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UW Huskies vs. Texas A&M: Starting lineups and scouting report

Washington attempts to make it three wins in a row when it faces Texas A&M on Tuesday in the Vancouver Showcase.

Washington vs. Texas A&M
Time: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Vancouver Convention Center.
TV/Radio: ESPN2/KOMO 1000 AM & 97.7 FM
Records: UW (3-1): Texas A&M (1-3).

Projected starting lineups:

Texas A&M
Player Ht. … Yr. … PPG … RPG … APG
G TJ Starks … 6-2 …. So. … 12.8 …. 4.5 ….. 4.0
G Brandon Mahan … 6-5 … So. … 7.8 …… 5.0 …… 1.3
G Jay Jay Chandler … 6-4 …. So. … 9.0 ….. 3.3 …… 1.5
F Savion Flagg … 6-8 … So. … 15.5 …. 8.8 ……. 1.8
F Christian Mekowulu … 6-8 … Sr. … 10.0 … 8.8 …… 0.5

UW
Player Ht … Yr … PPG … RPG … APG
G David Crisp … 6-0 … Sr. … 9.5 …… 3.3 …… 3.3
G Jaylen Nowell … 6-4 … So. … 20.8 … 3.0 …… 2.5
G Matisse Thybulle … 6-5 … Jr. … 6.0 …. 3.8 …… 1.8
F Noah Dickerson … 6-8 … Sr. … 14.3…. 6.0 …… 0.5
F Hameir Wright … 6-9 …. So. … 4.0 …. 3.5 …… 0.8

Scouting report: The second of three games for Washington in the inaugural Vancouver Showcase. … The Huskies beat Santa Clara 82-68 on Sunday and will play Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. … Sophomore guard Jaylen Nowell tallied 32 points in his last outing and received the Pac-12 player of the week award on Monday. He is third in the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.8 points per game and has scored at least 16 points in each contest. … UW has struggled behind the arc where its shooting 30.8 on three-pointers. The Huskies problems can be traced to Matisse Thybulle who is 2 for 17 (11.8 percent) and David Crisp who is 4 of 18 (22.2 percent). … Thybulle, UW’s career steals leader at 215, has recorded at least one steal in 50 straight games. He’s also tied for 14th in the nation with 3.0 blocks per game. … Sophomore forward Hameir Wright made his first start in his UW career on Sunday in place of Sam Timmins. … Texas A&M lost its third straight game Sunday when it fell 69-64 to Minnesota. The Aggies led 64-63 with 2:53 left, but were held scoreless over the final minutes and surrendered a decisive 6-0 run to the Gophers. … JUCO transfer guard Wendell Mitchel, who sat out the first three games due to a knee injury, made a much-anticipated debut Sunday and was scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting. Mitchell was projected to be a starter before the season. … Texas A&M sophomore shooting guard Brandon Mahan scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting against Minnesota. He was 2 of 3 on three-pointers. Mahan entered the game shooting 4 of 21 from the field. … On Sunday, the Aggies forced 20 turnovers, but they also sent Gophers to the line 32 times. If Minnesota had shot better than 56.3 percent (18 FTs), the game wouldn’t have been close. … Texas A&M returns home after Tuesday and will complete a three-game Pacific Northwest trip that began with a 94-71 loss at Nov. 3 Gonzaga last Thursday. … UW is 2-4 all-time against Texas A&M. In their last meeting, the Huskies lost 63-62 in Lubbock, Texas on Dec. 11, 2011.

Coach: Bill Kennedy is 137-101 in his eighth season with the Aggies. The 54-year-old coach has a 348-280 record during a 21-year career that includes stops at Murray State (2006-11), Southeastern Louisiana (1999-05) and Centenary (1997-99).

Key matchup: Texas A&M, which starts four sophomores, is young and inexperienced. However, the Aggies are a physical team that is one of the best in the country in offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, Washington is one of the worst teams in the nation in rebounding. The Huskies do a decent job at making teams miss, but they’ll need to secure the rebounds and avoid giving Texas A&M extra chances on the offensive end.

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