March 8, 2011
SEATTLE -- The Washington men's basketball team (20-10, 11-7 Pac-10/3rd) travels to Los Angeles this week as the No. 3 seed in the annual Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center. The Huskies will face No. 6 Washington State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The Cougars swept the Huskies during the regular season and are trying to win three-in-a-row in the same season -- a feat they also did in 2007.
Live Game Coverage
The Pac-10 Tournament games from Wednesday through Friday will be televised by FSN. The finals will be nationally televised by CBS. Every Husky game is broadcast live on the radio throughout the Pacific Northwest via the Washington IMG College Sports Network with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton behind the microphone. The Seattle-based flagship station for the network is KJR 950 AM. Gregg Bell will chat live on GoHuskies.com where the radio broadcast and a statistical GameTracker can also be found. In addition, all games will air on Sirius and XM Radio.
UW And WSU This Year...
Washington State swept the Huskies in the season series for just the 11th time since the series began over 100 years ago. The Cougars won 87-80 in Pullman on Jan. 30 and 80-69 in Seattle on Feb. 27. Klay Thompson, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 21.4 ppg averaged 25.5 points in the two contests. D'Angelo Casto averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Washington has been led by Isaiah Thomas, who is averaging 20 ppg and 5.0 apg. UW has shot just 35.4% from the field and averaged 20 turnovers in the two previous contests -- both numbers the worst by UW against any Pac-10 opponent.
UW And Washington State History ...
Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 171-100 advantage over their cross-state rivals. WSU enjoyed a string of success last decade though, as they downed UW seven-straight games from 2006-08 and has swept the season series this year. Prior to this season, UW had won the previous four games in the series. Thursday's game is just the second time the two teams have met in the Pac-10 Tournament. WSU won that 2007 meeting 74-64. Lorenzo Romar is 9-10 all time against WSU -- the only Pac-10 team he has a losing record against. Ken Bone is 2-5 all-time against UW, including an 0-3 record as head coach of Portland State.
Venoy Overton joins Will Conroy as the only Huskies with 100 assists in three seasons.
Isaiah Thomas is the reigning Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Pac-10 Tournament.
The No. 3 seed is 10-3 all-time in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament and UW was the first No. 3 seed to win it all last season.
Dating back to last season, UW has won its last 5 games in Los Angeles.
Pac-10 Honors Released
The Pac-10 released its end of the season awards on March 7 and the Huskies are well-represented. Matthew Bryan-Amaning was named the conference's Most Improved Player, First Team All-Conference and honorable mention All-Defensive. Isaiah Thomas was named First Team All-Conference for the second-consecutive year and is the fourth Husky to receive all-conference recognition three times during their career. C.J. Wilcox was named to the All-Freshman Team. Justin Holiday was honorable mention all-defensive and Terrence Ross was honorable mention all-freshman.
MacCulloch Hall of Honor
The Pac-10 Conference announced its 2011 Hall of Honor inductees and this year's Husky selection is Todd MacCulloch. It's the 10th year that the Pac-10 inducted one member from each institution into the Hall of Honor. Standing at 7-foot-0 and 280 pounds, MacCulloch was the Huskies main cog from 1996-1999 and led the team to NCAA Tournament appearances his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 18.6 points and 9.7 rebounds in 1998 when Washington advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Connecticut on a last-second shot. As a senior, MacCulloch averaged 18.7 points and 11.9 rebounds - the seventh highest rebound average in single season. MacCulloch ended his UW career as the school's all-time field goal percentage (.664) leader, second all-time in blocked shots (142) and fifth in total points (1,743) and rebounds (985). MacCulloch will be honored during the Pac-10 Tournament.
C.J. Wilcox's 24 points in the 2nd half vs. UCLA were the most by a player since Mark Sanford scored 25 vs. Jackson State on Dec. 4, 1995.
UW's 17 points in the first half vs. WSU were the fewest since 15 at Cal on Jan. 29, 2000.
The Huskies reached 20 wins under Romar for the fifth time. The only other coach to accomplish that many is Hec Edmundson (11).
UW's Conference Trends
UW finished third in the Pac-10 for the second-consecutive season. The Huskies have finished third or better for the 6th time in Romar's nine seasons.
UW swept UCLA for just the third time ever (2006 and 1987)
The home loss to WSU snapped a streak of 7 home conference wins with the closest margin of victory being 11 points vs. Stanford.