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Nov. 24, 2010

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LAHAINA, Hawai'i - Washington and Michigan State will play for third and fourth place on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. PT (ESPN2) after each losing tough semifinal games in the EA Sports Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center on Tuesday. Calling the action in the game between the Huskies (No. 13 AP/ No. 11 Coaches poll) and the Spartans (No. 2 AP/Coaches) will be Carter Blackburn and Jimmy Dykes. As usual, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call all the action on the Husky ISP Sports Radio Network.

UW-Michigan State History
UW has played Michigan State five times previously with the Spartans holding a 3-2 advantage. The last time UW and MSU met was March 13, 1996 in the first round of the NIT. That season was Tom Izzo's first as head coach and he won that contest 64-50. MSU has a three-game win streak, also beating UW 72-70 in the first round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament and 93-92 in the 1964 Los Angeles Classic. Washington's last victory in the series came on Dec. 20, 1957 when UW won 72-71 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The only other UW win was a 45-42 victory on Jan. 2, 1942 in Lansing. Lorenzo Romar is 0-1 all-time vs. MSU, losing during 1998-99 season.

Last Time Vs. Michigan State
Quinton Brooks and Jamie Feick scored 16 points apiece and sparked a 14-0 second-half surge that gave Michigan State a 64-50 victory over Washington in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament at the Breslin Center on March 13, 1996. Mark Sanford scored 12 points and current UW radio color commentator Jason Hamilton added 11 for the Huskies who made their first postseason appearance since the third round of the 1987 NIT. Washington trailed 28-21 at halftime before rallying to take a 43-42 lead on two free throws by Donald Watts with 9:02 left in the game. Feick scored six points and Brooks four as the Spartans turned that one-point deficit into a 56-43 lead with 5:06 remaining. The Huskies closed the gap to eight points before MSU scored the final six points of the game. Jon Garavaglia added 10 points for the Spartans who shot 50 percent (24-48) from the field and held a 38-29 rebounding advantage. The UW shot just 34 perent (18-53) from the field and missed 11 of 20 free throws.

UW vs. Top-10 Teams
After UW's loss to 8th-ranked Kentucky, the Huskies are 33-118 all-time against teams ranked in the top-10, including 2-16 on a neutral court. The Huskies last win over a top-10 team was in last year's second round of the NCAA Tournament when they soundly beat No. 8 New Mexico.

With No. 2 Michigan State up next, UW is 3-16 all-time against team's rated second, with all three wins coming over UCLA -- one of those wins coming in the Huskies last meeting with a No. 2 ranked squad on Mar. 3, 2007.

Vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies were 2-2 last season against teams ranked in the AP top-25. Overall, the UW is 27-54 against AP ranked opponents since Jan. 1, 2000. UW has won its last four against ranked foes in the confines of Hec Edmundson Pavilionand are 16-5 over the last 21 contests against ranked foes at home. Overall, Washington is 19-14 all-time at home during the decade. UW had lost its previous 8 decisions against ranked non-conference opponents before ending a three-year drought by beating Texas A&M on Dec. 22.

Record Scoring Output
Washington shattered the record for its best offensive output over a three-game span in team history with 322 points (107.3 per game) to start the season. After opening the season with 118 points vs. McNeese State, the Huskies scored 98 against Eastern Washington and 106 against Virginia. In a three-game span in 2004-05, the Huskies totaled 305 against Sacred Heart, Houston and California.

With two 100 point games this season, the team needs to reach the century mark one more time to equal the UW season record. (1972, 2004 & 2005).

Dawgs Are Streaking
Despite Tuesday's setback, dating back to the end of the 2010 season, Washington has won 12 of its last 14 games. The Huskies finished the Pac-10 regular season with four wins, won three times in the Pac-10 Tournament to take home the conference's post-season title and then beat Marquette and New Mexico before falling to West Virginia in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Putting On A Shooting Clinic
The Huskies tied their all-time mark for three-pointers made with 17 against Virginia (out of 26 attempts) on Monday. UW previously hit 17 (of 33) vs. Nicholls State on Nov. 13, 2006.

Despite a 3x13 night vs. Kentucky, 45 of UW's 145 field goals (31%) this season have come from behind the three-point arc. Overall, UW is 45x102 (.441) from three-point range. UW's previous highs for percentage (.401), makes (257) and attempts (670) would be shattered if UW kept up the current pace they are on over a projected 30 game season. They are projecting out to hit 338 from distance on 765 attempts.

Sharing Is Caring
The Huskies have 83 assists (20.8 per game) through four games. Over a 30 game season they are on pace for 623, which mark just the third time in team history that they surpassed 600. Conversely, they have only turned the ball over 45 times giving them an assist to turnover ratio of 1.84 and +9.5 turnover margin per game. UW opponents have amassed just 29 assists this season for a 7.3 per game average.

Ten Man Balancing Act
Coach Romar will use basically a 10-man rotation this season. So far, nine Huskies are averaging 7.0 points or more per game, with no one scoring more than 14.3 ppg. The one under that average is Venoy Overton (5.3 ppg), but he ranks fourth in minutes on the team and is more known for his defense. Five players average more than 20 minutes per game.

Putting the "O" in "D"
Joining Holiday on the 2010 Pac-10 All-Defensive Team was Venoy Overton. The brash guard has earned a reputation as one of the nation's toughest defenders and spends much of the game getting under the opponent's skin. In an anonymous poll of several Pac-10 players by ESPN The Magazine, Overton earned the nod by 66% as the conference's Biggest Trash Talker,. But, as all those that watch him on the court know, Overton prefers to let his play do the talking. He ranks 4th all-time in UW history with 150 steals and ranks eighth all-time with 306 assists. He needs 2 more assists to tie Brandon Roy (308) for 7th and four more to tie Donald Watts (310) for sixth.

Aziz Is A Big N'Deal
Aziz N'Diaye is the 12th player 7-footer in UW history and the third during the Romar era. He made his inside presence felt immensely when he debuted with 15 rebounds against McNeese State in just 15 minutes. Against Kentucky, he grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots and helped the Huskies rebound from a 14-point deficit and take the lead.

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