Dec. 18, 2006
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 --
(#12) LSU at (#17) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
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Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 --
Weber State at (#17) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 17th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (8-1) host a rare game against a Southeastern Conference foe when No. 12 LSU (6-2) invades Bank of America Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. LSU, which advanced to the 2006 Final Four, is the second of three ranked opponents for the Huskies during their current six-game stretch. UW visits top-ranked UCLA on Dec. 31. The Tigers make their first Seattle appearance since defeating the Huskies 70-61 in their last meeting on Nov. 27, 1985. That was the last time an SEC member played at Washington. The Huskies opened the season with eight consecutive home victories, beginning with a three-game sweep en route to the championship of the Basketball Travelers Classic. The LSU contest is the second of three straight home games for the Huskies who then begin Pac-10 play in Los Angeles. The Huskies entertain Weber State on Friday, Dec. 22 in their final non-conference home game.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game against LSU will be broadcast nationally on FSN. Barry Tompkins describes the action alongside analyst Dan Belluomini.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Tickets for Washington's remaining non-conference games are currently on sale. On the Monday prior to each home game, there is the possibility of additional single game ticket releases. To purchase tickets visit www.GoHuskies.com or contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200).
Washington is out-rebounding opponents by nearly 13 boards per game (43.4 to 30.6). The Huskies won the rebound battle in all nine games. Sophomore forward Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.4 rebounds per game, including five double-digit efforts.
The Huskies are averaging 88.9 points per game, including 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth with 82.0 points per game last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's nine games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Dentmon and Pondexter are the only players to lead all UW scorers more than once. Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort.
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He hasn't slowed down since and currently leads UW with an average of 16.0 points per game, including a 25-point performance against Idaho (Nov. 29).
The LSU Series
> The Tigers won the last two meetings to take a 2-1 lead in the all-time series with Washington.
> The Huskies won the first meeting 88-69 in the third-place game of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. on March 18, 1953.
> LSU won the only matchup in Baton Rouge, a 51-48 decision on Dec. 1, 1983.
> Current UW assistant coach Paul Fortier was a player in that game and also the last time the Huskies played LSU. He led UW with 19 points in the 70-61 loss to the Tigers on Nov. 27, 1985 in Seattle.
> In that last matchup, Don Redden led LSU with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
> No Southeastern Conference team has played UW in Seattle since the Tigers' visit on Nov. 27, 1985. Florida is the only other SEC team the Huskies have hosted, splitting a pair of games in Seattle on Dec. 21 and 22, 1965 .
> Washington has a 4-5 all-time record against current members of the Southeastern Conference, including: Alabama (1-1), Florida (1-1), Kentucky (0-1), LSU (1-2) and Mississippi State (1-0).
> 10th-year Tiger coach John Brady has never competed against the Huskies.
> UW junior Ryan Appleby is the only Husky with previous, albeit limited, experience against the Tigers. The Florida transfer played two scoreless minutes during LSU's visit to Gainesville during the 2004 season.
> In his fifth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against LSU.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising eight of the 12 spots on the active roster. UW has five freshmen on the roster (one of them a 2006 red-shirt) and three sophomores. The four active upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Nov. 12 in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. Hawes has seven double-figure scoring games, including two 20-point performances. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
The Huskies won the last three regular-season tournaments in which they participated, including a season-opening triumph in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW was also victorious in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led last year's Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. Brockman currently leads the team with an average of 9.4 rebounds and is UW's fourth leading scorer at 11.6 points per game.
The Washington men's basketball remained 17th in this week's (Dec. 18) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of four Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining top-ranked UCLA, Arizona (9) and Oregon (21). UW has nine games scheduled against six opponents ranked in the top-20, including UCLA (1), Pittsburgh (7), Arizona (9), LSU (12), Oregon (21) and Gonzaga (22). Washington dropped three places, into the No. 17 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.
The Huskies have used three unique sets of starters, the current group comprised entirely of underclassmen. Washington starts three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon). The Huskies implemented four different lineups last season.
Washington's leading scorer in each of the first seven games posted a career-high total as Jon Brockman tallied 25 points against Pepperdine, Brandon Burmeister had 17 against Nicholls State, Justin Dentmon had 17 against Northern Iowa, Quincy Pondexter scored 22 against Sacramento State and Ryan Appleby had 24 against Southern Utah (Dec. 4). Dentmon increased his career high to 23 against Eastern Washington (Nov. 24) and Pondexter increased his best to 25 against Idaho (Nov. 29) ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 22 of UW's 64 treys, 11 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.4 treys per game while shooting 42 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last eight games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005). Appleby netted 97 of his 121 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six blocks against Sacramento State, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. The Huskies have 43 blocks, a rate of 4.78 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 24 blocks.
UW's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games. The Huskies also had a streak of 15 consecutive regular-season games halted.
A youth movement has swept through the Washington men's basketball program. After relying on a core of veteran players to lead his Huskies to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history, Coach Lorenzo Romar now counts on a bevy of underclassmen to sustain that success. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick." Despite their unfamiliarity with college basketball, all of the young pups possess pure prep pedigrees. Heading the pack of returning youngsters is a pair of sophomore starters, forward Jon Brockman and point guard Justin Dentmon. Both of them were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Brockman is one of 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Those returning starters are among eight underclassmen on the 12-player active roster. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida. For the second straight season, the Huskies welcome a recruiting class considered among the nation's finest. Heading the list of fabulous freshmen is 7-foot center Spencer Hawes, the leading vote getter in the Best in the West poll who is considered one of the country's top-five recruits.
The 2006 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 26-7 for their second straight 20-win campaign. Washington began the season by winning the BCA Classic and finished it in an epic overtime loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut in the Sweet 16. Brandon Roy was named an All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams were honored as all-conference honorable mention selections and Ryan Appleby was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Three starters and two other lettermen have departed, led by All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft by the same Minnesota team that also took forward Bobby Jones 37th. Both were immediately traded, Roy to Portland and Jones to Philadelphia. Also gone are four-year starting forward Mike Jensen and sensational sixth man Jamaal Williams.
The Weber State Series
> Friday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Weber State.
> UW has a 68-15 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference, including wins this season against Eastern Washington, Portland State and Sacramento State.
> First-year Weber State coach Randy Rahe spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Utah on the staff of former Washington assistant Ray Giacoletti. Rahe has never coached against the Huskies.
> In his fifth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar lost his only previous meeting with Weber State as the head coach at Pepperdine during the 1997 season.