March 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The Washington men's basketball team (21-9, 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 Oregon State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. - the same team they closed the regular season against last Saturday. Washington is looking for its fifth consecutive victory overall and has already swept Oregon State during the regular season. UW is riding a six-game win streak over OSU.
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 ISP Sports Network with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton behind the microphone. The Seattle-based flagship station for the network is KJR 950 AM. The radio broadcast and a statistical GameTracker will also be available live on the internet via GoHuskies.com. In addition, all games will air on Sirius channel 215 and XM Radio channel 193.
About Oregon State...
The Beavers finished the regular season with a 14-16 record, 8-10/5th in Pac-10. The Beavers are led by the conference defensive player of the year Seth Tarver, who contributes 10.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and leads the Pac-10 with 2.3 steals per game. Calvin Haynes (a prep teammate at South Kent of Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who were all coached by UW assistant Raphael Chillious) leads the Beavers in scoring at 12.7 per game.
UW And Oregon State History...
UW leads the all-times series between the two schools by a 150-135 margin since the first meeting in 1904. Washington has won six-straight overall in the series. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 12-4 all-time against the Beavers, all decisions coming during his UW tenure. OSU coach Craig Robinson is 0-4 all-time against UW. The Huskies last won seven-straight over the Beavs from 1996-1999. OSU last win was a 73-65 decision on Feb. 22, 2007 in Corvallis.
Last Time Out For Washington
Washington beat Oregon State 82-70 Saturday night, spoiling Senior Day for the Beavers and setting up a rematch between the two schools in the first round of the Pac-10 Conference tournament. Matthew Bryan-Amaning led the Huskies with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and five assists and Quincy Pondexter scored 18 for Washington, which clinched the No. 3 seed in the postseason conference tournament. Roeland Schaftenaar had 15 points for OSU, the No. 6 seed in the Pac-10. The Beavers took their only lead of the game at 6:59 in the first half. The Huskies then went on a 13-2 run to take control. UW was on top 37-29 at halftime, led by as many as 20 points in the second half and shot 50 percent for the game. The Huskies also had just seven turnovers against an Oregon State team that leads the Pac-10 in steals. Washington has won six straight games over the Beavers.
UW And Arizona State History...
ASU owns a 36-34 series lead over Washington since the school's first played in the 1977-78 season. The bulk of the Sun Devils' victories have come in two streaks - six-straight from 1979-81 and 14-straight from 1990-96. The Huskies are on an impressive run against Arizona State, having won 14 of the last 17 meetings against the Sun Devils. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 14-5 all-time against ASU as the Husky head man. Washington is 3-2 against the Sun Devils in the Pac-10 tournament.
UW And Stanford History...
Washington is 64-69 all-time against the Cardinal, but is on a five-game win streak in the series. A win against Stanford would give the Huskies their first six-game win streak over the Cardinals since a matching run from 1974-77. The Huskies won at Maples Pavilion for just the second time since 1993 on February 13 when they downed the Cardinal, 78-61. Lorenzo Romar is 11-8 all-time against the Cardinal and is 2-1 against Stanford on a neutral court at the Pac-10 Tournament.
UW's NCAA Tourney Arguments
As of Monday, Washington had an RPI of 49 and a strength of schedule of 60. They were 2-2 against teams with RPI's the top 25, 0-0 against teams 26-50
and 4-3 against team 51-100.
Over the last 11 games Washington is 9-2.
Since 1989-90, only two teams out of 79 that had 11 wins in the Pac-10 schedule did not make the NCAA Tourney and neither of those squads had 20 wins entering postseason.
UW handed 7 teams their largest losses of the season, including a 23 point win over NCAA-worthy ASU.
Pondexter Makes Pac-10 Player Of The Week History
Quincy Pondexter is the first player in Pac-10 history to win five Player of the Week honors in the same season. Previously he was one of five to ever win four time in one year, joining an illustrious group that included Oregon State's Gary Payton (1988-89), Arizona's Chris Mills (1992-93), UCLA's Ed O'Bannon (1994-95) and Arizona State's Eddie House (1999-2000). All four of those players went on to win at least a share of the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. Pondexter won on March 8 after a sweep at Oregon and OSU in which he averaged 26 points and 7 rebounds, on Feb. 8 after a sweep of the Arizona schools, on Jan. 18 after a sweep of Cal and Stanford, on Dec. 7 after a loss at Texas Tech in which he scored 31 points and win over CS Northridge and Nov. 16 after winning co-MVP honors for the Athletes in Action Classic.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning has been outstanding of recent, especially over the last eight games. During that stretch, he has scored in double figures in all but the Oregon contest. He is averaging 13.4 ppg on 61.8% shooting (47-76). He is also grabbing a team-best 8.1 rebounds and has 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game over that span. Going back even further, MBA is averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.1 steals over the last 12 games.
Huskies Earn Postseason Awards
Washington earned its fair share of Pac-10 accolades when the post-season awards were announced on March 8. Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas each earned First Team All-Pac-10 Honors, while Venoy Overton and Justin Holiday were named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team. Pondexter and the Thomas are the 28th and 29th UW players to make first or second team all-conference since 1979, while Overton and Holiday are the Dawg to be named to the All-Defensive team which began in 2008. In addition, Pondexter was named to the USBWA All-District team.
USBWA All-District Team
Most Points In Two Seasons
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 17.2 ppg (5th best in Pac-10) and has scored in double figures in 25 of 29 games this season. Thomas has 1,039 points, the most by a UW player in their first two seasons. He is the second player to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining Doug Smart (1,021). Smart accomplished his feat in 1957 & 1958 and needed just 52 games to do so, while it took IT 62 career games. Thomas is the 35th Husky to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau and ranks 34th on the all-time scoring list (complete list on page 136-139 of UW media guide).