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December 22, 2010Matchup: Washington Huskies (7-3) vs. Nevada Wolfpack (3-8)
Tip: Wednesday, 6 p.m. Pacific time, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle
TV, radio: FSN-NW will broadcast the game locally, called by Brad Adam and Francis Williams. Radio coverage in the Seattle area may be found on KJR 950-AM.
Coaches: Lorenzo Romar, Washington (ninth year); David Carter, Nevada (second year)
Series: UW leads the series 5-1. The last time these two teams met was in the 1990-1991 season when the teams played twice. Washington won both times by scores of 61-60 and 64-60.
About the Huskies: The Huskies, coming off an 80-52 blowout of San Francisco on Saturday, head into their final non-conference matchup before Pac-10 play begins. The Huskies are looking forward to getting conference play started, as they open next week with USC and UCLA on the road.
About the Wolf Pack: Typically a fairly strong program, Nevada is off to a slow start this season at 3-8. The Wolf Pack is coming off a 79-73 victory over Portland State on Monday, and a narrow 78-75 loss to Arizona State last Friday. The Wolfpack are led in scoring by 6-foot-8 forward Dario Hunt (12.1 ppg) and 6-5 guard Malik Story (13.5 ppg). Nevada is looking to turn around its season, and having Duke transfer Olek Czyz eligible should help. Czyz, a former standout at Reno High in Nevada, has recently become eligible to play for the Wolf Pack and has only played in two games this season, averaging 7.5 ppg.
Projected starters for Washington:
G Abdul Gaddy6-3 195 So. Tacoma, Wash. 10.2 ppg, 4.2 apg
G Isaiah Thomas 5-9 185 Jr. Tacoma, Wash. 15.0 ppg, 3.9 apg
C Aziz N’Diaye 7-0 260 So. Dakar, Senegal 5.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg
F Matthew Bryan-Amaning 6-9 240 Sr. London, England 13.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg
F Justin Holiday 6-6 185 Sr. Chatsworth, Calif. 12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg
Projected starters for Nevada:
F Olek Czyz 6-7 240 So. Gdynia, Poland 7.5 ppg
F Dario Hunt 6-8 230 Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo. 12.1 ppg 9.5 rpg
F Kevin Panzer 6-9 205 Fr. Mission Viejo, Calif. 4.5 ppg 3.5 rpg
G Deonte Burton 6-1 185 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. 11.2 ppg 3.6 apg
G Malik Story 6-0 170 So. Pasadena, Calif. 13.5 ppg 3.8 rpg
UDubSports.com pick: Washington, 91-79