March 1, 2011
SEATTLE - In need of a bounce back after Sunday's tough loss to WSU, the Huskies (19-9, 10-6 Pac-10) wrap up the Pac-10 regular season at home against the LA schools. First up is UCLA (12-4, 21-8) in a nationally televised ESPN 2 game. The Huskies next victory will give coach Lorenzo Romar his fifth 20-win seasons -- the second most among coachbehind Hec Edmundson (11) in team history.
Huskies On The Airwaves
All games can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. Thursday's game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN2. Dave Flemming will call the play-by-play with former Bruin Sean Farnham and former Arizona Wildcat Miles Simon providing color.
Houbregs To Be Honored Thursday
UW legend Bob Houbregs will be honored as the Husky Legend during the first half of Thursday's game vs. UCLA. Houbregs was a consensus All-American in 1953 and NCAA Player of the Year according to the Helms Foundation. He amassed 1,774 points and a single-season record 846 (25.6 ppg) in 1953. His No. 35 is one of two retired jerseys in the rafters of Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington is 7-1 against schools from California this year.
No. 11 Matthew Bryan-Amaning now has 1,111 career points.
Isaiah Thomas needs one steal for the 109th of his career, which would tie him for 10th all-time in UW history.
Thomas also need one assist to tie Chester Dorsey for second most in a UW single-season (163). The record is 219 by Will Conroy in 2005.
UW Vs. UCLA Bruins
UCLA owns a 91-38 advantage in the series all-time since they first met in 1937. UW has won the last two, including a 29 point win at Hec Ed last season -- the largest UW wins in the series. UW has won six-staight in the series at home and are 6-2 vs. UCLA in Seattle under Romar. UW is going for the second sweep against UCLA in the Romar era (2006) and has swept the Pac-10 regular season series just twice (1987 and 2006) overall. Despite UCLA's historical dominance in basketball, UW won the first six games of the series, and seven of the first nine. Coach Romar, who was an assistant at UCLA when they won the 1995 NCAA Tournament, holds a 9-9 record at Washington against the Bruins.
UCLA, winners of 12 in its last 14 games, comes to Washington second in the Pac-10 standings and in control of its own destiny. Win out, and they are no worse than first place in the Pac-10. The Bruins are 4-4 on the road and have avoided the dreaded Pac-10 road sweep this year. The Bruins have used great balance this year in getting to their 21-8 record. Five players are scoring 9.9 points or more per game, led by Reeves Nelson with 14.0 points. He also pulls down 9.0 rebounds per game. Malcolm Lee is the second-leading scorer at 13.3 per game, while Tyler Honeycutt (12.8) and Joshua Smith (10.8) are the only other double-figure scorers. Ben Howland (187-80) is in his eighth year at UCLA making his the second-longest tenured coach in the Pac-10 behind Lorenzo Romar.
UW Vs. USC Trojans
USC leads 67-66 in the all-time series over Washington and swept the Huskies last season in their two meetings, yet Washington showed up to play the Trojans in Los Angeles at their first meeting this season and pulled a 73-67 overtime victory. Since 2002-03, the year Lorenzo Romar took over for the Huskies, UW is 11-6 against USC and is 5-3 in Seattle during that stretch. Washington is 37-29 all-time at home vs. the Trojans. USC coach Kevin O'Neill is 3-2 all-time against the Huskies.
The Trojans are 17-12 on the season, 9-7 in conference. They have won their last four games, including an upset over No. 10 Arizona. USC has a couple of other wins over ranked teams including Texas and at Tennessee and is fighting to prove they belong in the tournament. Nikola Vucevic leads the Trojans and is averaging 17.5 points per game (up to 19.3 in conference). Vucevic was named Pac-10 player of the week for Feb. 21-27 after leading the Trojans to home wins over Arizona and ASU.
Saturday's game vs. USC will mark the final home game for UW's three seniors: Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday and Venoy Overton. The trio has definitely left their mark on the program by being members of the 2009 Pac-10 championship team and 2010 Pac-10 tournament championship and NCAA Sweet 16 team. Overton and Bryan-Amaning will each end their careers with over 130 games played -- just the fourth and fifth Huskies to play in that many games. MBA will leave school as the No. 2 shot blocker in school history while Overton will probably finish second or first in steals.