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Quick look ahead to UCLA, 6 p.m., ESPN2

Here's a quick look at UW's nationally televised and increasingly important game against UCLA at Hec Ed:

UCLA (21-8 OVERALL, 12-4 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE) AT WASHINGTON (19-9, 10-6)6 p.m. Thursday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.TV: ESPN2. Radio: 950-AMSeries: UCLA leads 91-38. However, UW has won the last two meetings: a 29-point victory at Hec Ed last season and a 74-63 win in Los Angeles on Dec. 31. The Huskies are going for their third regular-season season sweep of the Bruins.Statistical leaders: For UCLA – Reeves Nelson, 14 ppg and 9 rpg; Lazeric Jones, 3.6 apg. For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 16.9 ppg and 5.8 apg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 8.3 rpg.Scouting report: UCLA is tied with Arizona for the Pac-10 lead, two games ahead of the Huskies. … These teams rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, blocked shots and offensive rebound percentage. … The Bruins have won 12 of their last 14 games. Five Bruins average 9.9 points or more. Among them is freshman center Josh Smith of Kent, who averages 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. … A win would give coach Lorenzo Romar his fifth 20-win team over his nine seasons at UW. … Thomas’ next steal will be the 109th of his college career, moving him into 10th place in school history. He is two assists away from passing Chester Dorsey for the second most assists (163) in a single UW season. … Consensus 1953 All-American Bob Houbregs will be honored as a Husky Legend during the first half.Next: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, USC, Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.