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UW Huskies (10-6, 2-1) vs #15/15 Colorado (14-2, 3-0)

The Huskies take on their fourth ranked opponent of the season in #15 Colorado at Noon on Sunday, Jan. 12.


The Game

The Huskies take on their fourth ranked opponent of the season and their second in three games as they host No. 15 Colorado (14-2, 3-0) on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Noon PT.   The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 with Aaron Goldsmithg and Marques Johnson 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 8-7 all-time vs. Colorado and 1-2 under coach Romar. The last time UW defeated a ranked opponent was March 12, 2011 (#16 Arizona, 77-75ot).

The Coach

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 247-134 (.648) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 340-222 (.605) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.

Quick Hitters

• With the Huskies win over Utah on Wednesday, coach Romar became the second winningest coach in UW history with 247 wins, passing his former mentor Marv Harshman (246).

• The Huskies are 16-11 against ranked opponents at home under coach Romar.

• The Huskies have held each of their last four opponents without a FG for a span of at least five minutes (Utah, 7:14 in 1st; Arizona- 5:34 in 1st; ASU-9:14 between 1st and 2nd half; Hartford- 8:27 in 1st).

• After allowing opponents to average 79.2 ppg during the non-conference slate, the Huskies have since limited their three Pac-12 foes to just 64.3 points per game.

• Against Utah, the Huskies held the nation’s top field goal percentage team (53.2) to just 41.5 percent shooting from the field while also holding them to 57 points, which was 28.5 points lower than their season average

• 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

• The Huskies will wear ‘MH’ patches on their jersey’s for the remainder of the season to honor the late Marv Harshman who totaled a 246-146 record during his time at UW and coached Lorenzo Romar, who most recently passed his mentor’s win total with his 247th win.

• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 76.4 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through 16 games and ranked 11th in the NCAA (as of Jan. 10)... the Huskies have shot under 75 percent from the line just six times this season

• The Huskies are one of seven teams nationally to play four ranked teams at this point in the season and one of three that have played ranked opponents as an unranked team. UW is 0-3 this season when facing a ranked opponent but have lost all three by a scoring margin of just 9.3 points.

• Sophomore Andrew Andrews is averaging 15.4 points over the last five outings and has led the team in scoring in two of those five games.

• After missing the first 10 games following knee surgery on Nov. 7, junior Desmond Simmons saw his first action of the season against No. 10 UConn ... he’s been the sixth man off the bench in the Huskies last five outings.

 

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 16 outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 and 11th in the NCAA (as of Jan. 10) in FT percentage, shooting 76.4 from the charity stripe.

Romar Moves to 2nd All-Time

With the Huskies win over Utah on Jan. 7, head coach Lorenzo Romar moved to second all-time in wins at UW with 247. He passed his former coach, Marv Harshman (246, 1972-85).

Newcomers to Pac-12 Play

Prior to the start of Pac-12 play, the Huskies had just four players that had seen conference action before in C.J. Wilcox, Andrew Andrews, Shawn Kemp, Jr., and Desmond Simmons. Four of UW’s top six scorers were new to the Pac-12 (Nigel Williams-Goss, Perris Blackwell, Mike Anderson and Darin Johnson).

Defensive Stops

The Huskies have stepped their defense up since Pac-12 play started, allowing opponents just 64.3 points per game and 40.7 percent shooting from the field. Prior to league action, the Huskies were giving up 80.6 ppg and letting foes shoot 49.6 percent. Since then, UW’s first three Pac-12 opponents have shot a combined 5-of-38 from 3-point range (13.2 percent). Additionally, UW has held its last four opponents without a FG for a span of at least five minutes (Utah, 7:14 in 1st; Arizona- 5:34 in 1st; ASU-9:14 between 1st and 2nd half; Hartford- 8:27 in 1st).

Blackwell’s Double-Dubs

Senior transfer Perris Blackwell has produced four double-doubles in his 15 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 16 games. Despite not getting the majority of the attention, he’s upped his scoring average to 13.1 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 39.6 percent from the field and has reached double-figures 11 times this season. Here’s a look at Andrews’ numbers during his two years as a Husky,

                13-14     12-13    

Points   13.1        7.8         

Rebs      3.9          3.0

3FG%    .315        .270       

FT%        .759        .733

FGA/gm               10.3        6.6

UW vs. Utah Notes (Jan. 8)

Team

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

-UW held Utah to a season-low 57 points, 28.5 points below their season average.

-UW held Utah to a season-low 6.7 percent shooting from 3-point range and to just 41.7 percent shooting from the field after entering the game as the nation’s leader in FG percentage

 

Individual

- Senior C.J. Wilcox became the 75th Pac-12 player to reach 1,600 career points (now at 1,610)

-Sophomore Andrew Andrews led the team in scoring for just the second time in his career.

- Andrews scored 12 of his 19 points in the final nine minutes and was 5-of-5 during that span

- Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss recorded his 12th double-digit scoring effort with 13 points

- Wilcox hit four from 3-point range for the seventh time this season

The Wilcox File

-Senior C.J. Wilcox is currently eighth all-time in scoring at UW with 1,610 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 260, which is ninth in Pac-12 history, just three shy of eighth

-Wilcox is the 11th player in UW history to record over 1,500 points and the 75th player in Pac-12 history to reach 1,600 points

-Wilcox has scored at least 15 points in all but one game this season, averaging a team-best 19.8 ppg

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

-Wilcox had a streak of 17-straight 15+ scoring efforts, the most by any player under Coach Romar at UW, before scoring 14 v. Utah.

-Wilcox is 18th nationally with 19.8 points per game , 19th in 3-pt FG attempts (117), 18th in 3-pt FGs made (49) and 18th in total points (317) as of Jan. 10

-Wilcox currently leads all Pac-12 players with 1,610 career points and 260 career 3-point FGs

-Wilcox is currently second in the Pac-12 in scoring, FT percentage and FG 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   19.8        16.8        14.2        8.1

Rebs      4.2          4.3          3.4          2.1

FG%       .448        .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 260 3-pointers made. Additionally, he is currently eighth in scoring all-time with 1,610 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 16 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 88.6 percent 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 16 games this 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 19.8 points per outing and has only scored less than 15 points in a game once 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).

Scoring Depth

Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with at least four guys reaching double figures in 10 of 16 games. Additionally, five guys have reached double figures five times this season, which happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.

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 49.6 percent of the Huskies scoring and 57.9 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 five 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.

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