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Washington-Eastern Washington preview and breakdown

University of Washington forward Noah Dickerson (15) collects a rebound in the second half. The Washington Huskies played the San Diego Torersos in a NCAA basketball game at Hec Edmundson in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.
University of Washington forward Noah Dickerson (15) collects a rebound in the second half. The Washington Huskies played the San Diego Torersos in a NCAA basketball game at Hec Edmundson in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. joshua.bessex@gateline.com

WASHINGTON (4-2) VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON (1-3)

Nov. 27, 6 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: KVI 571 AM/FM 97.7

PROJECTED STARTERS

Statistics from 2018-19

EASTERN WASHINGTON

2 Ty Gibson, G (6-3, sr.): 9.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg

11 Jack Perry, G (6-2, so.): 6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg

20 Cody Benzel, G (6-4, sr.): 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg

13 Luka Vulikic, G (6-6, so.): 4.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.8 apg

34 Jesse Hunt, F (6-7, sr.): 4.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg

WASHINGTON

1 David Crisp, G (6-0, sr.): 8.8 ppg, 3.0 apg

5 Jaylen Nowell, G (6-4, so.): 19.8, 3.5 rpg

4 Matisse Thybulle, G (6-5, sr.): 8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg

13 Hameir Wright, F (6-9, so.): 3.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg

15 Noah Dickerson, F (6-8, sr.): 18.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg

Scouting report: Washington is returning home after last week’s Vancouver Showcase where it defeated Santa Clara and Texas A&M before falling on a buzzer beater to Minnesota.

Eastern Washington had a difficult start to its season, falling in three straight games to Syracuse, Oregon and Wisconsin-Green Bay, respectively, before picking up its first win over Missouri-Kansas City. The Eagles haven’t played since Nov. 17.

“This is a team that had some rest,” said UW head coach Mike Hopkins. “They’re going to be ready.”

Eastern Washington likes to spread the floor, Hopkins said. Nearly 55 percent of the Eagles’ shots come from beyond the arc. They make 10 3-point field goals per game, but are shooting just 29.5 percent. They shoot 34 percent from the field.

In their 66-34 loss to Syracuse, the Eagles shot just 22 percent from the floor, including 17.1 percent from beyond the arc. Eastern Washington then shot 23.1 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from the 3-point line in its 81-47 loss to Oregon.

Last season, the Eagles finished 20-15, including 13-5 in the Big Sky Conference. But they lost star Bogdan Bliznyuk, who averaged 21.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He was named the Big Sky MVP and was also an AP honorable mention All-American.

UW will be looking to get its offense rolling against the Eagles. While the Huskies have gotten the expected contributions from Jaylen Nowell and Noah Dickerson, they are searching for stronger offensive performances across the board.

Lauren Kirschman is the UW Huskies beat writer for The News Tribune. She previously covered the Pittsburgh Steelers for PennLive.com. A Pennsylvania native and a University of Pittsburgh graduate, she also covered college athletics for the Beaver County Times from 2012-2016.


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