Jan. 9, 2006
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 --
(#13) Washington at USC, 7:30 p.m. (FSN TV)
Memorial Sports Arena (16,161) / Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 --
(#13) Washington at (#11) UCLA, 1:00 p.m. (FSN TV)
Pauley Pavilion (12,800) / Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 13th-ranked Washington Huskies (12-2, 1-2) embark on their first Pac-10 road trip as they leave home for just the second time this season for a two-game swing in Los Angeles. Washington visits USC (11-4, 2-2) on Thursday, Jan. 12 for a 7:30 p.m. game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Huskies won in their last three visits to USC. Washington then visits it least hospitable road venue, playing at No. 11 UCLA (13-2, 3-1) on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where UW lost in its last 19 visits. The Huskies were last victorious at UCLA on Jan. 29, 1987. The Huskies ventured away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They defeated New Mexico 81-71 on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. as part of the Wooden Classic doubleheader.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's UW-USC game airs at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Steve Physioc describes the action alongside analyst Marques Johnson.
The Washington-USC game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio 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.
Washington sandwiched an 87-71 win over Cornell (Jan. 2) between a pair of rare home losses. Arizona (Dec. 31) ended UW's school-record 32-game homecourt winning streak in double overtime and the Huskies lost again to Washington State (Jan. 7).
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 202 points (636-434) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 45-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in every game. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 77-point count (610-533). UW trailed just once at halftime (40-46 vs. Air Force) and was tied once (41-41 vs. American).
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Senior Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging 32.3 points on 56-percent shooting (34-of-61). He hit 12-of-14 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. His total was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn tallied 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy registered the first 30-point game by a UW player in nearly two years. He was the last 30-point producer, hitting that figure on Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. Roy joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,079 points to ranks 23rd among all-time Husky scorers.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 14 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (2nd-19.1), 3-point percentage (3rd-51.5%), field goal percentage (7th-51.3%), assist/turnover ratio (7th-1.53), assists (9th-3.7), blocked shots (9th-1.1) and rebounds (13th-5.1).
Did You Know?
There are eight former NBA coaches currently coaching NCAA Division I teams and Washington has already played two of them this season, Butch Beard of Morgan State (New Jersey Nets) and Jeff Bzdelik of Air Force (Denver Nuggets). On Thursday, UW meets a third former NBA mentor in Tim Floyd of USC (Chicago Bulls).
The USC Series
> Despite losing the last three and five of the last six meetings, USC holds a slim 62-60 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Huskies swept the season series last year for the second time in the last three years. They won twice in 2003 after losing the previous seven meetings with USC.
> The Trojans own a 35-24 advantage over UW during games played in Los Angeles.
> Washington won in its last three visits to USC after losing in its previous four trips between 1999-2002.
> In his first year at USC, Tim Floyd has never faced Washington as a head coach.
> Fourth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-1 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 99, USC 69 (Feb. 3, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons poured in a career-high 29 points and Jamaal Williams added 21 off the bench, lifting 13th-ranked Washington to a 99-69 victory at Bank of America Arena and a sweep of the season series over USC. The Trojans (9-12, 2-8) jumped out to a 15-10 lead seven minutes into the game before UW went on a 19-3 run. Williams tallied nine points during the surge that put the Huskies (18-3, 8-2) ahead 29-18. He hit 9-of-10 shots from the field for the game, helping UW to a 60-percent performance (42-70). The Huskies scored the final 12 points of the period to take a 47-29 halftime margin that would grow to as many as 41 points in the second half. Simmons netted 18 second-half points, including three consecutive 3-pointers. He finished with six treys. Will Conroy had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists for UW which was credited with assists on 32 of its 42 field goals. Seattle native Lodrick Stewart paced the Trojans with 13 points and Nick Young had 11.
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
#12 UW 84, USC 59 (Jan. 6, 2005/Los Angeles)
Mike Jensen scored six of his 14 points in the opening minutes as 12th-ranked Washington took control early en route to an 84-59 win over USC at the Sports Arena. The Huskies (13-1, 3-0) held USC scoreless for the first 5:30 while building a 10-0 lead. UW parlayed 17 first-half USC turnovers into 20 points to take a 36-19 halftime margin. The Huskies began the second half with a 10-3 run and the Trojans (7-7, 0-3) never got closer than 15 points after that despite committing only three turnovers in the second half. Tre Simmons hit 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range and paced UW with 22 points. Simmons grabbed seven rebounds to spark a 45-33 rebounding advantage. Nick Young, who shot 0-for-6 in the first half, scored all 20 of his points after halftime. Seattle native Lodrick Stewart added 10 points for the Trojans.
The Huskies fell three places to No. 13 in this week's (Jan. 9) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington holds down the No. 13 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington completed the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with an 87-71 win over Cornell on Jan. 2. The 11-0 mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games this season, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 23rd among all-time UW scorers with 1,079 points and Jones is 30th with a total of 1,032.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Six of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 49.6-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 58.3. Three other Huskies are ranked among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (52.8%) at No. 5, Brandon Roy (51.3%) at No. 7 and Bobby Jones (51.0%) at No. 9. Freshman Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (54.7%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in seven games. The season's lowest figure was 38.3 percent against Lehigh on Dec. 23. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Washington entered this week at the national leader in team scoring at 90.0 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 33 of UW's 86 treys, 16 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but two games (Nov. 15 vs. Air Force, Jan. 7 vs. Wash. State) this season and hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 13 of 14 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 55-12 record in the last 67 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 12-2 to start the 2006 campaign.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks third among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.43 assists per game. He is already listed No. 5 among all-time UW freshman with 62 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 2.00 assist/turnover ratio (62/31) is second-best in the Pac-10. He converted 20 consecutive free throws from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 12 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in both scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg).
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has five career double-doubles.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 10.1 points per game. He leads the team with an average of 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 more per game than any other Husky. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 87-31 series lead after winning seven of the last nine, and 31 of the last 39 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA overcame a 21-point first-half deficit to beat the Huskies 95-86 last season in Los Angeles, UW's 19th consecutive setback at Pauley Pavilion.
> The Bruins boast a 55-5 advantage over Washington at home, including a 40-2 record since UCLA moved into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.
> Washington lost its last 19 visits to Pauley, last winning 95-87 on Jan. 29, 1987.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his third year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 3-2 record against the Huskies.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-5 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA title year.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 82, UCLA 70 (Feb. 5, 2005/Seattle)
Brandon Roy scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, helping 13th-ranked Washington pull away for an 82-70 win over UCLA at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (19-3, 9-2) jumped out to an 11-3 lead before UCLA (12-7, 6-5) closed within 36-32 by halftime. UW extended the lead to as many as 15 points in the second half, but the Bruins tallied 11 consecutive points to draw within 62-58 with 7:24 left to play. The Huskies responded with a 10-4 run, including four points from Roy. UW hit 8-of-10 free throws inside the final 3:10 to secure the victory. Roy grabbed a career-high 13 to lead a 43-34 rebound advantage for the Huskies who had 22 offensive boards. Bobby Jones scored 17 points for UW, which also got 16 from Nate Robinson and 11 from Tre Simmons. Dijon Thompson led the Bruins with 22 points and Josh Shipp had 20. UCLA shot 48 percent to just 38 percent for the Huskies who overcame the differential by scoring 31 points off 23 turnovers. The UW bench outscored the Bruins bench 27-8.
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
UCLA 95, #12 UW 86, (Jan. 8, 2005/Los Angeles)
Dijon Thompson and Brian Morrison each scored 19 second-half points, helping UCLA rally from a 21-point first-half deficit to beat 12th-ranked Washington 95-86 at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (13-2, 3-1) burst out to leads of 30-9 and 36-15 before UCLA (9-3, 3-1) drew within 52-42 by halftime. UW led 65-51 with 14:25 remaining before the Bruins staged a 21-7 run to tie the score 72-72 with 8:41 left to play. UCLA took the lead for good on a jumper by Morrison with 2:31 remaining that ignited a 10-1 game-closing run. Thompson finished with 29 points and Morrison tallied all of his points after halftime. Nate Robinson scored 21 points to pace the Huskies who also got 19 from Tre Simmons. UW shot 68 percent (21-31) in the first half and 54 percent overall. UCLA shot 66% in the second half (19-29) and 52 percent for the game (33-63).