Matchup: No. 21 Washington Huskies (6-2) at Texas A&M Aggies (8-1)
Tip: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Pacific time, Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
TV, radio: ESPN2 will air the broadcast locally with Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla. Radio coverage in the Seattle area may be found on KJR 950-AM).
Series: Texas A&M leads the series, 3-2, but lost to Washington last year in Seattle, 73-64.
About the Huskies: The Huskies, ranked No. 21 in the Associated Prep poll, face their first true road test on an opponent's home court. Washington has won three in a row since losing two of three at the Maui Classic. The Huskies lead the nation in scoring with an average of 95.5 points per game.
About the Aggies: Texas A&M has a 69-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents, however, none of those have been ranked like Washington. Texas A&M remembers a tough outing in Seattle last year, including the broken leg of senior guard Derrick Roland. Texas A&M prides itself on defense and has allowed just 55.3 points per game. The Aggies' only loss this season came to Boston College by two points.
Projected starters for Washington:
G Abdul Gaddy6-3 195 So. Tacoma, Wash. 10.3 ppg
G Isaiah Thomas 5-9 185 Jr. Tacoma, Wash. 15.6 ppg
C Aziz N'Diaye 7-0 260 So. Dakar, Senegal 5.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg
F Justin Holiday 6-6 185 Sr. Chatsworth, Calif. 14.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
F Darnell Gant 6-8 225 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. 7.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Projected starters for Texas A&M:
F Khris Middleton 6-7 215 So. North Charleston, S.C. 14.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg
F David Loubeau 6-8 230 Jr. Miami, Fla. 10.4 ppg 5.3 rpg
F Nathan Walkup 6-7 210 Sr. Houston, Texas 7.9 ppg
G B.J. Holmes 5-11, 175 Sr. Houston, Texas 9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg
G Dash Harris 6-1 175 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. 3.2 ppg
UDubSports.com pick: Washington, 84-76.