March 8, 2013
|UCLA at WASHINGTON
Saturday, March 9 | 11:00 am (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: CBS | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - Saturday is a big game between Washington (17-13, 9-8 Pac-12) and No. 23 UCLA (22-8, 12-5 Pac-12) for a myriad of reasons.
For starters, UCLA still has a shot at winning the Pac-12 regular season championship. The Huskies hope to play spoiler and also for seeding in the standings (5th to 8th range). UW has had the Bruins number of late in Seattle, winning 8-straight at home dating back to 2005 (tied for longest road domination by any UCLA opponent). In addition, Saturday is senior day for the Huskies three seniors: Abdul Gaddy, Aziz N'Diaye and Scott Suggs.
Expect an emotional, knockdown and dragout battle.
CBS TV will be in Alaska Airlines Arena for the 11 a.m. PT tip. Brian Anderson and Doug Gottlieb will call the action to a national television audience. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radiowaves by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. Satellite radio Sirius 94 and XM 191 will also carry the game. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from press row on GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. UCLA
UCLA has won 2-straight between the two teams, which is on the heels of 4-straight wins by Washington, the longest by the Huskies since they won five in a row at the very inception of the series. UW has won 8-straight in Seattle over UCLA, which equals the longest road-losing streak the Bruins have against any opponent (also Arizona 1998-2005). During the 8-game win streak, UCLA has been ranked four times, including as high as No. 2 in 2007 and No. 5 in 2008. Overall, UCLA holds a 91-42 advantage in the series, but the Huskies are hovering above .500 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (32-31). The teams are 1-1 on neutral courts, but UCLA is 61-7 at home. The series started in 1937 when the Huskies beat the Bruins but the teams would have to wait until 1951 before facing each other. The Dawgs won two games that year and followed up with two more wins in 1952 before losing to UCLA in the first of three 1952 Pacific Coast Championship games. Lorenzo Romar is 11-11 all-time against UCLA, while Ben Howland is 8-12 against UW. Romar was an assistant four seasons at UCLA from 1993-96 under Jim Harrick. The Bruins were 97-28 in those four years, won two Pac-10 titles, made the NCAA tournament four times and won the 1995 NCAA championship, hosted in Seattle.
The Huskies will honor three players and manager Nick Matranga as part of senior day ceremonies on Saturday. Abdul Gaddy, Aziz N'Diaye and Scott Suggs will be playing in their last regular season game at Alaska Airlines Arena. Each player has been part of their fair share of winning during their careers; the team is 77-37 (.675) in games played by Gaddy, Suggs is 77-34 (.694) and N'Diaye is 64-34 (.653). Each has been on either a conference regular season or tournament champion every year of their careers.
UW vs. Ranked Teams
The Huskies are 0-5 vs. ranked teams this year, including 0-2 at home, 0-2 on the road and 0-1 on neutral courts. UW has dropped their last 9 games vs. ranked opponents. Their last win came on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot vs. #16 Arizona to clinch the 2011 Pac-10 tournament. In all, Washington has lost 12 of their last 13 vs. ranked opponents dating back to 2010. UW's last win over a ranked team at home was Dec. 22, 2009 over #19 Texas A&M, while its last win on the road was Jan. 31, 2009 when they beat No. 14 ASU, 73-70 in overtime.
Dawg Bites - Team
• If UW wins vs. UCLA it will be the first time since 1934 that the Huskies have started the Conference play with 4 wins and ended it with 4 victories.
• With a victory on Saturday the Huskies will reach 10 Conference wins for the fifth season in a row, equaling the longest active streak by a Pac-12 teams. California has done it five-straight. Overall, the Huskies have reached 10 conference wins 7 times in Lorenzo Romar's 10 years.
• The Huskies missed their first five free throws on Wednesday vs. USC, but made their final 17, spurred on by Jernard Jarreau's 8-for-8 performance.
• Historically, the Huskies have finished strong in the last four regular-season conference games during the Romar era. Over the last five seasons they have a combined record of 16-3 down the home stretch, twice going 4-0, once going 3-1 and going 2-2 the other time. In fact in 11 years under Romar, UW has only finished under .500 once in the final four game (2008) and is 32-11 (.744) overall, including 3-0 this year.
• Washington had not been swept in a two-game regular season series by a Pac-12 team since USC in 2010 and had not been swept by two schools in the same season since 2007 when Arizona and Washington State pulled it off. This year, Arizona and Oregon have swept the Huskies, and UCLA can join the fray. The last time UW was swept by three Pac-12 teams was 2003 when ASU, Ariz, Cal, UCLA and OSU all swept the Huskies.
• UW's 11-6 home record is unusual in that the loss total equals the combined last three seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The only seasons which the Huskies had more home losses under Romar were 2008 (12-7) and 2003 (8-7).
• The Huskies are 5-3 at home in Pac-12 play. Only twice previously under Romar have the Huskies dropped more than two home games -- 2003 and 2008 when they dropped five during conference action.
• UW was 5-6 in true road games this year. It marked the seventh time in 11 seasons under Romar that the Huskies have won five road games.
• The Huskies have scored under 60 points six times this season. The last time they had done that as many times was in 2008.
• UW entered this year having won 20-plus games in a school record 4-straight years -- which is the longest active streak in the conference. The Huskies have 20+ wins in six of Lorenzo Romar's previous 10 seasons.
• UW is 5-6 in true road games, 1-1 in neutral site games. The Huskies average 66.5 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 66.8.
• UW is 12-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 5-12 when under 70%. Also, UW is 13-3 when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
• Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 12-2 when leading at halftime, 2-1 when tied and 3-10 when trailing.
• UW leads the Pac-12 with 13.1 offensive rebounds per game but conversely, the Huskies are 11th with 23.4 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is 11th in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .432.
• The Huskies are giving up 66.4 ppg which ranks 9th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
• Scott Suggs is averaging 19.0 points on 21-of-33 FG's (.636) including 11-of-21 3-pointers over the last 3 games. In the previous 3 games, he was averaging 4.0 ppg and was 5-of-22 from the field (0-for-7 from 3-point range).
• The mother of Aziz N'Diaye, Amy, is visiting from Dakar, Senegal for the final three Husky home games. It is the first time she has seen her son play college basketball in the United States.
• C.J. Wilcox is the third Husky to make 200 3-pointers and is third on the all-time list. Scott Suggs is 6th all-time on UW's top-10 career 3-point list with 134.
• Abdul Gaddy has 128 assists, which is 14th most in UW single-season history. For his career, he has 440 to rank third all-time in UW history. Over the last 11 games he has averaged 5.7 apg, after averaging 3.3 apg in the previous 6 games.
• Wilcox has scored 20+ points 13 times this season to equal the ninth most in UW single-season history. He has done it 11 times at home (18.9 ppg home) and twice in 11 games away from Alaska Airlines Arena (14.7 ppg). He is the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 points and is currently 24th all-time with 1,235.
• Huskies have won four of the last eight NBA Slam Dunk championships. Terrence Ross won the 2013 title while Nate Robinson was champion in 2010, 2009 and 2006.
• Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has averaged 12.6 ppg over the last seven weekend games, but 2.8 ppg in the last 6 weeknight contests.
• Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.873), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percentage is the fourth best in team history (89.7 is the record).
• Among active Pac-12 players, Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 440 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 310, while C.J. Wilcox is second (200) behind Cal's Allen Crabbe (204) in career 3-point field goals.
Last Time Vs. UCLA (2/7/13)
AP - Larry Drew II made a jumper at the buzzer, lifting UCLA to a 59-57 victory over Washington on Thursday night. With the Bruins clinging to a 56-55 lead, Shabazz Muhammad made one of two free throws. Abdul Gaddy added 13..
Last Time Out: UW 65, USC 57 (3/6)
AP - Jernard Jarreau added a career-high 12 to lead Washington to a 65-57 win over USC on Wednesday night. Jarreau and the Huskies (17-13, 9-8 Pac-12) combined to make 17 consecutive free throws over the final 17:40, following five consecutive misses to start the game. Andrew Andrews scored five of his seven points in the final 2:07. Suggs scored 11 of his 18 points after halftime, making 8 of 13 shots for the game. Washington won its third straight game after losing eight of its previous 10. Dewayne Dedmon had 18 points for USC, which was leading 41-39 when he collected his fourth foul and came out of the game with 11:51 remaining. Washington went on to score nine unanswered points and never trailed again. The Trojans (14-16, 9-8) shot just 37.5 percent from the field for the game.