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UW Men's Hoop Squad Travels to the Desert
Release: 02/05/2001
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Feb. 5, 2001

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Thurs., Feb. 8 -
UW at (#11) Arizona, 5:30 p.m. PST / 6:30 MST

Fox Sports NW
McKale Center (14,489), Tucson, Ariz.

Sat., Feb. 10 -
UW at Arizona State, 5:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 MST

Fox Sports Net
Wells Fargo Arena (14,198), Tucson, Ariz.

The Washington Huskies (9-12, 3-6) travel south to the state of Arizona this week, embarking on what has perennially proven to be their toughest trip. Washington meets 11th-ranked Arizona (15-6, 7-2) on Thursday, Feb. 8 at McKale Center. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 p.m. Mountain Time) for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The Wildcats won seven of the last eight meetings against the Huskies, including both games last season and an 89-64 win earlier this season (Jan. 13) in Seattle. On Saturday, Feb. 10, Washington plays Arizona State (10-10, 2-7) at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net at 5 p.m. PST (6 p.m. MST). The Huskies posted a 70-68 overtime win over Arizona State earlier this year, on Jan. 11 in Seattle. Washington defeated Washington State 78-72 on Saturday in its last outing, halting a three-game losing streak.

Desert Drought:
The annual trek to the state of Arizona has traditionally been the most difficult trip for the Huskies. Washington was swept last year in the desert for the 10th time in its last 12 visits. Since 1989, UW has a 2-23 combined record at Arizona (1-11) and Arizona State (1-12). The Huskies, who lost 69-62 at Arizona last season, won only once in their last 16 visits to Tucson dating to 1985. They posted an 80-79 overtime upset at Arizona in 1996 to snap an 11-game losing skid at McKale Center. Washington lost 90-80 at Arizona State last season, its 12th loss in the last 13 visits to Tempe.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes:
The Huskies have a 60-174 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in four meetings this season, against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60), No. 21 Arizona (89-64) and No. 1 Stanford (94-63) at home and at No. 20 USC (87-61). Washington lost its last eight encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-62 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. Four teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including No. 2 Stanford, Arizona (#11), Alabama (#18) and USC (#22).

TV/Radio Coverage:
Thursday's game at Arizona will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Saturday's game at Arizona State will be televised live on Fox Sports Net at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (9-12, 3-6 in Pac-10)

Pos.-No. Name          Hgt. Wgt. Yr.   Hometown   Points  Rebs.

F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 13.7 7.6
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.6 4.8
C - 50 David Dixon 6-11 300 Jr. Houston, Texas 4.3 3.0
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 160 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 5.6 1.7
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 7.8 3.2

Notable:
Will Perkins leads the Pac-10 with eight double-doubles. No UW player registered a double-double last season ... The Huskies have a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points and are 3-0 in overtime contests this season ... Freshman point guard Curtis Allen registered double-figure points in three of his last five games, including a career-high 18 on Saturday against Washington State ... Washington leads the Pac-10 in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 30-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, UW ranked 9th in the conference when foes shot 36% on treys ... The Huskies hit 52 percent of their shots from the field (31-60) on Saturday against Washington State, their first 50-percent performance in 14 games dating to a 55-percent effort at Florida International on Dec. 16 ... Saturday's win was the 750th for Washington at Edmundson Pavilion, the most wins for any NCAA team in its present arena ... David Dixon blocked five shots on Saturday against WSU, the most by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had five blocks against UNC Wilmington on Nov. 16, 1998 ... The Huskies implemented 11 different starting lineups, including 10 during the last 16 games. Ten of UW's 12 active players started at least once and no Husky has started every game.

Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Probable- Greg Clark, Sprained right ankle in the second half vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games. Hasn't practiced, but participated in each of the last five games.

o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition opener with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.

The Arizona Series:
> Arizona has a 31-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> The Wildcats won seven of the last eight meetings against Washington, capped by an 89-64 decision earlier this season on Jan. 13 in Seattle.

> Arizona boasts an 18-4 record against the Huskies in Tucson, including a 69-62 win last year. The Wildcats won the last four, and 15 of the last 16 meetings against UW at McKale Center. The lone Husky win during that span was an 80-79 overtime decision on Feb. 1, 1996 that halted an 11-game losing streak at McKale Center dating back to 1984.

> 18th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 25-11 all-time record against the Huskies.

> Eighth-year Washington coach Bob Bender is 4-11 against Arizona. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 win at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).

Upsetting Arizona:
Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-15 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (9) and California (7) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Since 1991, Washington has a 4-28 record against top-10 ranked opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. Seven of the Huskies' last 18 wins over teams ranked in the top 25 came against Arizona. During the 1996 season, UW defeated a 14th-ranked Wildcat team 80-79 in overtime for its first win in Tucson since 1984.

The Last Meeting:
(#21) Arizona 89, UW 54 (Jan. 13, 2001, Seattle)
- Loren Woods registered the 13th triple-double in Pac-10 history with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead 21st-ranked Arizona to an 89-64 win at Bank of America Arena. The triple-double was the second in Woods' career and the first ever against Washington (7-9, 1-3). His 10 blocks were three more than any other opponent ever had against the Huskies. Arizona (10-5, 3-1) also got a double-double from Michael Wright who had 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Wildcats were playing their fifth game under interim coach Jim Rosborough during Coach Lute Olson's leave of absence. Will Perkins posted a double-double for UW with a career-high 21 points and 13 rebounds. The Huskies out-rebounded Arizona 54-49, including 30 offensive rebounds. The Wildcats' 41-29 halftime advantage was trimmed to 42-34 on a 3-pointer by Thalo Green with 17:28 left to play. The UA lead was 75-62 with 5:04 remaining before a 14-2 game-closing run by the Wildcats. Neither team shot well from outside. Arizona hit 1-of-12 treys and Washington was 2-of-17 from 3-point range. The Huskies shot just 29 percent (24-84) from the field, their poorest shooting game since Jan. 11, 1995.

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented 11 different starting lineups this season with 10 of the team's 12 active players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized 10 different rotations in the last 16 outings due to a rash of injuries. No UW player has started every game this season.

Shooting Story:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 8-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-11 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting 11 percent better from the field in their victories and over 12 percent better from 3-point range. UW shot 52 percent (31-60) against Washington State in its last outing, the first time above 50 percent in 14 games dating to a 55-percent outing at Florida International on Deb. 16.

Last UW Game:
UW 78, Washington State 72 (Feb. 3, 2001, Seattle)
- Curtis Allen scored 12 of his career-high 18 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that turned back a late Washington State rally in Washington's 78-72 victory at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-12, 3-6) won for the eighth time in their last nine meetings with WSU (8-11, 1-8) which lost its 30th straight Pac-10 road game. UW led the entire game, taking a season-best 13-point halftime lead at 38-25. Allen opened the second half with a pair of free throws following a WSU bench technical. The Cougars steadily trimmed the margin, drawing within 54-53 on a 3-pointer by Jerry McNair with 9:57 left to play. Mike Bush's 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining drew WSU within 70-68. Allen responded with a trey on the ensuing possession and Bryan Brown had a steal and layin to secure the win. Thalo Green scored 21 points for Washington and Will Perkins tallied all 13 of his points in the second half. UW's David Dixon had 16 points, hitting all seven of his shots from the field, and blocked a career-high five shots. Framecio Little paced WSU with 16 points while Bush and McNair each had 14. The Huskies shot 52 percent (31-60) from the field, their first 50-percent outing in 14 games dating back to Dec. 16 at Florida International.

The Season So Far:
In their last outing, the Huskies stopped a three-game losing streak with a 78-72 win over Washington State that was the eighth win in their last nine meetings with the Cougars ... Washington was swept at home by the Bay Area schools, losing 79-64 against California (Jan. 27) and 94-63 against No. 1 Stanford which tied a school record with its 18th consecutive victory ... Washington lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) to first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former Husky assistant coach ... The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) ... UW snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale ... Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) ... UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson ... The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21) ... Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20) ... UW began a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (Dec. 5) ... Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) ... UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games ... The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77 ... Washington played this year's season opener at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) ... The Huskies won both of their exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime win at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).

Century Mark:
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 104 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered eight double-doubles to lead all Pac-10 players. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10), Arizona (21/13) and Stanford (12/11). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounds (7.6 rpg), ranking 11th and fourth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 51 percent (110-214). He led UW last year in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).

Fabulous Frosh:
The Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players in 21 years from Tacoma, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards have raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Massingale ranks third on the team in scoring during conference games, averaging 7.8 points per outing while shooting 45 percent (9-20) from 3-point range. He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995. Massingale drew three starts while Allen started three of the last four games. Allen hit a pair of spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and hitting the game winner with 0:06 left with the second. Allen tallied double-figure points in three of the last five games, including a career-high 18 against Washington State (Feb. 3).

Close Calls:
The Huskies have been winning their close games this season, posting a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points. Three of Washington's last four wins were overtime decisions. The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0. UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18).

Dixon's Line:
Junior center David Dixon has put up some outstanding stat lines in recent boxscores. The last outing was his best as Dixon amassed a career-high 16 points against Washington State on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field. He blocked a career-high five shots, grabbed six rebounds, distributed two assists and had one steal in Saturday's victory over the Cougars. Dixon registered back-to-back double-figure scoring performances, including 12 points against California (Jan. 27). The 6-foot-11 Houston, Texas native is shooting 62 percent from the field (23-37) against Pac-10 opponents. He hit 15-of-19 shots from the field in the last three games.

Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials "CW" to honor Williams who is in a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 750 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.

Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. "I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program," Green explains. "I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause." Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven. Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and rebounds (4.8 rpg) and has a team-high three 20-point outings this season.

Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.

Bender Bio:
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 104-116 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 104 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 164-173. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.

Coaching Staff:
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.

Campaign 2000-01:
A five-man senior class is the nucleus around which eighth-year coach Bob Bender seeks to form a winning unit. Washington finished with a 10-20 record last season, snapping a string of four consecutive winning seasons that culminated in postseason berths. The Huskies tied for eighth place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 5-13 record. In addition to the five seniors, who collectively have played 317 career games, the roster includes four other returning lettermen (9 total), four scholarship newcomers and two walk-ons. Two primary starters return, seniors Will Perkins and Michael Johnson along with senior forward Thalo Green who has been a part-time starter for three seasons. No returning player averaged double-figure points last season. Johnson is the leading returning scorer with a 9.9-point average last year while Perkins averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. Green averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 1999-2000. Highlighting the season is the return to the on-campus arena that has Husky hopes hovering. The 17,072-seat KeyArena in downtown Seattle never really felt like home despite an average attendance of 7,851. As a result, UW had a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) for only the third time in school history.

Puerto Rico Recap:
Washington completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile trip in December with a 3-1 record. UW capped the road trip in fine fashion with a 77-76 overtime triumph over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson that secured the third-place trophy in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. The Huskies defeated host American University-Puerto Rico 67-47 (Dec. 20) in the opening round before falling 69-60 to then 17th-ranked Alabama in the semifinals. Washington led the Tide for much of the game despite playing without leading scorer and rebounder Will Perkins. Thalo Green was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 17.7 points, including a then career-high 20 points in the opener.

The Arizona State Series:
> Arizona State holds a 29-19 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> Washington won this year's first meeting, a 70-68 overtime decision on Jan. 11 in Seattle.

> The Sun Devils own a 17-6 series advantage at home and won 12 of the last 13 meetings against Washington in Tempe.

> Third-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 3-2 record against Washington.

> In his eighth year at Washington, Bob Bender has a 6-9 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting:
UW 70, Arizona State 68 ot (Jan. 11, 2001, Seattle) - Will Perkins and C.J. Massingale each tallied 13 points, helping Washington snap a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime win over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (7-8, 1-2) hit 11-of-24 shots from 3-point range, including a string of six straight treys in the second half that helped erase a nine-point deficit. Arizona State (8-6, 0-3) extended a 32-27 halftime lead to 43-34. The margin was 46-38 before reserve Grant Leep began a 20-8 UW run on a 3-pointer with 10:31 left in regulation. Leep made another trey while Massingale and Michael Johnson each hit two during the run that ended at 2:55 with the Huskies ahead 58-54. ASU scored four straight points, including a put-back by Donnell Knight with seven seconds left, to force overtime. UW converted 9-of-15 free throws during overtime, taking the lead for good at 69-66 on a pair by Thalo Green with 42 seconds to play. For the game, Leep hit all three of his 3-points attempts and Massingale was 3-of-4. Bryan Brown had two treys and 12 points. Knight finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Alton Mason scored 12 points for ASU. Awvee Storey had 10 points and led a 55-31 Sun Devil rebounding advantage with 15 boards. Perkins had 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double.

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