Nov. 26, 2000
Tue., Nov. 28 --
UW vs. Portland State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Thurs., Nov. 30 --
UW at Wichita State, 5:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. CST)
Levitt Arena (10,423), Wichita Kansas
The Washington Huskies (1-1) complete their season-opening three-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 28 against Portland State (0-2). Tip-off is 7 p.m. in newly renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. Washington won all three previous meetings with the Vikings. Portland State is playing on the road against its third straight Pacific-10 Conference opponent, having lost 83-55 at Washington State (Nov. 20) and 84-66 at Oregon (Nov. 25). The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Saturday (Nov. 25), defeating New Mexico State 81-77. Washington played all of its home games last season, and this year's season opener against Texas-El Paso, at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to UTEP at KeyArena (Nov. 21). Washington 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). The Huskies' season-opening, three-game homestand is in stark contrast to last year when they were on the road for the first six games of the season covering a span of 22 days. UW travels for the first time this season, making a two-game road trip. The Huskies visit Wichita State on Thursday, Nov. 30 before playing Gonzaga at the Kennel on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies return to campus after a one-season absence, 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 will be more intimate with a basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 747 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 49-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.
There is no television coverage of Tuesday's game. Saturday's game at Gonzaga will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. on 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/
o Senior forward Will Perkins has double-doubles in both Husky games. No UW player had a double-double last season.
o The Huskies return to their on-campus venue, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion where they have won 747 games since 1927, the most among NCAA teams in their current arena.
o Bob Bender coached his 200th Husky game on Nov. 21. Only Hec Edmundson (683), Marv Harshman (392) and Tippy Dye (247) coached more games at UW.
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 Portland State Series:
> Washington won all three previous meetings, all of them were played in Seattle.
> The Huskies won the most recent matchup 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996. That game broke a 23-year hiatus in the series that was due to Portland State disbanding its basketball program from 1981 until 1996.
> Washington won 101-85 on Dec. 3, 1971 in the inaugural meeting with the Vikings and 64-59 on Jan. 27, 1973.
> The UW has a 59-14 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference.
> Third-year Viking Coach Joel Sobotka has never competed against Washington in a head coaching capacity. Sobotka took over at Portland State in 1998-99, replacing former Husky assistant coach Ritchie McKay who went to Colorado State and is now the head coach at Oregon State.
> Washington's Bob Bender has a 1-0 record as a coach against Portland State.
The Last Meeting:
UW 83, Portland State 70 (Nov. 30, 1996, Seattle) - Todd MacCulloch scored 13 of his career-high 30 points inside the final eight minutes, helping Washington fight off a determined Portland State team 83-70 at Edmundson Pavilion. Portland State, coached by former Husky assistant Ritchie McKay, was in its first year of basketball since the program disbanded in 1981. Washington, a 36-24 leader at halftime, led by as many as 19 points before the Vikings cut the margin to 60-53 with 9:15 remaining. MacCulloch scored at 7:33 to begin the decisive 10-2 UW run that he fueled with seven points. Mark Sanford added 18 points for the Huskies who also got 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists from Jamie Booker. Matt Ambrose and Jamaal Sanford topped five double-figure scorers for Portland State with 13 points apiece. MacCulloch converted 11-of-13 shots from the field, pacing a 57-percent (30-53) team effort for the Huskies. The Vikings were limited to 34-percent shooting (20-59), but made up for it by posting a 10-3 advantage in shots from beyond the 3-point arc.
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 96-105 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 96 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 156-162. 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.
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.
The status of Washington players for Tuesday's game
o Will Play- Thalo Green, Returned to play Saturday after missing the season opener and both exhibitions. Green underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Nov. 1 to remove some loose fragments.
o Questionable - DeMarcus Williams, Missed last week with sore right Plantar Fascia (foot).
Last UW Game:
UW 81, New Mexico State 77 (Nov. 25, 2000, Seattle) - Senior forward Thalo Green scored a career-high 17 points in his return from knee surgery, helping Washington defeat New Mexico State 81-77 in the inaugural game at the newly renovated Bank of America Arena. Green, playing for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Nov. 1, scored 15 points in the second half as the Huskies (1-1) extended a 30-28 halftime margin to as many as 12 points. The UW lead was 70-58 with 2:47 left in the game before the Aggies (1-3) scored five straight points. The Huskies made only 11-of-24 free throws over the final 2:12, enabling New Mexico State to draw within 78-77 on a Brandon Mason 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining. Will Perkins and Bryan Brown each missed a pair of free throws, but UW rebounded both times. Michael Johnson converted 1-of-2 free throws with 2.2 seconds left, pushing the lead to 79-77. The subsequent in-bounds pass was thrown out of bounds the length of the court by the Aggies and Greg Clark secured the win with two free throws with 1.3 seconds left. Perkins posted his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson scored 15 points for UW. Eric Channing paced NMSU with 24 points and James Moore added 13. The Aggies hit 24-of-38 free throws, scoring nearly as many points from the line as the Huskies in 11 fewer tries. UW shot 25-for-49.
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in both of Washington's first two games. The Omaha, Nebraska native had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Texas-El Paso on Nov. 21 followed by a 14-point, 10-rebound performance against New Mexico State on Nov. 25. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins is averaging 14.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Last year, he led the Huskies in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocked shots (39). He is currently second on the team in field goal percentage at 60-percent (12-20).
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 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 in 1999, 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. An additional tie to the Sonics is first-year Husky assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.
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, Washington finished with a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) last season for only the third time in school history.
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.
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.
Four players have 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 Washington. Senque Carey started two years at point guard before transferring during the summer to New Mexico. Carey led the team last year with 137 assists, the third-best season total in UW history.
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.
The Wichita State Series:
> The all-time series between Washington and Wichita State is tied at 2-2.
> The Huskies won in their only previous visit to Wichita.
> Washington won the inaugural meeting 102-68 on Dec. 15, 1972 in Wichita. The Shockers posted an 87-79 overtime decision on Dec. 1, 1973 in Seattle and a 92-72 victory on Dec. 28, 1988 in the first round of the Palm Beach Classic in Florida.
> The Huskies won the most recent matchup, posting a 61-47 victory last season on Dec. 17, 1999 at Seattle's KeyArena.
> The UW has a 4-4 all-time record against Missouri Valley Conference members.
> Bob Bender has a 6-3 all-time coaching record against Wichita State, the first eight games played while he was at Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Last Meeting:
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.