Jan. 24, 2006
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 --
(#10) Washington at California, 7:30 p.m. (No TV)
Haas Pavilion (11,877) / Berkeley, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKOL (AM 1300) in the Puget Sound area
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 --
(#10) Washington at Stanford, 5:00 p.m. (FSN TV)
Maples Pavilion (7,233) / Palo Alto, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 10th-ranked Washington Huskies (16-2, 5-2) embark on their longest road trip of the season, a three-game stretch that starts this week in the Bay Area. Washington plays Thursday, Jan. 26 at California (10-6, 4-3). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Huskies have a 71-69 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1916. On Sunday, Jan. 29, UW travels to Palo Alto to clash with Stanford (8-7, 4-3). Tip-off is 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion for the game that will be televised nationally on FSN. The Huskies lost their last 12 games at Stanford, last winning at Maples Pavilion on Feb. 25, 1993. Next week, UW concludes the three-game road trip at Washington State, Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.
Atop the Standings
Washington is tied atop the Pac-10 standings with UCLA, both sporting 5-2 records. Arizona has a 5-3 third-place record. This week's opponents, California and Stanford, are 4-3 in Pac-10 play and tied for fourth place.
The annual visit to the Bay Area has proven to be the most difficult trip for Washington, which has not swept the California-Stanford road games since 1985. The Huskies have swept every other two-game Pac-10 road trip at least once since then, including the Arizona trip in 2004 and the Oregon trip in 1998. UW won at USC and UCLA Jan. 12 and 14, 2006, its first sweep of the Los Angeles trip since 1987.
Thursday's Washington-California game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on KKOL (1300 AM) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Washington has tied last year's squad for the best 18-game record since the 1975-76 team had a 17-1 mark. The 2005 Huskies lost game No. 19, dropping to 16-3. A win Thursday would tie the 17-2 mark of the 1976 squad for the school's best 19-game record since UW's Final Four-bound 1953 team opened with an 18-1 mark.
Less Points, More Wins
Washington, the national scoring leader, is proving it can win lower-scoring games. The Huskies are averaging 86.8 points per game overall. They averaged 11 points under that figure in their last four games, winning all four despite scoring 75.5 points. In two of those wins (at UCLA, vs. Oregon State) UW was held to 69 points. That marked the first back-to-back sub-70-point outings for the Huskies in 88 games, since Feb. 13 & 15, 2003. Prior to the current four-game winning streak, UW lost two of three outings despite averaging 84.3 points per game.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 204 points (776-560) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 43-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead all, but two games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 99-point count (772-673). UW trailed just twice at halftime this season (vs. Air Force and at UCLA) and was tied once (vs. American).
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 18 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in assist/turnover ratio (2nd-1.73), points (4th-18.2), 3-point percentage (4th-45.5%), field goal percent (6th-50.6%), assists (8th-3.8), blocked shots (9th-1.0), steals (10th-1.3) and rebounds (12th-5.3).
The Huskies, who won their first two Pac-10 road games at USC and UCLA, have not won the opening three conference road games since 1998. UW has not won the first four since the 1953 squad won its first six PCC road games.
Brandon Roy has 13 assists and only one turnover in the last three games. He leads all scorers in Pac-10 games with 22.4 ppg.
Freshman Justin Dentmon leads all Pac-10 playmakers in conference games with 5.57 assists per game.
The California Series
> Washington won the last three meetings to claim a 71-69 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a California victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> Prior to UW's last three wins, Cal had won seven of the previous eight meetings.
> Washington swept the season series from the Golden Bears last year for the first time since 1999. UW won 81-67 on Dec. 31 in Seattle and 106-73 on Mar. 3 in Berkeley.
> Cal owns a 44-25 advantage against Washington over games played in the Bay Area.
> The Huskies' 106-73 win last year in Berkeley snapped a four-game losing streak at Cal. That was the highest point total ever for a UW team at an opponent's arena.
> 10th-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 10-8 record against the Huskies.
> Fourth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-4 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
#10 UW 106, California 73 (Mar. 3, 2005/Berkeley, Calif.)
Bobby Jones tied his career-high with 22 points, including five of the team's school-record 16 3-pointers, as 10th-ranked Washington defeated California 106-73 at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies (24-4, 14-3) posted their largest win in the series with Cal and tallied their most points ever at an opposing arena. UW's 16 treys came from five different players, including five from Nate Robinson and four from Tre Simmons. The Golden Bears (12-15, 5-12) took their final lead at 17-16 on an Ayinde Ubaka jumper with 13:15 left in the first half. UW took control with a 34-12 run, scoring 24 of the points on eight 3-pointers. The Huskies hit 11-of-17 trey attempts en route to a 55-38 halftime advantage. The lead grew to as many as 37 points in the second half. Will Conroy distributed a career-high 14 assists and broke the UW career assist record. Robinson finished with 21 points and Simmons added 20. Rod Benson scored 17 points to pace the Bears who also got 13 from Ubaka and Marquise Kately.
The Huskies remained No. 10 in this week's (Jan. 23) 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. 9 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.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a conference-leading 48.7-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 54.9. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (52.9%) at No. 3 and Brandon Roy (50.6%) at No. 6. Freshman Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (56.1%) 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%).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 39 of UW's 111 treys, 19 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but three games this season and hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25). 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 national leader in team scoring at 86.8 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.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.4 points on 52-percent shooting (54-of-103). The senior guard hit 15-of-25 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 1,139 points to rank 21st among all-time Husky scorers.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 17 of 18 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 59-12 record in the last 71 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, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 16-2 to start the 2006 campaign.
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 second among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.78 assists per game. He is already listed No. 4 among all-time UW freshman with 86 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.65 assist/turnover ratio (86/52) is the sixth best in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (84.8%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
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 15 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (14.6 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg).
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 nine 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 37 percent of his career 3-pointers (58-158).
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 65-57 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 14 of the last 18 meetings.
> Washington won two of three encounters last season, including a 66-63 victory on Mar. 11 in the most recent meeting during the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. The Huskies won 76-73 on Jan. 2 in Seattle and Stanford was a 77-67 victor on Mar. 5 in Palo Alto.
> Stanford has a 45-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last 12 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> Last year's 77-67 loss at Stanford spoiled Washington's bid for the Pac-10 regular-season championship.
> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 during 2002 at Maples, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.
> Second-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 1-2 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Fourth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-4 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 66, Stanford 63 (Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal/Mar. 11, 2005/Los Angeles)
Bobby Jones scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, Nate Robinson also had 14 points, and 14th-ranked Washington overcame a poor shooting performance to beat Stanford 66-63 in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center. Washington (26-5) gained a measure of revenge against Stanford, which beat the Huskies 77-67 the previous week to spoil their opportunity to earn a share of the regular-season conference championship for the first time in 20 years. The Huskies, shot 40.6 percent (26-of-64) and were just 6-of-25 from 3-point range. Matt Haryasz led Stanford (18-12) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Chris Hernandez had 13 points and six assists, and Rob Little and Jason Haas added 11 points each for the Cardinal. Robinson scored five straight points to give the Huskies a 58-52 lead with just over six minutes left. But a 3-pointer by Haas and two free throws by Haryasz cut Washington's lead to one with 2:22 to play. Brandon Roy made a basket to make it 64-61, and tipped in a missed shot by Robinson with 15.7 seconds left to give UW a five-point lead. Little made a basket with 9.8 seconds to play to complete the scoring. Robinson missed a free throw a second later, and a 3-point attempt by Haas from the right corner that could have tied the game went in-and-out.
The Last Meeting in Palo Alto
Stanford 77, #10 UW 67 (Mar. 5, 2005/Palo Alto, Calif.)
Matt Haryasz registered 24 points and 10 rebounds, leading Stanford to a 77-67 win that spoiled 10th-ranked Washington's chance to win a share of its first Pac-10 title in 20 years. The Cardinal (17-11, 11-7) defeated UW for the 12th straight time at Maples Pavilion. The Huskies (24-5, 14-4) held a 29-21 advantage after a 3-pointer by Tre Simmons with 5:25 left in the first half. They did not score again in the first half, missing 13 consecutive shots while Stanford took a 31-29 halftime edge. UW missed its first five second-half shots before Brandon Roy halted the drought with a layup with 16:49 remaining. The Huskies reclaimed the lead and held it for the last time at 42-41 with 12:37 left before Stanford scored seven straight points to gain control. Jason Haas scored a career-high 18 points, including 13-of-14 free throws for the Cardinal who outscored UW 33-4 from the line. Stanford attempted 34 more free throws (40-6) than the Huskies who were whistled for 27 fouls to the Cardinal's 11. Roy tallied 16 points to pace UW, which also got 11 from Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson and Will Conroy. Hakeem Rollins contributed 10 points for the Huskies who shot only 40 percent (27-68) from the field and 38 percent (9-24) from 3-point range.
The Last Game
#10 UW 78, Oregon 59 (Jan. 21, 2006; Seattle)
Brandon Roy scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half when 10th-ranked Washington took control en route to a 78-59 win over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (16-2, 5-2) won their fourth consecutive game in the series with Oregon for the first time since 1985. It was UW's fifth straight home victory over the Ducks. Oregon (10-9, 4-3) led 20-16 before the Huskies staged a 23-7 run over the final nine minutes of the first half. Roy tallied nine points in the final 5:44, helping UW to a 39-27 halftime advantage. The margin remained in double digits throughout the second half. The Huskies shot 52 percent (33-64) following their poorest shooting game of the season, a 33-percent effort against Oregon State on Jan. 19. Jon Brockman grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a 42-26 Husky advantage on the boards. Jamaal Williams scored 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting for UW, which also got 15 from Bobby Jones. Malik Hairston paced the Ducks with 17 points while Brandon Lincoln had 12 and Bryce Taylor 11. The Ducks were limited to 39-percent shooting (22-56).
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 (Jan. 14, 2006).
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 10.0 points per game. He leads the team with an average of 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 54.9 percent. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games 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 21st among all-time UW scorers with 1,139 points and Jones is No. 24 with a total of 1,096.
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington completed the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with an 87-71 win over Cornell on Jan. 2. The 11-0 mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins.