Dec. 20, 2010
SEATTLE - The Huskies (7-3) wrap up their pre-season non-conference schedule against Nevada (2-8) with a 6:00 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Washington will then be off for a week before starting the Pac-10 slate in Los Angeles.
Wednesday's game will be carried on (FSN-NW) with Brad Adam calling the action, Francis Williams providing color and Jen Mueller supplying sideline reports. Radio coverage can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG Sports Network throughout the region. Additionally, Sirius Radio (Channel 121) and XM Radio (Channel 141) will carry the broadcast. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary.
UW Vs. Nevada
UW and Nevada will meet for the seventh time in their histories as part of a home-and-home series that Washington will recipricate by traveling to Reno next year. The Huskies leading the series 5-1. The last two meetings were a pair of contests during the 1990-1991 season. The Huskies won both games, 61-60 on Jan. 22, 1991 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion and 64-60 on Dec. 11, 1990. The two teams met twice that season after each had an opponent back out of a scheduled game. UW is 2-1 all-time vs. the Wolfpack in Seattle, the only loss coming on Nov. 30, 1988.
The Wolfpack struggled early and are 2-8 overall, but with Duke transfer Olek Czyz now eligible they are hoping for a resurgence. It showed in their last game as they dropped a tough three-point decision at home to Arizona State and Czyz scoring 10 points. Coach David Carter is in his second season of leading Nevada and is 23-21 overall. He has been led by 6-8 forward Dario Hunt, who is averaging 12.9 ppg and 9.5 rpg, and 6-5 guard Malik Story, who is also averaging 12.9 points per contest.
Last Time Vs. Nevada
Doug Meekins scored 19 points, including the winning basket in overtime, as the Huskies beat Nevada 61-60 on Jan. 22, 1991 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies outscored the Wolfpack 5-4 in overtime. Meekins made a short jumper with 41 seconds left and Nevada's Kevin Soares missed a running 10-foot shot at the buzzer. Washington beat Nevada twice that season, also winning on Dec. 11, 64-60, in Reno. Brent Merritt added 11 points for Washington. Nevada's Ric Herrin led all players with 24 points. The Wolfpack's Gary Huskey made one of two free throws with six seconds left to send the game into overtime with the score tied at 56. Washington scored only seven points in the final 10:43 of regulation. Dion Brown gave the Huskies a 49-38 lead on a short jumper but Washington went scoreless over the next seven minutes. The Wolf Pack exploded with a 17-0 run to grab a 55-49 lead with 3:51 remaining. After closing to within 55-54 on a James French jump shot and a 3-point field goal by Merritt, Quentin Youngblood gave Washington a 56-55 lead on a goaltend by Herrin. Washington shot just 40 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers.
Last Time Out
AP - Isaiah Thomas scored the first 10 points of the second half in helping Washington coast to an 80-52 victory over San Francisco. Thomas, the team's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, was held in check with just two points in the first half. He then hit successive 3-pointers to open the half, giving the Huskies a 45-24 lead. He finished his personal 10-point run with a pair of free throws and 18-footer to give Washington a 49-24 lead at the 16:58 mark. Scott Suggs, who jump-started the Husky offense in the same way with successive first-half 3-pointers, led the Huskies (7-3) with a career-high 15 points. Thomas had 12 points in a balanced attack as all 12 Washington players managed to score. Michael Williams, averaging 15.9 points per game for the Dons (4-6), finished with 19 points. Perris Blackwell added 17 points.
Friendly Confines Of Home
Losing at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is rare under coach Lorenzo Romar's watch -- especially during the non-conference slate. The Huskies have won 22 straight non-conference games at Hec Ed, dating back to a 72-71 home loss on March 14, 2008 in the College Basketball Invitational to Valparaiso. In nine years with Romar at the helm, UW is 121-23 (.840) overall at home, 64-5 (.928) in non-Pac-10 games.
UW Single Game Records Fall
The Huskies set a new team record for most free throws made while shooting a perfect 100%, making all 16 of their tries vs. Texas A&M. Their previous bests were a couple of 13-for-13 efforts. It is the second team-record UW has equaled or surpassed as they tied the mark for most 3-pointers in a game by hitting 17 vs. Virginia in the Maui Invitational.
Record Scoring Output
Washington shattered the record for its best offensive output over a three-game span in team history with 322 points (107.3 per game) to start the season. After opening the season with 118 points vs. McNeese State, the Huskies scored 98 against Eastern Washington and 106 against Virginia. In a three-game span in 2004-05, the Huskies totaled 305 against Sacred Heart, Houston and California.
The Huskies have scored 100 points four times this season and need to eclipse the century mark one more time to tie the all-time single season record. In 2004-05, when the Huskies were a No. 1 seed in the tournament, they scored 100 or more points five times and amassed a single-season 3,026 points. Washington has scored over 100 against McNeese State (118-64), Virginia (106-63), Long Beach State (102-75) and Texas Tech (108-79). They also nearly missed reaching 100 when they scored 98 against Eastern Washington.
Wins vs. Losses Statistically Speaking
In Washington's seven wins, the team has averaged 100.9 points, while in its three losses they have averaged 66.7 points, a discrepancy of 34.2 points.
UW is shooting 52.5% (266x507) from the field and 46.4% (84x181) from 3-point range in wins, 41.2% (70x170) from the field and 30.0% (15x50) from beyond the arc in losses.
In wins, UW averages 22.9 assists per game, but just 11.0 in losses.
UW averages 42.0 rebounds and holds a +8.6 margin in wins, but 33.0 and is -6.7 in losses.
C.J. Wilcox is fourth on the team in scoring in wins with 11.0 ppg, but 7th on the team with 5.0 in losses.
Among The Nation's Best
Through Monday's action, Washington is third in the nation with 91.8 points per game. They trail VMI (95.5) and Lamar (91.1).
The Huskies also rank third in 3-point shooting percentage at 45.4% trailing Portland (45.6%) and Northwestern (45.5%).
UW ranks third in 3-point FG makes per game at 10.3, trailing VMI (11.2) and Duquesne (11.0).
UW is also among the nation's per game leaders in assists (4th, 19.1), assist to turnover ratio (9th, 1.46), field goal percentage (12th, 50.1%), turnover margin (14th, +6.1) and steals (26th, 9.4).
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
Through Saturday, the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in numerous categories including: scoring (90.6 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (42.9%), three-point field goals made per game (9.9), rebounds per game (39.3), offensive rebounds (14.8), assists per game (19.3), assists to turnover ratio (1.6) and turnover margin (+6.8). They also rank second among the 10 teams in the following: field goal percentage (49.6%), 3-point field goal percentage (29.7%), blocked shots (5.1) and steals (9.4). Among the individuals in the Pac-10 statistical leaders, there are four Huskies ranked among the top-10 3-point shooters.