Hoops Preview - Seattle

Following two more losses on the road, the Washington Huskies (12-7, 3-5) will return home to face off with cross-town rival Seattle University Redhawks (9-11), coached by former UW assistant Cameron Dollar. The game will be at the Bank of America Arena at 7 p.m. PST. Last year UW outplayed the Redhawks and beat them by a score of 87-60.

Although UW has had no road success this year, they are formidable at home and have a 12-1 record, with their only loss coming to the University of Oregon.

In their second season back in D1 play, the Redhawks haven't been as successful as last season, but nonetheless present a tough challenge being that Dollar knows UW and Romar inside and out.

Romar said he is glad to have another D1 school in the Seattle area, as well as the state.

"I think it's great," he said. "I think it's great for the city, it's great for the state. Gonzaga has always done well and are going to continue to do well. Washington State is doing well. Seattle U, I think, has had a better season than some might have thought they would of in this first year, and we continue to do well. That gives you some quality basketball in this state, and more specifically in this city. It makes college basketball a lot of fun to watch here."

So far this season, SU has beaten Fresno State, Weber State, Utah, Presbyterian, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Oregon State, Utah Valley and Cal-State Northridge. Their losses have come against Oklahoma State, Portland, Wofford, Cal Poly, Eastern Washington, Oakland, Denver, Loyola Marymount, Harvard, Sacramento State and Cal-State Northridge.

A team that is mainly comprised of juniors and seniors, the Redhawks have been led all-season by the strong play of 6-foot-9 junior forward Charles Garcia.

Garcia, a former UW signee from last season who was denied admission into the school, is averaging an impressive 20.7 points per game on 47 percent shooting from the field. He is also averaging 9.1 rebounds per game. He has been turnover prone however with 4.3 miscues per contest. Garcia also has impressive game-highs this season in points, 41, and rebounds, 16, as well as nine double-doubles.

Running the point for the Redhawks is 5-foot-10 sophomore Cervante Burrell, who came to SU by way of Yuba College in California. So far this season he is averaging 10.6 points, 4 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He is also shooting 47 percent from the field.

As a team, Seattle is averaging an impressive 79.8 points on offense per game, but allowing 81.5 points. They are also shooting 44 percent from the field, averaging 39.7 rebounds and 17.4 turnovers per game.

Romar said that Seattle is strong mentally and is playing with the feeling that they have something to prove.

"I think they're a pretty resilient team," Romar said. "I think they go out and play with a chip on their shoulder and that they got a fair amount of mental toughness."

Next up for UW will be another rivalry game against Washington State University at the BoA on Saturday. The game is set for 12:30 p.m. PST.

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