Washington Huskies (15-11, 4-10) at UCLA Bruins (16-12, 8-7), Wed Feb. 25th, 8:00pm, ESPN2.
Well, in case you were starting to get a little bit excited again in the wake of Andrews' big game-winner in Pullman, it has now been reported that Shawn Kemp Jr. is out due to a concussion. Donaven Dorsey will start in his place alongside Jernard Jarreau, who will be playing only his second game since returning from an injury of his own.
Kemp has not been particularly productive as of late, but since Upshaw's dismissal, and with Jarreau sidelined, he has been the only true, Pac-12 quality big man (sorry Gilles) on the roster.
Now the Bruins will face an even more critically depleted front court. Jarreau will be forced to man the five and handle Tony Parker inside despite the fact that he 1. is a stretch four and 2. should not be asked to play more than 20 or so minutes only a single game removed from his return.
Dorsey will be inserted as the starting four, which is also problematic in that Dorsey is a true freshman small forward whose only real strength thus far has been shooting threes.
Basically, it will take another low-turnover team performance and likely a whole lot of fireworks from Andrew Andrews to allow the Huskies to escape Pauley Pavilion with a victory.
Read my full preview and prediction here.
As always, enjoy the game and Go Dawgs!