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Washington-UCLA preview and breakdown

University of Washington forward Dominic Green (22) and University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins high-five as Green in subbed out in the final minute of the game. The Washington Huskies played the California Golden Bears in a NCAA basketball game at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.
University of Washington forward Dominic Green (22) and University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins high-five as Green in subbed out in the final minute of the game. The Washington Huskies played the California Golden Bears in a NCAA basketball game at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. joshua.bessex@gateline.com

UCLA (12-9, 5-3 PAC-12) AT WASHINGTON (17-4, 8-0)

Saturday, 1 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena

TV: ESPN2

Radio: KVI 571 AM/FM 97.7

PROJECTED STARTERS

UCLA

4 Jaylen Hands, G (6-3, so.): 11.9 ppg, 6.6 apg

23 Prince Ali, G (6-4, jr.): 10.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

13 Kris Wilkes, G (6-8, so.): 17.7 pig, 4.8 rpg

24 Jalen Hill, F (6-10, fr.): 3.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg

1 Moses Brown, C (7-1, fr.): 11.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg

WASHINGTON

1 David Crisp, G (6-0, sr.): 11.9 ppg, 2.8 apg

5 Jaylen Nowell, G (6-4, so.): 16.7, 5.3 rpg

4 Matisse Thybulle, G (6-5, sr.): 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg

15 Noah Dickerson, F (6-8, sr.): 13.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg

13 Hameir Wright, F (6-9, so.): 2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Scouting report: Washington improved to 8-0 in the Pac-12 with a victory over USC on Wednesday. Every other team in the conference has at least three losses. The Huskies are currently on a 10-game winning streak.

UCLA is coming off back-to-back victories over Arizona and Washington State. Before that, the Bruins lost three straight games to Oregon State, USC and Arizona State. UCLA fired head coach Steve Alford in December after a 7-6 start to the season. The Bruins are 5-3 under interim head coach Murray Bartow.

The Bruins are the top rebounding team in the conference. They are averaging 42.7 rebounds per game this season and 43.3 rebounds per game in Pac-12 play. They have also been the top offensive rebounding team in conference play, averaging 12.4 offensive rebounds per game.

Moses Brown is one of the top shot blockers in the conference. He’s tied for second with UW’s Matisse Thybulle with 2.1 blocks per game.

“They’ve got a lot of size,” said Husky head coach Mike Hopkins. “They’ve got a lot of athleticism. They’ve got a lot of talent. It’s always difficult. They’ve got long, athletic players. It’s hard to score against them.”

The Huskies have been stellar defensively in Pac-12 play, holding conference opponents to a league-best 64.6 points per game on 40.0 percent shooting from the field and 32.3 shooting from the 3-point line.

UW has also been the top shooting team during conference play. The Huskies are first in field goal percentage (50.5) and second in 3-point percentage (41.1).

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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