Feb. 15, 2011
SEATTLE - Washington (17-7, 9-4 Pac-10) heads down to the desert of Arizona for a pair of games that have huge Pac-10 title implications. The third-place Dawgs trail red-hot Arizona by 1.5 games and all indications are they must sweep if they have Pac-10 Championship aspirations. BUT, the Huskies can't overlook Arizona State (9-14, 1-10) who they face on Thursday, 5:30 p.m. PT. The Sun Devils played the Huskies tough in Seattle and UW will have to bring their "A" game if they want to head to Tucson for a shot at shaking up the conference standings.
On The Airwaves
Thursday's game can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. There is no local TV of the game vs. the Sun Devils, but www.foxsportsarizona.com will carry a live video stream of the contest. Mark McClune and Derek Glasser will call the action from Wells Fargo Arena.
Keep An Eye On:
Isaiah Thomas needs 3 steals and MBA needs 9 to crack the UW top-10 all-time list.
Thomas is the fourth Husky to win Pac-10 Player of the Week three times in the same season.
UW ranks second nationally in per game scoring (85.9) & 3-pt makes (9.6).
UW has swept the Arizona schools four times, twice during the Romar era (2004 and 2006).
ASU owns a narrow 36-35 series lead over UW since the schools first played in the 1977-78 season. UW last won at ASU in 2009 in an 84-71 victory over the Sun Devils. The Huskies are on an impressive run against Arizona State, having won 15 of the last 18 meetings against the Sun Devils. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 15-5 all-time against ASU as the Husky head man. UW won the match up earlier this year, 88-75.
ASU is currently 9-15 overall and 1-11 in the conference. Trent Lockett and Ty Abbott lead the team with 13.9 ppg and 12.9 ppg respectively. Seattle's Jamelle McMillian is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.2 ppg. ASU is currently last in the Pac-10 and has loss 8 straight conference games. Herb Sendek has an 85-71 record in his fifth year as the head coach at ASU. He is in his 18th season overall as a head coach and is 4-9 as a head coach against Washington, including 1-1 at NC State.
Last Time Vs. ASU
Matthew Bryan-Amaning carried Washington with a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds, and the 20th-ranked Huskies matched their best conference start in 24 years with an 88-75 win over scrappy Arizona State. Washington needed Bryan-Amaning's career day with leading scorer Isaiah Thomas focused more on trying to slow Arizona State's Ty Abbott at the defensive end. Thomas still did his part, knifing for a pair of driving layups in the last 4 minutes, including a right-handed finish at the rim with 1:44 left to give Washington a 78-71 lead. Thomas finished with 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Huskies (15-4, 7-1 Pac-10). Trent Lockett and Abbott both finished with 20 points for the Sun Devils (9-10, 1-6). Arizona State has dropped five straight conference games. Scott Suggs added 10 for Washington, including a key 3-pointer with 1:08 left that matched the Huskies' largest lead of eight. Abbott missed a deep 3-pointer on the Sun Devils' next possession and Justin Holiday made one of two free throws to put the Huskies up by nine. Thomas finished off another impressive all-around effort with a driving three-point play with 30 seconds to go. The Huskies are off to their best conference start since the 1986-87 season and will close out the first half of Pac-10 play next Sunday night at rival Washington State.
The Wildcats are 21-4 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-10, currently holding the number one spot in the conference. Like Washington, Arizona is celebrating a winning past weekend, as they defeated in-state rival Arizona State in a 67-52 victory in Tempe. Junior Kyle Fogg hit six three-pointers for the Wildcats and matched his career high with 26 points. Arizona is 13-0 at home this season. The Wildcats only have one senior on the roster, Jamelle Horne. Sophomore Derrick Williams, who, along with UW's Isaiah Thomas, has been named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list, leads the team, averaging 19.5 ppg and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Several others make significant contributions to the team including sophomore Lamont Jones who averages 9.4 ppg and junior Kyle Fogg who averages 8.6 ppg. Coach Sean Miller is in his second year as the head basketball coach at Arizona. He is the first coach since Lute Olson to have that title, as both Kevin O'Neill and Russ Pennell held interim positions before he took the job. Miller is in his 18th year of collegiate coaching, and his seventh as a head coach. From 2004-09, Miller was the head coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
UW is leading the Pac-10 in nine categories including: scoring (85.9 ppg), scoring margin (+15.8), three-point field goals made per game (9.6), rebounds per game (39.5), rebounding margin (+5.4), offensive rebounds (13.8), offensive rebounding percentage (37.4%), assists per game (17.8) and assists to turnover ratio (1.4). They also rank second in FG percentage (48.1%) 3-point FG percentage (39.1%), 3-pt FG percentage defense (31.8%), defensive rebounds (25.8) and blocks (5.1).
UW's Pac-10 POW Winners
So far, the Huskies have won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors four times this season. Matthew Bryan-Amaning was the the first to earn the honors after Washington swept USC and UCLA in Los Angeles. Isaiah Thomas won for his efforts vs. Oregon and OSU the following week. MBA and Thomas were the first different Huskies to win the award in back-to-back weeks. It marks the first time since the Pac-10 started handing out weekly honors that two different Huskies have won in consecutive weeks. Thomas earned the award a second time after UW swept the Arizona schools. His most recent win came after UW swept Cal and Stanford. Overall, Huskies have earned the weekly honor 42 times, 23 times during Lorenzo Romar's coaching tenure.