Washington vs. Brigham Young: Full Game Preview
|Washington||C Wilcox 16.7||A N`Diaye 9.2||A Gaddy 4.5|
|Brigham Young||T Haws 20.9||B Davies 7.8||M Carlino 4.3|
No. 3-seeded Brigham Young battles No. 6-seeded Washington in the first round of the NIT at Marriott Center on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. ET and it can be seen on ESPN. The Cougars have not played the Huskies since the 1997-98 season, when they lost 83-68.
In spite of 20 points and nine rebounds from Brandon Davies, the Cougars came up short 72-69 against San Diego on Mar. 8. With 7.8 rebounds per game and 1.0 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. The Huskies were defeated by Oregon 80-77 on Mar. 14 despite 19 points and six rebounds from C.J Wilcox. With 16.7 points per game and 1.1 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Brigham Young has a statistical advantage over Washington in one significant category, scoring, where the Cougars have an edge over the Huskies, 79.5 points per game to 67.6 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Washington is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 37.8. This is good enough for first in the conference and 25th in the nation.
- Be afraid. Brigham Young has blown out more teams than Washington this season (six blowouts vs. one).
- Brigham Young is ranked higher than Washington in their conference (No. 3 vs. No. 6).
- The Brigham Young basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Washington (100 percent vs. 44 percent).
- Brigham Young has more wins over the last 5 years than Washington (161 vs. 133).
- Brigham Young has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Washington (eight vs. six).
- The Brigham Young assist leader (Matt Carlino, 139 assists) has more assists than the Washington assist leader (Abdul Gaddy, 132 assists).
- Brigham Young has a potent offense, scoring more points (79.5 per game vs. 67.4 per game) than Washington this season.
- Brigham Young has a better record at home than Washington this season (13-3 vs. 11-7).
- Brandon Davies is ranked 39th nationally in points.
- Brigham Young has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (77.5 percent to 68.0 percent).
|C||Shawn Kemp Jr||18||6||3||0||0||1||1|