Pre-Game: @ Texas Tech

Washington (5-0) @ Texas Tech (7-0)

Players to Watch

John Roberson: The key matchup of the game could be how Venoy Overton can hold his ground against Tech’s pure guard Roberson who is one of the most efficient players at the point in the nation. The offense will be orchestrated by Roberson, and with the Red Raiders almost certainly going to implement a zone defense against the Huskies after the success Montana had in Seattle a few days ago. If Overton can eliminate the source for the Red Raider’s offense, than the Huskies should cruise to victory in their first road game of the year. But watch out for Roberson’s deep ball shooting which allows the Red Raiders to play a more spread out offense.

Tyreese Breshers: Romar has not confirmed yet whether or not Breshers will be starting again, but no matter what the play of the redshirt freshman is vital for the Huskies to perform well in their first road game of the year. Based on the post play that the Huskies have had over the past few games, there needs to be a force to step up and take control of the post. Since it will get tiring to name Matthew Bryan-Amaning as this player every week, Breshers s the logical next guy since he, like MBA, has had a game where he shined for Washington.

Notes:

  • Texas Tech has yet to leave the state of Texas for a game yet this season, so the Red Raiders will be playing in very familiar territories, while it is Huskies’s first game outside the state of Washington
  • The Red Raiders return three starters off of last year’s team, although that raises the question of whether or not that is a good thing seeing as they went 14-19 last season
  • Washington has never lost against Texas Tech in Lubbock

Projected Lineups

Washington: G: Venoy Overton G: Isaiah Thomas SF: Quincy Pondexter PF: Tyreese Breshers C: Matthew Bryan-Amaning

Texas Tech: G: John Roberson G: Nick Okorie F: Mike Singletary F: D’Walyn Roberts C: Darko Cohadarevic

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Tracking Seattle: Week Five

Former Huskies:

Jon Brockman, Kings: NYK (3/6 FG, 6 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST), NJN (0/1 FG, 0 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST), NOR (2/3 FG, 5 PTS, 8 REB)

Spencer Hawes, Kings: NYK (7/8 FG, 16 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST), NJN (6/11 FG, 16 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST, 3 BLK), NOR (DNP, Knee)

Nate Robinson, Knicks: @ LAL (5/11 FG, 15 PTS, 5 AST, 2 REB, 2 STL), @ SAC (10/16 FG, 25 PTS, 5 AST, 2 REB, 1 STL), @ DEN (4/9 FG, 11 PTS, 2 AST, 1 REB), ORL (11/17 FG, 24 PTS, 3 AST, 2 REB), PHO (0/2 FG, 0 PTS, 2 AST, 1 REB)

Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers: NJN (5/10 FG, 13 PTS, 5 AST, 2 REB), MEM (9/22 FG, 26 PTS, 9 AST, 8 REB, 2 STL), @ UTH (7/13 FG, 19 PTS, 4 AST, 4 REB, 3 STL), MIA (9/25 FG, 25 PTS, 5 AST, 5 REB, 1 STL)

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Seattle Players:

Aaron Brooks, Rockets: DAL (3/7 FG, 9 PTS, 5 AST), SAS (5/16 FG, 12 PTS, 4 AST, 1 REB), @ OKC (8/15 FG, 21 PTS, 4 AST, 2 REB, 4 STL)

Jamal Crawford, Hawks: ORL (4/13 FG, 10 PTS, 2 AST, 1 REB), @ PHI (9/14 FG, 24 PTS, 5 AST, 4 REB, 1 STL), @ DET (8/12 FG, 20 PTS, 4 AST, 2 REB)

Adam Morrison, Lakers: NYK (0/1 FG, 0 PTS, 0 AST, 2 REB), @ GSW (1/2 FG, 2 PTS, 2 AST, 1 REB), NJN (0/3 FG, 0 PTS, 1 AST, 1 REB), NOR (2/6 FG, 6 PTS, 1 AST, 1 REB)

Luke Ridnour, Bucks: @ NOR (9/15, 23 PTS, 10 AST, 7 REB), @ OKC (4/9 FG, 13 PTS, 4 AST, 4 REB, 1 STL), ORL (9/15 FG, 20 PTS, 6 AST, 3 REB), CHI (1/4 FG, 2 PTS, 6 AST, 1 REB)

Rodney Stuckey, Pistons: CLE (8/16 FG, 25 PTS, 6 REB, 2 STL), LAC (10/24 FG, 21 PTS, 7 AST, 1 REB), ATL (10/23 FG, 23 PTS, 8 AST, 2 REB, 1 STL)

Jason Terry, Mavericks: GSW (9/19 FG, 21 PTS, 3 AST, 4 STL), @ HOU (10/11 FG, 27 PTS, 10 AST, 2 REB), @ IND (7/14 FG, 17 PTS, 3 AST, 2 STL), @ CLE (8/15 FG, 25 PTS, 3 AST), PHI (3/7 FG, 7 PTS, 4 AST, 2 REB, 1 STL)

Martell Webster, Trail Blazers: NJN (4/8 FG, 10 PTS, 2 REB), MEM (9/14 FG, 24 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3 BLK), @ UTH (3/7 FG, 9 PTS, 5 REB), MIA (4/14 FG, 11 PTS, 5 REB)

Marvin Williams, Hawks: ORL (3/7 FG, 7 PTS, 3 AST, 1 REB), @ PHI (1/4 FG, 4 PTS, 9 AST, 9 REB, 2 STL), @ DET (3/8 FG, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK)

Terrence Williams, Nets: @ DEN (5/11 FG, 14 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST), @ POR (2/7 FG, 4 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL), @ SAC (2/6 FG, 6 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST), @ LAL (2/6 FG, 4 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST)

Seattle Player of the Weeks: Luke Ridnour

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Official Un-Official Top 25

  1. Kansas
  2. Texas
  3. Purdue
  4. Kentucky
  5. Duke
  6. Villanova
  7. West Virginia
  8. Michigan State
  9. Washington
  10. Syracuse
  11. North Carolina
  12. Connecticut
  13. Georgetown
  14. Florida
  15. Ohio State
  16. Tennessee
  17. Florida State
  18. Clemson
  19. Siena
  20. Texas A&M
  21. Louisville
  22. Portland
  23. UNLV
  24. Gonzaga
  25. Georgia Tech

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Washington Cracks Top-10 For First Time This Season

The first polls have come out, and despite a disappointing performance against Montana, the Washington Huskies moved up four spots to the #10 spot in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. This is the first time the Huskies have cracked the top ten this season, and the first time since they reached #7 in 2006. Find the complete poll here.

Given the Huskies schedule this week and some of the teams that the rest of the top-10 has to play, there is a good chance that Washington improves on this spot by next week so long as they take care of Texas Tech and Cal State Northridge.

The AP poll was also released, and Washington jumped two spots from their previous spot to #12.

Find the AP poll here.

Are the Huskies this good? It could be debated after the performance against Montana, but for now we should chalk that up as rust after a nine day break. Washington will get their first real test in Lubbock this week, although talent wise they should still take care of the Texas Tech.

Expect Washington to keep climbing up to polls because there just will not be many losses coming in non-conference this year. A win against Georgetown could catapult Washington to a top five spot.

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Pre-Game: Montana

Washington (4-0) vs. Montana (4-1)

Players to Watch

Anthony Johnson: Local hoop heads will remember this name as Johnson is a former student of Stadium High School and took the junior college route. Last season he was the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year and has only built off of last season’s success with a hot start. Johnson currently is leading the Big Sky in scoring at 22.0 PPG, free throw percentage, and minutes played. It should be an interesting battle between Johnson and Isaiah Thomas to see who can take over the game from the guard position. It should be noted how efficient Johnson can get his points, such as his 3/6 shooting night Oregon last week. However Johnson managed to end the night with 20 points after converting 14/15 free throws. Washington needs to keep tight defense on Johnson and make sure they rotate well to ensure there are no stupid fouls against what appears to be a machine at the line.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning: We know that Thomas and Quincy Pondexter are going to get their points, but today MBA will be going against a pretty talented Montana front line. MBA will be dealing directly with Brian Qvale, who has managed to put together a successful season so far with 11.6 PPG and 7.6 RPG. MBA holds no size advantage over Qvale as the Montana big man stands at a large 6’11, 255 pounds, so MBA will have to utilize his post moves to get his baskets as opposed to overpowering his defender.

Notes

  • Montana was one of the teams that handed the Pac-10 one of its many non-conference losses, defeating Oregon 68-55
  • The Grizzlies has former Husky walk-on commit Jack McGillis
  • Washington should face a tougher defensive team today, Montana has allowed only 58.6 PPG so far

Projected Lineups

Washington: G: Venoy Overton G: Isaiah Thomas SF: Quincy Pondexter PF: Darnell Gant C: Matthew Bryan-Amaning

Montana: G: Anthony Johnson G: Ryan Staudacher G: Will Cherry F: Jack McGillis C: Brian Qvale

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Official Un-Official Top-25, Pac-10 Picks: Week Three (late)

  1. Michigan State (-)
  2. Kansas (-)
  3. Texas (-)
  4. Purdue (5)
  5. Kentucky (6)
  6. Duke (7)
  7. Villanova (8)
  8. West Virginia (9)
  9. Ohio State (10)
  10. Washington (11)
  11. Syracuse (NR)
  12. Connecticut (-)
  13. North Carolina (5)
  14. Louisville (13)
  15. Georgetown (14)
  16. Tennessee (15)
  17. Butler (-)
  18. Illinois (-)
  19. Florida State (21)
  20. Oklahoma (19)
  21. Minnesota (22)
  22. Clemson (25)
  23. Siena (24)
  24. Wake Forest (23)
  25. Michigan (NR)

Some significant changes to this weeks ballot. Yes I know it is late, but you will have to trust me this was done up on Monday, but just pushed back as stories kept getting published and the queue time was altered. Anyway, North Carolina and Cal saw the biggest drops. The defending champs went from 5th to 13th while Cal was completely dropped from the rankings. I moved up Florida State as I like that team a lot while dropping Oklahoma some. But outside of the two big drops there was nothing of significance outside of Syracuse’s incredible jump from not ranked to #11. Also for the first time this season, Washington has cracked my top-10.

Pac-10 Picks

Monday: Oregon vs. Montana, UCLA vs. Pepperdine, Arizona vs. Wisconsin

Tuesday: Cal vs. Jacksonville, Arizona vs. Colorado, Stanford vs. Virginia

Wednesday: Stanford vs. Kentucky, Arizona vs. Vanderbilt, Arizona State vs. Duke, Washington State vs. Alaska Anchorage

Thursday: UCLA vs. Portland

Friday: UCLA vs. Butler, USC vs. Coppin State, Washington State vs. Nicholls State, Arizona State vs. LSU

Saturday: Oregon State vs. George Washington, Oregon vs. Montana State

Sunday: Washington vs. Montana, California vs. Princeton, USC vs. Nebraska, Stanford vs. Portland State

Last Week: 12-4

Season: 24-7

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Quincy Pondexter: Top Senior Draft Prospect

Chad Ford has been covering the NBA Draft for ESPN for a long time and has gained national respect for his insight on the top college and international basketball prospects. Last season Washington fans tracked the national analysis on Jon Brockman to gain an understanding for where he would fall in the draft, this season fans will be scouring for news on Quincy Pondexter.

It appears that it may be a bit easier to track news on Pondexter’s draft status as he has captured the eyes of scouts as a possible first round draft selection. Yesterday Ford only cemented this belief when he had a new blog post on the top seniors in the country.

Guess who was #1…

1. Quincy Pondexter, F, Washington
Draft range: Lottery to late first round

Pondexter came in as a heralded freshman but went on to disappoint his first two-and-a-half years at Washington. He started to come on midway through his junior season and is off to a red-hot start as a senior. Physically, there isn’t anything Pondexter can’t do. He’s one of the top two or three athletes in the draft. His skill set, especially on the offensive end of the floor, has been much slower to develop. However, he has shown major improvement in the past year and could be one of those late bloomers who finally is starting to get it.

If he has a huge year at Washington, and improves his perimeter game, Pondexter is the one senior who has the ability to crack the lottery. If his improvements are more modest, he’s still a potential late first-round pick.

Before arriving at Washington his freshman year, the idea of Pondexter being a one-and-done player was a legitimate thought according to many. While we quickly learned that was not the case, Pondexter’s national resume fell to the point where many though he would not be drafted at all whenever he entered the draft. But like Brandon Roy, Pondexter has gained through staying four years at Washington to build a legitamite lottery type resume for NBA teams.

Following Pondexter’s season as he works to possibly achieving what Ford has laid out for him will be one of the most intriguing stories of the year.

By June, there should be another player on the Tracking Seattle list.

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