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Idaho starts season-finishing stretch

Don Verlin and the Vandals close out the regular season with three road games. The first is tonight at Seattle U, and it's a big one for Idaho. The Vandals are 12-16 and 5-8 in the WAC and have a chance to grab the third seed in the conference tournament. But they lost by one point to the Redhawks (12-14, 4-9) in Moscow on Feb. 1.

Read on.


COMING UP: Saturday at Seattle U, 7 p.m., Root Sports

OUTLOOK: Idaho has three games left before the WAC tournament, all of them on the road and each important for positioning. UI is one of six teams separated by only three games in the loss column in the league standings. If the Vandals win out, they could climb to the No. 3 seed in the eight-team tourney (Grand Canyon is ineligible because of its transition to Division I). But UI could slip to seventh or eighth if the next two weeks don't go well. The stretch starts at Seattle U, which edged UI 68-67 on Feb. 1. SU's Isiah Umipig came into the week second in the WAC in scoring (19.5 ppg) behind Idaho's Stephen Madison (19.8).

Dean's final game in Seattle

Idaho point guard Glen Dean, a Seattle native, will be surrounded by family and friends when the Vandals play Seattle U on Saturday night in Key Arena. It's a matchup he's had earmarked all season.

"It’s probably going to be an emotional game because it will be my last time playing in Seattle," said Dean, a senior.

Dean transferred this season to UI from Utah after starting his career at Eastern Washington. He's third on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg).

Madison's feats

Idaho's Stephen Madison is the first player in WAC history to win the conference player of the week award five times in one season. But that's not his only impressive feat this year.

Madison is the only player in the nation to lead his team in six statistical categories – scoring (19.8 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg), field goal percentage (.484), steals (0.96 spg), assists (65) and minutes played (34.6).

The senior is averaging 22.3 ppg during conference play and has a chance to finish second on Idaho's all-time scoring list, behind Orlando Lightfoot.

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