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UW vs. UCLA Preview
Release: 03/04/2014
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The Game
The Huskies (16-13, 8-8) continue their three-game homestand as they host UCLA (22-7, 11-5) on Thursday, March 6 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on the call. The game will also be broadcast nationally on Westwood One Radio with Ted Robinson and Marques Johnson on the mics. Additionally, for the Washington IMG Radio Network, fans can tune in starting at 5:30 p.m. to hear Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton. This is the first meeting between the two programs this season. The Huskies are 11-12 against the Bruins under head coach Lorenzo Romar and 40-94 overall.

The Coach
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 253-141 (.642) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 345-228 (.602) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.

Quick Hitters
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss leads the league’s freshmen in minutes played at 34.4 per game ... he’s first in scoring among the newcomers with 14.1 points per game and has reached double-figure scoring in 13 of 16 Pac-12 games (including nine straight), more than any other league freshman
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss currently has the second longest active double-digit scoring streak among freshmen in the nation with nine, behind Jabari Parker (Duke – 12) and ahead of Andrew Wiggins (Kansas – 8).
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss currently leads Pac-12 freshman in league play in scoring (14.1 points) and assists (3.9 ) and he is second in FG percentage (48.1) and fourth in rebounding (4.4) and steals (0.8)
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss and sophomore Andrew Andrews have accounted for 67.9 percent of the Huskies baskets over the last four games and 42.4 percent of the Dawgs’ scoring.
• Sophomore Andrew Andrews is the only Pac-12 player to average 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over the last four outings
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss posted the most assists by a Pac-12 freshman since 2009 with his 10 against Oregon State ... he’s the first Husky freshman since 1994 to post at least 10 assists (Michael McClain, 3/3/94)
• Senior C.J. Wilcox is now second all-time in scoring with 1,822 career points ... he’s 251 points away from first-place all-time (Chris Welp, 2,073)
• The Huskies back-to-back 20+ point wins over Oregon State and Washington State mark the first time since January of 2005 that the Dawgs have posted two-straight 20+ point wins over league opponents and the first time in regular season play since December of 2012.
• Senior Perris Blackwell is averaging 13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds off the bench over the last three games
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss is quickly moving up the UW freshman record books, here’s where he currently ranks: points (5th - 389), assists (3rd - 120), minutes (4th - 964),
• All-American Brandon Roy will be inducted in the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor at the league tournament in March
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss has reached double-figure scoring for nine-straight games and is averaging 16.4 points and shooting 43.2 percent from the 3, and 49.3 percent from the field during that span
• The Huskies are 12-0 this season when leading with five minutes remaining

UW vs. WSU Notes (Feb. 28)
Team
-Starting Lineup: Nigel Williams-Goss, Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Desmond Simmons, Shawn Kemp, Jr.
- The Huskies held WSU to just 49 points, the lowest by a UW opponent since Jan. 9, 2013
-The Huskies outrebounded their fifth-straight opponent with a 39-27 advantage over Washington State
- The Huskies outscored the Cougars 32-18 in the paint
-The Huskies shot over 50 percent for the second-straight game
-It is the second time this season the Dawgs have shot over 50 percent in back-to-back games (previously against Oregon and Oregon State, Jan. 23/25)
-The Huskies held WSU without a FG for the final 13:04 of the second half

Individual
- Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss recorded his second-straight double double with team-high 17 points and career-high 12 rebounds
-Nigel Williams-Goss is the first player under head coach Lorenzo Romar to post a pts/assts and pts/rebs double-double in back-to-back games
-Sophomore Andrew Andrews posted his fourth-straight double-digit scoring effort with 16 points
-Sophomore Andrew Andrews posted a career-high nine rebounds
-Senior Perris Blackwell reached double-figures off the bench for the third-straight game with 10 points and three boards

What Williams-Goss Has Done
Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss has been as advertised as the 2013 McDonald’s All-American has started in all 29 games and leads the team in assists with 120, which is third in UW history for a freshman.
-Williams-Goss leads the league in double-figure scoring efforts by a freshman with 13
-Williams-Goss leads the league freshmen in scoring averaging 14.1 points per game
-Williams-Goss leads league freshmen in minutes played in conference action at 34.4 min/game
-Williams-Goss has been accountable for 40.6 percent of the team’s FG’s over the last five games
-Williams-Goss’ 10 assists against Oregon State were the most by a Pac-12 Freshman since Reggie Moore (WSU) in 2009
-Williams-Goss had the first points assists double-double by a Husky since 2012 (Abdul Gaddy)
-Williams-Goss set the UW single-game scoring record for a freshman with 32 points against Oregon State
-Williams-Goss is the only player under Romar to post a points/assists double-double and a points/rebounds double-double in back-to-back games
-Williams-Goss is the only freshman to post a points/assists and points-rebounds double double in back-to-back games in the Pac-12 ... he’s also one of three Pac-12 players this year to do so (Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Delon Wright, Utah)

 

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