Jan. 27, 2006
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 --
(#10) Washington at Stanford, 5:00 p.m. (FSN TV)
Maples Pavilion (7,233) / Palo Alto, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 --
(#10) Washington at Washington State, 2:00 p.m. (No TV)
Friel Court (11,566) / Pullman, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 10th-ranked Washington Huskies (16-3, 5-3) seek to salvage a split on their two-game Bay Area road trip at what has proven to be their most difficult road venue. Third-place teams Washington and Stanford (9-7, 5-3) clash, Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on FSN. The contest will be played at Maples Pavilion where the Huskies lost in their last 12 visits. The last time they came away with a victory at Stanford was on Jan. 30, 1993 when they eked out a 68-67 win in Coach Lynn Nance's final season. The subsequent two UW coaches, Bob Bender and Lorenzo Romar, have not won at Maples Pavilion. Next week, UW concludes the current three-game road trip, its longest of the season, at Washington State. Tip-off is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Friel Court.
Last year's final regular-season Pac-10 game still lingers in the minds of the Huskies who cost themselves a share of the conference title with a 77-67 loss at Stanford on Mar. 5, 2005. The sting of that loss was eased somewhat when UW defeated Stanford 66-63 on Mar. 11 in the conference tournament semifinals. The Huskies captured their first Pac-10 Tournament championship with an 81-72 victory over Arizona on Mar. 12.
The annual visit to the Bay Area has proven to be the most difficult trip for Washington, which has not swept the California-Stanford road games since 1985. The Huskies have been swept 11 times in the Bay Area since their last sweep. UW has swept every other two-game Pac-10 road trip at least once since the last Bay Area sweep, including the Arizona trip in 2004 and the Oregon trip in 1998. UW won this season at USC (Jan. 12) and UCLA (Jan. 14), its first sweep of the Los Angeles trip since 1987.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Sunday's UW-Stanford game airs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Barry Tompkins describes the action alongside analyst Dan Belluomini.
Sunday's Washington-Stanford game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Washington (16-3) has tied last year's squad for the best 19-game record since the 1975-76 team opened with a 17-2 mark. The 2005 Huskies finished 29-6, tying the 67-year-old school record for wins. They were the Pac-10 runners-up with a 14-4 conference mark. UW won its first Pac-10 Tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2005.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 208 points (808-600) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 43-32 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead all but three games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 105-point count (809-704). UW trailed just three times at halftime this season, against Air Force, at UCLA and at California.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 19 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in assist/turnover ratio (1st-1.81), points (4th-18.5), 3-point percentage (5th-43.8%), assists (6th-4.1), steals (8th-1.4), field goal percent (8th-50.4%), blocked shots (9th-1.0) and rebounds (12th-5.3).
UW senior Bobby Jones was a teammate of Stanford's Chris Hernandez and Matt Haryasz on the U.S. gold medal squad at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey.
Brandon Roy leads the Pac-10 with a 1.81 assist/turnover ratio. He has 22 assists and four turnovers in the last four games. Roy leads all scorers in Pac-10 games with 22.5 ppg.
Freshman Jon Brockman has six double-figure rebounding games, equaling the number the entire UW team compiled in 2005.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 65-57 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 14 of the last 18 meetings against Washington.
> UW won two of three encounters last season, including a 66-63 victory on Mar. 11 in the most recent meeting during the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. The Huskies won 76-73 on Jan. 2 in Seattle and Stanford was a 77-67 victor, Mar. 5 in Palo Alto.
> Stanford has a 45-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last 12 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> Last year's 77-67 loss at Stanford spoiled Washington's bid for the Pac-10 regular-season championship.
> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 during 2002 at Maples, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.
> Second-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 1-2 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Fourth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-4 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 66, Stanford 63 (Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal/Mar. 11, 2005/Los Angeles)
Bobby Jones scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, Nate Robinson also had 14 points, and 14th-ranked Washington overcame a poor shooting performance to beat Stanford 66-63 in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center. Washington (26-5) gained a measure of revenge against Stanford, which beat the Huskies 77-67 the previous week to spoil their opportunity to earn a share of the regular-season conference championship for the first time in 20 years. The Huskies, shot 40.6 percent (26-of-64) and were just 6-of-25 from 3-point range. Matt Haryasz led Stanford (18-12) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Chris Hernandez had 13 points and six assists, and Rob Little and Jason Haas added 11 points each for the Cardinal. Robinson scored five straight points to give the Huskies a 58-52 lead with just over six minutes left. But a 3-pointer by Haas and two free throws by Haryasz cut Washington's lead to one with 2:22 to play. Brandon Roy made a basket to make it 64-61, and tipped in a missed shot by Robinson with 15.7 seconds left to give UW a five-point lead. Little made a basket with 9.8 seconds to play to complete the scoring. Robinson missed a free throw a second later, and a 3-point attempt by Haas from the right corner that could have tied the game went in-and-out.
The Last Meeting in Palo Alto
Stanford 77, #10 UW 67 (Mar. 5, 2005/Palo Alto, Calif.)
Matt Haryasz registered 24 points and 10 rebounds, leading Stanford to a 77-67 win that spoiled 10th-ranked Washington's chance to win a share of its first Pac-10 title in 20 years. The Cardinal (17-11, 11-7) defeated UW for the 12th straight time at Maples Pavilion. The Huskies (24-5, 14-4) held a 29-21 advantage after a 3-pointer by Tre Simmons with 5:25 left in the first half. They did not score again in the first half, missing 13 consecutive shots while Stanford took a 31-29 halftime edge. UW missed its first five second-half shots before Brandon Roy halted the drought with a layup with 16:49 remaining. The Huskies reclaimed the lead and held it for the last time at 42-41 with 12:37 left before Stanford scored seven straight points to gain control. Jason Haas scored a career-high 18 points, including 13-of-14 free throws for the Cardinal who outscored UW 33-4 from the line. Stanford attempted 34 more free throws (40-6) than the Huskies who were whistled for 27 fouls to the Cardinal's 11. Roy tallied 16 points to pace UW, which also got 11 from Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson and Will Conroy. Hakeem Rollins contributed 10 points for the Huskies who shot only 40 percent (27-68) from the field and 38 percent (9-24) from 3-point range.
The Huskies remained No. 10 in this week's (Jan. 23) 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. 9 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.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a conference-leading 48.7-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 53.9. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (51.5%) at No. 3 and Brandon Roy (50.4%) at No. 8. Forwards Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (56.1%) 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 nine games. 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%).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 44 of UW's 121 treys, 23 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but three games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26). 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 is the national leader in team scoring at 85.8 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.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.5 points on 52-percent shooting (63-of-122). The senior guard hit 16-of-29 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. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,162 points to rank 20th among all-time Husky scorers.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 18 of 19 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 59-13 record in the last 72 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 16-2 to start the 2006 campaign.
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 last season. 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, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 15 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg).
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last 10 games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 38 percent of his career 3-pointers (60-160).
The Last Game
California 71, #10 UW 69 (Jan. 26, 2006; Berkeley, Calif.)
Leon Powe amassed 13 rebounds and 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining that sealed California's 71-69 win over 10th-ranked Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (11-6, 5-3) led the entire game, including a 40-32 halftime advantage. The Huskies (16-3, 5-3) committed 12 of their 18 turnovers in the first half, but reserve Ryan Appleby hit all four of his 3-point attempts before intermission to keep them close. UW tallied the first seven second-half points to draw within 40-39 before Cal answered with an 11-point run. Appleby hit his fifth 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the game to cap a 17-4 Husky surge and forge the first tie at 66-66. Ayinde Ubaka was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and converted both free throws to give Cal the lead for good. Powe rebounded a miss by UW's Brandon Roy and made both free throws and Ubaka hit one at 0:06. Roy netted a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push his total to 23 points along with nine assists and five rebounds. Appleby was the only other UW double-figure scorer with 15 points. Ubaka and Omar Wilkes each had 15 points for Cal.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. 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 six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC on Jan. 14, 2006.
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 9.8 points per game. He leads the team with an average of 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 53.9 percent. He has six double-figure rebound games, matching the total of the entire Husky team last season. Brockman was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
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 is the reigning champion in two tournaments after capturing the BCA Classic trophy Nov. 15 with an 85-74 victory over Air Force. UW won the its first Pac-10 Tournament title on Mar. 12, 2005.
Less Points, More Wins
Washington, the national scoring leader, is proving it can win lower-scoring games. The Huskies are averaging 85.8 points per game overall. They averaged nearly 12 points under that figure during the last five games, winning four of them despite scoring 74.2 points in that span. In two of those wins (at UCLA, vs. Oregon State) UW was held to 69 points. That marked the first back-to-back sub-70-point outings for the Huskies in 88 games, since Feb. 13 & 15, 2003.
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 second among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.68 assists per game. He is already listed No. 3 among all-time UW freshman with 89 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.59 assist/turnover ratio (89/56) is the fourth best in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (84.8%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games early 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 20th among all-time UW scorers with 1,162 points and Jones is No. 23 with a total of 1,104.