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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2 --
Washington at California; 7:00 p.m. PST
Haas Pavilion (11,877); Berkeley, Calif. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 --
Washington at (#5) Stanford; 1:00 p.m. PST
Maples Pavilion (7,391); Stanford, Calif. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area

The Washington Huskies (5-3) open the conference schedule in difficult fashion with five of their first seven Pac-10 games on the road. Washington begins Pac-10 play in the Bay Area where they have been swept in their last three trips. The Huskies visit Berkeley for a game against California (4-5) on Friday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears swept the season series from UW last year. On Sunday, Jan. 4 the Huskies play at fifth-ranked Stanford (9-0), the Pac-10's only undefeated team. Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Maples Pavilion where Washington has not won since 1993. The Huskies' last win in the Bay Area was an 87-73 decision at California on Jan. 21, 1999. Washington defeated Columbia 88-51 on Tuesday (Dec. 30) in its final non-conference home game. California played Columbia on Saturday (Dec. 27) and dealt the Lions an 85-66 defeat. Washington has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Friday's game at California will be broadcast on KHHO (AM 850) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. Fans may subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to UW games over the internet. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live in a text format via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com

High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Four former prep teammates are listed on the Washington roster; juniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with sophomores Brandon Roy and Anthony Washington. The quartet of former Bulldogs has combined to score 298 of UW's 650 points in the eight regular-season games, accounting for 46 percent of the total offensive output. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.

Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State 73-65 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside 91-78 (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington 104-91 (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3). Washington hit the road and lost 92-76 at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 79-64 at Houston (Dec. 20) before a 92-81 triumph at San Diego State (Dec. 27). The Huskies defeated Columbia 81-55 Tuesday, their first home game in 27 days.

Romar's Return
This is Washington's second season under head coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar has a 108-108 all-time record in eight seasons with a 15-20 mark at Washington.

Notable
Six different players have led or tied for top scoring honors in the eight UW games this season. Curtis Allen, Will Conroy, Bobby Jones, Brandon Roy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington have all led the team in scoring this year ... UW lost its last three Pac-10 openers, all of them against UCLA ... At 5-3, UW clinched a winning non-conference record for the third straight season. The Huskies had a 5-4 non-conference mark in 2003 and 6-5 in 2002 ... The Huskies topped the 90-point plateau three times this season, a feat they accomplished only once last year ... UW is scoring 81.2 points per game, the highest figure since the 1972 Huskies finished with an 84.8 average. The current scoring is an increase of 8.8 points from last season's final average of 72.4.

The California Series
> The Golden Bears swept both games last year to even the all-time series at 68-68. The two teams are meeting for the 137th time in the series that began in 1916.

> California won 73-66 last season in Seattle before winning 58-53 in Berkeley.

> California owns a 43-24 advantage over UW during games played in Berkeley. The Bears were victorious six of the last eight times they hosted the Huskies, including three straight home wins.

> Eighth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 9-5 record against the Huskies.

> Second-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-3 record against California. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after defeating Cal in 2000-01.

The Last Meeting
#22 California 58, UW 53 (Feb. 15, 2003; Berkeley, Calif.)

Richard Midgley scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including a pair of clinching free throws in 22nd-ranked California's 58-53 win over Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (18-4, 11-2) won their 17th consecutive home game, limiting UW to a season-low 14 percent (2-14) 3-point mark. Cal rallied from an early 17-9 deficit to draw even at 25-25 by halftime. Neither team led by more than five points during a second half that saw seven ties and eight lead changes. The Huskies (8-14, 3-10) claimed their final lead at 52-50 on a steal and layin by Nate Robinson with 2:01 left to play. Midgley answered with his third 3-pointer of the half with 1:40 remaining before UW's Will Conroy converted a free throw at 1:08 to force the final tie at 53-53. Cal netted the final five points, including the go-ahead basket in the lane by Amit Tamir with 51 seconds left. The Huskies had two possessions for the potential tying or go-ahead basket, but Conroy turned the ball over both times. Joe Shipp hit one free throw at 0:09 and Midgley made two more at 0:06 to seal the win. Shipp led all scorers with 16 points and Tamir had 11. Robinson and Curtis Allen tied for UW scoring honors with 12 points apiece.

Remarkable Roy
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He leads the team with a 13.8-point scoring average. Roy amassed a career-high 22 points and five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 he became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. He played 13 games with two starts last season, averaging 6.1 points per game. He averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during the final four games of 2003. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is the fourth product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster, joining Will Conroy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington.

Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Three Pac-10 schools may start Seattle natives at the point this season, including Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach HS) at USC along with the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie), Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine) and current Florida freshman Ryan Appleby (Stanwood).

Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar airs weekly from 7:30-8:00 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The day of the week varies. The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Nate the Great
High-flying sophomore guard Nate Robinson will concentrate on basketball this season after having an huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. He tallied a season-high 16 points Saturday at San Diego State. Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors after leading UW with a 13.0-point scoring average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2, 2003 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Robinson registered 17 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high 11 times in his 23 games. The 5-9 leaper was spectacular in his second collegiate outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point effort, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started the final six Husky football games at cornerback and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was Nov. 26. Robinson entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.

2004 Season Highlights
UW's 37-point win over Columbia (88-51) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Brigham Young 95-44 on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The 58-point first-half outburst against Columbia (Dec. 30) was the highest scoring half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State Nov. 28, 2000 ... Sophomore Brandon Roy became the first player in school history to be the Huskies' sole leader in the five major statistical categories with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 1-blocked shot performance at Houston (Dec. 20). Two former players (Thalo Green on 2/19/00 & Dion Brown on 1/28/89) paced UW in those five stats, but tied with a teammate in at least one category. (Note: blocks & steals were not officially recorded prior to 1976) ... At Houston, Brandon Roy (12) and Bobby Jones (10) became the first UW teammates to grab double-figure rebounds during the same game since Jan. 19, 2002 when Doug Wrenn (12) and David Dixon (11) accomplished the feat ... 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' 56.5 percent shooting (35-62) vs. UC Riverside (Nov. 24) was their best field goal accuracy in Coach Romar's two seasons.

Shuffling Starters
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent opened the last three games, featuring three sophomores (Mike Jensen, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and two juniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons). Last year, the Huskies implemented nine unique lineups and Will Conroy was the only player to start every game. Conroy did not start this year's season opener against Portland State, stopping a streak of 34 consecutive starting assignments. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen are the only two Huskies to start all eight games.

Will Power
The most improved player in the Pac-10 last season was point guard Will Conroy, now a junior at Washington. His 12.7-point sophomore scoring average was 10.2 better than his freshman average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He had 19 double-figure performances last season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranked 21st among Pac-10 scorers (12.7 ppg) and distributed a team-high 108 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.0 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points last season at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. Conroy ranked 11th among Pac-10 players in 2003 with 33 steals.

Last UW Game
UW 88, Columbia 51 (Dec. 30, 2003/Seattle)

Bobby Jones scored all 18 of his points in the first half, helping Washington build a commanding early lead on the way to an 88-51 triumph over Columbia at Bank of America Arena. Washington (5-3) opened leads of 11-2 and 29-8 en route to a 58-21 halftime advantage. The 58 points were the most in a half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State on Nov. 28, 2000. The Huskies shot 65 percent (20-31) in the first half, including 58-percent 3-point shooting (7-12). Tre Simmons scored 15 points for UW which also got 13 from Brandon Roy and 11 from Curtis Allen who did all of his scoring in the first half. Hakeem Rollins grabbed nine rebounds for the Huskies who posted a 37-28 advantage on the boards. Columbia (3-7) was playing Washington for the first time since 1949. The Lions were led by the 12 points of Dodson Worthington. Columbia didn't get its first basket and first official shot until 4:36 was gone when Dragutin Kravic made a layup. The Lions shot 6-for-23 in the opening half. The closest Columbia got in the second half was 60-27 after a layup by Matt Preston with 3:39 gone.

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 138 career 3-pointers. Allen has 18 of UW's 51 treys this season, including six at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He led the team last season with 52 treys, 23 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. Allen has amassed 894 points during his career and needs 106 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He missed only two free throws in 46 attempts last season, a 95.7-percent figure that would have easily led the conference except he was 10 free throws shy of the minimum standard for the Pac-10 statistical rankings. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.3 percent (192-220) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind only former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% from the line between 1980-83. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A starter during parts of each of his previous three seasons, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10, 2002), the second-highest total in UW history. He fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970.

2004 Preview
A young, extremely athletic group of players pursues Washington's first winning season and post-season appearance since 1999. Four primary starters return from last season's 10-17 squad. Seven of the top-eight scorers are back, including freshman All-American Nate Robinson who topped all UW players in 2003 with a scoring average of 13.0. Only one senior (Curtis Allen) is listed on the Husky roster that features just two players (Allen, Will Conroy) who have played more than one full season in a Husky uniform. The backcourt will be strong with future star Brandon Roy available for a full season and the addition of high-scoring junior college transfer Tre Simmons who averaged nearly 30 points at Green River (Wash.) Community College. The frontcourt features the talented trio of sophomores Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones and Anthony Washington. Muscular transfer Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC, Ariz.) will contribute physical post play.

Newcomers
Over half (8) of Washington's 15-player roster is comprised of first-year Huskies, including three transfers, one scholarship freshman and four walk-ons. The newcomers most likely to contribute immediately are junior college transfers Tre Simmons (Green River CC) and Hakeem Rollins (Mesa JC). Simmons is a prolific scorer who averaged 29.8 points last season with two 50-point performances. Rollins is a physical inside presence who will challenge sophomore Anthony Washington for playing time at the post position. Freshman Hans Gasser is a versatile 6-9 forward from Issaquah (Wash.) High School who also could see early playing time.

Departures
Five players are gone from last year's UW team, including 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn who declared for the 2003 NBA Draft after his junior season. Wrenn averaged 19.5 points in 2002, a figure that dipped to 12.4 last season. He started 23 games last year and led the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Also departing was center Marlon Shelton who graduated. Guard C.J. Massingale transferred to Metro State in Denver, Colo. and walk-on David Hudson decided not to play basketball. Forward Jeffrey Day was dismissed from school and planned to transfer to a junior college.

Devoe Departs
Sophomore Ben Devoe left the UW team Dec. 18 after final exams concluded. The 6-foot-11 center sought increased playing time and transferred to first-year NCAA Division I member Utah Valley State in Orem. Devoe played one game this season, a three-minute stint against UC Riverside on Nov. 24, and scored on his only shot. The Olympia (Wash.) High School product originally joined the Huskies as a walk-on in January of 2002 and was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2002-03 campaign. He played six games last year, averaging 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* 2003 Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 0-1 (lost 62-86 to No. 17 Gonzaga)

* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 61-191

* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent -- UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (1/24/02, Seattle)

* Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent -- UW 80, #14 Arizona 78 ot (Feb. 1, 1996)
Note: Washington lost its last 22 road games against ranked opponents.

The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 62-54 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.

> Washington snapped an 11-game Cardinal winning streak in the series with a 73-68 victory in this year's first meeting on Jan. 18 in Seattle. That 11-game stretch was Stanford's longest winning streak in the history of the series.

> The Cardinal won last season's second meeting by a 78-69 count in California.

> Stanford has a 43-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last 10 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.

> 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.

> 18th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 26-9 mark against the Huskies.

> Second-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 record against Stanford.

The Last Meeting
#24 Stanford 78, UW 69 (Feb. 13, 2003; Palo Alto, Calif.)

Julius Barnes scored 29 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the decisive second-half run for 24th-ranked Stanford which defeated Washington 78-69 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (18-6. 9-3) registered their 10th straight home win over Washington (8-13, 3-9). Stanford led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Huskies reeled off 11 unanswered points en route to a 38-35 halftime lead. After five second-half ties and three lead changes, Stanford extended a 56-54 lead with an 11-0 run. Justin Davis started the surge with a put-back dunk followed by the trio of treys from Barnes that pushed the margin to 67-54 with 7:20 left to play. UW never drew closer than seven points after that. Barnes tallied 21 points in the second half. Rob Little added 12 points for Stanford and Josh Childress had 11. Doug Wrenn paced the Huskies with 23 points, including the team's first 10 points of the game. Nate Robinson and Curtis Allen each scored 16 points for UW which lost despite shooting a season-high 56 percent (28-50) from the field. The Cardinal shot 49 percent (28-57) and outrebounded UW 34-21.

Husky Tickets
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2003 Recap
A lot was new last season, the first under head coach Lorenzo Romar. The 2003 roster listed six freshmen and only one senior (Marlon Shelton). Five of those freshmen, including red-shirt frosh Mike Jensen, started at least two games. The Huskies opened three games with four freshmen and a sophomore (Will Conroy) in the starting lineup. The abundance of youth produced inconsistent results. Washington posted impressive victories against NCAA Tournament-bound teams Stanford and Oregon, but also suffered several narrow defeats and did not qualify for the Pac-10 Tournament. UW lost 10 games by 10-or-fewer points and dropped three overtime contests en route to a ninth-place conference finish. The Huskies had a 10-17 record with a 5-13 Pac-10 ledger.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 768 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 3-1 home record this season.

Capacity Crowds
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.

Increased Attendance
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans last year during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's conference average of 6,609. Washington is averaging 6,879 spectators this season in four home games to date.

Smith Signs
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 17, 2003 from prep school wing player Joel Smith. "Joel is athletic and he knows how to play. He plays hard all the time. Put him out there and he will do something to help your team," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Smith is currently a senior at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2004. Washington has another scholarship to offer during the late signing period (April 14-May 19).
Joel Smith, 6-5, 190, guard/forward, Lompoc, Calif.
(Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N.H. / Lompoc HS, Calif.)

The No. 18-rated small forward among the high school class of 2004 by TheInsidersHoops.com ... An honorable mention prep All-America selection by Street & Smith's ... Averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 2003 at Brewster ... The Bobcats advanced to the league semifinals and were ranked 10th in the final 2003 Prep School Poll ... Was the 2002 Northern League MVP his final year at Lompoc (Calif.) High School after leading the team with 22 points and 13 rebounds per game.

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