Dec. 19, 1999
Tues., Dec. 21 - UW vs. #14 Oklahoma State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Thurs., Dec. 23 - UW vs. Boise State, 7:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Northwest)
Both games at KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.
One of only five undefeated teams in the national rankings invades KeyArena for a Tuesday, Dec. 21 clash with the Washington Huskies (4-4). The Huskies host 14th-ranked Oklahoma State (9-0) at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at KeyArena where the Huskies will play all of their 1999-2000 home games while Edmundson Pavilion undergoes a one-year renovation. The Cowboys return to Seattle for the first time since 1995 when they played in the Final Four at the Kingdome, losing a 74-61 decision to eventual champion UCLA. OSU won its most recent game, an 89-75 decision at UNLV on Saturday. Washington beat Wichita State 61-47 on Friday in its last outing. The Huskies are in the midst of a four-game homestand, their first set of home games after opening the campaign with a six-game, 10,000-mile road trip. The homestand concludes on Thursday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. against Boise State. After a brief Christmas break, the Huskies take to the road again for their final two non-conference games, at New Mexico State (Dec. 30) and at New Mexico (Jan. 2).
Season to Date: Washington opened the season with a win for the sixth straight season, defeating Saint Mary's 73-60 in Moraga, Calif. The Huskies traveled to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout where they defeated the host Seawolves 86-70 in the opener. UW lost three straight games, placing fifth in the Shootout after setbacks to Georgia Tech (82-65) and Xavier (81-65) before losing at UNC Wilmington (68-59). The Huskies stopped that three-game slide with a victory at Old Dominion (78-70). That was the third Husky road victory, matching their total last season when they had a 3-9 road record. After six straight road games, UW dropped their home opener to No. 22 Gonzaga (76-66) before beating Wichita State (61-47) in the last outing.
TV/Radio Coverage: The Oklahoma State game will not be televised. Thursday's game against Boise State will be televised live by Fox Sports Net 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/
Season Preview: Bob Bender begins his seventh season at Washington, seeking to direct the Huskies to their third straight NCAA Tournament berth and fifth consecutive postseason appearance overall. Only once in school history have the Huskies appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments (1984-86). UW lost 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) in the first round of last season's NCAA Tournament, ending a 17-12 season. The Huskies finished fourth in the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 10-8 league ledger. In pursuit of an NCAA bid, Bender must find a way to fill the void left by the departure of a pair of 1,000-point scorers, 7-foot center Todd MacCulloch and Donald Watts. Three starters return, including the backcourt duo of senior guard Deon Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, and sophomore guard Senque Carey, a member of the 1999 All-Pac-10 freshman team.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes: Washington has a 59-164 record in all-time meetings with ranked opponents, including a 15-49 mark during the 1990s. The Huskies lost their only game this season against a ranked foe, falling 76-66 to No. 22 Gonzaga on Dec. 13 at KeyArena. The last Husky victory over a ranked opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 at Edmundson Pavilion. Washington has a 24-96 all-time record against Top-10 foes and is 4-23 during the '90s. Five teams on the UW schedule are ranked among the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including Stanford (#2), Arizona (#5), Oklahoma State (#14), UCLA (#18) and Gonzaga (#22).
The Oklahoma State Series:
o The Cowboys hold a 6-3 advantage in the series that returns to Seattle for the first time since 1968. The Huskies swept a two-game set in Oklahoma State's last visit to Seattle in 1968, winning 46-44 on Dec. 13 and 48-45 on Dec. 14 at Edmundson Pavilion.
o OSU defeated Washington 81-66 on Dec. 6, 1997 in Stillwater during the last meeting between these two schools.
o The inaugural meeting between these schools occurred in the regional semifinals of the 1951 NCAA Tournament. The Cowboys posted a 61-57 victory in 1951 over the Bob Houbregs-led Huskies. The Don Johnson and Gale McArthur-led Oklahoma A&M squad then lost 68-44 to NCAA runner-up Kansas State.
o The UW has a 37-45 all-time record against Big 12 Conference members.
o In his 29th season as a head coach, his 10th at OSU, Eddie Sutton has 641 career victories (1-0 vs. Washington).
o In his seventh season at Washington Bob Bender lost the only game he coached against Oklahoma State.
The Last Meeting: Oklahoma State 81, UW 66 (Dec. 6, 1997, Stillwater, Okla.) -- Joe Adkins scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, including three straight baskets that repelled a Washington rally in Oklahoma State's 81-66 victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The outcome marked the first loss of the season for Washington (4-1) while the Cowboys extended their national-leading streak of home victories over non-conference opponents to 76 games. Oklahoma State limited the Huskies to 29-percent (7-24) first-half shooting and forced 15 turnovers en route to a 40-25 halftime advantage. The lead grew to as many as 22 points before a 13-2 run closed the gap to 57-46 with 10:16 remaining. Adkins scored the next six OSU points to stop the surge. Adrian Peterson and Desmond Mason scored 14 points for the Cowboys while Doug Gottlieb added eight points and 11 assists. Donald Watts scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half. Todd MacCulloch finished with 11 points and Chris Walcott added 10 for the Huskies who shot 38 percent (22-58) for the game. Oklahoma State shot 56 percent (32-57) from the field.
Notable: Washington has a 4-0 record when outshooting opponents from the field and is 0-4 when being outshot ... Senior forward Chris Walcott, a former walk-on, leads the team with his 52-percent (37-71) field goal percentage. Walcott is the only current or former walk-on serving as a regular starter for a Pac-10 team ... The Huskies have a 3-0 record when scoring more than 70 points and are 1-4 when being held under 70 points ... The Huskies have won three road games, matching their total last season when they had a 3-9 road record ... The Huskies are limiting opponents to 41-percent shooting (198-481) from the field and no team has reached the 50-percent plateau this season ... The UW has a 35-13 record during games in which senior guard Deon Luton hits multiple 3-pointers ... Luton had a streak of 64 straight starts snapped as he was replaced in the starting lineup at Old Dominion (Dec. 4) by Greg Clark. The benching followed an 0-for-9 shooting performance at UNC Wilmington (Dec. 2). Luton responded with 16 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, in his reserve role at ODU ... The team that owns the halftime lead has won all seven UW games this season ... Junior forward Will Perkins registered double-figure rebounds in four of eight games this season, averaging 8.4 caroms per game ... Sophomore point guard Senque Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th double-digit assist performance in Husky history. It was only the seventh double-digit assist effort by a UW player during the 1990s.
Home Away From Home: The Huskies will play all of their home games in KeyArena at Seattle Center this season while Hec Edmundson Pavilion is being renovated. The Huskies won 746 games in The Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more than any other school in its current arena. Washington tallied a 49-9 record on its home court the past four seasons. The UW has a 4-1 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only game at KeyArena. Washington also played two games in the Kingdome, beating Notre Dame 63-61 in double overtime on Jan. 9, 1984 and Old Dominion 71-61 on Dec. 22, 1995. Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is scheduled to re-open next season.
Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last few seasons and this year was no different. Washington traveled nearly 10,000 air miles during a two-week span from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. The Huskies flew from Seattle to Moraga, Calif. (782 miles), from Moraga to Anchorage, Ak. (2,227) and from Alaska back to Seattle (1,445). After two days at home, the Huskies boarded a plane for Wilmington, N.C. (2,460) where they took a bus to Norfolk, Va. and flew back to Seattle (2,585). 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. UW flew from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for the first two rounds, returned to Seattle for one day and flew to Greensboro, N.C. for the Sweet 16. In 1999, the UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.
Last UW Game - UW 61, Wichita State 47 (Dec. 17, 1999, Seattle): Senque Carey scored 12 points and ignited a 12-2 run to open the second half in Washington's 61-47 victory over Wichita State at KeyArena. Washington (4-4) extended a 31-24 halftime advantage to 43-26 in the first five minutes of the second half. Carey had four points in that stretch and capped the run with a lob pass that Deon Luton dunked. The Huskies never led by fewer than 11 points the rest of the game. Luton finished with 12 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Michael Johnson. Will Perkins led a 38-30 UW rebounding margin with 10 boards. Wichita State (3-3) was led by the 24 points of Jason Perez. After a layin by Johnson with 7:00 remaining, the Huskies did not score another field goal until Jon DeWolfe's layin at 0:15. UW hit 8-of-10 free throws during that span while limiting the Shockers to only 12 points. Wichita shot only 33 percent (17-52) from the field and only 26 percent (8-31) after intermission. Washington won despite hitting only 1-of-8 treys and a sub-par 4-for-15 shooting effort from the field by Luton. The Huskies blocked eight shots, two by freshman Ben Coffee.
Century Club: Last year Deon Luton became the 27th player in Washington history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring plateau. He currently has 1,135 points to rank 19th among UW career scorers. He needs 12 points to surpass former teammate Donald Watts (1996-99) and move into the No. 18 position.
Three-Peat?: Three starters return for Washington, seniors Deon Luton and Chris Walcott along with sophomore point guard Senque Carey. That trio looks to lead the Huskies to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament trip. Only once (1984-86) has Washington participated in three straight NCAA Tournaments. Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, ranked second on the team in 1999 with a 14.3-point scoring average. Carey was a 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection after averaging 8.7 points and 3.2 assists despite playing a reserve role during the first 11 games. One area of concern is rebounding as Carey is the team's leading returning board man with 3.1 caroms per game. Walcott started 12 games last year at forward, a position also manned by Thalo Green and Greg Clark, who started 11 and eight games, respectively.
Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at Old Dominion. He broke the single-game 3-point percentage mark and tied Deon Luton's single-game trey standard of seven. Against Alaska Anchorage he put his offense aside (four points) and got his teammates involved by distributing 10 assists against only one turnover. That was his first double-digit assist effort and the 28th in Husky history. Carey thrived under difficult circumstances last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. He was thrust into the starting point guard role for the final 17 games due to the season-ending foot injury to Dan Dickau. Carey responded with double-figure points in 11 of those games, including a season-high 19-point total at Arizona (Jan. 9) that he matched against USC (Jan. 28). He averaged 11.2 points during Pac-10 play, including 12.1 as a starter. Carey was a catalyst for a vastly improved offense that averaged eight more points a game with him at the helm. Carey led the Huskies in scoring three times and was the team's top assister on 11 occasions in 1999. His 94 assists placed him second among all-time UW freshman players, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987). Carey had a double-double at Oregon State (Feb. 11) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Returning Talent: Three starters and 10 lettermen from last year's team return. The leader is senior guard Deon Luton, Washington's all-time record holder in every 3-point scoring category, including marks for career (158), season (75 in 1998) and single-game (seven at USC on Jan. 29, 1998) treys. All-Pac-10 Freshman Team member Senque Carey joins Luton to form one of the Pac-10's finest backcourt tandems. Carey was thrust into the starting point guard spot, in place of an injured Dan Dickau, midway through last season and registered double-figure points in 11 of the next 13 games. Eight-game starter Greg Clark, a junior forward, returns in his role as Washington's defensive stopper. Senior Chris Walcott, a 6-9 forward, and 6-7 junior forward Thalo Green, provide leadership for an otherwise inexperienced frontcourt. Walcott started 12 games in 1999 and is the Huskies' top returning field goal shooting (.518) and steals leader (28). Green started 11 games last season, providing an uncanny knack for interior passing and scoring around the basket. Junior guard Michael Johnson is slated to fill the third guard role vacated by the graduation of Donald Watts. Johnson seeks to display at the collegiate level the scoring skills he showed while amassing a state prep Class AA record 2,271 points at Seattle's Ballard High School. Long-distance shooting specialist Bryan Brown, a junior, has 3-point range reminiscent of his father, "Downtown" Fred Brown. Sophomore Grant Leep will battle for increased playing time with a solid inside game and range out to the 3-point line. Sophomore center Marlon Shelton teams with newcomer David Dixon to fill the post position vacated by NBA draftee Todd MacCulloch. Guard Andrew Moritz, a three-year walk-on, was granted a scholarship for his senior season. Walk-ons Jon DeWolfe and Travis Duty provide depth for the guard corps.
Newcomers: The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of three scholarship recruits and one walk-on. The lone scholarship freshman is Ben Coffee who joins sophomore David Dixon and junior Will Perkins in the 1999 recruiting class. All three are capable rebounders and should help a group of returners that looks to fill the void left by the departure of Todd MacCulloch whose 11.9 rebounds per game ranked second in the nation. Perkins, a 6-8 forward, comes to Washington from Iowa Western JC where he was selected by Blue Ribbon Yearbook as an honorable mention All-American selection. He averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds during his sophomore season. The 6-11 Dixon is the likely candidate to fill the starting center spot. Also named as an honorable mention junior college All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Dixon averaged 10 points and nine rebounds in 1999 for a fine Tyler (Texas) Junior College program that has produced NBA standouts Robert Pack, Sam Mack and David Benoit. Coffee is a product of Benson Tech High School in Portland, Ore. who is highly regarded for his athleticism and rebounding abilities. He was a second-team selection in the Fab 15 published by the Orange County Register, receiving the 28th most votes among West Coast prep players. Coffee averaged 13.9 points per game for the Techmen who won the 1999 Portland Interscholastic league title and placed third in the Oregon state tournament. The fourth newcomer is invited walk-on Jon DeWolfe, a 6-3 guard from Walla Walla, Wash. who completed his prep career last spring at Walla Walla High School.
Departures: Only three players from last year's team will not return but they leave big shoes to fill. The biggest loss is 7-0 center Todd MacCulloch, a three-time national field goal percentage leader and two-time All-Pac-10 member who was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. The Huskies lose his team-leading 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. The backcourt must absorb the loss of two 1999 opening day starters in Donald Watts and Dan Dickau. Washington played the second half of last season without Dickau who suffered a season ending heel injury and has since transferred to Gonzaga. Watts averaged 13.1 points per game, including a career-high 28-points in the NCAA first round match-up with Miami (Ohio).
Sonics & Sons: Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 1999-2000 Washington basketball roster. The list of former NBA players (and sons) includes, Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown is the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Lonnie Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 15 NBA seasons 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 team last year, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) transferred after his freshman year to Bellevue (Wash.) Community College.
The Boise State Series:
o Washington owns a 7-1 series advantage, winning the first seven meetings with the Broncos before losing 69-61 last year in Boise.
o The Huskies won all six previous games against Boise State that were played in Seattle.
o The Broncos, members of the Big West Conference, are coached for the fifth year by Rod Jensen who previously was an assistant for 12 seasons at BSU. Jensen has a 1-1 record against the Huskies.
o Washington has an 142-58 all-time record against Big West members.
o Washington's Bob Bender has a 1-1 coaching record against Boise State.
The Last Meeting: Boise State 69, UW 61 (Dec. 5, 1998, Boise, Idaho) -- Former Husky Roberto Bergersen amassed 24 of his 32 points in the second half, lifting Boise State to a 69-61 win over 15th-ranked Washington and its school-record 17th consecutive home victory at BSU Pavilion. The Huskies raced out to a 20-4 lead in the opening eight minutes. Boise State rallied with 17 unanswered points, holding the UW scoreless for seven minutes en route to a 21-20 lead. The Broncos took a 35-30 halftime advantage as Kejuan Woods stole the inbounds pass after a Bergersen basket and fed a Gerry Washington layup as time expired. The lead grew to as many as 17 points in the second half, sparked by Bergersen who scored 18 straight BSU points. Bergersen played his freshman season at Washington in 1995 before transferring to Boise. Donald Watts defended Bergersen, limiting him to four points before a right ankle sprain 5:41 before halftime sidelined him the remainder of the game. Todd MacCulloch paced Washington with 20 points and nine rebounds while Deon Luton chipped in 15 points. The Broncos shot 56 percent (27-48) from the field and the UW shot 50 percent (20-40).
Stable of Starters: The Washington roster includes six players who started at least two games last season. Those six returning players combined for 80 total starts in 1999. Senior guard Deon Luton, who started all 29 games last season and all 30 games the previous year, had a string of 64 consecutive starts snapped at Old Dominion when Greg Clark started in his place.
Chat With Bob Bender: The Husky Fever web site will be hosting Coach Bob Bender for a live chat on two occasions this season. The live chat sessions with Bender are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 8. Both chat sessions are scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. To participate in these sessions, see the Husky Fever web site at: www.huskyfever.com
The New Mexico State Series:
o The Huskies defeated New Mexico State 73-53 in Seattle last year on Dec. 19 in the only previous meeting.
o Both the Aggies and Washington participated in the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Both teams lost first-round Midwest Region games in New Orleans, La. UW lost 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) and New Mexico State lost 82-60 to Kentucky.
o The UW has a 142-58 all-time record against teams from the Big West Conference.
o Aggie Coach Lou Henson has a 1-2 record against Washington, the first two meetings occurring while he was at Illinois. His Illini squad defeated the Huskies 76-55 on Dec. 7, 1991 in Champaign and 81-68 on Dec. 30, 1977 at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore.
o Washington's Bob Bender won his only game as a coach against New Mexico State and Lou Henson. Bender coached at Illinois State from 1989-1993 while Henson coached at Illinois but they never met head-to-head.
The Last Meeting: UW 73, New Mexico State 53 (Dec. 19, 1998, Seattle) -- Todd MacCulloch grabbed 19 rebounds and tallied 23 points to share game-high scoring honors with teammate Deon Luton as Washington halted a three-game losing streak with a 73-53 victory over New Mexico State at Edmundson Pavilion. It was the first home game in 32 days for the Huskies who logged over 8,000 miles on a six-game road trip. Washington stretched a 29-26 halftime lead as MacCulloch scored eight points and Luton added five to fuel a 15-2 run. That early second-half surge gave UW a 44-30 advantage with 14:07 left in the game. MacCulloch hit 8-of-13 shots from the field while Luton shot 7-fot-11, including 4-of-7 accuracy from 3-point range. Eric Channing scored 17 points to lead the Aggies who also got 13 from Aaron Brodt. Dan Dickau contributed 10 points and five asists for Washington.
Husky Tickets: All Washington men's basketball games during the 1999-2000 season will be played at Seattle Center's KeyArena. Good seats are available for all Washington home games on a season and individual game basis. All seating for Husky basketball games at KeyArena is reserved. Reserved seating for all regular-season games are $14 and $6. Seating is subject to availability within the reserved areas. The first 500 UW students are allowed in free. Call or visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in room 101of the Graves Building or by telephone at (206) 543-2200 for information.
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.