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Originally published March 17, 2010 at 7:53 PM | Page modified March 18, 2010 at 12:17 AM

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UW vs. Marquette at a glance

A look at Thursday's first-round matchup

Latest from the Husky Football & Basketball blogs


4:20 p.m. Thursday in San Jose (Ch. 7)

Washington

Record: 24-9 overall, 11-7 in Pac-10 Conference (3rd place).

Seed: 11. RPI: 41. Bid: Automatic.

Tournament record: 15-15. Best finish was 1953, when they finished third.

Last tournament experience: 2009. Lost to Purdue in second round.

What the Huskies have to do to win: Huskies must force the tempo and play at a fast pace. Limiting turnovers and establishing a presence inside offensively are important. Washington has a deeper bench, which also favors an up-tempo game. Defensively, UW has to defend along the three-point arc and stay out of foul trouble.

The starters
Pos Player Ht Yr PPG RPG APG
F Quincy Pondexter 6-6 Sr. 19.8 7.5 1.8
F Justin Holiday 6-6 Jr. 5.6 4.4 1.8
C Matthew Bryan-Amaning 6-9 Jr. 8.7 5.9 0.4
G Isaiah Thomas 5-8 So. 17.1 4.1 2.9
G Abdul Gaddy 6-3 Fr. 4.1 1.4 2.2
The bench
Pos Player Ht Yr PPG RPG APG
G Venoy Overton 5-11 Jr. 8.5 2.9 3.2
F Elston Turner 6-4 So. 5.1 1.9 0.7
F Scott Suggs 6-6 So. 4.9 1.3 0.7

Marquette

Record: 22-11 overall, 11-7 in Big East (tied for fifth).

Seed: 6. RPI: 50. Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 34-28. Won the 1977 national title.

Last tournament appearance: 2009. Lost to Missouri in overtime in second round.

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What the Golden Eagles have to do to win: Marquette is a jump-shooting team, and it will have to shoot three-pointers at a high percentage to stay in the game. The Golden Eagles must also avoid foul trouble because they play a seven-man rotation.

The starters
Pos Player Ht Yr PPG RPG APG
F Lazar Hayward 6-6 Sr. 18.1 7.7 1.5
F Jimmy Butler 6-6 Jr. 14.9 6.4 2.1
G Darius Johnson-Odom 6-2 So. 12.8 2.6 2.3
G Maurice Acker 5-8 Sr. 8.5 1.8 3.7
G David Cubillan 6-0 Sr. 6.6 1.7 2.8
The bench
Pos Player Ht Yr PPG RPG APG
G Dwight Buycks 6-3 Jr. 6.4 3.1 2.2
F Joseph Fulce 6-7 Jr. 3.6 3.2 0.3

Who has the edge?

On the perimeter: Eagles have a big advantage because all five starters shoot 34.5 percent or better on three-pointers and they're all good ballhandlers. Look for Marquette to space the floor, spreading UW's defense thin. The Eagles like to pass into the post to get the defense moving then pass to an open man on the outside: Edge: Marquette.

Among the bigs: Marquette doesn't have any bigs so Washington wins this category by default. Bryan-Amaning is the tallest player on either team, and he has a two-inch size advantage over the Eagles' starting front line. Edge. Washington.

First off the bench: The Huskies will play as many as five reserves. Overton averages more points than all but three Marquette players. He's also a lockdown defensive ace who will receive plenty of minutes. Washington has more options on the bench whereas Marquette relies on just two reserves. Edge: Washington.

Coach: Lorenzo Romar has guided UW to five NCAA tournament appearances in the past seven years. Buzz Williams is in his second year with Marquette and he returns to the Big Dance for a second straight year after the Golden Eagles lost three senior starters. Edge: Even.

Prediction: Washington 73, Marquette 69. If the Golden Eagles are making their three-pointers, they'll win easy. But on paper, the Huskies have more talented players and they should dominate. Bottom line, UW will score more on free throws than MU will on three-pointers.

Percy Allen

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