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FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 --
UW vs. Washington State, 7:30 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Northwest TV

Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 --
UW vs. #1 Arizona, 7:30 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV

Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma

The Washington Huskies (7-10, 2-6) begin a three-game homestand this week, beginning Friday, Jan. 31 against Washington State (5-12, 0-8). The 253rd renewal of the cross-state rivalry tips-off at 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Fox Sports Northwest will televise the game live. The Huskies were victorious in Washington State's last eight visits to Seattle, including an 82-75 win on Feb. 27, 2002 in their most recent meeting. The last Cougar win in Seattle was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994 in Coach Kelvin Sampson's final season at WSU. The Huskies seek to snap a two-game losing streak as they were swept on the road last week at Oregon (91-66) and Oregon State (82-66). Washington has a 6-4 record this season at Bank of America, but has a 1-6 record away from home. The Huskies continue their three-game homestand next week, hosting top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 6 and Arizona State on Feb. 8.

Date Change
Please note that the date for the Washington-Washington State game is Friday, Jan. 31. The game tickets and parking passes incorrectly list "Feb. 1," the original date that was changed in October to accommodate a live Fox Sports Northwest broadcast.

TV Tidbits
Friday's Husky game against Washington State airs live at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest. David Locke and Bill Krueger call the action. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Friday's game against Washington State will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com

Lorenzo's Ledger
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has seven coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory vs. Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 100-98.

Youth Movement
The youthful Washington roster features six freshman, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. Saturday at Oregon State, UW started three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior. At one point in the Jan. 18 game against Stanford, UW had four freshmen on the floor alongside sophomore Will Conroy. Four of UW's top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (11.2 ppg).

Notable
The Huskies have a 6-4 home record and are 1-6 in road games. They are outscoring foes by 6.2 points at Bank of America Arena (72.9-66.7), but have a 15-point deficit at enemy courts (81.9-66.9) ... UW's assist-turnover ratio in its seven wins is 119-116 while the corresponding mark in the 10 losses is 118-167 ... UW's roster features three players from Seattle's Garfield High School (Will Conroy, Brandon Roy & Anthony Washington). Eleven of the 13 players on the roster are from the state of Washington ... Surprisingly, the Huskies are shooting slightly better on the road (41.1%) than at home (41.0%). Their winning home record can be attributed to defense as opponents shoot 47.7 percent at home and 42.4% at Bank of America Arena ... Washington has a 6-1 record when its field goal percent is better than opponents ... The Huskies boast a 7-1 record in games when they score more than 70 points and have an 0-9 mark when held under 70 points.

The Washington State Series
> Washington won nine of the last 12 meetings and owns a 162-90 advantage in the series that began in 1910.

> The cross-state rivals split the season series last year with the home team winning both games. WSU won 81-79 on Jan. 31 in Pullman and Washington claimed an 82-75 victory on Feb. 27 in Seattle.

> The Huskies won the last eight games against WSU in Seattle and have a 94-31 advantage over the Cougars at home. The last WSU win in Seattle was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994.

> Fourth-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has a 2-4 record against UW.

> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against WSU.

The Last Meeting
UW 82, Washington State 75 (Feb. 27, 2002; Seattle)

Senior David Dixon led six double-figure scorers, netting 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Washington led the entire game and held on to claim an 82-75 victory over Washington State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-17, 5-13) secured the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The Cougars (5-12, 1-17) finished with only one conference win, an 81-79 home decision over UW on Jan. 31. Washington led by as many as 17 points at 28-11 with 9:59 left in the first half. Senior Grant Leep sparked the surge in his final home game by hitting his first four 3-point shots, including a pair of treys in the opening 44 seconds. Leep scored all 12 of his points in the first eight minutes. The Cougars closed the gap with 11 unanswered points and trailed 43-37 at halftime. WSU trimmed the margin to 78-75 on two Jerry McNair free throws with 12 seconds remaining, but UW's C.J. Massingale and Curtis Allen each dropped in a pair of free throws to seal the win. Erroll Knight scored 13 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Massingale and Doug Wrenn and 11 from Allen. Marcus Moore led WSU with 26 points, McNair tallied 23 and J Locklier had 18. Washington offset a 42-27 rebounding deficit by outshooting the Cougars 50 percent (25-50) to 41 percent (25-61).

Turnover Turnaround
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (16.6 to 17.3), they are at plus-1.9 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.5 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 7.2 steals per game, up from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.

Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played three games, including a six-rebound, two-assist effort at Oregon (Jan. 23). "It's obviously something that we have anticipated for a long time," UW coach Lorenzo Romar remarked of Roy's availability. "We're just anxious to see him get into shape and contribute to this program." One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.

Will Power
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His team-leading 13.2-point scoring average is 10.7 better than last season's 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 has 11 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in six games. Conroy ranks 17th among Pac-10 scorers (13.2 ppg) and distributed a team-high 73 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.3 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last season was nine points. Conroy has 225 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 campaign.

Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after competing two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He grabbed nine rebounds against USC (Jan. 4) and led UW scorers with 11 points at Arizona (Jan. 11). Robinson has seven double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers six times in his 13 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second 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 performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). He led all Huskies in the last game with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). 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 at cornerback in the final six Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. 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.

Dynamic Doug
Despite a decreased scoring average, junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 14 occasions, tops on the team. He ranks 17th among Pac-10 players in scoring (13.2 ppg), 10th in rebounds (6.2 rpg) and ninth in blocked shots (20). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, 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 was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 30 treys, 13 more 3-pointers than any teammate.

Instant Offense
Sophomore David Hudson has 34 points in 46 minutes this season, coming on 11 treys and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy. He is shooting 55 percent (11-20) from 3-point range where all but two of his attempts have come. Hudson missed his only two shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23).

Day Returns
Sophomore Jeffrey Day was reinstated academically on Jan. 8 and played in each of the last four games. The 6-foot-9 forward missed three UW games after being declared ineligible on Dec. 27. The Huskies had a 2-1 record in his absence.

Tacoma Twosome
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.

Shuffling Starters
Washington started five different lineups this season, including the group of Jensen/Jones/Washington/Conroy/Allen that opened the last outing. Sophomore point guard Will Conroy is the only Husky to start every game.

Last Husky Game
Oregon State 82, UW 62 (Jan. 25, 2003; Corvallis, Ore.)

Jimmie Haywood led six double-figure scorers with 16 points as Oregon State surged in the second half to defeat Washington 82-62 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (9-7, 2-5) beat Washington (7-10, 2-6) for the sixth time in their last seven meetings. Haywood scored eight points in the opening 4:31, leading OSU to a 14-2 lead. The Huskies rallied to take a 33-32 lead late in the first half. Lamar Hurd hit one of two free throws to pull the Beavers into a 37-37 tie at the half. The game remained tight until Oregon State reeled off nine unanswered points to take the lead for good at 49-41 with 15:38 left to play. Floyd North III fueled the run with five of his 12 points. Brian Jackson and Philip Ricci also scored 12 points for OSU. J.S. Nash added 11 points for the Beavers and Hurd had 10. The final 20-point margin matched OSU's biggest lead of the game and also equaled the free throw differential. Oregon State made 26-of-36 free throws to only 6-of-13 for the Huskies. OSU shot 51 percent in the second half (17-33), pushing its game total to 46 percent. The Huskies shot 34 percent (25-74). Doug Wrenn, who did not start for the first time this season, was the only UW double-figure scorer with 15 points.

Romar Returns
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 100-98 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including a 7-10 mark at Washington. He recorded his 100th career coaching victory on Jan. 18, 2003 with a 73-68 win over Stanford. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. His first Saint Louis squad upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached UW from 1989-93.

Coaching Staff
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 763 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.

Non-Conference Conquests
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.

2003 Husky Highlights
First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston). Their largest margin of victory last season was 20 points vs. Santa Clara ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.

Second Century
The second century of Washington basketball is underway with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (6) or sophomores (3). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* Season Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 0-2.

* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 62-187.

* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent -- UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (Jan. 24, 2002).

* All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents -- 24-104.

* Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent -- UW 90, #10 Arizona 84 (Feb. 4, 1999).

* Only Win Over a No. 1-Ranked Opponent -- UW 69, #1 UCLA 68 (Feb. 22, 1979).

The Arizona Series
> Arizona won the last seven games against Washington and has a 35-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> The Wildcats won 11 of the last 12 meetings against Washington. They swept the last three season series, their longest run of sweeps since beating UW over five consecutive seasons from 1986-1990.

> UA won this season's first meeting by a 79-61 tally on Jan. 11 in Tucson.

> The Wildcats have a 13-11 record against Washington in Seattle and were victorious in their last three visits to the Northwest.

> 20th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 30-11 all-time record against UW.

> First-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against Arizona.

The Last Meeting
Arizona 79, UW 61 (Jan. 11, 2003; Tucson, Ariz.)

Salim Stoudamire scored six of his game-high 23 points during an 18-4 second-half run, helping No. 2 Arizona defeat Washington 79-61 at McKale Center. The Wildcats (11-1, 4-0) beat UW at home for the seventh consecutive time and the 18th time in the last 19 meetings in Tucson. The Huskies (6-7, 1-3) scored the game's opening five points and trailed only 31-28 before Arizona scored six straight points to close the first half with a 37-28 advantage. UW drew within 52-46 on a Nate Robinson jumper with 11:57 left to play. The Huskies were held without a basket for the next 5-1/2 minutes while Arizona went on a 12-2 surge. The run reached 18-4, capped by Stoudamire's two free throws that made it 70-50 with 4:59 remaining. Stoudamire converted all eight of his free throw attempts. He was 3-for-8 from 3-point range while the rest of the Wildcats were 0-for-7. Jason Gardner had 11 points and nine assists for Arizona which also got 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks from Channing Frye. Washington's Doug Wrenn, who scored 35 points at McKale Center last year, managed 11 before fouling out with 7:07 remaining. Nate Robinson also scored 11 for the Huskies.

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