HOME FINALE: Seattle University plays its final home games of the 2012-13 season over the weekend, first facing WAC leader Louisiana Tech on Valentine's Day before welcoming UT Arlington to KeyArena Saturday, Feb. 16. Saturday will be Senior Night, as T.J. Diop, Louis Green, Prince Obasi, Chad Rasmussen, and Allen Tate will be recognized for their contributions to the Redhawk program.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAMES: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast both games live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Links to live stats and live video will be available on GoSeattleU.com.
LAST WEEKEND: Thursday against Denver, Seattle University shot 55.6 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free throw line, but 26 Redhawk turnovers led to 31 Pioneer points as Denver picked up a 72-55 victory at Magness Arena. Luiz Bidart shot 4-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the three-point line, and 3-for-3 from the free throw line to finish with a season-high 14 points. Clarence Trent contributed 10 points, and Jack Crook performed well off the bench with eight points and five rebounds. Saturday at New Mexico State, Seattle U hung with the Aggies throughout the night, but the Redhawks could not close the deal, as New Mexico State held on for a 60-57 win at the Pan American Center. Deshaun Sunderhaus saw his first significant action since injuring his left ankle Jan. 31, leading the Redhawks with 14 points, while Chad Rasmussen scored 12 points off the bench as the starting lineup saw significant changes.
CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET: Seattle University Athletics is teaming with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Seattle/King County for a clothing drive during this weekend's games at KeyArena. Donation boxes will be on site as fans are encouraged to bring clothing, shoes, coats, hats, and any other apparel items just taking up space in the closet. All clothes collected will be re-sold at one of the five St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores throughout King County.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs bring a 13-game winning streak into Thursday's game, posting a 21-3 overall record and a perfect 12-0 record in conference play. Louisiana Tech is one of eight Division I teams remaining with an unblemished conference record. The Bulldogs are scoring 72.7 points per game and giving up 62.7 points per contest. As a team, Louisiana Tech is shooting 40.6 percent from the field, including 31.2 percent from behind the three-point line, and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. Raheem Appleby leads the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game, followed by Cordarius Johnson with 9.0 points per game. Michale Kyser leads the way with 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game, tops in the WAC and ninth in the country in that category.
FIRST MEETING: Behind a then-career-high 19 points from Clarence Trent, Seattle University stuck with the conference leaders for the vast majority of the night, but Louisiana Tech used a significant advantage from the free throw line to pull away late, 78-71, Jan. 19 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La. Louisiana Tech took its first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Jaron Johnson 30 seconds into the second half, but Seattle U came right back with baskets by Trent and D'Vonne Pickett Jr. The Bulldogs tied the game on a three-pointer by Kenyon McNeail, and then took the lead on a follow-up dunk from Chris Anderson. The lead seesawed back and forth until the final six minutes, when Louisiana Tech answered a Trent jumper with a basket by Michale Kyser to go ahead, 60-59. After the Redhawks committed consecutive turnovers, the Bulldogs extended their lead with a three-pointer by Kenneth Smith and a layup from Anderson. Louisiana Tech went 5-for-6 over the next minute-and-a-half to pull ahead, 70-62, but Jarell Flora hit consecutive three-pointers to bring the Redhawks to within two with 1:21 remaining in regulation. However, three missed shots and a turnover by Seattle U, plus the Bulldogs hitting 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe, ended the visitors' chances at a comeback. Trent finished with 19 points and six rebounds. Pickett collected 11 points, Chad Rasmussen scored nine points, and Prince Obasi added eight points, four rebounds, three steals, and 11 assists.
COACH'S SHOW RETURNS: The next edition of the Cameron Dollar Coach's Show presented by State Farm Insurance will be taped at Jimmy's on Broadway, located at the corner of Broadway and Madison, Monday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. The weekly radio show, featuring Seattle University head men's basketball coach Cameron Dollar, a selected player each week, and special guests, will air on 770 KTTH The Truth from 9-10 p.m.
SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON: The Mavericks enter the weekend with a 12-9 overall record, including a 7-5 record within the conference that puts the team in fifth place in the league standings. UT Arlington has won four of its last five games, including a sweep of Texas State and UTSA last weekend at home. The Mavericks are scoring 62.2 points per game and allowing 60.2 points per contest. As a team, UT Arlington is shooting 40.3 percent from the field, including 31.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. Kevin Butler leads the team in scoring with 10.1 points per game, plus he has grabbed 5.0 rebounds per contest. Jordan Reves is contributing 8.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocked shots per game.
FIRST MEETING: Seattle University controlled the game from start to finish, holding UT Arlington to 25.8 percent shooting from the field as the Redhawks earned their first Western Athletic Conference victory of the season, defeating the Mavericks, 61-44, Jan. 17 at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. Seattle U pulled out to a significant lead in the first half by holding UT Arlington without a field goal for seven-and-a-half minutes, outscoring the Mavericks 21-4 over that span of time. The Redhawks hit seven three-pointers, including three from Chad Rasmussen, in the first 20 minutes against UTA. UT Arlington hit a couple of baskets early in the second half to close its deficit to 13 points, but the Redhawks responded with a 10-0 run to pull out to their largest lead at 55-31 with 5:27 remaining in regulation, holding the Mavericks without a field goal for almost nine minutes. After hitting 53.8 percent of its field goals in the first half (14-of-26), Seattle U made 61.1 percent of its second half field goal attempts (11-of-18) to earn the victory. Rasmussen led the Redhawks with 13 points, while Prince Obasi finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Jarell Flora contributed 10 points off the bench, Clarence Trent earned eight points and six rebounds, and Luiz Bidart added six points, six rebounds, and three assists to the winning effort.