Today, 8:00pm at San Jose StateWashington heads down to Northern California for a Thanksgiving contest. , ESPN2 or ESPN3
Projected Starters: G Jalen James (So., 6-3, 170), G Jordan Baker (So., 6-4, 190), G Rashad Muhammad (So., 6-6 180), F Jaleel Williams (Sr., 6-7, 220), F Frank Rogers (Jr., 6-9, 270)
Overall, this team is 1-3 with a lone win over Bethesda University in California. If you've never heard of that school, you are not alone.
Since that win, the Flames have lost to Portland (73-68 OT), Pepperdine (63-44), and Cal State Fullerton (70-66).
Frank Rogers averages 11.7ppg and 7.7rpg, but he has shot only 37% from the floor. Guards Baker and Muhammad have also averaged over 10ppg each.
Baker leads the team in assists with 3.7, but he also averages 4.7 turnovers and shoots only 34% from the field, 20% from three-point range, and 40% (!!!) from the charity stripe. Muhammad attempts around four three-pointers a contest, and he hits them at a 47% clip.
SJSU has started the two forwards Williams and Rogers several contests in a row. That being said, the first two players off the bench are C Matt Pollard (So., 7-0, 265) and C Leon Bahner (Fr., 6-11, 220).
Bahner has averaged at least 22 minutes in the past three games. He's averaging around 4.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Overall, this does not appear to be a particularly good team. Washington would be favored against any of the teams that have beat CSUF.
The sample size is small, but so far it appears the guards turn the ball over too much and the whole team struggles to shoot at an acceptable percentage from the field.
It will be interesting to see how the Huskies manage away from Seattle, but lets just put it this way: if the Huskies lose this game, there will be no excuse.