Jan. 29, 2013
|ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON
Thursday, Jan. 31 | 6:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: ESPN | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - Washington (12-8, 4-3 Pac-12 ) returns home this week to face the Arizona schools: up first 8th-ranked Arizona (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The Huskies are on a three-game losing streak -- a streak they have had in each of the last three seasons. But, UW has not dropped four-straight games since the 2008 Pac-12 season.
Thursday's game marks the second consecutive vs. ranked opponents. The last time the Huskies played ranked Pac-12 foes in back-to-back games was Jan. 5, 2008 vs. #4 Washington State and Jan. 10 at #5 UCLA (both losses). UW's last win over a top-10 team in Seattle came that same 2008 season when the Huskies beat No. 5 UCLA 71-61 on Feb. 10, 2008. Since that meeting, UW has played ranked foes in Hec Ed only three times (last vs. No. 23 Texas A&M, Dec. 22, 2009) and won all three of those games.
Thursday's game will be telecast by ESPN with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on the call. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action (Satellite radio Sirius 123, OSU broadcast). In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Dawg Bites - Team
• Washington is in the second of four games against the top four Pac-12 teams. Oregon, Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State have a combined record of 23-6 (.793) in Conference action and are 67-13 (.838) overall. All six conference losses have only came against each other.
• The Huskies have won their last four games at home vs. ranked teams, but haven't played a ranked team in Seattle since Dec. 22, 2009 vs. #19 Texas A&M. Their last loss to a ranked foe in Hec Ed was 65-51 vs. No. 14 Stanford on Jan. 31, 2008.
• UW is 33-122 all-time against top-10 ranked teams (30-48 home, 1-53 away, 2-21 neutral). UW has already played 4th-ranked Ohio State this year and has dropped their last six game against top-10 teams. The Huskies last win was Mar. 20, 2010 vs. #8 New Mexico in the NCAA tournament. The Dawgs last win at home over a top-10 squad was 71-61 over #5 UCLA on Feb. 10, 2008. The last top-10 team to beat UW in Seattle was No. 4 WSU on Jan. 5, 2008.
• The Huskies are giving up 66.6 ppg which ranks 9th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
• UW is defintely getting more and more defensive in league play. They are allowing a Pac-12 best 64.7 ppg in conference action after ranking 10th in non-conference play giving up 67.6 ppg. UW also ranks tops in conference play in 3-point FG pct defense (.233). They were 11th during non-conference action.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20 or more points in 9 of 11 home games total. He is averaging a team-best 21.2 ppg in Alaska Airlines Arena. In 9 games away from home, Wilcox is averaging 16.3 ppg and scored 20+ just twice.
• Wilcox ranks 29th all-time in UW history with 1,103 points. Up next on the list is Will Conroy (1,113) followed by Donald Watts (1,158).
• Nate Robinson (127).
• Abdul Gaddy is sixth all-time in UW history for career assists (382). Up next, Venoy Overton with 390.
• Todd MacCulloch holds the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
• The Huskies are 10-3 in games in which N'Diaye records a double-double. • Andrew Andrews averaged 6.9 ppg in 10 non-conference games, but is averaging 10 ppg in 7 conference games -- tied for 2nd among Huskies.
• Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 190 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 179), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 382 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 266).
• Lorenzo Romar has 113 conference wins and is 15th all-time with UCLA's Ben Howland 14th all-time at 114. Howard Dallmar is 13th all-time with 132. Cal's Mike Montgomery leads all active coaches with 262 conference wins and is fifth in league history.
Washington vs. Arizona
Arizona has dominated the all-time series against UW, holding a 44-28 advantage over the Huskies, but Washington has won five of the last six games. The Huskies are 18-16 all-time in Seattle vs. the `Cats and have been winners in three-straight overall -- five-straight at home. Since Tony Wroten blocked Josiah Turner's layup to secure the win in Tuscon 69-67 in front of an over-capacity crowd. The year before junior Isaiah Thomas hit a game-winning jumper as time expired against the Wildcats for the Pac-10 Tournament championship. Last year, UW swept the regular season capped by a 79-70 win on senior night in Hec Ed on Feb. 18.
Last Time Vs. Arizona
AP (2/18/12) - On Washington's senior night, Tony Wroten added 22 for a 79-70 win over the Wildcats and remained sharing first-place in the Pac-12. The three-year walk-on, former Dawg Pack member Brendan Sherrer was inserted into the starting lineup on his last night in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Ross finished the night 11 of 19 shooting overall. For the first time in their last four meetings, the Wildcats and Huskies didn't decide the outcome on the final possession.
Last Time Out: Ore 81, Wash 76 (11/ 23)
AP - E.J. Singler scored 18 points and No. 16 Oregon stayed undefeated at home with a 81-76 win against Washington on Saturday. Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Emory also scored 11 for the Ducks. Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs had 13 each for the Huskies, whose season-high 21 turnovers contributed to their third straight loss after opening conference play 4-0. Oregon led 37-33 at halftime but took control with a 7-0 run early in the second half. Up 43-40, Willie Moore converted a three-point play after a layup in transition off a steal and assist from Singler, who then stole the inbounds pass and scored to make it 48-40. Another Washington turnover led to a jumper by Singler and the Ducks took the first double-digit lead of the game with 14:22 to play. Oregon would extend its lead to as many as 14 points before holding on from the free-throw line in the final minutes.
Odd But True Tidbits
• The Dawgs came into the Utah game allowing Pac-12 opponents to shoot .374 from the field. The Utes shot 60.4%, the highest FG% vs. the Huskies since Arizona shot 65.3% on Jan. 4, 2007.
• The Huskies started Conference play 4-0 for the 2nd time in Lorenzo Romar's 11 seasons - also 2011 - and just the 4th times in the last 35 years.
• The Huskies went down to the Bay Area and earned their first road sweep of Cal and Stanford since 1985, That year they went on to win a share of the Pac-10 championship.
• Since Washington's first season in 1896, this year marked the sixth time that UW opened conference play with three road games (1911, 1912, 1943, 1993 and 1999) and the first times since 1912 they only won all three.