fourth consecutive double-double and it marked his fourth consecutive game scoring over 20 points. He was the first to score over 20 in four consecutive games since Jaime Lloreda scored 20-plus in the final game of the 2003 season and the first four games of the 2004 season.
Sunday's 22 points and 10 rebounds upped Davis' season averages to over 20 points (20.1) and 10 rebounds (10.3), second in the SEC in both categories.
Wednesday's practice was the first on the road for transfer Terry Martin who flew into Seattle Monday night at about 8:45 p.m. on a flight from Baton Rouge. Martin has not practice, obviously, since the team left on Friday, but he is expected to dress and be available for the game.
LSU started a different lineup against the Beavers Sunday, with Tack Minor taking Dameon Mason's spot along with Garrett Temple, Tasmin Mitchell, Magnum Rolle (who has started the last three games in place of Darnell
Lazare) and Davis. Mason has been bothered by migraine headaches and Lazare continues to try to get back to full strength after his sprained ankle at the start of the month. Mason played just six minutes against OSU, while Lazare came off the bench to play 22 minutes.
Washington is 8-1 on the year with its only loss a 97-77 decision at Gonzaga. The Huskies are coming off a strong second half in a 105-73 win over Portland State on Saturday. The Huskies are averaging 88.9 points per game and has ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons.
"They average 89 a game but they are giving up 78 or so," said LSU Coach John Brady. "Maybe in those numbers we'll be able to find some things where we can score some points. Then we will need to defend them a little bit. If we can keep our poise in this environment, then hopefully we can get it down to about a five minute game. Maybe we get a steal, make a play, make some timely shots. If we let it get away early, it will be extremely difficult to catch up."
Justin Dentmon had 18 points and nine rebounds at his guard position to lead Washington in the win, with Spencer Hawes (the 7-0 freshman) had 16 points and five blocks and Quincy Pondexter had 16 points. Up 13 points at the break, Washington outscored Portland State, 57-38 in the final 20 minutes.
"The game will be another good test for our team," said Brady. "No matter what happens, we will better for the experience."
The Tigers will return to Baton Rouge on a late-night commercial flight, returning to town about 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. LSU begins a five-game homestand on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Louisiana Tech in a game regionally televised on FSN. After a short Christmas break, LSU will host the Hispanic College Fund Classic on Dec 27, 28, 29 with games against Wright State, Mississippi Valley and Samford. The home stand concludes on Jan. 6 with the nationally-televised night game against Connecticut that will feature the live telecast of ESPN Gameday from the Maravich Center earlier in the day.
Tickets for all games are available at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office or online at LSUsports.net. There are less than 1,000 of the available tickets remaining for the Jan. 6 UConn game.