ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Washington and Baylor descend on the Alaska Airlines Center for the Armed Forces Classic this Friday in a battle between two top Division I teams.
In this Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 photo, Washington head coach Mike Hopkins, center right, fires up his team during a time out huddle at the bench during an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State in Seattle. One of the most surprising stories in college basketball is what Hopkins is doing in his first season at Washington and how the Huskies are in the conversation for an NCAA bid entering February. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Baylor Bears come into this matchup ranked 16th in the AP Top 25 poll, which ties for the 2nd best preseason ranking in program history.
The Huskies hold the advantage in the series between the two teams, leading the series 2-1, but the last time these two teams met was back in 1955.
This is Washington's season-opener, and they are without five players that accounted for 80 percent of the Huskies' scoring last season. Junior Nahziah Carter is the team's leading returning scorer with 8.1 points per game.
Baylor opened the season against University of Central Arkansas. The Bears won 105-61. They made 18 3 pointers, the second most in program history.
The game is part of this year's Armed Forces Classic. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.
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