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Seattle U Game Preview & How to Watch

Washington heads across town for a road game in Climate Pledge Arena

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 28 Seattle at Washington Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

How to Watch (and bet)

Date: Sunday, 12/17/23

Tip-Off Time: 5:00 pm PT

TV: None (ESPN+)

Streaming: Espn.com/watch

Radio: Huskies Gameday App, Sports Radio KJR

Location: Seattle, Washington (Climate Pledge Arena)

Betting Line: Washington Huskies -4

Seattle Redhawks 2023-24 Statistics:

Record: 6-4

Points For per Game: 70.3 ppg (226th)

Points Against per Game: 63.9 ppg (25th)

Adjusted Offensive Efficiency: 103.3 (204th)

Adjusted Defensive Efficiency: 99.6 (74th)

Strength of Schedule: 304th

Seattle U Key Players:

G- Alex Schumacher, Sr. 6’3. 185: 12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.9 apg, 37.4% FG, 12.5% 3pt, 78.8% FT

The Vancouver native played at Saint Martin’s for two seasons before transferring to Seattle and taking over starting point guard duties. He led the team in assists last year but at just a paltry 2.7 per game. This year he’s much more of a distributor at nearly 5 dimes per contest and is 19th in the country in assist rate. The one problem? He absolutely can’t shoot. He has made just 22% of his career 3-pointers and that’s a problem for a point guard.

G- Paris Dawson, Jr. 6’2, 170: 5.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 31.1% FG, 31.0% 3pt, 91.7% FT

Dawson generally comes off the bench but plays starter’s minutes as the clear 5th option when he’s on the floor. It has been a brutal start to the season shooting the ball but that’s not exactly new for someone who shoots 33% on 2’s and 32% on 3’s for his career. Dawson is a solid rebounder for a 6’2 guard though and gets steals so is willing to do the dirty work since scoring is not his strong suit.

G- Cameron Tyson, Sr. 6’3, 190: 17.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 41.5% FG, 39.7% 3pt, 85.7% FT

Tyson has been one of the best shooters in the country since he arrived on campus at Idaho 6 years ago and that hasn’t changed. He has attempted nearly 1,000 three-pointers for his career and made 37.2% of them. Tyson is going to lead Seattle in shot attempts nearly every game and isn’t afraid to let it fly if he gets the tiniest bit of open air space.

F- Kobe Williamson, Jr. 6’8, 225: 10.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 54.2% FG, 40.0% 3pt, 74.1% FT

The Australian native is off to a career best shooting start while also setting career highs to this point in rebounds and blocks. He’s currently 48th nationally in block rate and 100th nationally in defensive rebounding rate and is doing it all while playing PF at 6’8. It will be a task for Keion Brooks Jr. to keep him off the glass.

F- Brandton Chatfield, Sr. 6’10, 225: 11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 64.0% FG, 26.7% 3pt, 68.8% FT

Chatfield started his career at Wazzu but barely played and has become a force for the Redhawks since transferring. He was 5th nationally in offensive rating after shooting nearly 70% on 2’s and 40% on 3’s last season. It’s unclear if the 3-point shot was sustainable since he had taken one career attempt from behind the arc before last year and is just 4/15 to start out this season. But he has never shot worse than 62% on 2’s before so that’s for real. Williamson takes on more of the defensive burden but Chatfield is an elite offensive rebounder and loves to score on putback opportunities.

The Outlook

This should be a fun one with Washington finally playing a game in Climate Pledge Arena. It won’t feel like a true road game since it is just a couple miles away from Hec-Ed but the Huskies can’t take Seattle U lightly. For the 3rd straight year since Chris Victor took over as head coach the Redhawks are a sneaky good team. Yes, they enter with a 6-4 record against a sub-300 schedule but all of their losses came by 6 or fewer points and three of them were on the road against top-175 teams. We haven’t seen Seattle beat a good team yet but they’ve proven they can hang with good teams until the very end in rock fights.

The defense for the Redhawks appears to be for real. Only Utah Valley has been able to score more than 70 points against them through 10 games this season. Many times that’s attributable to playing at a snail’s pace and always working the shot clock but that isn’t really the case. They play slower than average but are middle of the road in adjusted tempo per KenPom.

That defensive excellence starts at the 3-point arc. Opponents are only shooting 28% from deep against them which is 23rd in the country. That isn’t exactly Washington’s strong suit so the Huskies might want to avoid settling for looks from the perimeter. They’re also a very good rebounding team, especially considering they play 3 smaller guards much of the time. Opponents only rebound 25% of misses which is good for 38th nationally. Not giving up 3-point shots or second chance points is a pretty good place to start on that end of the floor.

We’ll see though how Seattle matches up against Washington’s size. Brandton Chatfield starts at center for SU as a lanky 6’10. Brandon Williamson plays more like a traditional center on defense with his shot blocking but is just 6’8 and that duo play almost all of the center minutes for Seattle. No one on the roster besides Chatfield is taller than 6’8. If Franck Kepnang and Braxton Meah are able to get either or both of them in foul trouble than it opens up the rim in a big way. The Huskies are the only power conference team on Seattle’s schedule this year so they aren’t used to playing teams with the depth and athleticism of the Dawgs.

Outside of the last 10 minutes against Gonzaga this hasn’t been a great defensive UW team but Seattle isn’t the squad to challenge them. They’ve got Cameron Tyson who is a one-man three-point barrage but despite his presence they still are just 280th in the country in 3-point shooting. The Redhawks are also incredibly turnover prone and give the ball away on unforced errors almost 11% of the time which is 344th nationally. Don’t be surprised to see several stretches where it seems like neither team can even get a shot up if Washington is as sloppy as they were against Gonzaga.

The transfer portal has made it so teams don’t have much in the way of continuity these days. That isn’t the case for Seattle who are 9th in the country in minutes continuity. Their top-7 leaders in minutes played were all on this team last year. They may not be the most talented group but they know how to play together.

It’s hard to say how the semi-road game environment will affect Washington’s play. The Redhawks are a caliber of team that the Huskies haven’t played yet this season. UW has faced 5 teams rated 55th or better (2-3) at KenPom and 4 teams 188th or worse (4-0). Seattle is right in the middle of that group. There’s a chance for a letdown coming off the big Gonzaga win but hopefully a week-long finals week break was enough to settle down some of that emotion. I expect some rough offensive moments but for Washington’s athleticism edge to let them pull away down the stretch.

Prediction

My record this year: 7-2 Straight Up, 2-6-1 Against the Spread

Washington Huskies- 74, Seattle Redhawks- 63