Hoops Preview - UCLA

SEATTLE - With the ESPN Gameday crew in town, the Washington Huskies (17-9, 7-7) will battle against the UCLA Bruins (12-13, 7-6) at 6 p.m. Saturday night. UW will also say goodbye to Quincy Pondexter tonight, as he will play his last home game in the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena.

Although both schools have been perennial powerhouses in the Pac-10 the last several years, that can't be said this season.

In the previous meeting between the two teams this year, it was the Bruins that showed UW the door when Mustafa Abdul-Hamid hit a shot from the top of the key at the buzzard. UCLA won 62-61.

Senior Pondexter led the way for the Huskies with 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting and 6 rebounds.

As a team, Washington shot 43 percent from the floor and was 37 percent from beyond the arc. They had 24 rebounds and 14 turnovers.

On the other end of the court, freshman Reeves Nelson came off the bench and had 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor and 6 boards.

UCLA as a team shot an incredible 54 percent from the field and finished the game with 24 boards also. They had 16 turnovers.

The Bruins this season have really struggled overall, with losses to Cal State-Fullerton, Portland, Butler, Long Beach State, Kansas, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, California and USC twice.

Their victories have come over Cal State-Bakersfield, Pepperdine, New Mexico State, Colorado State, Delaware State, Arizona State, California, Washington, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington State twice. On the road this season they are 3-4.

Leading the way this season for the Bruins has been Michael Roll, who on 48 percent shooting from the floor, is averaging 13.9 points a game.

UCLA also has Nelson, Malcolm Lee and Nikola Dragovic averaging over 10 points a game.

As a team, they are shooting a solid 47 percent from the field. They are also averaging 33 rebounds a game and 14.6 turnovers.

Following this game, UW will return to the road to face their cross-state rival Washington State next Saturday. The game will take place at 7 p.m. PST.

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