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UW Hosts Cross-Town Rival Seattle U On Saturday

Dec 16, 2021

The Matchup 
The Huskies (4-4, 0-1 Pac-12) return to action after a long unexpected break and will face cross-town rival Seattle U (8-3) on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. Washington will play its first game in three weeks after postponing its Dec. 2 contest at Arizona, forfeiting its Dec. 5 matchup vs. UCLA and canceling its Dec. 12 game at Gonzaga.

The Pac-12 Network will carry the action with AJ Kanell and Eldridge Recasner on the call. Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton will call the action on the Husky Sports Network, locally on Sports Radio KJR-AM 950,
The Huskies hold the all-time series advantage over Seattle U, 32-4. Since the teams renewed the series in 2009, the Huskies have won all 13 matchups. UW has taken 16-straight in the series, with the Redhawks last earning a victory Nov. 28, 1978. The Huskies are 19-1 all-time at Alaska Airlines Arena vs. SU, with the Redhawks only win coming in that Nov. 28, 1978 game.

Washington wraps up it's non-conference slate on Dec. 21 hosting Utah Valley at Alaska Airlines Arena. The team is asking fans to bring new or gently used coats to the game which will then be distributed to individuals and families in need in the Seattle area throughout the holiday season.

How Now Brown Bell Cow: Terrell Brown Jr. was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Nov. 29 after averaging 23.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.0 apg & 2.0 spg. He averaged 24.7 ppg in three games at the Crossover Classic and was named to the All-Tournament team. He was 27-46 (.587) from the field and 17-22 (.773) from the free throw line ... Brown Jr. has scored 124 of his 175 points in the second half (70.8%) ... Brown currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks 8th nationally in scoring at 21.9 points per game ... Brown Jr. is the only Husky to reach double-digit points in all seven games. He has scored 20+ points in five games, and 30+ in two, including a career-high 32 vs. South Dakota State. He has eclipsed double-digits 53 times in 96 career game, 20-plus 30 times and 30-plus six times ... Brown Jr.  had all nine of the Huskies' assists vs. Texas Southern. He is the first Pac-12 player to have 9 or more assists and account for all his team's assists since Brevin Knight (9) of Stanford vs. Utah on Mar. 20, 1997.  

Coach Hopkins (72-64 at UW/5th Year): Head Coach Mike Hopkins is in his fifth year at Washington, and fifth as a head coach after becoming the 19th head coach in UW history. During his 22 years as an assistant at Syracuse, Hopkins was a part of teams that reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times including the 2003 National Championship, four Final Fours, five Elite Eights and 10 Sweet 16s along with four NIT berths. Syracuse never dipped below a 55.0 percent record while Hopkins was on staff. Hopkins is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, winning the honor in each of his first two seasons with the Huskies as he led UW to back-to-back 20 win seasons with postseason appearances each year. (2018 NIT, 2019 NCAA Second Round).

The Team: The Huskies have two returning starters from 2020-21, Jamal Bey and Nate Roberts. Bey is the Huskies leading returning scorer at 10.3 points per game and shot a Pac-12 leading 50.8% from three-point range. The Huskies added four transfers from Division I schools -- Terrell Brown Jr. (Arizona), Daejon Davis (Stanford), PJ Fuller (TCU) and Emmitt Matthews Jr. (West Virginia) -- that bring with them 12 years of high-level playing experience. Combined, the foursome who all hail from the Seattle/Tacoma area, entered the year having played in 336 games (256 starts), scored 3,238 points, grabbed 1,295 rebounds and dished out 964 assists. Brown enters the year with 1,254 points in three seasons (1 at Arizona, 2 at Seattle U) and Davis 1,064 career points and 429 assists.

Signing Day: The Huskies added 6-7 forward Tyler Lindhardt (Seattle, Wash./King's HS) and 6-2 Keyon Menifield Jr. (Mount Morris, Mich./Phoenix [Ariz.] Prep) to the roster for 2022-23. Lindhardt is the No. 1 rated player in the state of Washington and averaged 21.8 ppg, 12.3 rp and 3.5 apg as a sophomore. Menifield played four years at Beecher HS in Flint, Mich. and was the Michigan Division 3 POY in 2021 after averaging 26 ppg, 9.3 apg, 6.6 spg and 4.7 rpg. He is currently enrolled at Phoenix Prep.

NBA Connections: Not only are there eight former Huskies currently active in the NBA, but there are two former players on the Huskies' coaching staff with NBA experience. Seventh-year coach Will Conroy spent part of four seasons in the NBA, while first-year coach Quincy Pondexter just wrapped up a nine-year career in 2019. The following eight players are currently on NBA rosters: Markelle Fultz (Orlando Magic), Justin Holiday (Indiana Pacers), Jaden McDaniels (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs), Jaylen Nowell (Minnesota Timberwolves), Terrence Ross (Orlando Magic), Isaiah Stewart (Detroit Pistons) and Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers). Additionally, Marquese Chriss began the 2021 season with the Portland Trailblazers.