Feb. 22, 2013
|WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE
Saturday, Feb. 23 | 8:00 pm (PT) | Wells Fargo Arena
Live Stats | Live Video | TV: ESPNU | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
TEMPE, Ariz. - In Lorenzo Romar's 11 years at Washington (14-12, 6-7 Pac-12) he has won more games against the host Arizona State Sun Devils (20-7, 9-5) than any other squad. Romar can earn his 20th victory against the Sun Devils on Saturday, more than the 17 wins against Oregon State he has amassed during his coaching career. It definitely won't be easy for the Huskies as ASU freshman Jahii Carson amassed the most points this year (32) by any UW opponent last time these two teams met.
Saturday's game will be a nationally televised game on ESPNU with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. Satellite radio Sirius 92 and XM 190 (ASU broadcast) will also carry the game. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from press row on GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. Arizona State
Washington owns a 39-36 series lead over ASU since the schools first played in the 1977-78 season. The Huskies are 22-14 all-time in Seattle vs. ASU, 14-21 in Tempe and 3-1 on a neutral floor. The bulk of the Sun Devils' victories have come in two streaks - six-straight from 1979-81 and 14-straight from 1990-96. The Huskies are on an impressive run against Arizona State, having won 19 of the last 22 meetings against the Sun Devils, including the last six. The Huskies won 11 straight in 2004 through 2008. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 19-5 all-time against ASU as the Husky head man, with 19 of those wins coming in the last 22 games. His win total against the Sun Devils is the most he has amassed against any opponent. Romar is 8-2 all-time in Tempe and has won the last two games at ASU. UW has won nine of the last 10 in Seattle. Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek is 3-10 vs. the Huskies.
Dawg Bites - Team
• Historically, the Huskies have finished strong in the last four regular-season conference games during the Romar era. Over the past four seasons alone they have a combined record of 13-3 down the home stretch, twice going 4-0, once going 3-1 and going 2-2 the other time. In fact in the 10 previous years under Romar, UW has only finished under .500 once in the final four game (2008) and is 29-11 (.725) overall.
• Washington had not been swept in a two-game regular season series by a Pac-12 team since USC in 2010 and had not been swept by two schools in the same season since 2007 when Arizona and Washington State pulled it off. This year, Arizona and Oregon have swept the Huskies.
• The Huskies have scored under 60 points six times this season. The last time they had done that as many times was in 2008.
• Washington entered this year having won 20-plus games in a school record 4-straight years -- which is the longest active streak in the conference. The Huskies have 20+ wins in six of Lorenzo Romar's previous 10 seasons.
• The Huskies are 0-5 vs. ranked teams this year, including 0-2 at home, 0-2 on the road and 0-1 on neutral courts. UW has dropped their last 9 games vs. ranked opponents. Their last win came on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot vs. #16 Arizona to clinch the 2011 Pac-10 tournament. In all, Washington has lost 12 of their last 13 vs. ranked opponents dating back to 2010. UW's last win over a ranked team on the road was Jan. 31, 2009 when they beat No. 14 ASU, 73-70 in overtime.
• UW is 4-6 in true road games, 1-1 in neutral site games. The Huskies average 66.3 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 67.5.
• UW's 9-6 home record is unusual in that the loss total equals the combined last three seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The only seasons which the Huskies had more home losses under Romar were 2008 (12-7) and 2003 (8-7).
• UW is 10-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 4-12 when under 70%.
• Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 10-2 when leading at halftime, 1-1 when tied and 3-10 when trailing.
• The Huskies are 3-3 at home in Pac-12 play. Only twice previously under Romar have the Huskies dropped more than two home games -- 2003 and 2008 when they dropped five during conference action.
• UW leads the Pac-12 with 13.0 offensive rebounds per game, thanks to Aziz N'Diaye's Pac-12 best 3.6 per game. Conversely, the Huskies are 11th with 23.6 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is 11th in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .431.
• The Huskies are giving up 67.0 ppg which ranks 9th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
• Abdul Gaddy has reached 100 assists in a season for the second time and has 112, which is tied for 22nd most in UW single-season history. For his career, he has 424 to rank third all-time in UW history. Over the last 9 games he has averaged 11.4 ppg, 5.2 apg, after averaging 6.8 ppg, 3.3 apg in the previous 6 games.
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20+ points 12 times this season -- 10 times at home (19.1 ppg home), twice in 11 games away from Alaska Airlines Arena (15.4 ppg, away). If he can reach 20 again, he will enter UW's top-10 single-season list. He is the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 points and is currently 26th all-time with 1,180.
• Aziz N'Diaye has 10-plus rebounds in 10 of the last 14 games, including 10.6 rpg over the last 7. He is tied for the Pac-12 lead with 11 double-doubles and 1st with 3.6 offensive rpg. He also lead the conference in field goal percentage (.599) and can be the first Husky to lead the conference since Todd MacCulloch in 1999. Additionally, his career shooting percentage of .564 ranks third all-time in UW history.
• Huskies have won four of the last eight NBA Slam Dunk championships. Terrence Ross won the 2013 title while Nate Robinson was champion in 2010, 2009 and 2006.
• Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has averaged 14.0 ppg over the last five weekend games, but 2.0 ppg in the last 5 weeknight contests.
• Shawn Kemp, Jr. is averaging 9.5 ppg over the last eight games (76 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
• Jenard Jarreau. is coming off a career high 8 points (4 of 5 FG's), 7 rebounds vs. Oregon State and played 21 minutes, the first time he passed 20+ minutes since vs. Saint Louis on Nov. 28. The freshman started the first seven games and avg 21.3 minutes (has played a high of 20 minutes just once since).
• Scott Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in FT percentage (88.0%), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percentage is the fourth best in team history (89.7 is the record).
• Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 198 3-point makes. Next up on the list is Deon Luton, who made 212. Scott Suggs is 9th all-time on UW's top-10 career 3-point list with 123. Next up on the list is Nate Robinson (127).
• Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 197 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 196), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 421 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 294).
Last Time Vs. Arizona St. (2/2/13)
AP - Aziz N'Diaye converted a three-point play off an offensive rebound with 34 seconds left, Andrew Andrews led Washington with 20 points off the bench and the Huskies held off Arizona State 96-92 on Saturday night despite 32 points from Sun Devils' freshman Jahii Carson. The duo of N'Diaye and Shawn Kemp Jr. dominated the interior for Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), but no rebound or basket was bigger than N'Diaye tapping Scott Suggs' miss to keep the play alive and scoring while being fouled by Jordan Bachynski. The 45 percent free-throw shooter then converted the three-point play. C.J. Wilcox added a pair of free throws after Carrick Felix missed a 3-pointer, but Carson hit a 3-pointer for Arizona State (17-4, 6-3) and Washington committed a turnover on the inbound with 13 seconds left. Carson drove to the rim but his shot was altered by N'Diaye and came up short. Wilcox added two more free throws to clinch the victory that snapped UW's 4-game losing streak.
Last Time Out: Arizona 70, UW 50 (2/20)
AP - Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons added 14 and No. 12 Arizona pulled away after an uninspired start to beat Washington 70-52 Wednesday night. Whether it was the late tipoff or the rare snowstorm outside, Arizona (22-4, 10-4 Pac-12) was at the start, needing nearly 12 minutes just to crack double figures. Once they got rolling, the Wildcats didn't stop, revving up the rowdy crowd inside McKale Center with fastbreak layups and tenacious defense. Nick Johnson added 12 points, five assists and keyed a second-half run that put the game out of reach. Washington (14-13, 6-8) failed to take advantage of Arizona's slow start thanks to a tough night on offense. The Huskies shot 30 percent and were 1 of 11 from 3-point range to lose their fifth straight road game. C.J. Wilcox had 15 points and Abdul Gaddy added 12.