Feb. 24, 2006
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 --
California at (#17) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, MARCH 2 --
(#17) Washington at Arizona State, 6:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 MST (No TV)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141) / Tempe, Ariz.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 17th-ranked and third-place Washington Huskies (21-5, 10-5) conclude one of the busiest home schedules in their history on Sunday, Feb. 26 when they host conference co-leader California (17-7, 11-4). Tip-off is 5 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised nationally on FSN. That marks the 19th and final home game, the most for the Huskies since 1950. Sunday's battle features a clash between Cal's Leon Powe and UW's Brandon Roy who are ranked one-two among Pac-10 scoring leaders. The first meeting was tied with 38 seconds remaining before the Golden Bears finished off a 71-69 win on Jan. 26 in Berkeley. Both teams won their Thursday games. The Huskies defeated Stanford 75-57 and the Golden Bears were 43-41 victors at Washington State.
Washington is seeking a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for only the second time in school history (1984-86). The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 21-5 this season. The 69 combined wins are the highest three-year total since a 77-win run from 1951-53 that marks the best three-year stretch in school history.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Sunday's UW-Cal game airs live at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Barry Tompkins describes the action alongside Dan Belluomini.
Sunday's Washington-California 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.
Five seniors make their final home appearance Sunday for the Huskies, including Coach Lorenzo Romar's first UW recruit, Bobby Jones. He is joined by Mike Jensen, Zane Potter, Brandon Roy and Jamaal Williams. They have helped the Huskies to a 50-12 four-year record at Bank of America Arena, including a 32-game winning streak that was the nation's longest. Four seniors will start Sunday with freshman Justin Dentmon.
You would be hard-pressed to make a case that any player does more for his team than Washington's Brandon Roy. In the weekly Pac-10 statistics that include all games, Roy is ranked among the league leaders in 10 of the 13 categories listed. That is three more than any other Pac-10 player (ASU's Kevin Kruger ranks in 7 categories). California is led by Ayinde Ubaka (6 categories) and Leon Powe (5 categories). Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in assist/turnover ratio (1st-1.85), points (2nd-19.7), assists (4th-4.2), field goal percent (6th-50.3%), steals (7th-1.4), blocked shots (8th-0.9), free throw percentage (8th-80.7%), 3-point percentage (8th-39.7%), offensive rebounds (10th-2.23) and total rebounds (11th-5.5). UW's 6-foot-6 swingman does all that in less playing time than other marquee players as he is not ranked among league leaders in minutes played.
Player of the Week
Brandon Roy, who led the Huskies to their first road sweep of the Oregon schools since 1998, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week Feb. 20 for the second straight week. Roy averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds. He amassed 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds at Oregon State. Roy is just the second Husky to win back-to-back Player of the Week awards, joining Chris Welp who did it in 1986. Welp went on that season to become the Washington's only Pac-10 Player of the Year.
The California Series
> Washington won three of the last four meetings to claim a 71-70 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a California victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> California, which won this season's first meeting 71-69 on Jan. 26 in Berkeley, last swept the season series versus the Huskies in 2003.
> UW owns a 46-25 advantage against Cal over games played in Seattle.
> 10th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 11-8 record against the Huskies.
> Fourth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-5 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after winning in 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
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. Cal's Ubaka and Omar Wilkes each had 15.
The Huskies climbed three spots to No. 17 in this week's (Feb. 20) 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. 19 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.
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have an 18-1 record when outrebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of nearly nine rebounds (38.6-30.0) in wins while being outboarded (36.6-36.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (38.2) and rebounding margin (+6.9).
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 260 points (1071-811) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 41-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 20 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 111-point margin (1076-965). UW has scored five more combined points in the second half of games compared to the first half, but has allowed 154 more points after halftime than before. UW trailed just three times at halftime.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 56 of UW's 164 treys, 29 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but five games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26) and Oregon State (Feb. 18). Appleby netted 56 of his 66 field goals from beyond the arc. 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 Pac-10 leader and ranks No. 4 nationally in team scoring at 83.3 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.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Four of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.3 percent that ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10. Freshman Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 52.7. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Brandon Roy (50.3%) at No. 6 and Jamaal Williams (49.7%) at No. 7. Forwards Artem Wallace (57.1%) and Hans Gasser (50.8%) 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%).
Washington utilized a new lineup the last five games as senior forward Mike Jensen made his first starts of the season, giving him 93 for his career. Jensen replaced Jamaal Williams who had started UW's first 21 games. Previously, the primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started 20 of the first 21 games. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only other lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
Washington welcomed new members to the 1,000-point club in consecutive games, 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 15th among all-time UW scorers with 1,322 points and Jones is No. 21 with 1,165.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.7 points on 51-percent shooting (114-of-224). The senior guard hit 22-of-49 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 1,322 points to rank 15th among all-time Husky scorers.
The Huskies have a 64-15 record in the last 79 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 and posted a 29-6 record in 2005.
Brandon Roy led all UW scorers in each of the last eight games with at least 20 points every time. He has 14 total 20-point games.
The Huskies posted the 23rd 20-win season in school history. They have back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1984-1985 and only the second time since 1953.
Justin Dentmon has 100 assists and needs four more to break the school freshman record of 103 set by Eldridge Recasner in 1987.
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 17 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 39 percent of his career 3-pointers (70-182). Jensen hit six treys against Stanford (Feb. 23) en route to a career-high 18-point performance.
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 21 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He ranks No. 6 among Pac-10 field goal shooters (49.7%) and No. 14 in scoring (13.3 ppg).
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 seventh among Pac-10 playmakers with 3.85 assists per game. He is already listed No. 2 among all-time UW freshman with 100 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.37 assist/turnover ratio (100/73) ranks 10th in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (82.6%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
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 9.1 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the leading field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 52.7 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.
The Last Game
#17 UW 75, Stanford 57 (Feb. 23, 2006; Seattle)
Mike Jensen amassed a career-high 18 points, shooting 6-of-8 from 3-point range for 17th-ranked Washington, which defeated Stanford 75-57 at Bank of America Arena. Jensen scored nine of UW's first 11 points. The Huskies (21-5, 10-5) led 39-28 at halftime on the strength of Jensen's 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. His previous best single-game effort was three treys. The lead grew to as many as 20 points in the second half for the Huskies who finished at 10-of-18 on 3-pointers. That was a contrast to the 2-for-17 shooting on treys UW had in the first meeting that resulted in a heartbreaking overtime loss at Stanford. Brandon Roy turned in his eighth straight 20-point game with 23 points and seven assists. Matt Haryasz and Peter Prowitt paced the Cardinal (13-11, 9-6) with 10 points apiece.
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.