Hoops Preview - Seattle

Back to the friendly confines of Alaska Airlines Arena, the Washington Huskies will play host to Redhawks of Seattle University. The game is set for a 7 p.m. PST tip and will be aired live on ROOT Sports in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle, which is coached by former UW assistant coach Cameron Dollar, is 3-10 this year with wins over Montana State, Evergreen State and Nebraska Omaha. Since taking over the independent Redhawks in 2009, Dollar has accumulated a 31-44 record.

Despite a poor performance so far this year, the Redhawks do have some talent, most notably Federal Way native Aaron Broussard. Averaging 17.2 points a game on 48 percent shooting, the 6-foot-5 senior forward is the star player for SU. He also pulls in 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals in his 29.3 minutes on the court.

Starting alongside Broussard in the front court is a familiar name to UW fans, Clarence Trent. Originally from Tacoma, Trent is now a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward averaging 11.5 points on 44 percent shooting from the field. Always a high-flyer, Trent also pulls in five rebounds a game.

On the wing will be one of the more unique stories in college basketball, the well-traveled Eric Wallace. Having originally signed with Ohio State in 2007, Wallace transferred to DePaul after playing just 15 games. However, the 6-foot-6 wing with a 43 inch vertical had a rough go of it at DePaul too, as he broke his leg before the 2010-11 season even started. Wallace was then forced to sit out that entire season but finished his degree, allowing him to transfer without penalty. At SU Wallace really seems to have found a home, averaging 10.1 points and eight rebounds a game.

As a team, SU does a few things well. The Redhawks are nationally No. 15 in offensive rebounds per game (15), No. 18 in field goal point percentage (60.1), No. 22 in possessions per 40 minutes (72.7) and No. 70 in rebound percentage (52.7). However, SU does have some serious deficiencies on the defensive end, giving up field goals at a 44.1 percent clip. (No. 232), 3-pointers at a 31.3 clip (No. 313) and create just 2.9 blocks a game (No. 222).

BY THE NUMBERS:
1: Upset win over the Harlem Globetrotters. It took place on Jan. 21, 1952.
1: Elgin Baylor. The NBA hall of famer and legend played two years (1956-58) at SU after transferring in from the College of Idaho.
1: Future Pac-10 coach of the year. Bob Boyd started his coaching career at SU in 1964. After posting a 41-13 record in two seasons, Boyd left to work for Converse athletic shoes before returning to coaching in 1967 for USC. At USC, Boyd was there till 1979 posting a 216-131 record. He was conference coach of the year in 1974 and 1979.
2: Sport athletes. Johnny O'Brien was not only the star for the Seattle Chieftains (former name) in the early 1950's, but he was a baseball star. He went on to play six years in the MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. His brother, Eddie O'Brien also was a star of the SU team, who went on to play in the MLB for five seasons for Pittsburgh.
2: SU was given a two-year postseason ban after the 1957-58 season because of airfare bought for recruits Ben Warley and George Finley. John Castellani, who took SU to the final four and title game, was forced to resign. Castellani went on to coach for a season for the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1959-60 season.
3: UW neutral court losses to SU.
4: The number of player SU finished with in the last game at Alaska Airlines Arena.
4: Level changes. SU started out in Division I in 1950, but fell to the NAIA in 1980. In 2001, they moved to Division III, then Division II in the following year. In 2009, SU returned to Division I.
9: SU spent nine years in the West Coach Conference.
14: The national rank SU was at when UW beat them in the Western Regionals of the NCAA tournament on March 13, 1953 in Corvallis, Ore. It was the first time the two schools had faced each other and UW went on to win 92-70. UW then beat Santa Clara before losing to No. 5 Kansas in the Final Four.
19: SU has had 19 head coaches since the start of the program in 1946.
24: The age Baylor was when graduating from SU. Bad academics kept him out of college to begin with and after transferring to SU, he sat out another year to get his grades in order while playing for a local Seattle AAU team.
27: SU players drafted into the NBA.
86: Most points SU has scored on UW in a single game. It came on Jan. 2, 1971 in a neutral court game. UW loss by five. The game was played in the Seattle Coliseum. UW finished the season a measly 15-13, 6-8 under head coach Tex Winter (his last season).
123: The most amount of points UW scored on SU. It happened in the last game at Alaska Airlines Arena on Jan. 26, 2010. The final score was 123-76.
1000: SU's Johnny O'Brien was the first college player to score 1,000 points in a season. This took place in 1952.
1958: A special year for SU basketball. The Chieftains not only made it to the final four, but made it to the title game before losing to Kentucky. It's the last time SU has been to the final four.
1969: SU's last year in the NCAA tournament.
1980: Last player drafted in the NBA draft. Jawann Oldham, a big 7-foot center from Chicago, was taken in the second round with the 41st pick by the Denver Nuggets. A solid NBA career, he is most notably known to be the last Chicago Bulls player to wear No. 33, prior to Scottie Pippen. He now runs the Basketball Academy of Dubai.
2000: SU changed their name from the Chieftains to Redhawks.

QUICK FACTS:
- SU will join the Western Athletic Conference for the 2012-13 season.
- Domination. UW holds an all-time 22-4 record against SU. Their one loss in 13 tries at home came in 1979, when the Redhawks won 82-78. The series started in 1953. Tippy Dye was the head coach for UW at the time.
- While playing basketball at UCLA, Dollar (1993-97) was a perfect 8-0 against the Huskies. However, he is 0-3 since being a head coach against UW.
- UW wasn't the only connection for Dollar and Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Romar was an assistant on the UCLA teams that Dollar played for and then went on to be Romar's assistant at Saint Louis (1999-2002) and Washington (2002-09).


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