Dec. 29, 2006
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 --
(#14) Washington at (#1) UCLA, 2:00 p.m. (FSN)
Pauley Pavilion (12,800) / Los Angeles, Calif.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 --
(#7) Arizona at (#14) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 14th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (10-2, 0-1) clash with top-ranked UCLA (12-0, 1-0), Sunday, Dec. 31 to complete a two-game Los Angeles road trip. Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where the Huskies won 69-65 last season for the first time since 1987, halting a 19-game losing streak at the Bruins' arena. No. 1 UCLA is the third of four top-25 opponents for UW during its present seven-game stretch. The Huskies opened Pac-10 play Thursday with an 86-79 double-overtime setback at USC. The Bruins rallied for a 55-52 win over Washington State. The Huskies return to Seattle next week for their Pac-10 home opener, hosting No. 7 Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Romar the Giant Killer
Washington has a 2-26 all-time record against top-ranked opponents and Lorenzo Romar played a part in both victories. He coached UW to a 75-62 over No. 1 Stanford, Mar. 6 in Seattle. On Feb. 22, 1979 the Huskies upset No. 1 UCLA 69-68 in Seattle. Romar was a Husky player then, registering 10 points and six assists off the bench in 25 minutes against the Bruins. In his first season at Saint Louis, Romar's Billikens toppled No. 1 Cincinnati in the 2000 Conference USA Tournament.
At least 28 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Sunday's game at UCLA will be broadcast live on FSN. Steve Physioc calls the action with analysis from Marques Johnson. Radio Coverage: 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 provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Player of the Week
Freshman center Spencer Hawes, who averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two victories last week, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Tuesday. Hawes posted his first double-double with career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds during an 88-72 win over 12th-ranked LSU. Hawes shot 10-of-16 from the field and was instrumental in stopping LSU All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis' double-digit scoring streak at 48 games. Hawes matched his career-high with 23 points and added nine rebounds in an 80-51 win over Weber State. For the week, he shot 20-of-30 (.667) from the field.
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 10 double-figure scoring games, including five 20-point performances in his last six outings. He registered his first double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20). Hawes' 16.2-point scoring average currently leads the Huskies. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
Spencer Hawes forced the second overtime Thursday at USC, converting his first career 3-point attempt ... Hawes scored a career-best 24 points in 47 minutes ... Four UW players fouled out at USC after just five were disqualified in the first 11 games ... The Trojans converted 29-of-38 free throws while UW was 8-of-12 ... The Huskies have never defeated a top-ranked team on the road, losing all 10 such meetings ... UW has a 2-26 all-time record against top-ranked teams, beating Stanford 75-62 on Mar. 6, 2004 in Seattle during its last matchup with a No. 1. UW is 1-17 vs. top-ranked UCLA teams ... Hawes leads the Pac-10 with 2.42 blocks per game. His 29 blocked shots are three more than the entire season total posted by Washington's 2006 team leader Brandon Roy ... Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders.
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 10 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 87-33 series lead after winning seven of the last 11, and 31 of the last 41 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA owns a 55-6 advantage over Washington at home, including a 40-3 record since moving into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.
> The Huskies won 69-65 last season in Los Angeles, halting a 19-game losing streak at Pauley. The previous UW win was a 95-87 decision on Jan. 29, 1987.
> UW swept last year's season series from UCLA for the first time since 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 fourth year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 3-4 record against the Huskies.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-5 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
#21 UW 70, #13 UCLA 67 (Feb. 11, 2006; Seattle)
Brandon Roy tallied 20 points and seven assists and blocked a potential game-tying 3-point attempt at the final buzzer of 21st-ranked Washington's 70-67 win over No. 13 UCLA at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (18-5, 7-5) swept the season series from UCLA for the first time since 1987. Justin Dentmon scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, helping UW to a 28-24 halftime edge. There were six ties and 10 lead changes inside the final 10 minutes of the game before the Huskies took the lead for good at 62-60 on a Jamaal Williams hook with 2:48 left to play. The Bruins (20-5, 10-3) drew within 68-67 on a free throw by Darren Collison with 9.2 seconds remaining. Dentmon pushed UW's lead to three points with two free throws at :08.1 and Roy blocked Jordan Farmar's trey try. Alfred Aboya scored 15 points to lead UCLA, which also got 13 from Farmar. Williams and Bobby Jones each scored 10 points for the Huskies. The physical game included 54 fouls and 63 free throws. UW hit 28-of-34 free throws and UCLA 19-of-29.
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
#13 UW 69, #11 UCLA 65 (Jan. 14, 2006; Los Angeles)
Bobby Jones recorded a double-double and hit three free throws inside the final 19 seconds as 13th-ranked Washington beat No. 11 UCLA 69-65 for its first win in 19 years at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (14-2, 3-2) lost in their previous 19 visits to UCLA, last winning a road game against the Bruins in 1987. UCLA (14-3, 4-2) led by as many as 15 points in the first half on the strength of 60-percent shooting (15-25), The Bruins hit 7-of-13 treys en route to a 40-28 halftime advantage. The Huskies tallied 10 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. Ryan Appleby capped the surge with his third 3-pointer, putting UW ahead 64-60 with 2:41 left to play. Darren Collison's driving layup at 2:12 cut the margin to 64-62. Jones was fouled after rebounding a teammate's missed free throw and converted the one-and-one for a 66-62 lead with 0:19 remaining. Arron Afflalo made a trey at 0:12 for UCLA, Jones hit 1-of-2 free throws with 11 seconds left and UW's Mike Jensen got a breakaway dunk after a long inbounds pass to end the game. Jones finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Jamaal Williams added 14 points for the Huskies. Michael Roll netted 5-of-6 treys to score 17 points for UCLA, which also got 16 from Afflalo. UW shot 64 percent (15-25) in the second-half, including 4-of-7 on treys after shooting 36 percent (12-33) and 1-of-11 on 3-pointers in the first half.
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American and SEC Player of the Year Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games. The Huskies opened the season with a three-game sweep en route to the championship of the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW's lone loss was a 97-77 setback at No. 18 Gonzaga (Dec. 9) in its only road game.
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 eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.
Washington is out-boarding its opponents by over 12 rebounds per game (43.4 to 30.9). The Huskies won the board battle every game. Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 10.2 rebounds per game, including eight double-digit efforts.
The Huskies are averaging 87.2 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 (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
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.
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. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to "Big Baby's" 48-game double-figure scoring streak. 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. He leads this year's squad with an average of 10.2 rebounds and is UW's third leading scorer at 12.1 points per game.
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 ranks second for UW with an average of 14.2 points per game, including a 25-point performance against Idaho (Nov. 29). Pondexter has eight double-figure scoring games.
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 have used three unique sets of starters, the current group comprised entirely of underclassmen has opened the last seven games. UW starts three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon). The Huskies implemented four different lineups last season.
The Washington men's basketball rose three places to 14th in this week's (Dec. 25) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of four Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining top-ranked UCLA, Arizona (7) and Oregon (20). UW has eight games scheduled against five opponents ranked in the current top-20, including UCLA (1), Arizona (7), Pittsburgh (10), LSU (17) and Oregon (20). Washington climbed four spots, into the No. 13 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.
Washington has won 27 consecutive non-conference home games, including all 10 games this season ... The Huskies have a 16-game home winning streak at Bank of America Arena where they won 49 of the last 51 outings ... UW's 88-72 decision over No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) was its seventh straight home victory over a ranked opponent ... 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 30 of UW's 87 treys, 16 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.5 treys per game while shooting 43 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 11 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) and matched that total at USC (Dec. 28, 2006). Appleby netted 105 of his 129 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 51 blocks, a rate of 4.25 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 29 blocks.