Dec. 6, 2005
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
ARROWHEAD POND (17,000); ANAHEIM, CALIF.
Game 1 --
#13 Washington vs. New Mexico, 12 p.m. (KIRO TV, Seattle)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
Game 2 --
#17 Nevada vs. #16 UCLA, 2:30 p.m.
Off to their best start in 15 years, the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies (7-0) hit the road for the first time this season. The Huskies travel to Anaheim, Calif. to play New Mexico (4-2) in the Wooden Classic, Saturday, Dec. 10. Tip-off is noon at the Arrowhead Pond for the game that will be televised locally on KIRO (Ch. 7) and nationally on WGN.
The Lobos are coached by former Washington assistant Ritchie McKay who served two stints on the Husky staff. After a standout playing career at Seattle Pacific, McKay was a graduate assistant on Andy Russo's UW staff in 1988-89. He returned to UW as an assistant under Bob Bender from 1993-95. Also competing in the Wooden Classic is Nevada, coached by Mark Fox who served on Lynn Nance's staff at UW from 1991-93.
Familiar Face, part II
Another tie between the Huskies and New Mexico is senior forward Jamaal Williams who played for the Lobos in 2002 and 2003 before transferring to UW. Williams was the No. 2 UNM scorer in 2003 (11.3 ppg) and No. 3 in rebounds (5.1 rpg).
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on FSN. Saturday's game between the Huskies and New Mexico will be televised live on KIRO (Ch. 7) in the Puget Sound area and nationally on WGN.
The Washington-New Mexico game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (950 AM) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies jumped five spots, to No. 13 in this week's (Dec. 5) Associated Press poll. They hold down the No. 12 position in the ESPN-USA Today rankings after making their first appearance in that poll at No. 19 last week. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason AP or ESPN/USA Today rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today. Three opponents on the UW schedule are ranked in the current AP Top-25, including Gonzaga (9), UCLA (16) and Arizona (24).
The Huskies won their opening seven games for the first time since the 1990-91 UW squad started the season with seven straight victories before losing game No. 8. Nineteen previous Washington teams have had similar or longer season-opening winning streaks. UW captured the BCA Classic title Nov. 15 with an 85-74 win over Air Force before beating American (Nov. 19), Idaho (Nov. 22), LMU (Nov. 25) and No. 6 Gonzaga (Dec. 4).
Fastest Starts in Husky History
(year & season-opening winning streak listed)
1928-29 18 games (Dec. 26 - Feb. 23)
1932-33 16 games (Dec. 1 - Jan. 21)
1930-31 15 games (Dec. 18 - Jan. 26)
1975-76 14 games (Nov. 28 - Jan. 15)
1938-39 13 games (Dec. 9 - Jan. 21)
1921-22 12 games (Dec. 29 - Feb. 3)
1946-47 12 games (Nov. 30 - Jan. 15)
1911-12 11 games (Jan. 20 - Mar. 2)
1941-42 11 games (Dec. 5 - Jan. 16)
1937-38 10 games (Nov. 28 - Jan. 7)
1950-51 10 games (Dec. 8 - Jan. 12)
1914-15 9 games (Jan. 9 - Feb. 12)
1913-14 9 games (Jan. 23 - Feb. 17)
1969-70 8 games (Dec. 2 - Dec. 29)
1910-11 7 games (Jan. 16 - Feb. 17)
1920-21 7 games (Dec. 18 - Jan. 21)
1922-23 7 games (Jan. 3 - Jan. 25)
1927-28 7 games (Dec. 1 - Dec. 27)
1990-91 7 games (Nov. 24 - Dec. 22)
2005-06 7 games (Nov. 13 - present)
Saturday's game in Anaheim is the only game until Jan. 12 away from Bank of America Arena where UW has an NCAA-best 29-game homecourt winning streak.
The Huskies have had at least five double-figure scorers in five games. They are averaging 98.6 points per game, including 118 vs. Morgan State (Nov. 13).
UW's average winning margin is 28.9 points, including 67- and 47-point triumphs.
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 New Mexico Series
> Saturday's game is a rubber match of sorts between Washington and New Mexico. The neutral site meeting will put one team ahead in the all-time series that has seen the home team win all four previous contests.
> The Lobos evened the series at 2-2 with a 78-52 victory over UW in the most recent meeting on Jan. 2, 2000 in Albuquerque.
> New Mexico won the first meeting 54-53 on Dec. 3, 1983 at The Pit followed by consecutive Washington wins in Seattle, 77-64 on Dec. 5, 1987 and 70-61 on Dec. 24, 1998 at KeyArena.
> Fourth-year New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay has a 3-2 record against Washington. He is a former Husky assistant, as a graduate assistant on Andy Russo's staff in1989 and a full-time assistant under Bob Bender from 1993-95.
> In his fourth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against New Mexico.
The Last Meeting
New Mexico 78, UW 52 (Jan. 2, 2000/Albuquerque, N.M.)
Kevin Henry scored 11 of his 17 points during a five-minute stretch in the first half when New Mexico took control en route to a 78-52 win over Washington at The Pit. Washington (5-7) entered Pac-10 play with a losing non-conference record for the first time since 1995. The Huskies had registered seven non-conference victories each of the last four seasons. The Lobos (8-7) trailed 18-17 eight minutes into the game before Henry scored eight points to fuel a 19-6 run. Henry, who shot 5-for-6 from 3-point range for the game, hit three treys during the surge that netted a 36-24 lead with 5:01 left in the first half. New Mexico had two 11-point runs to go ahead by as many as 33 points in the second half. Will Perkins scored 16 points to lead Washington (5-7), which also got 11 from Senque Carey. Wayland White tallied 14 points for UNM while Lamont Long had 13 and Tim Lightfoot 12.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Seven of the 11 Huskies who have played this season are shooting 50 percent or better for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 52.3-percent clip as a team this season. Freshman Jon Brockman leads the team in field goal accuracy at 64.8 percent, followed by Artem Wallace (61.5%), Hans Gasser (59.4%), Bobby Jones (56.9%), Jamaal Williams (52.9%), Joel Smith (51.4%) and Brandon Roy (50.0%). UW's shooting percentage was above the 50-percent plateau in four of seven games. The season's lower figure was 48.4 percent against Gonzaga on Dec. 4. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average. He ranked third 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). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has six double-figure scoring games, including a 22-point performance against Gonzaga (Dec. 4). He is No. 2 on the team in both scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg).
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 798 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies boast the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak with 29 consecutive victories at Bank of America Arena. UW posted a 7-0 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 Nov. 22 win over Idaho pushed UW into the lead position nationally, ahead of Gonzaga's home streak that is at 27 pending a Dec. 8 game against Washington State. The Huskies' last home loss was an 86-84 overtime setback against UCLA on Jan. 10, 2004.
Longest UW Home Winning Streaks
29 Games -- Jan. 29, 2004 - present
25 Games -- Jan. 18, 1930 - Mar. 6, 1931
23 games -- Mar. 6, 1920 - Feb. 3, 1922
23 games -- Jan. 9, 1932 - Jan. 14, 1933
23 games -- Mar. 3, 1950 - Dec. 29, 1951
23 games -- Jan. 5, 1952 - Mar. 7, 1953
Longest Current NCAA Home Win Streaks
School, Wins, Next Home Date
Washington, 29, Dec. 16
Gonzaga, 27, Dec. 8
Illinois, 26, Dec. 5
Southern Illinois, 25, Dec. 10
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 15.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks and is the only Husky to register double-figure points every 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 didn't attend 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 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 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
#18 UW 99, #6 Gonzaga 95 (Dec. 4, 2005; Seattle)
Freshman Justin Dentmon scored 11 of the final 17 points for 18th-ranked Washington, which upset No. 6 Gonzaga 99-95 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (7-0) halted a seven-game losing streak against Gonzaga (4-2). Bulldog forward Adam Morrison hit 18-of-29 shots to amass 43 points, just two points shy of the most ever allowed by the Huskies. Jamaal Williams led UW with 22 points, seven of them inside the opening four minutes as the Huskies raced to an 11-4 lead. The UW margin was 51-42 at halftime before Gonzaga went on an 18-4 run to take a 72-69 lead with 10:22 remaining. The lead changed hands seven more times before Williams put UW ahead for good at 94-93 on a five-foot turnaround with 1:24 to play. Dentmon followed with three-point play at 1:09 and Bobby Jones sealed the win on two free throws with five seconds left. Morrison's potential game-winning trey with 12 seconds left missed and Sean Mallon missed the follow. Jones finished with 15 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).