I was a little surprised to see UW listed as a 1-point favorite tonight against LSU. I expect the Huskies to be far more competitive than they were at Gonzaga, but it would be quite an achievement for these young Huskies to knock off the more experienced and 12th-ranked Tigers ... even at Hec Ed.
Some game notes:
Tip: 7:30 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Tickets: Sold out.
Series: LSU leads, 2-1. The teams first met in the third-place game of the 1953 NCAA tournament, with UW winning, 88-69. LSU won the only meeting in Louisiana, 51-48, in 1983, and the most recent meeting, 70-61, in 1985 in Seattle. UW makes a return visit to Baton Rouge next season.
Statistical leaders: For LSU, Glen Davis, 20.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg; Garrett Temple, 3.4 apg. For UW, Quincy Pondexter, 16 ppg; Jon Brockman, 9.4 rpg; Justin Dentmon, 4.9 apg.
Scouting report: Glen Davis, last season's Southeastern Conference player of the year, has recorded 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds in four straight games. … LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell has scored in double figures in five straight games and had a career high 23 against Texas on Dec. 10. … Guard Garrett Temple is LSU's defensive stopper -- he seems a logical physical match for UW's leading scorer Quincy Pondexter, so that sets up as an interesting and important match. … UW guard Adrian Oliver practiced Tuesday and is expected to start despite suffering a concussion Saturday against Portland State. … The Huskies are 4-5 all-time vs. SEC teams; LSU is 15-22 all-time against the Pacific-10 Conference, including a 60-53 win at Oregon State on Sunday.
Next: The Huskies wrap up pre-Pac-10 play hosting Weber State of Utah at 7 p.m. Friday at Hec Ed.