Huskies Insider Blog

Ducks visit Huskies at 6 p.m. Thursday

The Huskies return to action at the unusual start time of 6 p.m. Thursday with an almost desperately important home game against Oregon (12-4, 3-1) at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Tickets remain available, and the game will be telecast on FSN.

The game shapes up as a change of pace for UW, who opened the Pac-10 season with three primarily defensive teams: WSU, UCLA and USC. The Ducks, meanwhile, score -- and allow -- more points than anyone else in the Pac-10.

It will be interesting to see if the Huskies can keep up.

Some notes:

Series: Washington leads 179-101 overall and 106-33 in Seattle. The teams split last season with each winning on its home floor. The Ducks have lost six straight in Seattle.

Statistical leaders: For Oregon, G Malik Hairston, 18.1 ppg; F Maarty Leunen, 9.9 rpg; G Kamyron Brown, 4.5 apg. For UW, F Jon Brockman, 18.1 ppg and 11.1 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.2 apg.

Scouting report: Oregon leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense, averaging 82.3 points per game. However, the Ducks are last in scoring defense, allowing 73.1 ppg. Oregon also is last in the league in turnover margin (minus-0.5) … Since Dec. 1, the Huskies are allowing an average of 63.9 ppg and haven't allowed more than 75 to any opponent. … UW leads the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage (38.7) and offensive rebounds (15.3). … UW guard Ryan Appleby hasn't scored in two consecutive games and his scoring average has fallen to 9.3 ppg. … This game pairs the Pac-10 leaders in double-doubles: Brockman and Leunen, who have 10 each this season. … Leunen passed 1,000 career points last week, joining teammates Hairston (1,411) and Bryce Taylor (1,247). … All five seniors on the UO roster have already earned their degrees.

Next: 3 p.m. Saturday, vs. Oregon State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.