Seattle vs Washington Preview and Prediction
Seattle vs Washington Preview
After almost beating the No.1 team in the country, the Washington Huskies (6-3) return home to host the Seattle Redhawks (9-2) at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday.
Those Huskies fell 81-79 to top-ranked Gonzaga thanks to a turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left by Zags forward Rui Hachimura.
Against the Bulldogs, sophomore Jaylen Nowell recorded his third 20+ scoring effort of the season and 13th of his career with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field. Nowell has upped his assists average this season to 3.4 from 2.7 a year ago–he is averaging six assists over the last three outings.
Senior Matisse Thybulle is averaging 2.2 blocks over the first nine games, that’s up from 1.4 as a junior, 0.7 as a sophomore and 0.9 as a freshman–his career total of 124 blocks is fifth all-time at UW. Thybulle is the only player in Division I averaging at least 2.2 blocks and 2.7 steals per game, is 2.7 steals per game also rank eighth nationally.
Noah Dickerson is a guy we have watched grow here at MFST. We covered his recruitment to Washington and now a senior, we have watched as his entire collegiate career unfolded.
Dickerson posted his sixth career 20/10 double-double against Texas A&M leading the team with 24 points and 17 rebounds. His 11 offensive rebounds were a career high and most by a Husky since Jon Brockman had 12 on Jan. 8, 2009 against Stanford.
Seattle University comes in with an impressive 9-2 record, but their strength of schedule leaves a lot to be desired during this non-conference slate.
A dominating second-half performance that included a combined 27 points from Matej Kavas and Delante Jones sparked Seattle to tally its sixth straight win, 90-71, over visiting Omaha Thursday night at the Redhawk Center.
I’m really pleased with how we played tonight,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “Omaha is a very, very good team and the score was not indicative of how close these two teams were. I’m really proud of our guys for a solid win over a good team.”
Four Redhawks scored in double figures with Kavas and Jones leading the way with 26 apiece. Terrell Brown added 12 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Riley Grigsby chipped in with a career-high 11 points off 5-of-6 shooting. Kavas shot 66 percent from the perimeter.
6’9 junior Myles Carter is having a great season for the Redhawks, averaging 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. The Seton Hall transfer is finally getting a serious amount of playing time–something he did not get on a loaded Seton Hall team. He averaged around six minutes a night for the Pirates, but is getting 26 minutes a night for Seattle.
The Huskies and Redhawks are facing off for the 34th time in program history with UW owning a 29-4 record in those match-ups. Washington has won 13-straight over SU dating back to Nov. 27, 1978.
Their records might be similar, but this Seattle team really can’t compete with the Huskies on a daily basis. That being said, an in-state rivalry like this could be played with a lot of competitive fire. Look for the Redhawks to come out ready to compete, but by the time the second half rolls around, their deficit will be too much to overcome.
Washington 83 Seattle 68
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