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Mike Hopkins previews UW-Utah

Washington head coach Mike Hopkins previews Wednesday's game against Utah. The Huskies won the first match-up in January.
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Washington head coach Mike Hopkins previews Wednesday's game against Utah. The Huskies won the first match-up in January.

UTAH (14-11, 8-5) AT WASHINGTON (20-5, 11-1)

Wednesday, 8 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena

TV: FS1

Radio: KVI 571 AM/FM 97.7

PROJECTED STARTERS

UTAH

2 Sedrick Barefield, G (6-2, sr.): 16.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg

20 Timmy Allen, F (6-6, fr.): 11.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg

34 Jayce Johnson, F/C (7-0, jr.): 7.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg

11 Both Gach, F (6-7, fr.): 8.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg

21 Battin Riley, F (6-9, fr.): 6.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg

WASHINGTON

1 David Crisp, G (6-0, sr.): 12.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg

5 Jaylen Nowell, G (6-4, so.): 16.4, 5.3 rpg

4 Matisse Thybulle, G (6-5, sr.): 9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg

15 Noah Dickerson, F (6-8, sr.): 12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg

13 Hameir Wright, F (6-9, so.): 2.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Scouting report: In January, Washington won the first match-up between the two teams 69-53.

Nahziah Carter led the way with 18 points off the bench. David Crisp had 17 points and shot 5-of-7 from the 3-point line. Noah Dickerson had 13 points and six rebounds.

“I just feel like I was prepared,” Carter said of the first game. “I came in ready. … I got a good warmup with the team before the game. I got a good sweat in. I think that’s what it really is: Being focused, getting a good sweat in and being ready for your opponent.”

Jayce Johnson led the Utes with 12 points while Donnie Tillman had 10 off the bench.

The Huskies held Utah to 33.3 percent shooting from the field. The Utes shot just 6-of-30 from beyond the arc. They average 37.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc, which ranks second in the Pac-12, and take 25.3 3-pointers per game.

“You’ve got to make sure that they can’t get hot (from the 3-point line),” Hopkins said. “That’s the bottom line. … You got to shut that down. It’s got to be a big part of what you do.”

UW moved the ball well in the first game, finishing with 16 assists and eight turnovers.

The Huskies are coming off a victory over Washington State. Utah beat Arizona on Thursday last week before falling to Arizona State on Saturday.

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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