Huskies Mike Hopkins on facing Mount St. Mary’s

The No. 20 ranked Mens Husky Basketball team ( 1-1) will officially open it’s home season Tuesday when it hosts Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (1-1) members of the Northeast Conference . The Mountaineers were 9-22 overall and a mere 6-12 in conference play, finished ninth in the conference and failed to qualify for the NEC Conference Tournament. This year the Mountaineers are 1-1 after losing their first game of the season 81-68 to Georgetown and then getting a bounce back 75-58 victory over Gettysburg.

LESSONS LEARNED

The Huskies head into Tuesday nights game brimming with confidence thanks to an impressive 67-64 come back win over a ranked Baylor squad.

GAME NOTES

• Coach Hopkins is one win away from win No. 50 at UW, he would become the second-fastest to 50 wins in UW history, just behind Tippy Dye who reached 50 wins in his first 62 games (1951-53)

• Washington had two freshmen reach double-figure scoring in their debut for the first time since the 2010-11 season with Jaden McDaniels (18) and Isaiah Stewart (15) contributing 10 or more points … the last time this happened in a debut was by Aziz N’Diaye (13) and C.J. Wilcox (13) against McNeese State, Nov. 13, 2010

Junior Nahziah Carter is 12 points away from reaching 500 career points following his 23-point showing against Baylor … he now sits at 488 career points

• Freshmen Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels accounted for 45 of UW’s 67 points against Baylor between points and assists

• UW graduated four seniors last season (D. Crisp, N. Dickerson, D. Green, M. Thybulle) and lost sophomore Jaylen Nowell as an early NBA Draft entry … those five accounted for 80.2 percent of UW’s scoring during the 2018-19 season

• Washington has seven players listed at 6-9 or taller on its roster, the most in the Pac-12

• Freshmen Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 watch list … Stewart was also selected for the Citizen Naismith Player of the Year watch list

• During the Huskies’ trip to Italy, freshman Isaiah Stewart averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds over four games against Italian Series A teams

•The Dawgs have three players on their roster that have been McDonald’s All-Americans (Stewart, Green, McDaniels), along with all three being ranked in the top 25 in their respective recruiting class nationally.

• The Huskies once again hit the road during non-conference play traveling over 12,000 miles to Alaska, Toronto and Hawaii combined

• UW faces four teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago during non-conference action in Baylor (Second Round), Tennessee (Sweet 16), Montana (First Round) and Gonzaga (Elite 8)

• UW 48 wins in two years during its back-to-back 20-win seasons are its most in two years combined since the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons

• Coach Mike Hopkins is the reigning back-to-back Pac-12 Coach of the Year becoming the first league coach to earn the honor in his first two seasons on the job … he is also the second coach in UW history to record 20 or more wins in their first two seasons, joining Tippy Dye (1951-52, 52-53).

• UW was picked to finish third overall in the Pac-12 by media covering the league … additionally, freshman Isaiah Stewart was picked to finish on the Pac-12 First Team while junior Nahziah Carter, sophomore transfer Quade Green and freshman Jaden McDaniels were selected as honorable mention Preseason All-Pac-12

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