Jan. 5, 2007
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 --
Arizona State at (#24) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 --
(#24) Washington at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Maples Pavilion (7,233) / Palo Alto, Calif.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
Still in search of their first Pac-10 victory, the 24th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (10-4, 0-3) close out a brief two-game homestand against Arizona State (6-8, 0-3), Saturday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is 5 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies won their last seven games against ASU, matching a similar streak from 1984-87 that is their longest in the history of the series that began in 1978. UW lost a 96-87 decision to No. 7 Arizona on Thursday while the Sun Devils lost 75-55 at Washington State. The Huskies opened conference play by getting swept in Los Angeles. They lost an 86-79 double-overtime game at USC (Dec. 28) and fell 96-74 at No. 1 UCLA (Dec. 31). The current three-game losing streak is the Huskies' first since a three-game slide from Jan. 26-Feb. 4, 2006. Next week, Washington travels to the Bay Area to start a three-game road trip, beginning Jan. 11 at Stanford.
At least 28 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game against Arizona State will be broadcast live on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with analysis from Bob Weiss.
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.
The Huskies have opened conference play with three losses for the first time since the 2004 UW squad lost its first five Pac-10 games. Things turned out well for that squad as UW went on to win 14 of its next 16 games, beginning with a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. Washington has a 79-21 overall record since that pivotal victory in Corvallis, including a 44-15 mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Washington ranks sixth nationally in scoring with an average of 86.3 points per game. The Huskies had 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).
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 12 double-figure scoring games, including six 20-point performances in his last eight outings. He registered his first double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Hawes' 16.5-point scoring average currently leads the Huskies. He forced the second overtime Dec. 28 at USC, converting his first career 3-point attempt. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-27 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last seven meetings, tying their longest streak ever against ASU. UW also won seven straight between 1984 and 1987.
> UW swept the last three season series, including a three-game sweep during the 2005 season that was capped by a 95-90 overtime win in the Pac-10 Tournament.
> The Huskies have a 16-13 record against ASU in Seattle and won the last three.
> First-year Sun Devil Coach Herb Sendek has a 1-1 record against Washington, both meetings coming while he was at North Carolina State.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 7-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 91, Arizona State 66 (Mar. 2, 2006; Tempe, Ariz.)
Mike Jensen led five double-figure scorers with 14 points, including 4-of-5 shooting on 3-pointers to lead 14th-ranked Washington to a 91-66 victory at Wells Fargo Arena and its seventh straight win over Arizona State. Kevin Kruger scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half, including a jumper at the buzzer that lifted the Sun Devils (10-16, 4-13) to a 40-38 halftime edge. The Huskies (22-5, 12-5) scored the first 11 points after halftime, taking the lead for good at 49-40 with 16:18 left to play. The margin grew to as many as 27 points for UW, which outscored ASU 53-26 after halftime. The Huskies hit 6-of-12 treys after halftime and 11-of-25 for the game. Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy, Ryan Appleby and Jamaal Williams each had 13 points for UW. Roy had two streaks stopped. He missed his first free throw, finishing one shy of the UW record of 33 straight. His streak of consecutive 20-point games ended at nine. ASU's Jeff Pendergraph posted his third straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was almost a repeat of the season's first meeting when UW led 40-38 at halftime before running away in the second half for a 91-67 victory on Dec. 29.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#7 UW 91, Arizona State 67 (Dec. 29, 2005; Seattle)
Brandon Roy poured in a career-high 35 points, including five during an early second-half run that sent No. 7 Washington to a 91-67 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 opener at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-0, 1-0) missed their first 10 shots, enabling ASU (6-4, 0-1) to take a 9-2 lead. Roy hit a three-point play and 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run that put UW ahead 10-9 en route to a 40-38 halftime lead. The Huskies scored the first 10 points of the second half to break open the contest. Roy's output was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn had 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy, who hit 5-of-5 shots from 3-point range, became the 31st Husky to surpass the 1,000-point career mark. The Huskies offset a sub-par shooting effort (33 percent in the first half, 43 percent for the game) with a school-record low three turnovers. Kevin Kruger paced the Sun Devils with 18 points and Bryson Krueger added 13. Jamaal Williams tallied 12 points for UW, which got 11 apiece from Jones and Justin Dentmon. ASU, which shot 48 percent in the first half, netted just 29 second-half points on 29 percent shooting.
Washington is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 12 per game (41.4 to 29.9). The Huskies won the board battle every game. Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 10.0 rebounds per game, including nine double-digit efforts.
The Huskies lost their last two games despite shooting 51 percent at UCLA (28-55) and 54 percent against Arizona (36-67). The trouble was that both foes shot better, UCLA at 60% (40-67) and Arizona at 65% (32-49) ... Arizona's sizzling 65.3 percent shooting was the best performance against a UW team since the Wildcats shot 70% on Dec. 20, 1987 in Seattle ... The Huskies have an 0-3 record when their opponents shoot better than 50 percent from the field ... The Huskies won their last seven meetings against Arizona State, last losing on Feb. 8, 2003 ... This week's two games are the only home contests in Washington's first seven Pac-10 games ... Spencer Hawes ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 with 2.14 blocks per game. His 30 blocks are four more than 2006 UW leader Brandon Roy compiled ... Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders. Underclassmen account for 80 percent of UW's scoring, 87% of rebounds and 76% of minutes ... Four UW players fouled out at USC (Dec. 28) after just five were disqualified in the first 11 games ... The Trojans converted 29-of-38 free throws while UW was 8-of-12 ... UW won 27 consecutive non-conference home games, including all 10 games this season ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13).
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 14 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 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.
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 10.0 rebounds and is UW's third leading scorer at 12.4 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 14.7 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 11 double-figure scoring games.
The Washington men's basketball fell 10 places to 24th in this week's (Jan. 1) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of four Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining top-ranked UCLA, Arizona (7) and Oregon (16). UW has eight games scheduled against five opponents ranked in the current top-20, including UCLA (1), Arizona (7), Pittsburgh (10), LSU (14) and Oregon (16). Washington dropped seven spots, into the No. 20 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 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.
Did You Know?
UW sophomore Jon Brockman (12.4 ppg/10.0 rpg) is one of just two Pac-10 players averaging a double-double, joining Oregon's Maarty Leunen.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented their fourth unique set of starters Thursday against Arizona as Ryan Appleby returned to the opening lineup and Phil Nelson drew his first career start. Washington's most-frequently used lineup was comprised entirely of underclassmen. UW started three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon) during eight games. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 33 of UW's 99 treys, 18 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.36 treys per game while shooting 40 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 13 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 108 of his 135 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 54 blocks, a rate of 3.86 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 30 blocks.
Player of the Week
Freshman center Spencer Hawes, who averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two victories, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 26. Hawes posted his first double-double with career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds during an 88-72 win over 12th-ranked LSU (Dec. 20). 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 (Dec. 22). For the week, he shot 20-of-30 (.667) from the field.
The Huskies had a 16-game home winning streak halted on Jan. 4 by a 96-87 loss to Arizona ... That loss also stopped a run of seven straight home wins for UW against ranked opponents ... Washington's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games ... The loss at Gonzaga also snapped the Huskies' streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories.
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.
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 Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.