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Release: 01/05/2001
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Jan. 5, 2001

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Sat., Jan. 6-
UW at (#20) USC, 7:00 p.m. PST

Los Angeles Sports Arena (15,509), Los Angeles, Calif.

Thurs., Jan. 11-
UW vs. Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PST

Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (6-7, 0-1) seek to halt a season-high three-game losing streak on Saturday, Jan. 6 when they take on 20th-ranked USC (11-2, 1-0). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Trojans, who last year swept the season series for the first time since 1992, won the last three meetings with Washington. USC won its Pac-10 opener, an 82-59 decision over Washington State on Thursday (Jan. 4). The Huskies suffered their largest loss of the season on Thursday, falling to UCLA 86-64 after losing a pair of home games to UC Irvine (56-55) and San Diego (72-54). The three-game losing streak comes in the wake of the high point of the Huskies' season. Washington completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile journey with a 3-1 record. The Huskies capped the road trip in spectacular fashion, defeating Clemson 77-76 in overtime (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson that secured the third-place trophy in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. Upon returning from Los Angeles, Washington prepares for its first Pac-10 homestand during which it hosts Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 11 and 16th-ranked Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 13.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Saturday's Washington-USC game will not be televised in the Northwest. 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/

Notable:
C.J. Massingale scored 25 points at UCLA on Thursday, the highest total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points vs. Arizona State on March 2, 1995 ... Will Perkins (5) and Marlon Shelton (2) have combined for seven double-digit rebound games, matching last year's entire UW team season total ... Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach ... The Huskies are averaging only 57.7 points per game during their current three-game losing streak and are shooting just 38 percent (64-170) from the field and 17 percent (8-46) from 3-point range ... After going without a 20-point scorer in the opening seven games, Washington got 20-point outings in three of its last six games. Thalo Green scored a career-high 20 points against American (Dec. 20), Will Perkins had 20 against Clemson (Dec. 22) and C.J. Massingale had 25 at UCLA (Jan. 4) ... The Huskies missed 24 consecutive 3-pointers before Grant Leep's trey with 2:50 left in their last game, vs. San Diego (Dec. 30). The previous UW 3-pointer was by Michael Johnson with 0:52 remaining in regulation against Clemson (Dec. 22). The Huskies missed their final three 3-pointer versus Clemson, went 0-for-8 against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) and missed their first 13 attempts against San Diego. Leep's trey halted a stretch of 82:18 that UW went without a 3-pointer.

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented five different starting lineups this season with eight players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized four different rotations in the last eight outings due to a recent rash of injuries. A new starting lineup will be used if senior guard Michael Johnson is unable to start due to his sprained right ankle. Johnson and senior guard Bryan Brown are the only players who have started every UW game this season.

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 two games. Clark was limited to only six minutes vs. San Diego (Dec. 30) and 10 minutes at UCLA (Jan. 4).

o Questionable- Michael Johnson, Sprained his right ankle during the second half at UCLA (Jan. 4) and sat out the rest of the game. His status is a game-day decision.

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 USC Series:
> USC holds a slim 57-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.

> The Trojans gained their two-game series lead by sweeping UW last season for the first time since 1992. USC had an 81-79 overtime triumph on Jan. 8, 2000 at Seattle's KeyArena and won 90-71 on March 9, 2000 in Los Angeles.

> Prior to losing the last three meetings, Washington had won seven of the previous eight games against USC.

> USC boasts a 33-21 series advantage against the Huskies over games contested in Los Angeles.

> Sixth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 4-5 record against Washington.

> Washington's Bob Bender has an 8-6 coaching record against USC.

The Last Meeting:
USC 90, UW 71 (March 9, 2000, Los Angeles):
Jeff Trepagnier scored a career-high 28 points and Brian Scalabrine added 23 in USC's 90-71 victory over Washington at the Sports Arena. The Trojans (15-14, 8-9) completed a season sweep of Washington (10-19, 5-12) for the first time since 1992. Trepagnier shot 13-for-18 from the field and also contributed seven rebounds and seven steals. Scalabrine hit 11-of-15 shots from the field and also had seven rebounds. USC extended an early three-point lead to 34-17 with 14 unanswered points, including five from Trepagnier and four from Scalabrine. The lead was 46-31 at halftime and increased to as many as 27 points in the second half. The Trojans shot 50 percent both from the field (36-72) and 3-point range (7-14). David Bluthenthal had 12 points and a team-high eight boards for USC which had a 44-34 rebounding advantage. Thalo Green grabbed 10 rebounds for Washington. Deon Luton scored 19 points to pace the Huskies who also got 11 from Chris Walcott and 10 from Senque Carey. Luton moved into the No. 8 spot among all-time Washington scorers, increasing his career total to 1,482 points. Carey distributed five assists and pushed his assist total to 132, the fifth-highest single-season total in Husky history. Brandon Granville dished out 10 of the Trojans' 20 assists.

Defensive Data:
Prior to the season, UW coach Bob Bender challenged his team to focus on defense, saying "There is a sense of pride that has to be there from a defensive standpoint that maybe wasn't as consistent as it needed to be last year." The Huskies have responded to his plea, holding seven opponents under 70 points. Last year all but four non-conference foes scored over 70 points. Washington is surrendering 69.3 points per game, 3.5-points per game fewer than last season's 72.8-point figure. Last year opponents converted 36 percent of their 3-point shots, a number that is down to 31 percent this season.

Last UW Game:
UCLA 86, UW 64 (Jan. 4, 2001, Los Angeles)
- Center Dan Gadzuric amassed 19 points and 16 rebounds as UCLA led the entire game in an 86-64 win over Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. UCLA (6-4, 1-0) beat the Huskies (6-7, 0-1) at Pauley Pavilion for the 15th straight time. Gadzuric scored seven points during an 11-0 game-opening run. The Bruins did not surrender a point for 6:05 en route to an 18-2 run. Washington hit only 5 of 29 first-half shots, none by a starter, to fall behind 49-16 at halftime. The Bruin lead grew to as many as 35 points in the second half before UW rallied to within 70-50 on a 3-pointer by C.J. Massingale with 5:43 remaining. The Huskies would draw no closer. Massingle finished with 25 points, the highest scoring output by a Husky freshman since Mark Sanford had a 26-point outing in 1995. Jason Kapono tallied 18 points for the Bruins who also got 15 from Earl Watson and 13 from T.J. Cummings. UW's Will Perkins scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half. UCLA posted a 50-34 rebounding advantage, including 11 from Matt Barnes.

The Season So Far:
The Huskies opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale. Washington 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 its current four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket. The Huskies fell to Saint Louis 69-61 in their last home game (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 all of its home games last season, and 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 season-opening, three-game homestand was a welcome change for the Huskies who were on the road for the first 22 days of the 1999-2000 season. They played their first six games on the road last season and didn't play in Seattle until Dec. 13. UW won both of its exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime victory at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in five of the 12 games he's played. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) followed by a 14-point, 10-rebound performance against New Mexico State (Nov. 25) and an 11-point, 12-rebound outing against Portland State (Nov. 28). The Omaha, Nebraska native had his three-game double-double streak stopped at Wichita State (Nov. 30) as he had a team-high 16 points, but only five rebounds. He rebounded with an 18-point, 11-board effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2). Despite suffering from a virus, he had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Clemson (Dec. 22). Perkins leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounds (7.6 rpg) while shooting 55 percent (67-122). Last year, he led UW in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).

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.

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 101-111 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 101 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 161-168. 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 with a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) for only the third time in school history.

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.

The Arizona State Series:
> Arizona State holds a 29-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> The Sun Devils swept the season series last year for the first time since 1995, winning 90-80 on Jan. 13, 2000 in Tempe and 81-67 on Feb. 12, 2000 in Seattle.

> Arizona State won four of the last five meetings with UW.

> This has been a series of streaks as the Sun Devils posted 14 consecutive victories between 1990-96 before the Huskies won four straight games from 1996-98.

> Arizona State holds a slim 12-11 edge during games played in Seattle. An 81-67 ASU decision last season stopped a four-game UW series win streak in Seattle.

> Third-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 3-1 record against Washington.

> In his eighth year at Washington, Bob Bender has a 5-9 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting:
Arizona State 81, UW 67 (Feb. 12, 2000, Seattle):
Eddie House scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half, helping Arizona State overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to claim an 81-67 win over Washington at KeyArena. The Sun Devils (14-9, 6-5) swept the season series from Washington (8-15, 3-8) for the first time since 1995. The game marked the return of senior Chris Walcott who missed the previous four outings after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27. Walcott entered the game midway through the first half and scored six points to spark a 14-point run that put the Huskies ahead 33-25. UW owned a 39-31 margin at halftime. ASU scored the first 12 points after intermission to move ahead 43-39 with 15:10 left to play. Washington regained the lead briefly at 50-46 before the Sun Devils took the lead for good with a 14-2 surge. House hit 11-of-25 shots from the field for ASU which got 10 points from Donnell Knight. Deon Luton scored 15 of Washington 28 second-half points en route to a 25-point performance. Will Perkins added 12 points for the Huskies. The Sun Devils posted a commanding 43-33 advantage on the boards, led by the nine rebounds of Chad Prewitt. Despite the 8-for-17 shooting of Luton, Washington shot only 36 percent (22-62) from the field while ASU hit 41 percent of its field goals attempts (27-66).

Returning Talent:
Two starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team, including senior guard Michael Johnson, UW's top statistical returnee in points (9.9 ppg), assists (64), 3-pointers (34) and 3-point accuracy (34%). Forward Will Perkins led all Huskies in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal accuracy (48%) and blocked shots (39) last season. They are joined by forward Thalo Green who led UW in steals (35) and was second in rebounds (4.9 rpg). Juniors David Dixon and Marlon Shelton return to battle for the starting center spot. The 6-11 Dixon started twice in 2000 while the 6-10 Shelton drew four starts. Senior Bryan Brown has experience at the point guard position after playing as Senque Carey's backup last season. With Carey's transfer to New Mexico, Brown has the inside track on the starting role. He will be pressed by a pair of incoming freshmen point guards from Tacoma, Wash., Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale. Expect senior swingman Greg Clark to play a major role with increased minutes. The UW's defensive stopper should display his offensive prowess this year. Junior Grant Leep seeks to return from a knee injury that sidelined him for the final 19 games in 2000. Leep possesses a solid inside game with range out to the 3-point line. Sophomore Ben Coffee is an athletic small forward who is a capable rebounder and looks to surface as an offensive threat. Third-year walk-on Travis Duty provides depth for the guard corps.

Departures:
Four players departed from last year's team, including three starters and reserve guard Andrew Moritz. The biggest loss is guard Deon Luton who completed his career as the Huskies' No. 8 all-time scorer with 1,488 points. Luton owns every UW 3-point record, including career (212), season (75) and single-game (7) treys. Forward Chris Walcott started 20 games and was a solid inside-outside presence for UW. Senque Carey started two years at point guard before transferring i the summer to New Mexico. Carey led the team last year with 137 assists, the third-best season total in UW history.

Newcomers:
The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of three scholarship recruits, including a pair of guards from Tacoma, Wash. Both Curtis Allen, from Wilson High School, and C.J. Massingale, from Mount Tahoma High School, will battle for playing time at point guard as they ranked Nos. 7 and 8 among prospects in the West at that position by Pac-West Hoops. They are the first Tacoma natives to receive scholarships from the Washington basketball team since Steve Matzen who lettered from 1977 to 1980. Allen was the state Class 4A player of the year, averaging 25.2 points and 4.0 assists per game. Massingale averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to win his second straight Narrows League Bridge Division MVP award. Bolstering the frontcourt is 6-9, 270-pound DeMarcus Williams from Upland (Calif.) High School. Williams was rated the West's No. 12 center prospect by Pac-West Hoops and was an honorable mention All-America pick by Blue Ribbon magazine. Invited walk-on freshmen Sterling Brown (Woodinville HS) and David Hudson (Rainier Beach HS) are also new to the team. Sophomore Doug Wrenn, a transfer from Connecticut, will red-shirt this season.

Frequent Flyers:
The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles on lengthy road trips during the last four years. This season was no different as they completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile round trip to Puerto Rico with a stopover in Miami, Fla. Washington traveled nearly 10,000 air miles during a two-week span last year, flying from Seattle to Moraga, Calif., from Moraga to Anchorage and from Alaska back to Seattle. After two days at home, the Huskies boarded a plane for Wilmington, N.C. where they took a bus to Norfolk, Va. and flew back to Seattle. During the 1998-99 season, UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle. In 1998, Washington traveled to South Alabama for a single game. Later that year the Huskies criss-crossed the country twice during the 1998 NCAA Tournament, flying from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for the first two rounds before returning to Seattle for one day and then flying to Greensboro, N.C. for the Sweet 16.

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 748 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. Meet the Press: Beginning Jan. 9, Bob Bender will conduct a weekly press meeting every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the basketball meeting area (room 221) located on the second floor of the Graves Building on Montlake Boulevard.

Husky Tickets:
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. New this season is the Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $16 while general admission seats are $6 for adults and $3 for high school students, senior citizens and children. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets, phone centers (206-628-0888) or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

Husky Talk:
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau.

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