Nov. 24, 2005
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 --
Loyola Marymount vs. #25 Washington, 3:30 p.m.
(FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 --
#8 Gonzaga vs. #25 Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Off to their best start in 15 years, the 25th-ranked Washington Huskies (5-0) remain at home to host Loyola Marymount (1-1) on Friday, Nov. 25. Tip-off is 3:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. UW won three of four all-time meetings with the Lions. Friday's game is the sixth in 13 days for Washington. The UW-LMU matchup will be televised live on FSN Northwest and broadcast on the Husky Sports Radio Network. The Huskies won their opening five games for the first time since the 1990-91 UW squad started the season with seven straight victories. Washington captured the BCA Classic title Nov. 15 with an 85-74 win over Air Force before posting wins over American (Nov. 19) and Idaho (Nov. 22).
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on FSN. Friday's game between the Huskies and Loyola Marymount will be televised live on FSN Northwest at 3:30 p.m. Brian Davis and Larry Farmer call the action.
The UW-LMU game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 95) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies boast the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak with 27 consecutive victories, including a 5-0 mark this season and a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005. The current streak is a school record, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 straight home wins established 75 years ago, from Jan. 18, 1930 and Mar. 6, 1931. The Huskies are in the midst of a seven-game homestand. Tuesday's 90-67 win over Idaho pushed UW into the lead position nationally, ahead of Gonzaga's 26-game home winning streak. The Huskies' last home loss came Jan. 10, 2004 against UCLA.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus in 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 796 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
There are eight former NBA coaches currently coaching NCAA Division I teams and Washington has already played two of them this season, Butch Beard of Morgan State (New Jersey Nets) and Jeff Bzdelik of Air Force (Denver Nuggets). Later this season, the Huskies meet a third former NBA mentor in Tim Floyd of USC (Chicago Bulls).
The Loyola Marymount Series
> Washington leads the all-time series 3-1, including a 100-93 win on Dec. 12, 2004 in Los Angeles during the most recent meeting.
> The Huskies won both previous meetings in Seattle, during the 1979 and 1997 seasons.
> Washington has a 53-17 all-time record against current members of the West Coast Conference: Gonzaga (28-13), LMU (3-1), Portland (10-1), Saint Mary's (6-0), San Diego (1-1) and Santa Clara (5-1).
> In his first year at Loyola, Rodney Tention has never competed against Washington in a head coaching capacity. He served as an assistant coach for eight seasons at Arizona under Lute Olson from 1998-2005.
> Sixth-year Lion assistant coach Brian Priebe is a 1995 Washington graduate who served as a student assistant on Coach Bob Bender's staff from 1993-95.
> In his fourth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 4-3 record against the Lions, including a 3-3 mark while coaching at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
#16 UW 100, Loyola Marymount 93 (Dec. 12, 2004/Los Angeles)
Nate Robinson scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half when 16th-ranked Washington took control for a 100-93 win over Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. The Huskies (7-1) led by as many as eight in the first half before the Lions scored 10 unanswered points to surge ahead. Will Conroy's layup at the end of the half forged a 46-46 tie. LMU (5-2) scored the first five points after halftime to claim a 51-46 margin with 19:23 left to play. The Huskies responded with a 13-2 run, fueled by eight points from Tre Simmons who finished with 26. The Lions rallied for a 60-59 edge on a 3-pointer by Daryl Pegram with 14:55 remaining. Robinson put UW ahead for good with a trey that ignited an 18-2 run and resulted in a 77-62 advantage with 9:31 remaining. Bobby Jones was UW's third 20-point scorer with 21. Brandon Worthy and Dustin Brown led five LMU double-figure scorers with 18 points apiece. The Lions' bench outscored the UW reserves 35-7.
The Huskies moved into the No. 25 spot in the first regular-season Associated Press poll released Nov. 21. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason AP or ESPN/USA Today rankings. Washington received numerous votes in both polls, equivalent to No. 26 A.P. and No. 28 ESPN listings. UW finished the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today. Four opponents on the UW schedule are ranked in the current AP Top-25, including Gonzaga (8), Arizona (9) and UCLA (16).
Washington is the reigning champion in three tournaments after capturing the BCA Classic trophy Nov. 15 with an 85-74 victory over Air Force. UW won the Great Alaska Shootout championship game on Nov. 27, 2004 and captured its first Pac-10 Tournament title on Mar. 12, 2005. The Huskies remain the champion of all three events until the Shootout crowns a new champion Nov. 26.
Home Heavy Schedule
The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. The current stretch of seven straight home games marks Washington's longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They meet New Mexico as part of a Wooden Classic doubleheader on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif.
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 that honors the nation's best player.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was voted to the BCA Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 15). He is averaging 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Roy is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. He posted a pair of double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy 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 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.
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 had another double-double on Nov. 15 against Air Force with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Brockman leads the team with an average of 8.4 rebounds, over three more per game than any other Husky. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
The Last Game
(#25) UW 90, Idaho 67 (Nov. 22, 2005; Seattle)
Jamaal Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half when 25th-ranked Washington took control on the way to a 90-67 victory over Idaho at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (5-0) raced out to an 11-0 lead 3:20 into the game. They had a 49-27 halftime advantage and led by as many as 37 points in the second half before the Vandals (0-2) closed the gap with a 20-10 game-closing surge. The win pushed UW into the lead position nationally with its 27th consecutive home victory. Brandon Roy added 14 points and five assists for the Huskies who forced 23 Idaho turnovers with the help of 10 steals. Igo Vrzina and Tanoris Shepard paced the Vandals with 14 points.
This is Washington's fourth season under 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 was honored in 2005 as the Pac-10 Conference and BCA National Coach of the Year.
The 2005 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 29-6 to tie the 1938 squad for most wins in a season. Washington began the season by winning the Great Alaska Shootout and finished it as champions of the Pac-10 Tournament. UW was selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time ever and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Louisville. Lorenzo Romar was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were honored as All-Pac-10 first team picks, marking the first time since 1987 that UW had two all-conference selections.
Despite the departure of three starters from a Sweet 16 squad, the cupboard is far from bare for the Huskies. Leading the returners are senior captains Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones. A national honors candidate, Roy garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last year after averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He led the Huskies with an average of 15.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. The senior swingman is one of the 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Jones ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (51.0) and he also was 31-of-61 from 3-point range. He spent the summer playing with the gold medal U.S. National Team at the World University Games. Three-year starter Mike Jensen will miss the beginning of the season as he recovers from arthroscopic shoulder surgery. His absence will allow prep standout Jon Brockman to compete for a starting spot immediately. The 6-foot-8 Snohomish HS grad was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Best of the West poll and No. 15 overall by TheInsiders.com. At point guard, the Huskies will rely upon a pair of newcomers. Ryan Appleby, a sophomore transfer from Florida, and freshman Justin Dentmon will battle for the starting spot while both are expected to play meaningful minutes. Joining those two in the backcourt will be sophomore Joel Smith who was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team honoree last season. Senior forward Jamaal Williams is a likely starter and a great interior scorer.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies. 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 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 was questionable for the Feb. 10 game at Oregon while battling a fever and sore throat. Despite the illness he played 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. He has five career double-doubles, two last season. He amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (Jan. 27) and 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22).
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams' 6-foot-5 frame belies that fact that he is a sensational interior scorer. He ranked second 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). Williams tallied 21 points in only 16 minutes off the bench against the Trojans. That was the third 20-point game for the Corona, Calif. native who prepped at Centennial High School. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average in 2005.