Washington Preview

Sure, Stanford disposed of the Palouse Posse with great ease, but it is worth noting the game U-Dub gave kal across the Bay that same night. Though they sport a 1-6 record in conference, this is a deeper and more athletic team than we've seen in some time from Bob Bender. Stan4Hoops has the full skinny on the Puppies.

January 19, 7:00 pm, TV - Local KRON

The team with the third toughest schedule (Sagarin Ratings) comes to Maples Saturday night to play the Cardinal. The Huskies gave the Wildcats all they could handle last weekend and expect to do the same vs. Stanford.

The Huskies are lead by 6-8 220 lb penetrator Doug Wrenn. Wrenn can create off the dribble and like to drive the lane and either shoot or dish to the open man. Wrenn has taken 100 more shots than anyone else on the team. He averages 17.6 ppg. 5.7 rpg and 2 apg.

Sophomore Point Guard Curtis Allen makes things happen at the point. Another great player off the dribble who likes to drive and dish. Averages 12.4 ppg and 5.1 apg. Plays a lot like former Oregon Duck Kenyan Wilkins. Their big man is 6-10 270 lb David Dixon. Dixon is a load who averages 7.7 ppg and rpg.. Dixon takes up a lot of space. It will be interesting to see how far he comes out when Curtis is at the high post. Freshman Erroll Knight is expected to start at the off guard. Knight is averaging 8.2 points a game.

BYU had Jensen. Oregon had Jackson and Washington has 6-7 230 pound Grant Leap. Leap is averaging 8.8.ppg. Leap a power forward is 22 for 35 from 3-point range. Leap is listed as a power but seems to shoot just as much out side than inside. The Dawg board had a thread about Wrenn posting down low vs. UofA and how effective that was. It will be interesting to see who guards Leap and who guards Wrenn.

When The Huskies have the Ball

The Huskies run a motion 3 out 2 in offense and will go with a high low post. They will push the ball and try to get easy transition baskets. If the early "O" isn't there they will bring the ball out and run motion. They have been very patient and tend to shoot with 15 to 10 seconds left on the shot clock. Washington loves to penetrate. When Arizona tried a zone, the Huskies destroyed the zone. They are hoping for defensive breakdowns so it will be important for Stanford to be very focused on defense.

When Stanford has the Ball

Washington play primarily man-to-man defense with a high intensity level. They play some zone after made Free Throws. Stanford will try to push the ball up court for some early offense opportunities. There will be less possessions in this game compared to most so it will be important for Stanford to execute the offense every time they have the ball. A 10-point lead vs. Washington may be like a 20 point lead vs. Washington State.

Keys to the Game

  • This game will be one of focus, concentration and execution
  • Which team gets the most transition points
  • Control Wrenn
  • Don't forget about Leap (Just a gut feeling given our recent history)
  • Which bench out hustles whom

The Players

The Starters

24 Doug Wrenn 6-8 220 So 17.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg
31 Grant Leap 6-7 230 Sr 8.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg
50 David Dixon 6-11 270 Sr 7.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg
21 Eroll Knight 6-7 205 Fr 8.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
20 Curtis Allen 6-0 170 So 12.6 ppg, 5.1 apg

The Bench

23 Josh Bernard 6-5 205 Jr 8.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
1 CJ Massingale 6-4 200 So 4.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
5 Will Conroy 6-1 185 Fr 1.8 ppg, 1.3 apg
4 Jeffery Day 6-9 220 Fr 1.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg - DNP vs Cal (injury)
10 Charles Frederick 6-0 190 Fr Huskies' version of Teyo

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