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December 31, 2010

Scouting report: Washington at UCLA

Matchup: Washington Huskies (9-3, 1-0 Pac-10) at UCLA Bruins (9-4, 1-0)

Tip: Friday, 1 p.m. Pacific time, Pauley Pavilion.

TV, radio: FSN national television broadcast with Steve Physioc, Marques Johnson and Rebecca Haarlow. KJR 950-AM and the Husky IMG Sports Network with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton.

Coaches: Lorenzo Romar, Washington (ninth year); Ben Howland, UCLA (eighth year).

Series: UCLA leads the all-time series, 91-37, and split with Washington last season. Romar, who used to be an assistant coach at UCLA, is 8-9 against the Bruins.

About the Huskies: Washington started its Pac-10 slate with a 73-67 overtime victory over USC for its school-record fifth consecutive conference road win. The Huskies have won eight conference games overall but sweeping the Los Angeles schools in L.A. has proven to be a daunting task. Washington has done it only twice: 1987 and 2006. Washington continues to improve in rebounding by starting a larger lineup. The Huskies outrebounded USC, 48-30. Redshirt freshman guard C.J. Wilcox missed the USC game with a staph infection in his right hip but was hoping to return against UCLA.

About the Bruins: UCLA has won six in a row after dropping four straight and is the hottest team in the Pac-10. Five Bruins average double-figure scoring, led by sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the NBA Draft. The Bruins' front court is formidable with the addition of freshman and former Kentwood High School star Joshua Smith, who lost about 50 pounds over the summer.

Projected starters for Washington:
G Abdul Gaddy6-3 195 So. Tacoma, Wash. 9.0 ppg, 3.9 apg
G Isaiah Thomas 5-9 185 Jr. Tacoma, Wash. 15.3 ppg, 3.8 apg
C Aziz N'Diaye 7-0 260 So. Dakar, Senegal 5.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg
F Matthew Bryan-Amaning 6-9 240 Sr. London, England 14.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg
F Justin Holiday 6-6 185 Sr. Chatsworth, Calif. 12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Projected starters for UCLA:
F Reeves Nelson 6-8 235 So. Modesto, Calif. 14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg
F Tyler Honeycutt 6-8 188 So. Sylmar, Calif. 14.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg
C Joshua Smith 6-10 305 Fr. Kent, Wash. 10.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg
G Malcolm Lee 6-5 200 Jr. Moreno Valley, Calif. 12.8, 3.2 rpg
G Lazeric Jones 6-0 187 Jr. Chicago, Ill., 11.3, 3.5 apg

UDubSports.com pick by Ron Newberry: UCLA, 82-78

UDubSports.com pick by Jake Willard: Washington, 80-70

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