March 3, 2006
SATURDAY, MARCH 4 --
(#14) Washington at Arizona, 3:00 p.m. PST / 4:00 MST (FSN TV)
McKale Center (14,545) / Tucson, Ariz.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, MARCH 9 --
(#14) Washington at Pac-10 Tournament, TBA (FSN TV)
Staples Center (18,964) / Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 14th-ranked and second-place Washington Huskies (23-5, 12-5) continue the pursuit of their first Pac-10 regular-season championship in 21 years when they complete their schedule, Saturday, Mar. 4 at third-place Arizona (18-10, 11-6). Tip-off is 3 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Mountain) at McKale Center where UW won just once in its last 21 visits.
Washington (12-5) is in second place, one game behind UCLA (13-4) in the standings. The Huskies can still claim a Pac-10 co-championship with a win at Arizona and a UCLA loss at Stanford. UW is vying for its first conference championship since tying for back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 1984 (Oregon State) and 1985 (USC). In the event of a tie atop the standings, the Huskies would receive the No. 1 seed into the Pac-10 Tournament by virtue of their season sweep of UCLA.
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 23-5 this season. The 71 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.
Saturday's Washington-Arizona regular-season finalé airs live at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Barry Tompkins describes the action alongside analyst Dan Belluomini.
Saturday's UW game at Arizona 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's Brandon Roy is an All-American. First team. Period. Roy is the most complete player in college basketball."
-Gregg Doyel, CBS SportsLine.com
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 seven categories). Roy ranks among the league leaders in scoring (2nd-19.7), assist/turnover ratio (2nd-1.77), assists (4th-4.1), field goal percent (4th-50.9%), free throw percentage (6th-81.3%), steals (7th-1.4), blocked shots (10th-0.9), 3-point percentage (10th-39.0%), offensive rebounds (10th-2.2) and total rebounds (11th-5.6). UW's 6-foot-6 guard does all that in less playing time than other marquee players as he is not ranked among league leaders in minutes played.
Senior guard Brandon Roy is in contention to become Washington's first Pac-10 Player of the Year since Chris Welp in 1986 ... Roy ranks second among Pac-10 scorers at 19.68 points per game that is just behind the 19.86 clip of California's Leon Powe ... Washington is the only member school to never have a Pac-10 scoring champion. The last Husky to lead the conference in scoring was Louie Nelson whose 21.9-point average led the Pac-8 in 1973 ... Forward Jon Brockman should be in line for freshman honors as he leads all Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (53.0%), ranks No. 4 in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and is No. 3 among freshman scorers (9.0) ... Another freshman honors candidate is guard Justin Dentmon who leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists (3.9) and free throw percentage (83.0%).
Player of the Week
Brandon Roy was named the Pac-10 player Jan. 27, tying the record with his third consecutive award. He joins Arizona State's Eddie House (2000) as the only individuals to receive three consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week awards. This is the fourth overall Player of the Week award for Roy who previously was recognized Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 of this year and as a sophomore on Feb. 28, 2004. He has received the Pac-10's weekly accolade more than any other Husky, eclipsing three-time honorees Chris Welp (1986-87) and Todd MacCulloch (1998-99). Roy averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists last week. He shot 62 percent (16-of-26) from the field.
The Huskies, who won their last three road games, have not won four straight conference road games since Jan. 16-Feb. 21, 1959 ... UW had double-digit 3-pointers in each of its last four games, a feat accomplished just twice in the first 24 games. UW shot 43-of-87 (49%) on treys in the last four games ... Justin Dentmon broke the UW freshman assist record Thursday. His total of 109 assists eclipsed the previous mark of 103 ... Washington has a 16-0 record in games when four or more players register double-figure points ... The Huskies' record is 13-0 when they shoot 50-percent of better from the field ... UW has a 14-1 mark when scoring 80 or more points ... Brandon Roy (115) and Justin Dentmon (109) are the sixth pair of Huskies to reach the 100-assist mark in the same season ... Roy had two streaks snapped Thursday at Arizona State. He tallied 13 points, halting a streak of nine consecutive 20-point performances ... Roy missed his first free throw Thursday, stopping a string of 32 straight successful charity shots. He fell one shy of the school-record of 33 consecutive free throws established in 1989 by Eldridge Recasner.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 38-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> Washington won five of the last seven meetings as the teams met three times in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Those five wins equal the total of UW wins over Arizona in the previous 12 years combined.
> The Wildcats won this season's first meeting in double overtime, a 96-95 decision on Dec. 31 in Seattle.
> UW won 81-72 on Mar. 12 in the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament championship game.
> The Wildcats own a 22-5 record against UW in Tucson, including a 91-82 win last season in which they hit 38-of-40 free throws and had 38-15 scoring advantage at the line.
> Arizona won eight of the last nine and 19 of the last 21 meetings at McKale Center. The only Husky wins in the last 21 years came in 1996 and 2004.
> 23rd-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 32-16 all-time record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-4 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
Arizona 96, #7 UW 95, 2ot (Dec. 31, 2005; Seattle)
Arizona rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to post a 96-95 double-overtime win over Washington despite the second straight 35-point effort of Brandon Roy. The loss ended a school-record 32-game homecourt winning streak for the Huskies (11-1, 1-1). Trailing 64-54 midway through the second half, Arizona (9-3, 2-0) staged a 23-6 run to go ahead 77-70 with 1:47 left in regulation. UW went on an 11-4 run, capped by a Roy 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to force overtime. He caused the second overtime with a step-under trey at the buzzer. By the time Kirk Walters sank the decisive free throw with five seconds left in the second overtime, four UW starters had fouled out while the Wildcats were at full strength. Ryan Appleby, who hit four first-half treys, missed the potential winning 3-pointer as time expired. Arizona, which shot only 1-of-15 on first-half 3-pointers, hit 8-of-14 treys after halftime. Hassan Adams scored 32 points to pace the Wildcats and Mustafa Shakur added 23. Jamaal Williams scored 22 points for the Huskies. Roy shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range and had a double-double, leading all rebounders with 11.
The Huskies climbed three spots to No. 14 in this week's (Feb. 27) 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. 16 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.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 262 points (1142-880) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 41-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 22 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 145-point margin (1169-1024). UW has scored 27 more combined points in the second half of games compared to the first half, but has allowed 144 more points after halftime than before. UW trailed just four times at halftime, including Thursday at Arizona State (38-40).
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have a 20-1 record when outrebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of over eight rebounds (38.1-29.7) in wins while being outboarded (36.6-36.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (37.8) and rebounding margin (+6.9).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 61 of UW's 185 treys, 31 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 61 of his 74 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. 5 nationally in team scoring at 83.2 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
Three players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.6 percent that ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10. Freshman Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 53.0. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Brandon Roy (50.9%) at No. 4 and Jamaal Williams (49.7%) at No. 6. Forward Artem Wallace (57.7%) does 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 13 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%).
The Huskies have won seven straight games since senior Mike Jensen was inserted into the starting lineup Feb. 9 at USC. Jensen was a primary starter the last three years with 95 career starts to his credit. The lineup of Jensen, Bobby Jones, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started six of those seven games. The lone exception was Feb. 26 when Brockman yielded his spot to senior Jamaal Williams for the final home game. Jones and Roy have started every game this season. 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 earlier 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 12th among all-time UW scorers with 1,362 points and Jones is No. 20 with 1,180.
The Huskies have a 66-15 record in the last 81 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.
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 22 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).
Did You Know?
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.
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 eighth among Pac-10 playmakers with 3.89 assists per game, the top mark for a freshman. He has a school freshman record 109 assists, surpassing the previous mark of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.42 assist/turnover ratio (109/77) ranks seventh in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (83.0%) and converted 20 consecutive charity shots 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 9.0 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the leading field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 53.0 percent. He has seven double-figure rebound games, surpassing 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 Huskies won their last seven games since Mike Jensen was inserted into the starting lineup Feb. 9 at USC. The 6-foot-8 senior forward started in place of Jamaal Williams. A three-year starter, Jensen returned to action Dec. 23 against Lehigh. He played the last 18 games after missing the season's first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that required 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 (75-191). Jensen hit six treys against Stanford (Feb. 23) in a career-high 18-point performance. He shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range in Thursday's win at Arizona State.
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 has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC on Jan. 14, 2006.
The Last Game
#14 UW 91, Arizona State 66 (Mar. 2, 2006; Tempe, Ariz.)
Mike Jensen led five double-figure scorers with 14 points, including 4-of-5 shooting on 3-pointers to lead 14th-ranked Washington to a 91-66 victory at Wells Fargo Arena and its seventh straight win over Arizona State. Kevin Kruger scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half, including a jumper at the buzzer that lifted the Sun Devils (10-16, 4-13) to a 40-38 halftime edge. The Huskies (22-5, 12-5) scored the first 11 points after halftime, taking the lead for good at 49-40 with 16:18 left to play. The margin grew to as many as 27 points for UW, which outscored ASU 53-26 after halftime. The Huskies hit 6-of-12 treys after halftime and 11-of-25 for the game. Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy, Ryan Appleby and Jamaal Williams each had 13 points for UW. Roy had two streaks stopped. He missed his first free throw, finishing one shy of the UW record of 33 straight. His streak of consecutive 20-point games ended at nine. ASU's Jeff Pendergraph posted his third straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was almost a repeat of the season's first meeting when UW led 40-38 at halftime before running away in the second half for a 91-67 victory on Dec. 29.