The W KENTUCKY and the WASHINGTON will both be gunning for a victory on 11/6/2018 at 10:30 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
W KENTUCKY vs WASHINGTON
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington
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TV: 10:30 PM
PREDICTION: WASHINGTON , W KENTUCKY
Oddsmakers currently have the WASHINGTON listed as -7 point favorites versus the W KENTUCKY, while the game’s total is sitting at 151.
No. 24 Washington has high hopes for the second season of the Mike Hopkins era and it opens the season Tuesday at home against Western Kentucky. The Huskies surprisingly recorded their first 20-win campaign since 2011-12 in Hopkins’ first season and the team is primed to end a seven-year NCAA Tournament drought.
Washington reached the second round of the NIT last season before losing to Saint Mary’s as Hopkins, a former Syracuse assistant, quickly rejuvenated the program. “One of the reasons why I felt we had the success is not just the belief but we had a chip on our shoulder,” Hopkins said at a press conference. “You can never lose that. That’s one of the main values even at the university is the grit, it’s the chip on our shoulder. You got to go out there like you’ve got something to prove.” Western Kentucky figures to make for a challenging opponent as the Hilltoppers advanced to the NIT Final Four last season before losing to Utah. “We’re all excited for Tuesday,” Western Kentucky junior swingman Jared Savage told reporters after the team’s exhibition game on Saturday night. “I know we’re (playing) a great team and we’ve just got to come ready.”
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY (2017-18: 27-11): The Hilltoppers lost stalwarts Justin Johnson (15.7 scoring average), Darius Thompson (13.6) and Dwight Coleby (11.1) off their NIT Final Four squad but return two stellar guards in sophomore Taveion Hollingsworth and senior Lamonte Bearden. Hollingsworth (13.3) set a school mark for most points (506) by a freshman while Bearden contributed 11.8 points and 3.4 assists. Highly coveted Nigerian freshman center Charles Bassey is expected to be an immediate standout.
ABOUT WASHINGTON (2017-18: 21-13): Senior big man Noah Dickerson considered leaving for the NBA but withdrew from the draft and is expected to build off of last season’s averages of 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jaylen Nowell averaged a team-best 16 points per game while senior guards David Crisp (11.6) and Matisse Thybulle (11.2) also averaged in double digits. Thybulle was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after recording a school-record 101 steals and he owns the program’s career record of 205 thefts.
1. Washington won the lone previous meetings, 86-47 in 2016.
2. The Huskies went 16-4 at home last season.
3. Savage made 109 3-pointers in two seasons at Austin Peay before transferring to Western Kentucky.
PREDICTION: Washington 84, Western Kentucky 79