Dec. 27, 2012
|WASHINGTON AT CONNECTICUT
Saturday, Dec. 29| 4:30 pm (PT) | XL Center
Live Stats | TV: ESPN2 | Radio:KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - Washington (8-4) returns the state of Connecticiut for a second time this year on Saturday when they face the UConn Huskies (9-2) at the XL Center in Hartford. Saturday's game marks the final non-conference test for Washington, who opens the Pac-12 season at Washington State on Jan. 5. The game also is UW's second-straight against a fellow Husky-mascoted team. Washington split a pair of games at the Mohegan Sun in November during their first East Coast journey. Saturday's tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT and will televised nationally on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Bill Raftery on the call. Locally, the game will be broadcast across the IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action for radio. In addition, GoHuskies.com will host a live chat.
• The Huskies are 1-0 in road contests this year. They will try to win their first two games in a hostile environment to start a season for the first time since 2006. That year they waited all the way until Jan. 12 before playing their first away contests. They swept USC and UCLA in LA. *Note: UW eventually went all the way to the NCAA Sweet 16 when they last faced UConn.
• UW is 2-12 playing in the Eastern Time zone since Romar took over in 2003. The Huskies' two wins came on neutral sites: Nov. 17, 2012 vs. Seton Hall (Uncasville, CT) and March 18, 2011 vs. Georgia (Charlotte, NC). UW has twice played on opponent's floors in the east, losing both times: @NC State, 2/22/04 & @Pitt, 2/17/07.
• Four Division I schools have Huskies as their mascot: Washington, Northern Illinois, Connecticut and Northeastern. In addition several other colleges utilize the Husky as their mascot: St. Cloud State, Michigan Tech and Bloomsburg.
• Last time out vs. Northern Illinois, Washington made 22-of-24 (.917) free throws; the first time UW has shot above 90% from the line in 72 games (last time, at Texas A&M, 16-for-16, 12/11/10).
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20+ points in three straight -- seven of the last eight games -- and is the only Husky to score 10 or more points in all 12 games. He is averaging 21.6 ppg over last the eight games.
• Abdul Gaddy in the last 5 games -- both new career-long streaks.
• Scott Suggs is 2-for-11 (.182) from 3-point range over the last two games after going 16-for-29 (.552) in his first seven contests.
• Six Huskies have shot 25 or more free throws this season. Of those six, five are shooting better than 73% from the line, led by Wilcox at 86.7% (26-30) and Suggs at 84.6% (22-26).
• Washington has had all 10 of its scholarship players healthy and able to play in just two games this year.
• UW ranks last in the Pac-12 allowing its opponent 13.2 offensive rebounds per game, but against Cal Poly they allowed the Mustangs only 3 -- the lowest total this season and just the third time an opponent has had under 10 in a game.
• UW is 6-0 when they shoot 50% from the field, 2-4 when under 50%. So far this season, none of their opponents have shot over 50%. UW is 0-3 when its opponents shoots higher than 45%.
• The Huskies have three losses at home surpassing the season total in each of the last four years. UW was 12-7 in 2008 at home.
UW vs. Connecticut/Big East Conference
Washington is 0-3 all-time vs. Connecticut and all three games had historic ramifications. UW has been to the Sweet 16 five times in school history and UConn has twice ended their bid to make it to the Elite Eight. The other time the two teams met UConn was ranked No. 1 and would go on to win the NCAA Championship. The first time the two teams met was on March 19, 1998 in Greensboro, N.C. Richard Hamilton hit a jumper from the key as time expired to give UConn a 75-74 win and a trip to the Elite Eight. The next season, the two teams met on Dec. 1 in the Great Eight Tournament in Chicago and No. 1 ranked UConn would win the re-match 69-48. The third time the two Husky teams met was another Sweet 16 classic on March 24, 2006 in Washington, D.C. UConn's Rashad Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining to force overtime, where No. 1 seed UConn would escape with a 98-92 win. The 2006 game was the only time UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has faced UConn. Washington is 11-20 all-time vs. the Big East, including a win on Nov. 17 vs. Seton Hall in Connecticut.
Last Time Vs. UConn
AP (3/21/06) - Despite a season-high 26 turnovers, No. 1 seed Connecticut rallied to force overtime on Rashad Anderson's 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in regulation and went on to a 98-92 victory. Marcus Williams scored a career-high 26 points as UConn advanced to regional finals against 11th-seeded George Mason. Jamaal Williams scored a career-high 27 points to lead fifth-seeded Washington. UW failed to hold a 10-point lead with 15 minutes to play and began to run out of players down the stretch: Two fouled out in regulation, and two more in overtime. Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy added 20 points for Washington.
Last Time Out: UW 67, Northern Illinois 57
AP - C.J. Wilcox scored 22 points to lead Washington to a 67-57 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. Wilcox topped the 20-point mark for the seventh time in eight games. Aziz N'Diaye added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Washington led 36-25 at halftime. Sophomore Abdel Nader came off the bench to lead Northern Illinois (2-9) with 18 points, while Keith Gray added 10. Troubled by inconsistent play during the nonconference portion of its schedule, Washington (8-4) has now won four straight games.