Jan. 3, 2006
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 --
Washington State vs. (#10) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 --
(#10) Washington at USC, 7:30 p.m. (FSN TV)
Memorial Sports Arena (16,161) / Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
With the non-conference schedule completed, the 10th-ranked Washington Huskies (12-1, 1-1) resume Pac-10 play on Saturday, Jan. 7 against cross-state rival Washington State (8-3, 1-1). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on FSN Northwest. The Huskies won the last four meetings with WSU and have an 11-game series winning streak in Seattle. Next week, the Huskies embark on their second road trip of the season. They visit USC (Jan. 12) and UCLA (Jan. 14) for their first true road games.
Something's Gotta Give
Saturday's matchup is the classic "irresistible force against an immovable object." Washington leads the Pac-10 and ranks among the national leaders, producing 91.5 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense, yielding 54.1 points. That's a 37.4-point differential between what UW scores and WSU surrenders. The Cougars limited foes to 47.8 points in eight wins and UW scored 91.2 in its 12 wins.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-Washington State game airs at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Paul Sunderland describes the action alongside analyst Larry Farmer.
The Washington-Washington State game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio 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.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies have a 37-4 home record in the last three seasons at Bank of America Arena. They registered a school-record 32-game winning streak that started Jan. 29, 2004 against Arizona. The same Wildcats ended UW's streak with a 96-95 double-overtime decision on Dec. 31, 2005. The 32-game streak was seven-wins longer than the previous school record of 25 (Jan. 18, 1930-Mar. 6, 1931) and led the nation. UW posted a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005 and is 11-1 this season.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington completed the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with Monday's 87-71 win over Cornell. The 11-0 mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins.
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 honoring the nation's top player.
Senior Brandon Roy was spectacular last week with back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. Roy's total was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn tallied 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,052 points as the 31st Husky to reach the century mark. Roy registered the first 30-point game by a UW player in nearly two years. He was the last 30-point producer, hitting that figure on Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. The 6-foot-6 guard hit all five of his 3-point attempts against ASU (Dec. 29) and forced both overtimes with treys vs. Arizona (Dec. 31).
The Washington State Series
> Washington won 14 of the last 18 meetings and owns a 167-91 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> The Huskies swept the season series the last two years, their first back-to-back sweeps since 1997 and 1998.
> Washington boasts a 97-31 home record against WSU, including wins in each of the Cougars' last 11 visits to Seattle. The last Washington State victory at UW was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994.
> Third-year Washington State coach Dick Bennett has an 0-4 record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-1 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
#15 UW 68, Washington State 55 (Feb. 19, 2005/Pullman, Wash.)
Mike Jensen scored nine first-half points, including a layup that capped a 13-point run as 15th-ranked Washington gained control early en route to a 68-55 win over Washington State at Friel Court. The Huskies (21-4, 11-3) swept the season series for the second straight year. The Cougars (10-13, 5-9) never led, but tied the score 9-9 on a Kyle Weaver basket with 15:59 left in the first half. Bobby Jones then hit back-to-back shots followed by five consecutive Jamaal Williams points that ignited the 13-0 run. That surge helped the Huskies outscore WSU 25-8 to claim a 34-17 halftime advantage. Tre Simmons scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the second half. His third straight 3-pointer put UW ahead 68-42 with 4:10 left in the game. The Huskies did not score another point after their reserves entered the game. The Cougars scored the game's last 13 points over the final 2:37 to close within 13. Jensen finished with 13 points and teammate Brandon Roy added 11. Weaver scored a career-high 15 points to pace the Cougars who also got 11 from Jeff Varem and Thomas Kelati. Will Conroy distributed nine assists for UW which was credited with 20 assists on 25 baskets.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#10 UW 66, Washington State 48 (Jan. 23, 2005/Seattle)
Jamaal Williams scored the first of his 10 points off the bench on a three-point play that started a 14-0 run and sent 10th-ranked Washington to a 66-48 triumph over Washington State. The win was the school-record 12th straight Pac-10 home win for the Huskies who won their 18th consecutive contest at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (16-2, 6-1) won despite a season-low point total and shooting percentage (36%). The Cougars (8-8, 3-4) lost their 11th straight game against UW in Seattle. WSU held its only lead at 5-4 before Williams started the 14-0 surge during which he scored five points. Tre Simmons hit a 3-pointer to cap the run that put the Huskies ahead 18-5 with 9:46 left in the first half. UW extended its 31-18 halftime lead to as many as 23 points in the second half. Nate Robinson led all scorers with 13 points while Husky teammate Joel Smith added 10 off the bench. Thomas Kelati was WSU's only double-figure scorer with 12 points.
The Huskies fell three places to No. 10 in this week's (Jan. 2) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington holds down the No. 10 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games last week, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 29th among all-time UW scorers with 1,052 points and Jones is 30th with a total of 1,025.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 50.2-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 60.2. Two other Huskies are ranked among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (54.8%) at No. 3 and Bobby Jones (52.3%) at No. 6. Freshman Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (54.7%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in seven games. The season's lowest figure was 38.3 percent against Lehigh on Dec. 23. 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%).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 33 of UW's 77 treys, 19 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but one game (Nov. 15 vs. Air Force) this season and hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Cornell became the 120th different collegiate opponent to lose to Washington at Edmundson Pavilion where the Huskies have amassed 802 victories ... Saturday's 96-95 double-overtime loss to Arizona was the Huskies' first one-point defeat since Lorenzo Romar's Saint Louis team edged UW 71-70 on Dec. 29, 2001 ... Brandon Roy hit a combined 9-of-11 treys in back-to-back games last week (Dec. 29 & 31) after shooting 7-of-20 from 3-point range all last season ... The Huskies won their opening 11 games for the first time since the 1975-76 UW squad started the season with 14 consecutive victories. Nine previous Washington teams had similar or longer season-opening winning streaks ... The Huskies committed a school-record low three turnovers against Arizona State (Dec. 29). The previous low mark was six on seven occasions.
The Huskies have a 55-11 record in the last 66 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 10-0 to start the 2006 campaign.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 12 of 13 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
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 12 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in both scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg).
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 has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman leads the team with an average of 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 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.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. 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 has five career double-doubles.
The Last Game
#10 UW 87, Cornell 71 (Jan. 2, 2006; Seattle)
Freshman Jon Brockman scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half, leading 10th-ranked Washington to an 87-71 win over Cornell at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (12-1) completed the 16th undefeated regular-season, non-conference record in school history and the first since 1980. UW's 11-0 mark was its third-best non-conference record ever. Brockman completed his fourth double-double with a season-high 12 rebounds, leading the Huskies' 46-27 advantage on the boards. UW broke a 12-12 tie with a 14-4 run to go ahead 26-16 with 8:31 left in the first half. The Huskies extended a 49-34 halftime margin to as many as 22 points in the second half. The Big Red (4-8) twice drew within 13 points after halftime. Jason Hartford scored a career-high 17 points to lead Cornell and Lenny Collins added 15. Justin Dentmon scored 15 points for UW, which also got 13 from Jamaal Williams.
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 as the 2005 Pac-10 Conference and BCA National Coach of the Year.
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 802 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Historic Hec Ed
Since it was dedicated Dec. 27. 1927 with a 34-23 Washington win over Illinois, the venerable Pavilion has seen the home Huskies win 74 percent of their games with an 802-289 all-time record. That is more victories than any other NCAA team in its current arena. UW has defeated 120 different collegiate foes in 78 years at Hec Ed. Among the prominent exhibition wins not counted in that total was a 49-30 triumph over the Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 19, 1943.
NCAA Schools with Most Wins in Current Arena
Wins -- School, Arena, Year Opened, Next Home Date
802 -- Washington, Edmundson Pavilion, 1927, Jan. 7
729 -- Penn, The Palestra, 1926, Jan. 13
683 -- Duke, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 1940, Jan. 11
668 -- Oregon, McArthur Court, 1927, Jan. 12
668 -- Minnesota, Williams Arena, 1928, Jan. 7
659 -- Butler, Hinkle Fieldhouse, 1928, Jan. 14
Most Opponent Losses at Hec Ed
66, Oregon State
59, Washington State