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UW Men Entertain 7th-Ranked Arizona Thursday at KeyArena
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Feb. 7, 2000

Thurs., Feb. 10 - UW vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)

Sat., Feb. 12 - UW vs. Arizona State, 1:00 p.m. PST (ABC Sports)

Both Games at KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (8-13, 3-6) return home from a successful three-game road trip to host their conference rivals from the state of Arizona. Seventh-ranked Arizona (19-4, 8-1) is tied atop the Pacific-10 Conference standings with Stanford. The Wildcats visit Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 10 in a game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time at KeyArena in downtown Seattle where the Huskies will play all of their home games this season during the one-year renovation of their on-campus arena. Arizona won this season's first meeting 69-62 on Jan. 15 in Tucson. Washington won five of the last nine meetings with the Wildcats in Seattle. The Huskies entertain Arizona State (12-9, 4-5) on Saturday, Feb. 12. The game will be televised live at 1 p.m. PST on ABC Sports. Washington won the last four meetings with ASU in Seattle. The Huskies posted a 74-68 overtime win at Washington State in their last outing (Feb. 5) after winning 54-52 at California (Jan. 29) on a last-second shot by Senque Carey. The current two-game winning streak represents the first back-to-back UW victories since the opening two games of the season.

TV/Radio Coverage: Both Washington games this week will be televised. Thursday's game against Arizona air live at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. Saturday's game against Arizona State airs live at 1 p.m. on ABC Sports. 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: Washington has played only eight home games and 13 away from Seattle on a hectic travel schedule has included over 16,000 air miles ... The Huskies, who used the same lineup for nine of the first 10 games this season, have implemented five different lineups in the last 11 outings ... Senior Deon Luton ranks 11th among all-time Washington scorers with 1,361 career points. Luton needs 65 points to take over the No. 10 spot ... UW has won five away games this season (5-6), topping last season's total (3-9) ... The Huskies, who lost all four games when their opponents shot better than 50 percent, have a 1-10 record when being outshot by their foes.

Luton's Got the Range at Home: Senior guard Deon Luton has quickly warmed up to the Huskies' new home at KeyArena. Luton was the leading Washington scorer in all eight home games to date while Saturday's 26-point outing was only the first time in 13 road contests that he was the team's top scorer. He has registered 20 points on seven occasions this season, only twice away from KeyArena. Luton is averaging 21.0 points at home while shooting 50 percent from the field (59-117) and 50 percent (24-48) from 3-point range. Away from home those figures drop to 12.1 points per game, 32-percent shooting from the field (50-155) and 33-percent accuracy on treys (21-63). Luton had a similar disparity last season, averaging 18.6 points at home, shooting 51% from the field and 41% on 3-pointers. On the road in 1999, Luton averaged 10.9 points, shooting 37% from the field and 28% on treys.

Injury Update: The Huskies have steadily gotten healthier after suffering five injuries during their final non-conference road trip , Dec. 29 through Jan. 2 in New Mexico. Following is a list of the currently injured Huskies and their projected status for Thursday's game against Arizona.

o Senque Carey - Questionable. Sprained right ankle during overtime Saturday at Washington State (Feb. 5).

o Grant Leep - Out for the season with sprained MCL in right knee suffered at end of New Mexico State game (Dec. 30).

o Chris Walcott - Doubtful. Sidelined 2-3 weeks after arthroscopic surgery (Jan. 27) to left knee. Missed last three games.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes: The Huskies have not defeated a team ranked as high as No. 7 Arizona since a 62-60 upset of a seventh-ranked Wildcat squad on Jan. 16, 1992. Washington has a 60-168 record in all-time meetings with ranked opponents. The Huskies are 1-4 against ranked opponents this season. Washington lost 76-66 to then 22nd-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 13) and 84-72 to No. 11 Oklahoma State (Dec. 21) before beating No. 24 UCLA 63-62 (Jan. 6). The Huskies lost 69-62 at No. 2 Arizona (Jan. 15) and 92-62 at No. 2 Stanford. Washington has a 24-98 all-time record against Top-10 foes. The last Husky victory over a Top-10 opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 at Edmundson Pavilion. Four teams on the UW schedule are ranked among the current Associated Press poll, including Stanford (#2), Arizona (#7), Oklahoma State (#14) and Oregon (#24).

Upsetting Arizona: Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-13 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (9) and California (6) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Six of the Huskies' last 15 wins over ranked opponents came against Arizona. Washington had a 4-23 record during the 1990s against Top-10 opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. During the 1996 season, UW defeated a 14th-ranked Wildcat team 80-79 for its first win in Tucson since 1984. Last year, the Huskies beat No. 10 Arizona 90-84 in Seattle.

The Arizona Series:

o Arizona has a 29-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

o The Wildcats won this year's first meeting 69-62 on Jan. 15 in Tucson.

o Washington won 90-84 on Feb. 4, 1999 in Arizona's last visit to Seattle. The Huskies hold a one game lead in the all-time series in Seattle, with an 11-10 record. Washington won in two of Arizona's last three visits to Seattle. The Wildcats were ranked 10th in the nation for the 1999 meeting as they were on Feb. 2, 1997 when they fell 92-88.

o 17th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 24-9 all-time record against the Huskies while seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender is 4-9 against the Wildcats. 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 Hoosier victory at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).

The Last Meeting: #2 Arizona 69, UW 62 (Jan. 15, 2000, Tucson, Ariz.) -- Loren Woods scored seven of his 22 points during a 2:33 span in the second half when second-ranked Arizona took the lead for good en route to a 69-62 victory over Washington at McKale Center. Each team held a six-point lead during the first half that ended in a 25-25 tie. The second half featured six lead changes and six ties before Woods sparked an 11-3 run to give the Wildcats (15-2, 4-0) their largest lead at 52-45 with 7:04 left in the game. Woods began the surge with a jumper with 9:37 remaining responding to a basket by Chris Walcott that had given Washington (6-10, 1-3) its last lead of the contest at 42-41. Woods also contributed 11 rebounds while Michael Wright added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guards Jason Gardener and Gilbert Arenas scored 15 and 10 points, respectively for Arizona in reserve roles. Both were Walcott and Senque Carey paced the Huskies with 16 points apiece. Deon Luton, who finished with 10 points for UW, missed all 10 of his first-half shot and finished the game connecting on only 3-of-19 attempts. Arizona outscored UW 19-5 at the free throw line, attempting 27 charity shots to only six for the Huskies. The Wildcats shot 43 percent from the field while limiting Washington to 33-percent shooting.

Hair Raising Experience: Thalo Green realizes his hair is getting a little out of control. Green, who had a nearly shaven look last season, now possesses long, curly red locks. The Husky junior plans to go without a haircut until the end of the current season, at which time he will shave it off and donate the hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization affiliated with the American Cancer Society which uses such donations to make wigs for cancer patients.

Last UW Game - UW 74, Washington State 68 ot (Feb. 5, 2000, Pullman, Wash.): Deon Luton scored 26 points, including a dunk in overtime that gave Washington the lead for good en route to a 74-68 victory over Washington State. The loss spoiled the debut of the Cougars' (5-13, 0-9) new parquet floor. Washington (8-13, 3-6) posted its first win in four overtime games this season. The Huskies, who led 36-24 at halftime, took a 62-59 advantage on a baseline jumper by Thalo Green with 0:18 left in regulation. WSU's Jan-Michael Thomas forced overtime with a 3-pointer at 0:03, tying the score at 62-62. The Cougars tallied the first three points of overtime before the Huskies reeled off five straight points, capped by Luton's dunk with 0:46 remaining, to go ahead 67-65. Washington secured the outcome by converting 7-of-9 free throws inside the final 0:25, including 3-of-4 by Michael Johnson who got two technical foul shots after WSU called a timeout it did not have available. Luton finished 8-of-16 from the field, including 4-for-5 accuracy from 3-point range. Greg Clark added a career-high 12 points for UW. Eddie Miller paced the Cougars with 23 points. WSU's Mike Bush amassed 19 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:41 left in overtime. Thomas, who beat Washington last season in Spokane on a 3-pointer at the end of the game, finished with 10 points.

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 1,361 points to rank 11th among UW career scorers. He needs 65 points to surpass Bill Hanson (1960-62) and move into the No. 10 position.

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 previous four seasons. The UW has a 6-5 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-5 mark at KeyArena this year. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only prior 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. Washington's on-campus venue, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, is scheduled to re-open next season with a seating capacity of 10,000.

Prolific Passer: On Jan. 27 at Stanford, Senque Carey became the 20th player in Washington history to reach the 100-assist plateau in a single season. With nine games remaining to play, he has already bettered his total of 94 assists last season. Carey currently has 112 assists to tie for 11th among UW single-season playmakers. He needs two assists to take over the No. 10 spot. Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage and 11 against UCLA, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances in Husky history.

The 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 a three-game skid 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 its Dec. 13 home opener to No. 22 Gonzaga (76-66). The Huskies' four-game homestand included a win over Wichita State (61-47), a loss to No. 13 Oklahoma State (84-72) and a win over Boise State (72-57). UW suffered an overtime setback at New Mexico State (79-75) and lost at New Mexico (78-52) to cap the non-conference season with a 5-7 record. The Huskies upset No. 24 UCLA (63-62) in the Pac-10 opener, their third straight home victory over the Bruins. USC posted an overtime win (81-79) over the Huskies, beginning a six-game losing streak. The Huskies were swept in a road trip to Arizona State (90-80) and No. 2 Arizona (69-62) before losing at home to Oregon (76-74) in overtime and to Oregon State (74-57). Second-ranked Stanford defeated UW (92-62) in California. The Huskies halted the six-game losing skid with a victory at California (54-52) on a last-second 3-pointer by Senque Carey. Washington won 74-68 in overtime Saturday at Washington State in its last outing.

Shuffling Starters: Washington has implemented seven different starting lineups this season with 10 different players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for nine of the first 10 games of the season, but have utilized five different rotations in the last 11 outings. Senque Carey is the only player who has started every UW game this season. 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 Clark started in his place because of a coaches' decision.

Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He led the team in assists during 16 games, topped all Husky scorers on seven occasions and was the top UW rebounder four times. He has 112 assists, the 20th 100-assist season in Husky history. Carey is second on the team with a 12.3-point scoring average. He ranks second in the Pac-10 with 5.3 assists per game. Carey 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 UCLA he distributed 11 assists, the highest total for a Husky since 1993. He had 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, giving him two of the 29 double-digit assist efforts 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). His 94 assists in 1999 placed him second among all-time UW freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987).

Working Overtime: The Huskies have played four overtime games this season, the second-highest total in school history. The 1961 Washington squad compiled a 2-3 record in five overtime contests. Twice before (1986, 1981) UW played four overtime games in the same season. The current team has a 1-3 record in overtimes, getting its first extra-session win (74-68) Saturday at Washington State.

Surgery Sidelines Walcott: Washington senior Chris Walcott underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27 and will be sidelined up to three weeks. The successful surgical procedure removed two loose fragments of cartilage and cleaned up the area around his knee joint. Walcott is scheduled to miss anywhere from 2-to-3 weeks, covering three to seven games. His return this week is doubtful. The 6-foot-9 forward has been hampered by a sore knee all season. He missed one game, a Dec. 30 contest at New Mexico State, after which it was determined he had a bone bruise in his left knee. Walcott played seven subsequent games before missing the last three games. "The one thing that I'm excited for is to be back closer to 100 percent and be able to do something to help us win," said Walcott who played 17 games with 13 starts for the Huskies, averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He is the team's top field goal (.479) and 3-point (.458) shooter.

The Arizona State Series:

o Arizona State holds a 28-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

o The Sun Devils won this season's first meeting, 90-80 on Jan. 13 in Tempe.

o Washington won five of the last eight meetings after suffering through a 14-game losing streak against ASU.

o The two teams have played 22 times in Seattle, each winning 11 times. Washington won the last four games in Seattle against Arizona State.

o Second-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 2-1 record against Washington.

o Washington's Bob Bender has a 5-8 coaching record against ASU.

The Last Meeting: Arizona State 90, UW 80 (Jan. 13, 2000, Tempe, Ariz.) -- Eddie House tallied 29 points in his first game since tying the Pac-10 record with 61 at California on Jan. 8, and Shawn Redhage scored 22 as Arizona State defeated Washington 90-80 at Wells Fargo Arena. House also contributed seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, helping the Sun Devils (10-4, 2-1) beat UW for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings in Tempe. House scored 16 first-half points and ASU capitalized on 15 UW turnovers en route to a 41-31 halftime advantage. Senque Carey scored five straight points as Washington (6-9, 1-2) trimmed the margin to 43-37 with 17:22 left in the game. The Sun Devils responded with a 13-1 run and led by as many as 18 points. Washington never drew within single digits. Carey finished with 25 points for the Huskies who also got 22 from Michael Johnson and 13 from Deon Luton. Chad Prewitt scored 10 ASU points. Awvee Storey grabbed 14 rebounds for Arizona State which had a 52-43 advantage on the boards. Washington was led by the 10 rebounds of Thalo Green. House shot 13-for-30 from the field and did not attempt a free throw. At Cal, House was 18-for-30 and 18-of-19 from the line.

Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last few seasons. They covered over 13,000 air miles during eight non-conference road games this year. 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, UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle.

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.

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 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. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call at (206) 543-2200 for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets and phone centers. Fans can purchase Husky tickets at 90 locations throughout Washington. Seattle-area locations include Tower Records, The Wherehouse and Payless Drugs. Tickets may also be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (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.

Chat With Bob Bender: The Husky Fever web site features Coach Bob Bender for a live chat on two occasions this season. The final live chat session with Bender is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. To participate in these sessions, see the Husky Fever web site at: www.huskyfever.com

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Following are summaries of the three players who signed letters of intent to Washington during the early letter of intent period in November. They will join the Huskies next season. Two of the players, Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale, are from Tacoma, Wash., the first Tacoma native to receive scholarships with the Washington basketball team since Steve Matzen who lettered from 1977 to 1980.

Curtis Allen-6-1, 160, guard, Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson HS)

Averaged 19.8 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior, helping Wilson to the state tournament ... Led Wilson to a state Class 4A runner-up finish in 1998 as a sophomore ... Two-time All-Narrows League honoree ... Second-team 1999 all-state selection by the Associated Press ... Honorable mention national prep All-America pick by Street & Smith's magazine ... Rated the No. 7 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Second-team Orange County Register Fab-15 pick earning the 17th-highest voting total among prep prospects in the West.

C.J. Massingale-6-3, 185, Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma HS)

Averaged 21.1 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals per game during 1999 as a junior ... Named the Narrows League MVP in 1999 ... Led Mount Tahoma to the 1998 state Class4A semifinals as a sophomore ... Named the No. 8 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Third-team Orange County Register Fab-15 pick earning the 36th-highest voting total among prep prospects in the West.

DeMarcus Williams-6-9, 250, Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)

Honorable mention high school All-America selection by Blue Ribbon yearbook ... Rated the No. 12 center prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Voted to the Best of the Best All-Star Team at the 1999 West Coast All-Star Camp in July ... Selected Washington over Pepperdine, UTEP, Saint Mary's, Wyoming, Cornell, UC Irvine, Columbia and Yale.

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