From Eric Williams at Hec Edmundson Pavilion:
We're just about to get things started at Hec Ed. Here's some notes with the Huskies (4-3) hosting Texas Southern (0-7) this evening.
It's the first time these two teams have met. The Tigers are 0-7 on the season, and have played just on the road to start the season, traveling to seven different states for games.
Texas Southern is led by 6-foot-6 swingman Deandre Hall, averaging 16.7 points a contest. Deante Jones, a 6-8 big man, is the team's top rebounder at seven rebounds a contest.
There are no injuries or changes to the Huskies' lineup to report. The probably starters for Washington are Isaiah Thomas and Justin Dentmon at guard, and Quincy Pondexter, Jon Brockman and Darnell Gant up front.
It will be interesting to see if the Huskies can continue to build on the improvement they made the last two games. This contest against Texas Southern is one of six very winnable games – all at home – that the Huskies will play before beginning conference action Jan. 3 at Washington State in an afternoon tip.
Along with defending and rebounding well, Washington needs to continue to get it done at the foul line. Seattle shot a respectable 20-of-28 in an 83-65 win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Thursday, raising the team's overall free throw percentage to 61 percent.
Expect the Huskies to get out and run and try to put away Texas Southern early. The longer the Tigers hang around, the more confidence they'll get and the Huskies then might have a game on their hands.
I'll post an update at halftime.