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UW Huskies vs. Eastern Washington: Projected starting lineups and scouting reports

Washington has a 14-1 all-time record against Eastern Washington, including a 79-69 win last year.

Washington vs. Eastern Washington
Time: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Alaska Airlines Arena.
TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/KOMO 1000 AM & 97.7 FM
Records: UW (4-2): Eastern Washington (1-3).

Projected starting lineups:

Eastern Washington
Player Ht. … Yr. … PPG … RPG … APG
G Jack Perry … 6-2 …. So. … 15.0 … 2.5 …… 1.3
G Ty Gibson … 6-3 … Sr. … 9.3 ….. 4.0 …… 1.3
G Cody Benzel … 6-4 … Sr. … 8.3 …. 2.3 ….. 1.3
G Luka Vulikic … 6-6 … So. … 4.5 …. 5.8 …… 4.8
F Jesse Hunt … 6-7 …. Sr. … 14.8 … 9.3 ….. 2.0

UW
Player Ht … Yr … PPG … RPG … APG
G David Crisp … 6-0 … Sr. … 8.8 …… 3.3 …… 3.0
G Jaylen Nowell … 6-4 … So. … 19.8 … 3.5 …… 2.2
G Matisse Thybulle … 6-5 … Jr. … 5.5 …. 3.0 …… 1.5
F Noah Dickerson … 6-8 … Sr. … 18.2…. 8.0 …… 0.8
F Hameir Wright … 6-9 …. So. … 3.7 …. 4.2 …… 1.2

Scouting report: The Huskies had a much-needed six-day break after playing its first six games over 16-day span that included a cross-country flight to Auburn and three games last week in Vancouver, B.C. … During the stretch, UW defeated Western Kentucky (73-55) and San Diego (66-63) at home; lost at Auburn (88-66) and went 2-1 at the Vancouver Showcase that included wins over Santa Clara (82-68) and Texas A&M (71-67) followed by a last-second loss to Minnesota (68-66) in its last outing Wednesday. … Eastern Washington began the season with three straight losses to No. 16 Syracuse (66-34), No. 14 Oregon (81-47)) and Green Bay (82-78) before collecting its first win, an 87-80 victory over UMKC (Missouri-Kansas City) on Nov. 17. … The 10-day layoff could help the injury-riddled Eagles, which played without four players in the first two games. … EWU averages just 61.5 points, which ranks 335th nationally. … Eastern has three players senior guard Ty Gibson (Issaquah), junior guard Tyler Kidd (O’Dea/Skagit Valley CC) and freshman guard Elijah Jackson (Chief Sealth) Seattle-area high schools. … Washington has a 14-1 all-time record against Eastern Washington, including a 79-69 win last year. … EWU was picked fourth in the Big Sky preseason coaches and media polls. … Eastern returns seven players, including four starters from a team that finished 20-15 and 13-5 in the Big Sky last season. … Last season EWU upset Stanford 81-67

EWU Coach: Shantay Legans is 21-18 in his second season with the Eagles. The 37-year-old coach took over in 2017 after spending the previous eight seasons on staff as an assistant.

Key matchup: Washington and Eastern are among the worst perimeter-shooting teams in the nation. Both teams shoot 29.5 percent on three-pointers, but the Huskies rank 300th and the Eagles are 298th. UW defense is holding opponents to 68.2 points per game while EWU allows an average of 77.3.

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