Hoops Preview - Portland

After having dismantled the Texas Tech Red Raiders, the No. 22 Washington Huskies (5-2) will turn their attention to another Northwest team, the Portland Pilots (7-2). Portland will be traveling up I-5 on Monday for a 7 p.m. PST tipoff at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. It will be broadcast on television by Fox Sports Northwest and on radio by KJR-950 AM.

Portland's two losses came against major conference foes (Kentucky and Washington State), and they have a roster that is comprised mainly of seniors and freshmen.

Jared Stohl, a Marysville, Wash. native, is leading the Pilots in scoring with 15 points per game on 50 percent shooting. The lightly-recruited senior led the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage last year at 48 percent. This season, the 6-foot-1 guard is shooting 53 percent from beyond-the-arc and 96 percent from the charity stripe.

Accompanying Stohl in the scoring department is Luke Sikma, the son of Seattle Sonics legend Jack Sikma. Luke, who is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound senior forward, has started to come into his own this year and is averaging 12.1 points on 49 percent shooting from the field. The Bellevue native is also averaging 11.7 boards, 1.2 steals and one block per contest.

Also starting in the backcourt with Stohl will be Nemanja Mitrovic. A native of Toronto by way of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mitrovic is a 6-foot-5 junior guard. This is his first year in the starting rotation and he is averaging 11.1 points on 49 percent shooting from the field, 80 percent from the line and 48 percent from beyond-the-arc.

Rounding out the starting lineup will be point guard Eric Waterford, a 6-foot-1 junior, and center Kramer Knutson, a 6-foot-9 senior.

The Pilots and Head Coach Eric Reveno came into the season picked to finish fifth in the West Coast Conference by their rival coaches; however, behind their strong guard shooting they could very well surprise people this season.

Historically, Washington holds the all-time series record against UP, which dates back to 1944. They have won 12 games and lost two, with those losses coming on the road in the 1993-1994 and 2008-2009 seasons. When the two teams met last season at Hec Ed, the Huskies easily handled the Pilots 89-54, which was good enough for the second largest victory in the series.

Following the Portland game, Washington will have a tough road test in College Station, Tex., as they face the Aggies of Texas A&M (7-1) in their second game of the Pac-10/Big-12 Hardwood Challenge. The Huskies beat A&M last year in an unimpressive 73-64 final. This year's game will take place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PST and will be aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. The local radio broadcast will also be available on KJR-950 AM.


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