AN UNEXPECTED CHALLENGE: Seattle University returns home and welcomes Boise State to KeyArena for a Sunday matinee. This game was added after Seattle U's original schedule was released in order to give the Redhawks one more game before the start of fall quarter finals. The Redhawks' 10-game home winning streak is on the line as Boise State is coming off a victory at nationally-ranked Creighton.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast the game live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 1:45 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available on GoSeattleU.com.
THE STANFORD GAME: Prince Obasi scored a career-high 18 points, but the Stanford Cardinal was able to capitalize down the stretch to pull out a 68-57 victory over Seattle University Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion. Obasi hit two three-pointers and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line, plus he pulled down eight rebounds and dished out three assists. Deshaun Sunderhaus notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Louis Green chipped in nine points, and Clarence Trent finished with seven points and seven rebounds before fouling out. After Stanford scored the first two points of the second half to pull within one, Seattle U rattled off six straight points, punctuated by a dunk from Green, to take its biggest lead of the game at 36-29. The Cardinal went on a 6-1 run, capped by a traditional three-point play from Christian Sanders, to once again close their deficit to one at 41-40 with 12:56 left in the second half. Neither team was able to score in the next minute-and-a-half until Sterling Carter hit a three-pointer. The Cardinal gained the lead on a three-pointer by Josh Huestis and two free throws from Allen. After Green tied the game at 50-50, Stanford ended the game by outscoring the Redhawks, 18-7, including 10-of-11 from the free throw line in the final three minutes.
SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Broncos enter Sunday's game with a 5-1 record, including a close 74-70 loss to nationally-ranked Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 20. The Broncos defeated nationally-ranked Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., this past Wednesday, 83-70, led by a 35-point effort from Derrick Marks, who shot 13-of-19 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Marks leads the team with 19.5 points and 3.7 assists per game, shooting 88.1 percent (37-of-42) from the free throw line. Anthony Drmic is contributing 14.3 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game. As a team, Boise State is averaging 76.2 points per game and 8.2 more rebounds per game than its opponent, plus the Broncos are shooting 46.7 percent from the field, including 37.2 percent from behind the three-point line, and 77.0 percent from the free throw line. This will be the first meeting all-time between Seattle University and Boise State. Boise State head coach Leon Rice is in his third season at the helm of the Bronco program, but he is very familiar with life in the state of Washington, having served as an assistant coach at Gonzaga as well as a head coach at Yakima Valley College, plus he earned his bachelor's degree at Washington State.
WAC STATISTICS: After the games played this past Wednesday, Nov. 28, Deshaun Sunderhaus is tied for fourth in the conference in rebounding with 8.0 boards per game, while Clarence Trent is 11th in the league with 6.3 rebounds per game. Prince Obasi leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage, making all four of his attempts so far this season. Sterling Carter and D'Vonne Pickett Jr. are tied for fifth in steals with 2.25 steals per game,, with Allen Tate right behind them in a tie for seventh place with 2.00 steals per game. As a team, the Redhawks are first in the league in steals with 12.25 steals per game and second in rebounding offense with 41.5 rebounds per game.