University of Washington

Gameday: Washington vs. UC-Santa Barbara

Washington (8-3, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. UC-Santa Barbara (3-7, 0-0 Big West)

8 p.m. PT., Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle

TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 1000 AM/97.7 FM

All-time series: The Huskies lead the all-time series 3-0.

Projected starters (Statistics for 2015-16)

UC-SANTA BARBARA

1 Eric Childress, G (6-0, jr.): 4.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg

24 Michael Bryson, G (6-4, sr.): 19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg

2 Gabe Vincent, G (6-3, so.): 11.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg

10 Maxwell Kupchak, F (6-7, fr.): 3.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg

44 Sam Beeler, F (6-10, sr.): 5.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg

WASHINGTON HUSKIES

12 Andrew Andrews, G (6-2, r-sr.): 20.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.2 apg

5  Dejounte Murray, G (6-4 1/2 , fr.): 13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.5 apg

4  Matisse Thybulle, G (6-5, fr.): 5.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg

15 Noah Dickerson, F (6-8, fr.): 7.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg

0  Marquese Chriss, F (6-9, fr.): 13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Scouting report: The Big West Conference preseason media poll predicted that UC-Santa Barbara would finish second in the league standings, behind reigning champion UC-Irvine. But it’s been a rough start for the Gauchos. After winning at Omaha in its opener and winning at San Francisco in its fourth game, UCSB lost five consecutive games — to Arizona State, USC, South Dakota State, Vermont and Akron — before beating Iona on Dec. 22. Two other Pac-12 teams — California and Oregon State — also defeated the Gauchos earlier this season. Ken Pomeroy ranks UCSB’s strength of schedule as No. 10 in the country. … The Gauchos will be without second-leading scorer John Green, a senior forward who injured his knee in the game against Iona. He is one of three UCSB players who average double figures in scoring (11.7 ppg). … UW’s focus will likely be on leading scorer Michael Bryson, who averages 19.1 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in four games this season, including a season-high 29 points against Iona. Bryson is 34.8 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He also averages 35 minutes per game, and was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior last season. … Only four Gauchos players average more than 17 minutes per game, though they typically use a rotation of at least nine players, and used 12 players last week against Iona. With Green out, their top reserve is now senior forward Mitch Brewe, a 6-foot-8 product of Seattle Prep. He averages 4.8 points in 14.9 minutes per game. … UCSB is staying in Seattle to face Seattle University on Dec. 30 at KeyArena. … UCSB’s coach is Bob Williams, who is in his 18th season at the school — the longest tenure in the Gauchos’ history. His teams have played to a 291-231 record, and have won 20 or more games in a season five times. … UCSB shoots 42.1 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from 3-point range and 71.5% from the free-throw line. The Gauchos allow opponents to shoot 43.5% from the field, which ranks 211th nationally.

ccaple@thenewstribune.com

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