Feb. 13, 2009
SEATTLE - Following its energizing victory over resurgent Oregon State last night, the Washington men's basketball team quickly turned its attention to Saturday's game against the rival Oregon Ducks.
The two rivals will meet at Bank of America Arena tomorrow at high noon in front of a national FSN HD audience with Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini calling the action. A few tickets remain available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200.
Every Husky game is broadcast live on the radio via the Washington ISP Sports Network, which includes Seattle-based flagship station 950 KJR AM, XM Satellite Radio and GoHuskies.com. Veteran analysts Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton provide the description of the games - assuming Hamilton has recovered from an illness that prevented him from calling the Oregon State game.
The Huskies put on a stellar second-half performance last night against a solid Beavers squad to race out to a 79-60 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Bank of America Arena. Senior Justin Dentmon was on fire from the outside, shooting 8-for-11 from the field an 7-for-10 from behind the three-point arc en route to a strong 28-point performance. The Carbondale, Ill. native also handed-out a season-high seven assists and turned the ball over just twice in 31 minutes of action.
The win, coupled with a UCLA loss at Arizona State, put Washington in sole possession of first-place in the Pac-10 Conference standings. The Huskies are 18-6 overall on the season and 9-3 in league play. The UW is 13-1 at home, with its only loss being a triple-overtime loss to the Cal Bears.
Dentmon is the league's second-best scorer in conference games, averaging 18.8 points in 12 Pac-10 games. Against OSU, he passed former Huskies Nate Robinson and Andra Griffin for 19th on the school's career scoring list. He has 1,295 points while at the UW and within striking distance of the school's top-15 list within the next copule of games.
Freshman guard Isaiah Thomas was held to below double-figures in scoring for only the third time this season against OSU. But, the Tacoma, Wash. native still ranks sixth overall in the Pac-10 in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game. he is the league's top freshman scorer and is fourth among all scorers in league play with a 17.7 per game average.
Junior forward Jon Brockman continues to carry the load on the inside for the Huskies. The Snohomish, Wash. native was listed on the Wooden Award mid-season watch list recently and is second in the Pac-10 and among the nation's leaders in rebounding with a 10.7 average per game. He is the UW's all-time leading rebounder and is fourth among all Pac-10 players in the league's history.
Oregon enters Saturday's game with a disappointing 6-18 overall record and an 0-12 mark in Pac-10 play. The Ducks were picked to finish seventh in the preseason media poll conducted by the league office.
Oregon won three of its first four games, including a 92-69 win over Alabama at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Since then, the Ducks have gone 3-17. UO's schedule is generally ranked as one of the toughest in the country, ranking #1 by Pomeroy and Sagarin.
Tajuan Porter leads the Ducks in scoring and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with a 14.4 per game average. Jaevan Catron ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in rebounds with a 7.0 mark. As a team, the Ducks are being outscored by eight points a games and outrebounded by 3.5 per contest. Defensively, however, UO is second in the Pac-10 in steals with a 7.9 per game average.
Washington owns a commanding 181-102 series lead against Oregon since the teams met for the first time during the 1904 season. Washington won 23 of the first 27 meetings to start the series. More recently, the two teams split the regular-season series in each of the last two seasons but Washington swept the Ducks in 2005 and 2006. The Huskies have won seven-straight against Oregon at home.
Following Saturday's game, Washington returns to the road for its final two regular-season games of the season away from Bank of America Arena. A Thursday night showdown against UCLA is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tipoff, while Saturday's game at USC will begin at 4 p.m.
The Huskies return home on Feb. 26 for a Thursday night game against Arizona State. Tickets are available through the Husky Ticket Office by calling (206) 543-2200.
Tickets are also available through the Husky Ticket Office to sit in the UW section at the annual Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament next month at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.