After a tough loss at the University of California back on Dec. 22nd, the Redhawks are back in action this Wednesday when they host the Portland Pilots.
These two teams have quite the history together. In total, the schools have met 107 times on the hardwood with SU leading the all-time series 76-31. Since the Redhawks rejoined the D-1 ranks back in 2008, the series has seen 7 matchups with Seattle U on a current 4 game winning streak over the Pilots.
These two had a meeting earlier in the season, which was the first game of the 2020-21 campaign for the Redhawks. Seattle used a strong second half performance to come out with the 84-72 win. They had one of their best halves from the field in the game when they shot 54 percent to close out the come from behind win. Riley Grigsby led the way with 28 points and 6 rebounds while Darrion Trammell added a near double-double with 17 points and 8 assists.
Know Your Foe:
Since their loss to Seattle back in November, the Pilots have put together a 6-1 record. In that stretch they beat three common opponents of the Redhawks with wins over Northwest, William Jessup and The College of Idaho. The Pilots also were able to take down Oregon State in a thrilling 87-86 OT game a few weeks ago. Their lone loss came to another Pac-12 opponent when the Oregon Ducks used a stifling defense to hold the Pilots to only 41 points on December 19th.
Portland is led by guard Ahmed Ali who is averaging an even 19 points on the season. In their first matchup, Ali tied the team high with 13 points against the Redhawks. He is a very efficient scorer from the field with a shooting percentage that hovers around 50 percent. Eddie Davis will also be a name to look out for as he is the only other player on the team averaging double digits at 11.9.
As a whole, Portland is averaging 74.1 ppg while shooting 42 percent from the field and 29 percent from behind the arc. Their defense has been giving up 74.8 points a game, meaning despite their impressive record, they still have a negative point differential.
How Are We Doing:
After winning back-to-back home games over NAIA opponents, Seattle hit the road for a game against Cal. The Redhawks led for a majority of the game but a late dry spell had them come up just short of a win over the Golden Bears. The loss dropped Seattle back to .500 on the season and gave them a 2-5 record over D-1 opponents on the season.
Seattle is averaging 68.9 ppg on 42 percent shooting and have a positive point differential at 4.8. Riley Grigsby still leads the way for the team averaging 17 a game. What has developed over the past couple of games is the emergence of a possible big 3. Darrion Trammell and Emeka Udenyi are both complementing Grigsby perfectly and are showing why the school sought them out in the transfer portal. Trammell is averaging 16.8 ppg and 5.5 assists while Udenyi scores just under 9 points while snagging 7 rebounds a game.
For Your Viewing Pleasure:
The game is scheduled for a 6:00 pm tip-off from the Redhawk Center on Wednesday. The game can be streamed on the WAC Digital Network with Brandon Brown on play-by-play. As always, the game will also be on the airwaves of 770 KTTH and Mynorthwest.com with Doug Greenwald on the call.