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Release: 12/30/2010
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Dec. 30, 2010

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LOS ANGELES - Washington (9-3, 1-0), winners of a team-record five-straight Pac-10 road games and eight-straight overall against conference opponents, goes for a road sweep in Los Angeles at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 31 at 1:00 p.m. (FSN-TV).

The task ahead for the Huskies is daunting. UW has previously swept the L.A. schools only twice -- 2006 and 1987. The last time UW swept a two-game Pac-10 road series to start a season was in 1976 when they won at California and Stanford. UW won its first three road games out of the gate in 2009, but they were not consecutive.

Last time the Huskies played at UCLA they lost a heartbreaker. Walkon guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid hit a desperation jumper at the buzzer to give the Bruins a 62-61 victory.

The Dawgs are coming off a hard-fought 73-67 overtime win at USC, while UCLA (9-4, 1-0) started its Pac-10 season with 80-71 win vs. Washington State. Washington overtime win was the first-ever OT win on the road to start conference play.

On The Airwaves
Friday's game vs. UCLA can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. The contest will be carried nationally by FSN with Steve Physioc calling the action, Marques Johnson providing color and Rebecca Haarlow supplying sideline reports.

UW vs. UCLA History
UCLA owns a 91-37 advantage in the series all-time since they first met in 1937. UW won the last matchup by its largest margin - 29 points - 97-68. UW is 6-59 all-time at Pauley Pavilion, last winning there in 2006. Last season in LA, UCLA escaped with a one-point win after a buzzer-beating shot by Mustafa Abdul-Hamid to win their fourth straight at home in the series. Romar is 1-7 all-time at Pauley while coaching UW. Despite UCLA's historical dominance in basketball, UW won the first six games of the series, and seven of the first nine. The Huskies have won six-straight at home and are 6-2 vs. UCLA in Seattle under Romar. Coach Romar, who was an assistant at UCLA when they won the 1995 NCAA Tournament, holds a 8-9 record at Washington against the Bruins.

Scouting UCLA
The Bruins are 9-4 this season and have won six-straight following a spell of four straight losses. Five Bruins average double-figure scoring, led by forward Tyler Honeycutt. He averages 14.8 points and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 8.1 rebounds per game. The Bruins' post looms large with Reeves Nelson (14.2 ppg/8.0 rpg), Joshua Smith (10.1 ppg/6.8 rpg) and Brendan Lane (4.8 ppg/4.8 rpg). Their backcourt features Malcolm Lee (12.8 ppg) and Lazeric Jones (11.3 ppg). Ben Howland is in his 8th year at UCLA, the second-longest tenured Pac-10 coach behind Romar.

Last Time Vs. UCLA
Quincy Pondexter turned his final home game at Washington into a personal highlight show, scoring 10 points in the first 5 minutes, finishing with 20 and leading the Huskies to a 97-68 rout of UCLA on Saturday night. With a national television audience watching, Pondexter ripped a 3-pointer from the wing on his fi rst shot and the Huskies steamrolled the Bruins from there. His final home appearance for the Huskies included plenty of chants from fans, a highlight-reel, two-handed windmill dunk on a breakaway and a long final ovation when Pondexter checked out for the final time with 4:25 left. Isaiah Thomas added 13 of his 17 points in the first half. Washington was up by 23 at halftime and the lead ballooned to as many as 33 in the second half. It was Washington's largest margin of victory ever over the Bruins. It was also the worst loss in UCLA coach Ben Howland's seven seasons at the school. Reeves Nelson led UCLA with 14 points and Nikola Dragovic added 13. The Huskies shot 59.3% from the field and nailed a season-high 11 three-point field goals. Washington also shared the ball extremely well - dishing out 21 assists - the most they have recorded in Pac-10 action last season.

UW Pac-10 Notes
• UW has won 8-straight games versus Pac-10 opponents dating back to last season, including three Pac-10 Tournament games. The eight-consecutive wins is the third longest streak by UW vs. Pac-10 teams.

• Washington's 29-point victory last time they played UCLA was the Huskies largest margin of victory ever over the Bruins.

• The Huskies started last year 0-5 on the road before finishing the season 4-0 away from home. They now have won five-consecutive road wins to set a new all-time team road winning streak record.

• Thursday's overtime victory at USC was Washington's first-ever Pac-10-opening OT victory on the road. The only other overtime win UW had in a Pac-10 opener was 78-73 on Jan. 11, 1992 vs. WSU at Hec Ed.

• The Huskies were 11-7 overall and finished third in the Pac-10 last season. They were 7-2 at home and 4-5 on the road.

Among The Pac-10 Leaders
Through Wednesday's action, UW is leading the Pac-10 in 10 categories including: scoring (89.1 ppg), scoring margin (+21.0), three-point field goal percentage (41.9%), three-point field goals made per game (9.8), rebounds per game (41.1), offensive rebounds (15.3), offensive rebounding percentage (40.2%), assists per game (18.2), assists to turnover ratio (1.5) and turnover margin (+5.6). They also rank second among the 10 teams in the following: 3-point FG percentage defense (28.3%) and blocked shots (5.1).

Recent Trends
• UW is averaging 48.0 rebounds over the last three contests, while opponents are averaging 34.3 during that same span - a difference of +13.7.

• UW notched a season-low 7 assists at USC. The team's previous low in a win was 18 vs. Nevada.

• USC had 10 assists and 10 turnovers, snapping a UW opponent streak of 13 straight games with more turnovers than assists. It was the second longest active streak in Division I.

• UW combined for just nine turnovers against San Francisco (4) and Nevada (5). The UW's all-time low for turnovers in a game is 3 and the previous next lowest turnover totals in a game was 6, done multiple times.

• UW was 7-0 in their non-conference home games and won by an average margin of victory of +30.9 ppg. It is their largest home non-conference average margin of victory since +31.8 during the 1947-48 season.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning is averaging 14.7 ppg/9.3 rpg and Aziz N'Diaye 6.7 ppg/7.0 rpg since being inserted into the starting lineup together.

Last Time Out
AP - Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Terrence Ross scored 18 points each, and UW rallied to beat USC 73-67 in overtime in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Ross, whose points were a career high, hit four 3-pointers before fouling out with 2:37 left in overtime. Bryan-Amaning added eight rebounds, and Justin Holiday scored 12 points for the Huskies (9-3). They outscored USC 18-12 in overtime, with Holiday accounting for their first five points. USC's Donte Smith tied it at 58 with a 3-pointer, but the Trojans trailed the rest of the way. UW extended its Pac-10 winning streak to eight games and won its school-record fifth straight road league game, both streaks dating to last season. The Huskies were backed by a large contingent of vocal fans who drove up from San Diego, where Washington plays in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday. Nikola Vucevic had a career-high 28 points - making all 14 of his free throws - and 14 rebounds for the Trojans (8-6), who had won two in a row. USC shot 34 percent from the floor and kept itself in the game from the free-throw line, hitting 24 of 32 attempts. Vucevic hit a 3-pointer that drew the Trojans to 54-53 with 1:27 to play. Bryan-Amaning made the first of two free throws to keep the Huskies ahead 55-53 before Vucevic got fouled and made both to tie the game at 55. Venoy Overton missed a 3-pointer with 44 seconds to go. Washington retained possession, but Isaiah Thomas missed a 3 with 7 seconds left to force overtime. Neither team led by more than five points in the second half. USC opened with a 12-5 run that extended its lead to 38-33. The Huskies took their first lead of the second half with a 13-8 spurt, capped by two free throws from Overton that made it 46-45.

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