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UW Men Play Final Road Game of 2001 Basketball Season
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Feb. 26, 2001

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Sat., March 3 -
UW at Washington State, 1:00 p.m. PST

Friel Court (12,058), Pullman, Wash.

Thurs., March 8 -
UW vs. USC, 7:00 p.m. PST

Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

Sat., March 10 -
UW vs. UCLA, 3:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)

Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (9-18, 3-12) play their final road game of the 2000-01 season on Saturday, March 3 against cross-state rival Washington State (11-14, 4-11). Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash. This is the 250th renewal of the Apple Cup of men's basketball. The Huskies have a 161-88 lead in the all-time series with WSU, including wins in seven of the last eight meetings. Washington's 78-72 victory on Feb. 3 in Seattle was its third straight over the Cougars. That was also the last win for the Huskies who are in the midst of a season-high six-game losing streak. Following the trip to Pullman, Washington closes out the season with a pair of home games against the Los Angeles schools. UW hosts USC on March 8 at 7 p.m. and UCLA on March 10 at 3 p.m.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Saturday's game at Washington State will not be televised. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

Notable:
Freshman point guard Curtis Allen leads the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game in the last eight outings since he became a full-time starter. Allen registered double-figure points in the last seven games and nine of the last 11 ... Another freshman guard, C.J. Massingale, led the team in scoring in four Pac-10 contests, including a 25-point outburst at UCLA (Jan. 4) that is the top single-game scoring output by a Husky this season ... The Huskies shot better from 3-point range then on two-point tries in both games last week, combining to shoot 50 percent (18-36) on treys and 42 percent (34-81) on all other field goal attempts ... During its current six-game losing streak, every Husky opponent topped the 80-point plateau. UW opponents are averaging 86.7 points per game over the last six games while shooting 55 percent (196-359) from the field ... The Huskies rank second among Pac-10 teams in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 30.2-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, UW ranked ninth when foes shot 36% on treys ... The Huskies shot 52-percent (31-60) from the field against Stanford on Saturday, only their second 50-percent shooting effort in the last 20 games. They recorded the exact same 52-percent figure (31-60) against Washington State (Feb. 3) ... Washington has implemented 13 different starting lineups. Eleven of UW's 12 active players started at least once and no Husky has started every game.

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (9-18, 3-12 in Pac-10)

Pos.-No. Name          Hgt. Wgt. Yr.  Hometown        Points  Rebs.

F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 12.7 7.0
F - 31 Grant Leep 6-7 225 Jr. Mount Vernon, Wash. 3.3 1.8
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.1 4.9
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 160 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 7.4 2.0
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 7.7 2.7

Fabulous Frosh Duo:
The Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players from Tacoma in 21 years, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Allen ranks third on the team in scoring during conference action (9.6 ppg) and Massingale is fourth (8.2 ppg). Massingale leads the team in 3-point percentage against Pac-10 foes at 44 percent (14-32). He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995. Massingale, who led the team in scoring in two of the last three games, has started four games while Allen has drawn nine starts. Allen hit two spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and winning the game at 0:06 with the second. Allen tallied double-figure points in nine of the last 11 games, including a career-high 18 against WSU (Feb. 3). Since becoming a full-time starter for the last eight games, Allen leads the team with 13.2 points per game after a 4.9-point average in the first 19 games.

Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game-
o Out- Greg Clark, Will likely be sidelined until the final week of the season. Sprained right ankle vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games. Didn't practice, but played in seven straight games before missing the last four games.

o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition games with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.

The Washington State Series:
> Washington won eight of the last nine meetings and owns a 161-88 advantage in the series that began in 1910.

> The Huskies won 78-72 on Feb. 3 in Seattle during this year's first meeting with WSU.

> The Huskies swept the season series in 2000 for the third time in the last four years. UW won 74-68 in overtime on Feb. 5 in Pullman and 64-60 on March 4 in Seattle.

> Washington owns a 67-55 advantage over the Cougars during games played in Pullman. UW won in three of its last four visits to Friel Court.

> Second-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has an 0-3 record against the Huskies.

> Eighth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 10-5 record against WSU.

The Last Meeting:
UW 78, Washington State 72 (Feb. 3, 2001, Seattle)
- Curtis Allen scored 12 of his career-high 18 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that turned back a late Washington State rally in Washington's 78-72 victory at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-12, 3-6) won for the eighth time in their last nine meetings with WSU (8-11, 1-8) which lost its 30th straight Pac-10 road game. UW led the entire game, taking a season-best 13-point halftime lead at 38-25. Allen opened the second half with a pair of free throws following a WSU bench technical. The Cougars steadily trimmed the margin, drawing within 54-53 on a 3-pointer by Jerry McNair with 9:57 left to play. Mike Bush's 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining drew WSU within 70-68. Allen responded with a trey on the ensuing possession and Bryan Brown had a steal and layin to secure the win. Thalo Green scored 21 points for Washington and Will Perkins tallied all 13 of his points in the second half. UW's David Dixon had 16 points, hitting all seven of his shots from the field, and blocked a career-high five shots. Framecio Little paced WSU with 16 points while Bush and McNair each had 14. The Huskies shot 52 percent (31-60) from the field, their first 50-percent outing in 14 games dating back to Dec. 16.

Pac-10 Pitfalls:
Washington limited non-conference foes to 67.9 points per game on 41.6-percent shooting from the field. Pac-10 opponents have had much greater success, averaging 81.9 points per game on 50.3-percent accuracy. In contrast, the Huskies' 68.0-point and 43.6-percent figures against non-conference foes dropped to 66.5 points and 40.4 percent against Pac-10 opponents.

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered eight double-doubles to rank second among Pac-10 players behind Arizona State's Awvee Storey. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins's current eight-game stretch without a double-double is his longest drought of the season. He had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10), Arizona (21/13) and Stanford (12/11). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounds (7.0 rpg), ranking 18th and seventh, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 49 percent from the field (136-278).

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented 13 different starting lineups this season, including three different lineups in each of the last three games. After using the same lineup for the first five games of the season, the Huskies have utilized 12 different starting units during the last 22 games. The rotating lineups have seen 11 of the team's 12 active players drawing at least one starting assignment. Freshman walk-on Sterling Brown is the only player who has not drawn a start. No Husky player has started every game this season.

Shoot to Win:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 8-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-17 when being outshot. Opponents combined to shoot 51 percent in UW's 18 defeats. The Huskies are shooting nearly 10 percent better from the field in their victories (48.1% - 38.9%) and over eight percent better from 3-point range (36.2% - 28.1%). UW shot 50 percent from the field just twice in the last 20 games, matching 52-percent efforts (31-60) at Stanford (Feb. 24) and against Washington State (Feb. 3).

Last UW Game:
(#1) Stanford 99, UW 79 (Feb. 24, 2001, Stanford, Calif.)
- Jason Collins scored a career-high 33 points and hit 13-of-14 shots from the field, leading top-ranked Stanford to a 99-79 victory over Washington. Stanford (25-1, 13-1) won its eighth straight game against the Huskies (9-18, 3-12) and the ninth straight at Maples Pavilion. Collins hit his first 13 shots, including four 3-pointers, before missing a trey late in the game. He also grabbed eight rebounds to lead a 35-21 Cardinal advantage on the boards. Stanford opened the game with eight unanswered points en route to a 53-38 halftime lead. Collins scored 10 straight second-half points to give Stanford its largest lead at 92-62 with 3:57 left to play. Casey Jacobsen tallied 21 points for the Cardinal which also got 12 from Jarron Collins and 11 from Michael McDonald. Five Huskies scored in double figures including 14 apiece from Will Perkins, Curtis Allen and Michael Johnson. Thalo Green had 12 points for UW and Grant Leep had 10 in his first start. Stanford shot 62 percent from the field (38-61) to offset the 52-percent accuracy of UW which hit 10-of-19 shots from 3-point range.

Close Calls:
The Huskies have been winning their close games this season, posting a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points. Three of Washington's last four wins were overtime decisions. The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0. UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18).

Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials "CW" to honor Williams who moved on Feb. 15 from a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center into his brother David's house in Fresno, Calif.

Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. "I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program," Green explains. "I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause." Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven. Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounds (4.9 rpg) and has a team-high three 20-point outings this season.

Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec 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 possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 750 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.

Dixon's Line:
Junior center David Dixon excelled as a starter during a recent seven-game stretch, putting up some fine stat lines in recent boxscores. A Feb. 3 outing was his best as Dixon amassed a career-high 16 points against Washington State on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field. He blocked a career-high five shots, grabbed six rebounds, distributed two assists and had one steal in the victory over the Cougars. The 6-foot-11 Houston, Texas native is shooting 56 percent from the field (39-70) against Pac-10 opponents. Dixon averaged 8.7 points per game in a recent seven-game span as a starter, compared with a 3.2-point average in the first 18 games.

Century Mark:
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 104 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.

Bender Bio:
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 104-122 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 104 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 164-179. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.

Coaching Staff:
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.

Husky Tickets:
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including special ticket packages. New this season is the Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 and $16 while general admission seats are $6. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information.

The USC Series:
> USC holds a slim 58-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.

> The Trojans gained their three-game series lead by winning the last four meetings. They swept UW last season for the first time since 1992. USC had an 81-79 overtime triumph on Jan. 8, 2000 at Seattle's KeyArena and won 90-71 on March 9, 2000 in Los Angeles.

> USC won this season's first meeting, an 87-61 decision on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles.

> USC's current four-game series winning streak is its longest against Washington since a similar four-game streak from 1970-72. The last time the Trojans had a longer winning streak against UW was 1967-69 when they defeated the Huskies six straight times.

> Prior to losing the last four meetings, Washington had won seven of the previous eight games against USC.

> The Huskies hold a 32-24 series advantage over USC during games played in Seattle.

> Sixth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 5-5 record against Washington.

> Washington's Bob Bender has an 8-7 coaching record against USC.

The Last Meeting:
(#20) USC 87, UW 61 (Jan. 6, 2001, Los Angeles)
- David Bluthenthal scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half when 20th-ranked USC took control en route to an 87-61 win over Washington at the Sports Arena. The Trojans (12-2, 2-0) hit their first seven and 17 of their first 18 shots from the field. They took a 55-34 halftime lead on the strength of 75-percent shooting (24-32). Bluthenthal hit his first eight shots, including five 3-pointers, before a 40-foot heave missed at the halftime buzzer. Washington (6-8, 0-2) lost their fourth straight game. The Huskies kept the game from getting farther out of hand by shooting 50 percent in the first half (14-28) and reeling off 12 unanswered points near the end of the first half. Will Perkins tallied 12 points and nine rebounds for UW which also got 10 points and five assists from C.J. Massingale. Brian Scalabrine and Sam Clancy each scored 15 points for the Trojans and Brandon Granville added 13. Those three did not make their usual starts as a disciplinary measure for breaking a team rule. USC cooled off in the second half, shooting 35 percent to finish the game at a 57-percent clip (33-58). Bluthenthal finished 10-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-7 treys. Granville shot 3-for-4 from 3-point range, helping USC shoot 10-for-22 from beyond the arc.

Husky Talk:
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.

Wait 'til Next Year:
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state Player of the Year Doug Wrenn is red-shirting this season after transferring from Connecticut prior to the 2000-01 campaign. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, will be a red-shirt sophomore in 2001-02. True freshman DeMarcus Williams has battled foot (plantar fascia) and back injuries and will apply to the NCAA for a red-shirt season. The 6-9 Upland (Calif.) High School product played a combined five minutes in the Huskies' two exhibition games.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. "We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way," said Coach Bob Bender. "We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special." The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.

Josh Barnard
6-6, 210, guard, Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel HS / Tacoma CC)

Averaged 15.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists last year at Tacoma Community College ... Converted a school-record 49-percent of his shots from 3-point range ... Helped TCC to a 30-4 record and fourth-place Northwest Community College tournament finish.

Jeffrey Day
6-9, 215, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep HS)

Averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior last season for state champion Seattle Prep ... Rated as the West's No. 17 ranked power forward in the Pac-West Hoops listings.

Mike Jensen
6-8, 210, forward, Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)

The top-ranked power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Averaged 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds last year to lead Kentwood High School to a 21-9 record and seventh-place finish at the state 4A tournament ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 66 ranking by The Sporting News.

Erroll Knight
6-6, 200, guard, Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth HS)

The No. 2-ranked shooting guard in the West by Pac-West Hoops, rated No. 59 nationally among all positions by that service ... Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last year at Chief Sealth High School ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 71 ranking by The Sporting News.

Anthony Washington
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)

The ninth-rated power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News ... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions ... Averaged five rebounds per game as a reserve on a senior-laden Garfield High School squad last season.

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