March 8, 2007
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament
Wed. - Sat., March 7-10
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 8 --
Quarterfinal; Washington (7) vs. Washington State (2), 8:50 p.m. PST
(FSN) Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
FRIDAY, MARCH 9 --
Semifinal vs. USC (3)/Stanford (6) winner, 8:50 p.m. PST (FSN)
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 --
Championship Game, 3:00 p.m. PST (CBS)
The Apple Cup competition moves south to Los Angeles when in-state rivals Washington (19-12) and 11th-ranked Washington State (24-6) clash, Thursday, Mar. 8 in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament. Tip-off is 8:50 p.m. at the Staples Center. The Cougars won the last four meetings with UW, their longest series win streak in 12 years. Thursday's winner advances into a semifinal matchup, Friday, Mar. 9 at 8:50 p.m. against the winner of the USC/Stanford contest. The Huskies are hoping to march into the NCAA Tournament, having won all three of their games this month with wins over then No. 2 UCLA (61-51) and No. 23 USC (85-70) and Wednesday's 59-51 victory over Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament's first round. WSU is UW's seventh ranked opponent in the last nine games.
Something's Gotta Give
Thursday's matchup is the classic "irresistible force against an immovable object." Washington ranks 36th nationally, producing 76.9 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense and rank No. 12 nationally, yielding 58.6 points. That's an 18.3-point differential between what UW scores and WSU yields.
All Pac-10 Tournament games will be televised live. Every game during the first three days, Wednesday through Friday, airs on FSN. Saturday's championship tilt will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Trying for Twenty
The Huskies seek to post their third consecutive 20-win season for the first time in over 50 years. UW has twice reached the 20-win plateau for three straight seasons, from 1951-53 and 1943-45. The Huskies have recorded 23 all-time 20-win seasons.
Washington held each of its last two foes (UCLA & Arizona State) to 51 points, the lowest two-game total by Husky opponents since Oregon (55) and Oregon State (40) on Feb. 8 & 10, 1996 ... All five UW starters are averaging double-figure points ... Jon Brockman leads the Pac-10 with 9.6 rebounds per game. The last Husky to finish as the Pac-10 leader was Todd MacCulloch in 1999 (11.9 rpg) ... Spencer Hawes is UW's freshman record holder in both points (455) and blocked shots (54).
The conference tournament winner receives the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the 10th Pac-10 Tournament, the sixth since it was restored after being terminated following the 1990 season. All 10 conference teams participate for the second straight season. The 2005 champion Huskies have a 9-7 record in all-time Pac-10 Tournament play and advanced to the title game three times, in 1987, 2004 and 2005.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by nine per game (38.5 to 29.5). That + 9.0 margin ranks No. 2 nationally, behind only Vermont (+ 9.8). The Huskies won the board battle in 29 of 31 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads the conference with 9.6 rebounds per game, including 18 double-digit efforts. Brockman has a Pac-10 leading 15 double-doubles, including Wednesday vs. Arizona State (16 points/10 rebounds).
The Huskies have a 6-2 record in Pac-10 Tournament play over the last four seasons, winning it all in 2005 and advancing to the 2004 title game.
WSU won the last four series meetings. The Huskies have not dropped five straight to their in-state rival since losing six between 1941-42.
Freshmen account for 46 percent of UW's points (1,087) and 44 percent of its rebounds (480).
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the nine-player, first-team All-Pac-10 team and center Spencer Hawes was a first-team All-Freshman team pick. Brockman leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (9.6 rpg), ranks No. 3 in field goal percentage (54.7%) and No. 13 in scoring (14.2 ppg). Hawes was also an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick. He is ninth among Pac-10 scorers (15.2 ppg). Forward Quincy Pondexter was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team selection.
The Washington State Series
> The Huskies own a 167-95 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> The Cougars won this year's first meeting with a 75-47 victory on Jan. 20 in Pullman. That 28-point margin was their largest ever win over Washington.
> Washington State won the last four meetings, its longest streak in the series since a four-game stretch from 1993-95. The last time WSU won more than four straight in the series was a six-game streak from 1941-42
> In his first season at the helm, WSU's Tony Bennett has a 2-0 record against UW.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-5 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
#10 Washington State 65, UW 61 (Feb. 14, 2007; Seattle)
Reserve Taylor Rochestie scored 10 of his career-high 16 points in the first half as 10th-ranked Washington State went ahead early and held on for a 65-61 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Cougars (22-4, 11-3) swept the season series for the second straight year. The Huskies (16-9, 6-8) led 27-26 before WSU closed the half with a 14-5 run during the final 6:11. Ivory Clark keyed the surge with eight of his 10 points, giving the Cougars a 40-32 halftime lead. Spencer Hawes scored four straight baskets, caped by a layin with 5:33 left to play to give UW its only second-half lead at 58-57 After WSU re-took the lead, Justin Dentmon's 3-pointer drew UW within 62-61 at 3:31. The Huskies missed their last eight shots and WSU hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 16.7 seconds to seal the win. Hawes, who missed the first meeting against the Cougars, finished with 22 points while Jon Brockman added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
This Season's First Meeting
Washington State 75, UW 47 (Jan. 20, 2007; Pullman, Wash.)
Derrick Low scored 20 points and hit 5-of-7 shots from 3-point range as Washington State posted its largest win ever against Washington, a 75-47 rout at Friel Court. The Cougars (16-3, 5-2) won their third straight over Washington (11-7, 1-6) and the 28-point margin topped a 49-22 decision in 1932 that was previously their biggest win in the series. Quincy Pondexter scored 16 points to pace the Huskies, who were without the services of center Spencer Hawes due to a sprained left ankle. Kyle Weaver scored 17 points, hitting 7-of-8 shots for WSU, which shot 54 percent (30-56) as a team. The Huskies were held to 28 percent (15-53) shooting en route to its lowest point total in 209 games, dating to Feb. 17, 2000. The Cougars followed back-to-back UW baskets with a 15-point run that resulted in a 32-12 lead with 4:22 left in the first half. The Huskies drew within 38-27 early in the second half before a 17-point WSU surge put the game out of reach.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes is Washington's all-time leading freshman scorer and shot blocker. His 455 points eclipsed the previous UW freshman record of 406 established in 1988 by Mike Hayward. Hawes owns the freshman record for blocked shots with 54. He surpassed the previous standard of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996. The 54 blocks place Hawes fourth among UW's all-time single-season leaders, behind the 67 of both David Dixon (2002) and Chris Welp (1986) and the 63 of Welp (1987).
Home Sweet Home
Wednesday's 59-51 decision over Arizona State was the second win outside of Seattle for the Washington men's basketball team, both coming against the Sun Devils. The Huskies' only road win in 11 tries was a 66-61 decision at ASU on Feb. 1. Washington boasts a 17-2 mark in Seattle. The Huskies won 11 of their last 13 home games against ranked opponents, including wins this season over No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 Oregon, No. 12 LSU, No. 23 USC and No. 25 Stanford. They won 23 of their last 25 home games overall. UW won 825 games at Hec Edmundson Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW registered its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2005 and 2006.