Nov. 16, 2006
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 --
Sacramento State at (#17) Washington, 1:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 --
Eastern Washington at (#17) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 17th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (3-0) continue their season-opening, seven-game homestand when they host Sacramento State, Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Washington is coming off a three-game sweep through the Basketball Travelers Classic, capped by a 70-61 victory over Northern Iowa in the championship game. Sacramento State has a 1-2 record entering a game Friday at Denver. After Sunday, the Huskies have three more home games before visiting Gonzaga on Dec. 9 for their first road contest. UW entertains Eastern Washington on Nov. 24, Idaho on Nov. 29 and Southern Utah on Dec. 4.
At least 21 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. All three Basketball Travelers Classic games involving UW will be televised live on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis describes the action alongside analyst Bob Weiss.
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 calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Season tickets are still available for fans wanting to guarantee themselves a seat for every home Husky men's basketball game. For details visit www.GoHuskies.com or contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). A limited number of Husky men's basketball single game tickets for all November games are currently on sale. Tickets for remaining non-conference games, excluding LSU, will go on sale on Dec. 1. On the Monday prior to each home game, there is the possibility of additional single game ticket releases.
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The Huskies won the last three regular-season tournaments in which they participated, including Tuesday's triumph in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW was also victorious in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic.
Washington's All-Time Tournament Championships (13)
2006 Basketball Travelers Classic (Seattle, Wash.)
2005 BCA Classic (Seattle, Wash.)
2005 Pac-10 Tournament (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2004 Great Alaska Shootout (Anchorage, Ak.)
1998 Big Island Invitational (Hilo, Hi.)
1995 US West Tournament (Seattle, Wash.)
1994 US West Tournament (Seattle, Wash.)
1984 Sun-Met Classic (Fresno, Calif.)
1979 Blade-Glass City Classic (Toledo, Ohio)
1976 Cabrillo Classic (San Diego, Calif.)
1975 Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)
1974 Jayhawk Classic (Lawrence, Ks.)
1973 Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)
Three different players served as the team-high scorer for the Huskies who had eight different players register double-figure scoring efforts in the first three games.
The fifth season of the Lorenzo Romar era begins for the Washington men's basketball team, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. Romar directed the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for just the second time in school history. 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 coming to UW.
The Huskies have won 17 consecutive regular-season non-conference games, including all 11 games last season outside Pac-10 play. The last loss was a 99-87 setback at Gonzaga on Dec. 1, 2005.
The Huskies hit a school single-game record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13).
The Sacramento State Series
> Sunday marks the second all-time meeting between Washington and Sacramento State. The Huskies won the previous encounter 94-57 on Dec. 14, 1979 in Seattle.
> Current UW coach Lorenzo Romar played in that first meeting as a starting guard for the Huskies. He tallied nine points, five rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes.
> Andra Griffin led the Huskies in the first encounter, scoring all of his 13 points in the first half. Sacramento State was paced by the 14 points of Washington Jacobs.
> The Hornet roster includes junior starter Justin Williams, the younger brother of Jamaal Williams who completed a stellar two-year UW career by leading all scorers with 27 points in the Sweet 16 loss to Connecticut on Mar. 24, 2006.
> In his seventh year at CSUS, Jerome Jenkins has never coached against UW.
> Fifth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Hornets.
The Huskies play 19 of their 30 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a 17-2 record last year and a perfect 15-0 mark in 2005. The three Basketball Travelers dates start a stretch of seven straight home games for UW, matching last season as the longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies venture away from Seattle twice during non-conference play. They travel to Gonzaga on Dec. 9 and visit fourth-ranked Pittsburgh on Feb. 17.
The Huskies will be young in 2007 with underclassmen comprising nine of the 13 spots on the active roster. UW has six freshman (two of them red-shirts) and three sophomores. The four active upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) have a combined two games of starting experience at UW.
Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth with 82.0 points per game last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led the Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in the renovated 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 811 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, a 17-2 mark last season and are 3-0 this season.
The Washington men's basketball team remained 17th in this week's (Nov. 13) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of three Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining UCLA (6) and Arizona (15). UW has six games scheduled against four opponents ranked in the top-15, including Pittsburgh (4), UCLA (6), LSU (7) and Arizona (15). Washington holds down the No. 15 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season ranked No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Sunday in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American. Another highly regarded freshman, Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his UW career with a 21-point, seven-rebound performance.
"For the first time since we have been at Washington we have size. We will have size without sacrificing quickness. This team has really good chemistry even though they are young. I think that this team will really play well together."
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 advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
A youth movement has swept through the Washington men's basketball program. After relying on a core of veteran players to lead his Huskies to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history, Coach Lorenzo Romar now counts on a bevy of underclassmen to sustain that success. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick." Despite their unfamiliarity with college basketball, all of the young pups possess pure prep pedigrees. Heading the pack of returning youngsters is a pair of sophomore starters, forward Jon Brockman and point guard Justin Dentmon. Both of them were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Brockman is one of 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Those returning starters are among nine underclassmen on the 13-player active roster. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida. For the second straight season, the Huskies welcome a recruiting class considered among the nation's finest. Heading the list of fabulous freshmen is 7-foot center Spencer Hawes, the leading vote getter in the Best in the West poll who is considered one of the country's top-five recruits.
The 2006 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 26-7 for their second straight 20-win campaign. Washington began the season by winning the BCA Classic and finished it in an epic overtime loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut in the Sweet 16. Brandon Roy was named an All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams were honored as all-conference honorable mention selections and Ryan Appleby was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Three starters and two other lettermen have departed, led by All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft by the same Minnesota team that also took forward Bobby Jones 37th. Both were immediately traded, Roy to Portland and Jones to Philadelphia. Also gone are four-year starting forward Mike Jensen and sensational sixth man Jamaal Williams.
The Huskies won their first three games of the season for the fourth straight year. Last season, UW won its opening 11 games ... Washington's leading scorer in each of the first three games posted a career-high total as Jon Brockman tallied 25 points against Pepperdine, Brandon Burmeister had 17 against Nicholls State and Justin Dentmon had 17 against Northern Iowa.
In only four years, Coach Lorenzo Romar has elevated Washington to the elite level of college basketball. UW earned three straight NCAA Tournaments berths for just the second time in school history and advanced to consecutive Sweet Sixteens for the first time. Romar was honored at the Final Four as the winner of the John Wooden "Keys to Life" Award following a 2006 season in which he directed the Huskies to a 26-7 record. UW was 13-5 in Pac-10 play, finishing as the Pac-10 runner-up for the third straight season. UW won two NCAA tournament games before an overtime setback against top-seed Connecticut. Romar already ranks fifth among all-time UW coaches with 87 victories. He guided the Huskies to a 29-6 record in 2005, tying the 1938 squad for the highest win total in school history. After receiving their first ever No. 1 seed, the Huskies posted two NCAA Tournament victories to advance to the Sweet 16. Romar was named the 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Romar directed a spectacular turnaround during his second season. UW posted a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. Romar coached the Huskies to their first second-place regular-season finish since 1986 and their first Pac-10 Tournament championship game appearance since 1987. After opening the conference campaign with an 0-5 record, UW reeled off 12 wins in its final 13 Pac-10 outings. Capping the run was a 75-62 triumph over No. 1 and previously undefeated Stanford. In 2003, Romar guided the Huskies to a 10-17 record. He was named to lead 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 UW's 104-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. In his 11th season overall, Romar has compiled a 160-130 record as a head coach, including an 87-42 mark in five years at Washington. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. He led Pepperdine 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 en route to the Conference USA tournament title and automatic NCAA berth. 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 national championship. 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 degree at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's 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 had stints at 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.
Romar the Giant Killer
Washington has a 2-26 all-time record against top-ranked opponents and Lorenzo Romar played a part in both victories. He coached UW to a 75-62 over No. 1 Stanford, Mar. 6 in Seattle. On Feb. 22, 1979 the Huskies upset No. 1 UCLA 69-68 in Seattle. Romar was a Husky player then. He registered 10 points and six assists off the bench in 25 minutes against the Bruins. In his first season at Saint Louis, Romar's Billikens toppled No. 1 Cincinnati in the 2000 Conference USA Tournament.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of fifth-year assistant coach Cameron Dollar, third-year assistant Jim Shaw and second-year assistant Paul Fortier. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the previous three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. A native of Chimacum, Wash., Shaw joined the Husky staff after five years on Kelvin Sampson's Oklahoma staff that included a 2002 Final Four appearance. Fortier, a former All-Pac-10 forward at UW (1983-86) returned after two seasons at Cornell. He played 16 seasons professionally in Europe.