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UW Huskies (9-6, 1-1) vs Utah (12-2, 1-1)

The Huskies return home to face Utah in their Pac-12 home opener on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. PT
The Game

The Huskies return to Alaska Airlines Arena to host Utah (12-2, 1-1) in their Pac-12 home opener on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. PT.   The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Ted Robinson and Ernie Kent on the call. For the Washington IMG Radio Network, fans can tune into hear Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton on KJR 950 AM. The Huskies are 3-1 vs Utah under Coach Romar and hold a 7-6 advantage overall.

The Coach

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 246-134 (.647) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 339-222 (.604) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.

Quick Hitters

• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 77.1 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through 15 games and currently ranks fifth in the NCAA ... the Huskies have shot under 75 percent from the line just five times this season

• The Huskies are 7-4 in Pac-12 home openers under head coach Lorenzo Romar and have won five straight.

• The Huskies have held each of their last three opponents without a FG for a span of at least five minutes (Arizona- 5:34 in 1st; ASU-9:14 between 1st and 2nd half; Hartford- 8:27 in 1st).

• All three of the Huskies top three scorers are guards ... making them one of just two teams (WSU)  in the conference with their top three scoring leaders playing the guard position

• Just four of the Huskies’ 12 active players had seen action in Pac-12 conference games (Wilcox, Andrews, Kemp, Jr., Simmons) prior to Pac-12 opening weekend in Arizona

• Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with at least four guys reaching double figures in 10 of 15 games ... additionally, five guys have reached double-figures five times this season ... this happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.

• Sophomore Andrew Andrews is averaging 14.5 points over the last four outings, while shooting 39.0 percent from the field, 79.3 percent from the FT line and averaging 7.5 FT attempts per game

• Junior Desmond Simmons saw his first action of the season against No. 10 UConn since he underwent knee surgery on Nov. 7 ... he’s been the sixth man off the bench in the Huskies last four outings.

• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss’ asst-to-TO ratio of 1.6 (64 ast/41 TO) is the second best by a league frosh

• Senior C.J. Wilcox is quickly moving up the UW record book as he is now eighth all-time in scoring with 1,596 points, ... he also set the UW school record for 3-pointers made after nailing three against LBSU passing Ryan Appleby’s record of 231 (2006-08)... he’s now at 256 career 3-pointers made

• Senior C.J. Wilcox is currently ninth in the Pac-12 for career 3-point FGs made (256), passing Cal’s Jerome Randle (252; 2007-10) and ASU’s Eddie House (250; 1997-2000).

• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss was one of four freshmen nationally selected to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List and one of seven selected overall from the Pac-12.

UW vs. #1 Arizona Notes (Jan. 4)

Team

-Starting Lineup: Nigel Williams-Goss, Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Mike Anderson, Perris Blackwell

-UW was the fifth team to lead the top-ranked Wildcats at the half and the first since

-UW held Arizona to just 22.2 percent from the 3-point line, their second lowest of the season

-The Huskies shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line  ... their 10th game shooting 75 percent or better this year marking just the second time in the last four seasons for a UW team to shot 75 percent or better 10 times (2012-13 -- 11 times)

-UW held ASU to a season-low 23 points in the first half

 

Individual

- Senior C.J. Wilcox posted his 17th-straight 15+scoring effort of the season with a team-high 20 points

- Wilcox recorded his 29th career 20+point game, which ties for fifth all-time at UW

-Wilcox connected on six from the field for the fifth-straight game and for the 11th time this season

-Senior Perris Blackwell recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-best 12 rebounds.

-Junior Shawn Kemp, Jr., scored nine points in just 10 minutes on perfect shooting from the field (4-of-4 FG, 1-of-1 FT)

Free Throws Count

With the new rules changes for the 2013-14 season, the Huskies knew shooting well from the FT line was going to have an impact on a lot of game outcomes, which was very true against EWU. The Huskies went 31-of-34 against the Eagles, including a 21-of-23 mark during the second half as UW retook the lead for the win. Through 15 outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 and fifth in the NCAA (as of Jan. 5) in FT percentage, shooting 77.1 from the charity stripe.

1,500 Point Club

With his 15 points against Tulane (Dec. 17), senior C.J. Wilcox became the 11th UW player in program history to reach 1,500 points. He now stands at 1,596 career points, which is eighth all-time at UW. Additionally, he has passed the likes of Brandon Roy (1,477), Detlef Schrempf (1,449), Justin Dentmon (1,425), Paul Fortier (1,326) ,Nate Robinson (1,283) and Will Conroy (1,113) during his time at UW.

Romar Producing Scorers

Since head coach Lorenzo Romar arrived in 2002-03, he’s helped produce 10 1,000 point scorers for the Huskies, including C.J. Wilcox, joining Marv Harshman as the only UW coaches with 10 in the 1K point club. Additionally, after Wilcox posted his 1,500th point against Tulane, he became the fourth 1,500 point scorer under Romar, also tying Harshman as the only UW  coaches to produce such prolific scorers. Four of the top 10 scorers in UW history have been coached by Romar.

Huskies in the Pac-12

Stat                        Player   Rank

Scoring C.J. Wilcox           2nd (20.2)

                                Andrew Andrews            22nd (12.7)

                                Nigel Williams-Goss        25th (12.3)

Off. Rebounds  Perris Blackwell 1st (3.5)

Minutes               C.J. Wilcox           1st (35.2)

FT%                        C.J. Wilcox           2nd (88.6)

                                Darin Johnson   3rd (88.1)

3FG Made           C.J. Wilcox           2nd (3.0)

Rebounding       Perris Blackwell T11th (7.6)

                                Mike Anderson 18th (6.6)

Blocks   Perris Blackwell 11th (1.2)

Assists  Nigel Williams-Goss        9th (4.3)

Steals    Nigel Williams-Goss        13th (1.3)

FG%                       Perris Blackwell 7th (58.6)

A/TO Ratio          Nigel Williams-Goss        12th (1.6)

Blackwell’s Double-Dubs

Senior transfer Perris Blackwell has produced four double-doubles in 14 outings this season, which is the eighth most in the Pac-12. Most recently, he pulled down a season-best 12 boards and added 12 points against No. 1 Arizona.

Solid, Consistent Andrews

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews has been proven to be a consistent, solid player for the Huskies through 15 games. Despite not getting the majority of the attention, he’s upped his scoring average to 12.7 points per game (up from 7.8 a year ago) and  is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game (up from 3.0 last season). Additionally, he is shooting 38.0 percent from the field and has reached double-figures 10 times this season. Here’s a look at Andrews’ numbers during his two years as a Husky,

                13-14     12-13    

Points   12.9        7.8         

Rebs      3.9          3.0

3FG%    .320        .270       

FT%        .763        .733

FGA/gm               10.0        6.6

The Wilcox File

-Senior C.J. Wilcox is currently eighth all-time in scoring at UW with 1,596 points, passing the likes of Brandon Roy, Justin Dentmon, Detlef Schrempf and more.

-Wilcox holds the UW school record for 3-point FGs made at 256, which is also tied for 10th in Pac-12 history

-Wilcox is the 11th player in UW history to record over 1,500 points

-Wilcox has scored at least 15 points in every game this season, averaging a team-best 20.2 ppg

- Wilcox has also recorded 20 points in 29 career games, including  seven times this season, which ranks second in the Pac-12

-Wilcox has a streak of 17-straight 15+ scoring efforts, the most by any player under Coach Romar at UW

-Wilcox is 30th nationally with 20.2 points per game , 18th in 3-pt FG attempts (111), 19th in 3-pt FGs made and 16th in total points (303) as of Jan. 5

-Wilcox currently leads all Pac-12 players with 1,596 career points and 256 career 3-point FGs

-Wilcox is currently second in the Pac-12 in scoring, second in FT percentage, 1st in 3FG made and first in minutes

-In comparison to the 50 Wooden Award candidates, Wilcox would rank fourth in scoring, 18th in assists and 31st in rebounding

- Wilcox is the first player since Scott Suggs in 2012 to connect on five or more from 3-point range as he went 6-of-7 against Boston College ... his 85.7 shooting from long distance is the second-best single-game percentage in UW history.

Wilcox’s #s Up on All Accounts

Senior standout C.J. Wilcox continues to improve his game and even though it’s early in the 2013-14 season his numbers are already better than each of his three previous seasons:

                13-14     12-13     11-12     10-11

Points   20.2        16.8        14.2        8.1

Rebs      4.3          4.3          3.4          2.1

FG%       .445        .419        .437        .419

FT%        .886        .816        .830        .806

Wilcox Climbing Career Charts

With just one season left suiting up in purple and gold, senior C.J. Wilcox won’t be forgotten as his name is etched in the Husky record books in many categories. Most recently he set the UW school record 3FG made after scoring three against LBSU (Nov. 30) to give him 233, passing Ryan Appleby’s old mark of 231 (2006-08). He’s currently at 256 3-pointers made. Additionally, he is currently eighth in scoring all-time with 1,596 points.

Wilcox Getting to the Line

Senior C.J. Wilcox has put a big emphasis on improving his game this season and part of that has been getting to the FT line more. So far through 15 games, Wilcox is averaging 4.7 attempts per outing, compared to 3.4 in 2012-13, 2.8 in 2011-12 and 0.9 in 2010-11. Overall, he’s shooting 88.26percent from the charity stripe going 62-of-70.

Wilcox FTs in Last 5 Minutes

Senior C.J. Wilcox doesn’t break under pressure when sent to the line in the last five minutes of a game, as he is shooting 95.2 percent (20-of-21) during that span over the first 15 games of the season.

Wilcox Putting up #s

C.J. Wilcox’s scoring production has been at a high level this year as he currently leads the team with 20.2 points per outing and hasn’t scored less than 15 points in a game yet this season. Additionally, during a three-game span (Indiana-Montana), Wilcox put up 82 points, which is the most in three-straight games by a Husky since 2010 when Quincy Pondexter scored 86 against Arizona (2/4/10), WSU (1/30/10) and Seattle (1/26/10).

Small Lineup

The Huskies have had to adjust their offensive scheme  with the loss of Jernard Jarreau (ACL, out for season) and Desmond Simmons (out until mid-to-late December). Because of that coach Romar has switched to a smaller starting lineup that features four players 6-5 or shorter. Junior transfer Mike Anderson has been starting at the four position and despite his 6-4 stature, boasts a 6-10 3/4 wingspan to help the Huskies inside.

Newcomer’s Impact

This year’s first year players for the Huskies have certainly made an impact through the initial 15 contests. Transfers Perris Blackwell, Mike Anderson and Gilles Dierickx along with freshmen Nigel Williams-Goss ,Jahmel Taylor, Darin Johnson have all contributed early. Combined the six have accounted for 50.3 percent of the Huskies scoring and 58.6 percent of their rebounding. Williams-Goss, Blackwell, Johnson and Anderson are four of the team’s top six scorers while Anderson and Blackwell are the team’s top two rebounders.

Simmons Returns

After missing the first 10 games of the season due to orthoscopic knee surgery on Nov. 7, junior Desmond Simmons made his first appearance of the 2013-14 season against No. 10 UConn (Dec. 22). He saw action in 12 minutes and racked up five points. He’s since been the sixth man off the bench in the Huskies’ last four games.

Kemp. Jr., Diagnosed with Graves’

Junior forward Shawn Kemp, Jr., has been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. Kemp, Jr., began to develop symptoms in late July before being officially diagnosed in early September. He will continue to play and UW medical staff do not expect the disease to continue to affect his on-court performance once his treatment plan, which he began after his diagnosis, is in full effect.

Scoring is Up

The Huskies haven’t had a problem finding the basket this season as their scoring average of 79.1 is their highest through 15 games since the 2010-11 season. Additionally, UW has four players averaging double figures (Wilcox, Andrews, Williams-Goss, and Blackwell).

Williams-Goss Dishing it Out

Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss currently leads the team with 64 assists through the first 15 outings, which is the second-best number by a Pac-12 freshman this season. Additionally, NWG has turned the ball over just 41 times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.6, which is 12th overall in the Pac-12 and is the second-best by a league freshman. With a 4.3 assist per game average, Williams-Goss is on pace to break the UW freshman record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012).

Blackwell’s Impact

Senior transfer Perris Blackwell is making the most out of his final collegiate season (and first with the Huskies) as he is averaging almost a double-double with 11.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg. The University of San Francisco transfer is picking up where he left off after sitting out the 2012-13 season. As a junior at USF, Blackwell averaged 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg en route to earning All-West Coast Conference honorable mention. Most recently, he posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-best 12 rebounds against No. 1 Arizona (Jan. 4).

Anderson the Rebounder

Junior transfer Mike Anderson has made a big impact on the boards in his first 15 games as a Husky, as he has led the team in rebounding in six of the 15 contests and is currently second with an average of 6.6 per game. Leading the team in that category is nothing new for Anderson, as he averaged 10 boards during the 2012-13 season at Moberly Area CC (Mo.).

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