Washington Set For Road Contest At Utah
Pac-12 Men's Basketball: Washington (5-6, 0-1) at Utah (8-6, 1-3)
When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. PST
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center)
Watch: Pac-12 Networks (Todd Harris and Don MacLean)
Listen: Washington Sports Network (Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Remaining on the road to start off Pac-12 play, the Huskies travel to Salt Lake City for a Thursday night matchup against Utah at 6:30 p.m.. UW played a rare three game against Utah last season, splitting the home-and-home before falling in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Utes lead the all-time series 18-12, including a 12-6 advantage as a Pac-12 school. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with Todd Harris and Don MacLean on the call. Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton will call the action on the Washington Sports Network, locally on Sports Radio KJR-AM 950.
Notable: UW opened up conference play on Monday night, falling to No. 9 Arizona by a score of 95-79 ... The team set season highs in steals (18) and opponent turnovers (21), while turning the ball over a season-low six times ... Daejon Davis and Terrell Brown Jr. led the way with five steals each ... Riley Sorn saw his most extensive action of the season, scoring 6 points in 18 minutes of play ... Terrell Brown Jr. enters Thursday's game having played 99 career games. He is on track to join Daejon Davis (115) and Emmitt Matthews Jr. (103) in the century club ... Cole Bajema made the first start of his career against Utah Valley, playing 23 minutes ... Daejon Davis had a career high six steals vs. Seattle. Brown ranks first in the Pac-12 in PPG (22.0), SPG (2.4) and FGM (90) ... Emmitt Matthews Jr. recorded just his second career double-double (17 points/11 rebounds) against Seattle U ... Brown currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks 6th nationally in scoring at 21.4 points per game. In 10 games he has 214 points, already surpassing the 190 he had in 26 games with Arizona in 2020-21 ... Brown needs just 4 points to reach 1,500 for his career (1,496 through 99 games) ... Brown is the only Husky to reach double-digit points in all 11 games. He has scored 20+ points in six games, and 30+ in two, including a career-high 32 vs. South Dakota State. He has eclipsed double-digits 56 times in 99 career game, 20-plus 32 times and 30-plus six times.
Coach Hopkins (73-66 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 nine 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. Isaiah Thomas became the ninth former Husky to join a NBA roster when the Los Angeles Lakers signed him to a 10-day contract on Dec. 17. The following nine 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), Isaiah Thomas (LA Lakers) and Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers). Additionally, Marquese Chriss began the 2021 season with the Portland Trailblazers.