Jan. 9, 2010
Tucson, Ariz. - No. 24/22 Washington (10-4, 1-2) will move its search for the first win of 2010 to Tucson, Ariz., where they will face the Arizona Wildcats (7-8, 1-2) on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2:30 p.m. If Washington is to win at McKale Center, it would be the first time since 1983-84 that both UW and Washington State would escape Tucson with victories.
Time: 2:30pm PT
Arena: McKale Center
Broadcasters: Dave Sitton and Corey Williams
Radio: ISP Sports Network
Sunday's game will be broadcast live in Seattle on FSN TV with Dave Sitton calling play-by-play and former Arizona Wildcat Corey Williams providing color. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Did You Know...
The last time Washington started the conference slate 1-2 was in 2006? That year they went on to record a 13-5 Pac-10 record (26-7 overall), earn a No. 5 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Sweet 16.
The Wildcats are 7-8 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10 Conference. Like Washington, Arizona is licking their wounds after suffering a 78-76 defeat on Friday night at the hands of Washington State. DeAngelo Casto scored with one-second left on the clock to lift the Cougars to the victory. Arizona is 5-3 at home with losses to UNLV, BYU and WSU at McKale Center. Overall, Arizona finished 6-6 in non-conference play. Wildcats guard Nic Wise, like Husky guard Quincy Pondexter, is the only senior on the roster. Wise leads the team with 15.1 points per game and is shooting 93.1% from the free throw line. Teaming with Wise in the backcourt is sophomore guard Kyle Fogg, who is scoring 9.3 ppg. Derrick Williams is one of seven freshmen on the roster and is second on the team in scoring at 14.9 ppg. Coach Sean Miller is in his first year as the head basketball coach at Arizona. He is the first coach since Lute Olson to have that title, as both Kevin O'Neill and Russ Pennell held interim positions for the past two season. Miller is in his 17th year of collegiate coaching, and his sixth as a head coach. From 2004-09, Miller was the head coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
UW And Arizona History...
Arizona leads the all-time series with the Huskies 23-42. The Wildcats .655 winning percentage against Washington is second to only UCLA in conference play. In the last decade, Washington started to gain momentum in the rivalry, winning six of eight games from 2004-06. The Huskies are 6-25 on the road against the Wildcats. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 8-8 all-time against Arizona.
Last Time They Met...
Last season, home court advantage proved important as each squad won in their arena. When the two met for the second time in Seattle, the Huskies gutted out an 83-78 win that secured a share of the Pac-10 title, which they would late win outright with a victory over WSU. Jordan Hill powered through a sprained ankle in an attempt to will his team to victory with 27 points and 10 rebounds. The Huskies, and the crowd, could sense the moment though and would not be denied. Washington fought back from a 10 point second-half deficit to win, led by the two ends of the spectrum with senior big man Jon Brockman and freshman mighty mite Isaiah Thomas, both scoring 19.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
The 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is entering his eighth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. He tallied win number 150 for his UW career, just the fourth coach to reach that mark, against Montana on Nov. 29. He owns a 155-85 (.646) record at Washington and is 248-173 (.589) in 13 seasons as a head coach. Romar led Washington to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he is fourth all-time in victories at UW and will tie Tippy Dye for third with his next win. He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor - a current UW cheerleader.
Huskies By The Numbers...
With his next victory, Lorenzo Romar will tie Tippy Dye for third in UW history with 156.
UW had an 18-game winning streak at home (T-8th longest in team history) snapped by Oregon on Jan. 2.
The Huskies' 12 blocks vs. Texas A&M were the most since a record 14 vs. Santa Clara (11/24/01).
UW is averaging 16.2 turnovers in their four losses and 12.4 in their 10 wins.
Thomas and Quincy Pondexter account for 542 of the team's 1,124 points (48.2%). Venoy Overton is averaging 10.9 ppg (76 total) in seven games coming off the bench, 5.6 ppg in seven starts.
Opponents are shooting 30.5% from 3-pt range, which would be the 4th best 3-pt field goal defense in UW history (.290 in 1990-91).
UW leads the Pac-10 in points per game with 80.3 ppg and has led the conference in scoring in 3 of the last 5 seasons.
Pondexter's scoring avg of 20.4 ppg would rank as the 8th highest average ever in UW history and best per game avg since Chris Welp (20.8 in 1987).
UW is scoring 83.6 ppg and 73.4 FT% in wins, 72.0 ppg and 63.4% FT in losses.
Overton Better Off The Bench
If numbers don't lie, then Venoy Overton is more comfortable coming off the bench. As a starter in seven games he averages 24.7 minutes and 5.6 ppg, but off the bench in seven games he averages 10.9 ppg despite averaging almost two minutes less at 22.9 mpg. Overton is also shooting 50% (24-48) from the field and 41.7% from 3-point range (5-12) off the bench, while 38.5% (15-39) FG and 28.6% from beyond the 3-pt arc as a starter.