UC Irvine (0-2) at Washington (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 14, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: UCI 0-1, Washington 1-0. Away Record: UCI 0-1, Washington 0-0. Neutral Record: UCI 0-0, Washington 0-0. Conference Record: UCI 0-0, Washington 0-0. Series Record: UC Irvine leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The UC Irvine Anteaters try once again to come up with their first win of the new season, as they match up against the Washington Huskies in non- conference action at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.
The Anteaters are playing their third game of the season after bowing to both Fresno State (98-97) and Pacific (84-79). This game marks the first of the campaign outside of the Golden State for UCI.
As for the Huskies, this is just their second game of the season following an 88-78 decision over Seattle on Sunday. The team is slated to take on Eastern Washington at home this coming weekend before finally hitting the road a week from now versus Indiana in New York City.
The Anteaters won the only previous meeting between the programs back in 2000 by a score of 56-55 in Seattle.
Against Pacific, the Anteaters turned to Alex Young who scored 17 points on 6- of-9 shooting from the field, but his effort and those of his teammates fell short against the Tigers at the Spanos Center. Chris McNealy added 15 points, Will Davis 12 and Luke Nelson 11 points off the bench for a squad that shot just 25-of-40 at the free-throw line, compared to an impressive 31-of-37 showing at the stripe for the hosts.
After two games, McNealy is the leading scorer for the Anteaters with 21.0 ppg, shooting 46.7 percent from the field, but only 55.6 percent (10-of-18) at the charity stripe. As a group, UCI has knocked down only 56.5 percent at the free-throw line and still it is producing 88.0 ppg, thanks to the efforts of Young (18.5 ppg) and Davis (11.0 ppg). However, the defense has been less than stellar with 91.0 ppg allowed.
Against Seattle, the Huskies were led by C.J. Wilcox who tallied 22 points, one of five players in double figures for the hosts, while he also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists in order to offset his five turnovers. The rest of the Huskies combined for only four miscues in the matchup.
Andrew Andrews was responsible for 21 points, Darin Johnson 16 and seven boards off the bench, followed by Mike Anderson and Shawn Kemp with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Washington shot only 5-of-20 behind the 3-point line in the matchup, but more than made up for that deficit by outscoring the visitors at the free-throw line, 33-11.
Until the Anteaters can show that they can clamp down at the defensive end, the team is doomed to come up short in high-scoring affairs.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 93, UC Irvine 79
11/14 10:30:40 ET