March 13, 2004
SATURDAY, MARCH 13 --
Pac-10 Tournament Championship Game
(#2 seed) Washington vs. (#1) Stanford; 3:15 p.m. PST (CBS TV)
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKNW (AM 1150) & KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
They meet again! Last Saturday in Seattle the Huskies dealt Stanford its first setback of the season, a 75-62 decision in the final regular-season game for both teams. They clash Saturday, March 13 at 3:15 p.m. in the Staples Center and the winner will capture its first Pac-10 Tournament championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Winners of 14 of its last 16 games, Washington (19-10) finished second in the regular-season Pac-10 standings for the first time since 1986. UW lost only once in 15 encounters with Pac-10 opponents after opening the conference campaign with an 0-5 record. Second-seeded Washington defeated UCLA 91-83 Thursday in the quarterfinals before recording a 90-85 semifinal decision over No. 21 Arizona on Friday. The top-seeded and No. 2 ranked Cardinal (28-1) beat Washington State 68-47 in the first round and Oregon 70-63 in the semifinals. Washington is vying for its first NCAA Tourney berth since 1999 and its first 20-win season since 1998.
Sunday's Pac-10 Tournament championship will be televised live on CBS at 3:15 p.m. Pacific Time. Dick Enberg and Matt Guokas call the action.
All UW men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against Stanford will be broadcast on both KHHO (AM 850) and KKNW (AM 1150) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. He is joined by commentator Jason Hamilton.
The conference tournament winner receives the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the seventh Pac-10 Tournament and the third since the post-season affair was restored after being terminated following the 1990 season. In the four Pac-10 events between 1987-90, all 10 conference teams participated. Washington has a 5-5 record in Pac-10 Tournament play. The Huskies participated only once before in the current eight-team format, losing 86-64 to Oregon in a 2002 first-round matchup. Washington advanced to the championship game only once before, losing 76-64 to UCLA in 1987.
Like the Phoenix of mythology, the Huskies have risen from the ashes of an 0-5 conference start. Just 41 days after residing in last place Washington vaulted into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 standings with a 89-84 victory at Arizona on Feb. 26. Saturday's 75-62 triumph over No. 1 Stanford clinched the Huskies' first second-place finish since 1986. UW won 14 of its last 15 games against Pac-10 foes, its best streak ever.
Washington had at least five double-figure scorers in each of the last six games. UW boasts a balanced offense with five players averaging double-figure points. The last time five Huskies finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign. Seven different players have led UW in scoring during a game and five had a 20-point games.
The pivotal point in Washington's season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Did You Know?
Washington's current six-game winning streak is its longest since the 1990-91 squad opened with seven straight wins. The current run of 14 wins in 16 games is the school's best streak since the 1982 Huskies won 14 of 15 games from Dec. 17-Feb. 6.
In his first Pac-10 Tournament is UW's Lorenzo Romar who coached Saint Louis to the 2000 championship in his first Conference USA Tournament appearance ... The Huskies have never won a Pac-10 Tournament title. They won two regular-season crowns, tying for first in 1984 & 1985 ... UW had at least five double-figure scorers in each of the last six games. The Huskies combined for 113 double-figure games this year, 27 more than last year ... W had twelve 3-pointers vs. Arizona, its most treys in Pac-10 Tournament play ... UW's reserves outscored the Arizona bench 40-6 Friday. For the season, the Husky reserves outscored their counterparts 820-580, an average 28.3-20.0 per game ... Junior Tre Simmons hit 13-of-23 treys during the last four games, averaging 16.5 points during that span ... UW is outscoring opponents in the second half by a combined 1274-1167 tally ... Coach Lorenzo Romar has a winning record (29-27) in two seasons at Washington after starting out with a 15-25 mark as of Jan. 17, 2004.
Washington is averaging 82.0 points per game, the highest scoring output since the 1972 Huskies finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and was listed No. 8 earlier this week among NCAA Division I teams at 81.3 points per game. The Huskies have reached the 100-point plateau twice for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau 10 times this season, a figure they reached only once last year. This is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1972 squad registered 12.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 63-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 12 of the last 14 meetings.
> The Huskies dealt Stanford its only loss, a 75-62 victory last Saturday (March 6) in Seattle. The Cardinal won the first meeting 85-72 on Jan. 4 in Palo Alto.
> 18th-year Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery has a 27-10 mark against the Huskies.
> Second-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-2 record against Stanford.
This Season's Second Meeting
UW 75, #1 Stanford 62 (Mar. 6, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 16 points, including three straight 3-pointers that opened the game up for Washington which dealt No. 1 Stanford its first defeat, 75-62 before a record crowd of 10,086 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (17-10, 12-6) clinched sole possession of second place with just their second victory over a top-ranked team in 28 all-time meetings. Stanford (26-1, 17-1) led by four points early before Simmons gave UW the lead for good on a trey at 12:39. The Huskies led 35-25 at halftime, but failed to score in the opening six minutes of the second half. The Cardinal cut the deficit to one during the drought and trailed 39-38 with 11 minutes remaining before Simmons' trio of triples forged a 48-40 advantage with 7:59 to play. The Cardinal, who had 18 turnovers and shot 39 percent (27-69) never drew closer than four. Five Huskies netted double figures, including Mike Jensen and Nate Robinson with 13 along with Brandon Roy and Will Conroy with 12. Chris Hernandez paced Stanford with 21 points and Josh Childress had 15.
This Season's First Meeting
(#5) Stanford 85, UW 72 (Jan. 4, 2004/Palo Alto, Calif.)
Justin Davis scored 10 of his 17 points during a pair of 10-point runs early in each half, leading fifth-ranked Stanford to an 85-72 win over Washington. The Huskies (5-5, 0-2) lost their 11th consecutive game at Maples Pavilion. Stanford (11-0, 2-0) raced out to a 10-0 lead, including four points from Davis. The Cardinal lead was a large as 10 points en route to a 41-34 halftime advantage. UW scored five points in the opening 36 seconds of the second half, capped by a 3-pointer from Tre Simmons that cut the deficit to 41-39. Davis scored six points to spark a 10-point Stanford surge that pushed the lead to 51-39 with 16:45 left to play. The Huskies never drew closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Davis grabbed 13 rebounds. Nick Robinson and Chris Hernandez scored 13 points apiece, Rob Little had 12 and Matt Haryasz added 10. Nate Robinson scored 16 points to lead the Huskies who also got 13 from Tre Simmons and 10 from Bobby Jones. Stanford shot 73 percent (16-22) in the second half and finished at 60 percent (34-57) for the game.