Here's our game preview story from this morning.
PORTLAND (6-3)AT NO. 24 WASHINGTON (6-2)7 p.m. Saturday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.TV: FSN.Radio: 950-AMSeries: UW leads 11-2 overall and 6-0 at home. Portland won last season, 80-74. Statistical leaders: For Portland – G Nik Raivio, 14.8 ppg; F Luke Sikma, 7.8 rpg; G T.J. Campbell, 5.5 apg. For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 22.1 ppg and 9.1 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.1 apg.Scouting report: The Pilots are 1-1 against ranked teams (beat No. 16 Minnesota, lost to No. 8 West Virginia) and 2-0 over Pac-10 teams (UCLA and Oregon). Portland made the AP Top 25 for the first time in 50 years on Nov. 30, but the Pilots have dropped out since losing three of their last four games (West Virginia, Portland State and Idaho). Portland is 10th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major rankings. … The Pilots were picked second behind Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference preseason coaches poll; and Ravio and Campbell were named to the 10-member preseason all-WCC team. Campbell is shooting .455 from 3-point range. … Washington has lost two of its last three games (Texas Tech and Georgetown). … Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas are the only Division I teammates each averaging 20 or more points per game. They have accounted for 50.7 percent of Washington’s points this season. … Thomas missed two days of practice after suffering a concussion in the Georgetown game last weekend. But he practiced Thursday and Friday and is expected to play. … The Huskies are 14th nationally in scoring (83.8) and 24th in rebounding (41.6). However, they have averaged 21.3 turnovers over their last three games after averaging 11 in their first five. … Both teams juggled basketball with final exams this week. Next: 8 p.m. Tuesday, vs. Texas A&M, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
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