Nov. 22, 2012
|WASHINGTON vs. COLORADO STATE
Saturday, Nov. 24| 4:30 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Network | Radio: KJR (Affiliates)
SEATTLE -- After going 1-1 over the final two games of the Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament in Uncasville, Conn., the Huskies return home and will settle into Seattle until heading back to Connecticut after Christmas. UW will play at Alaska Airlines Arena in seven of the next eight games and will play a "road" game at Seattle University in that eighth game. The next four games are at home, starting with 2012 NCAA tournament participant Colorado State on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
The game will be telecast on the Pac-12 Network with Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf calling the action. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio airwaves on KJR Sports Radio 950 AM and 102.9 FM by Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live exclusively on GoHuskies.com.
UW vs. Colorado State/Mountain West
Washington is 1-1 all-time vs. Colorado State. The two teams have not faced off in nearly 50 years, last playing each other in 1963. The Rams won that contest 82-52 in Fort Collins, Colo. on Dec. 23, 1963. The Huskies won the other meeting Dec. 1, 1962 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. This is the first time Lorenzo Romar has faced the Rams. Overall, Washington is 35-22 vs. Mountain West teams and have won its last six games versus teams in the conference. The last time the Huskies played a team from the Mountain West was New Mexico in the 2010 NCAA tournament when the No. 10 seed Huskies beat No. 3 New Mexico, 82-64. Washington's last loss against the conference came Dec. 2003 at Wyoming. Overall under Lorenzo Romar, the Huskies are 7-2 against the conference. The Huskies will play Nevada on Dec. 8, who joined the conference in 2012.
Scouting Colorado State
Colorado State started the season 3-0 after a 60-54 win over Denver ... Coach Larry Eustachy is in his first year as coach at CSU. He was previously at Southern Mississippi from 2004-12 where he was the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2012 ... The Colorado State basketball program is looking for its fourth-consecutive postseason appearance, and its second straight NCAA Tournament berth, in 2012-13 ... The Rams return an experienced roster in 2012-13, as seven letterwinners from the Rams' 2011-12 squad are back in the Green and Gold this season ... The Rams will welcome a host of talented newcomers to the court this season, including Division I transfers Colton Iverson (Minnesota) and Daniel Bejarano (Arizona) who sat out 2011-12 per NCAA transfer rules. Other Rams' newcomers are: Junior F Gerson Santo, sophomore guards Jon Octeus and Josh Morgan, and freshman guards Jordan Mason and Joe De Ciman.
Recapping The Tip-Off Hall Of Fame Tourney
Washington went 2-2 in the four-game Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament that saw the Huskies split a pair of games both at home and at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. The Huskies beat Loyola in the season-opener vs. Loyola but came out flat against Albany and suffered a rare non-conference home defeat against a non-BCS conference team. The Huskies bounced back with an overtime win over the BIG EAST's Seton Hall Pirates and then lost to No. 4 Ohio State in the championship. Abdul Gaddy led the Huskies with 16.0 ppg in the four games, while Aziz N'Diaye averaged 11.5 ppg and 11.8 rpg. In the two games at Mohegan Sun, Gaddy led the Huskies with 15.5 ppg, but it was C.J. Wilcox who earned all-tournament honors for the Naismith Bracket by averaging 14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg and 1.0 spg.
Last Time Out
AP - Deshaun Thomas tied a career high with 31 points and led No. 4 Ohio State to a 77-66 win over Washington and the championship of the Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament. The 6-foot-7 junior, who also had eight rebounds, had 21 in the first half as the Buckeyes (3-0) built at 10-point lead and cruised through the second half. Aaron Craft added 18 points for the Buckeyes. C.J. Wilcox led Washington (2-2) with 18 points and Abdul Gaddy had 15. The Huskies earned the right to play Ohio State with an overtime win Saturday night over Seton Hall. Washington stayed in the game in the first half by shooting 52 percent from the floor, led by Scott Suggs who had eight of his 11 at intermission. But the Huskies were outrebounded 34-28 and had 13 turnovers. Ohio State improved to 4-8 all-time against Washington, a team it hadn't played since 1972.
• C.J. Wilcox was named to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament five-man all-tournament team.
• No. 4 Ohio State is the highest ranked team UW has played since they faced No. 2 Michigan State on Nov. 24, 2010 in the Maui Invitational.
• Under Romar, UW is 9-19 against top-10 teams and have lost its last six against top-10 opponents.
• On Saturday, Washington staked claim to its first non-conference win away from Alaska Airlines Arena since beating Georgia in the second round of the 2011 NCAA tournament.
• Saturday's win also snapped a seven-game losing streak in non-conference games away from Alaska Airlines Arena.
• Desmond Simmons had career highs on Saturday with 14 points and 12 rebounds. It was also the sophomore's first double-double.