Feb. 23, 2007
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 --
Washington at #23 Oregon, 7:30 p.m. PST (FSN)
McArthur Court (9,087) / Eugene, Ore.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, MARCH 1 --
USC at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest delayed broadcast at 9:30 p.m.)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (16-11, 6-9 Pac-10) play their final regular-season road game in one of the nation's most hostile environments when they visit 23rd-ranked Oregon (21-7, 9-7), Saturday, Feb. 24. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at McArthur Court where the Ducks have a 14-2 record this season. UW was victorious in six of its last seven games against Oregon. The Huskies dropped a 73-65 decision at Oregon State on Thursday (Feb. 22) while Oregon defeated No. 9 Washington State 64-59. Washington concludes the regular season at home next week, hosting USC on Mar. 1 and UCLA on Mar. 3.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 3-6 (3-2 at home, 0-4 on the road)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 77-203
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 64, #25 Stanford 52 (Feb. 11, 2007, Seattle)
At least 30 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Saturday's game at Oregon will be televised live on FSN. Paul Sunderland calls the action with analysis from Dan Belluomini.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Sophomore point guard Justin Dentmon has distributed 101 assists, the 29th 100-assist season in Husk history. He had 124 assists in 2006 and is the ninth Husky to register multiple 100-assist campaigns ... UW's record is 11-1 when scoring 80-or-more points ... The Huskies have a 14-4 record in games when they hold their opponent below the 50-percent shooting plateau and are 12-2 when posting a superior field goal percentage then foes ... Jon Brockman led, or tied for team-high rebounding honors in 21 of 27 games.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by nine per game (39.0 to 30.0). That + 9.0 margin ranks No. 3 nationally, behind only Vermont (+ 9.9) and North Carolina (+ 9.5). The Huskies won the board battle in 25 of 27 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.8 rebounds per game, including 16 double-digit efforts. Brockman is the nation's 14th-ranked rebounder.
The Huskies, who won their last two games at Oregon, have not won three straight in Eugene since 1980-82.
Spencer Hawes has 396 points and needs 11 more to surpass Mike Hayward's (1988) UW freshman scoring record of 406 points.
UW lost its last four road games against ranked teams, last winning Jan. 14, 2006 at #11 UCLA.
UW out-boarded 25 of 27 opponents and ranks third nationally with a + 9.0 rebound margin. Jon Brockman is No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 14 nationally with 9.8 rebounds per game.
Washington's final three regular-season games will all be televised:
Saturday, Feb. 24 at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. live broadcast on FSN
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. USC delayed broadcast on FSN Northwest (airs at 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 3 vs. UCLA, 11:00 a.m. live broadcast on CBS
Washington has a 15-2 record at home and 1-9 on the road. The Huskies are averaging 17 more points at home, scoring at an 83.9-point clip compared to 66.9 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by nearly 13 rebounds per game at home, while having a slim 2.8-rebound edge in road contests.
UW won 14 more games at home (15) than on the road (1), its largest disparity. The 1931 squad was plus-13, winning 19 homes games and six road contests. The last UW team with just one road win was the 1990 team that finished with a 1-11 road ledger.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 179-100 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904, including wins in six of the last seven meetings.
> The Huskies have a 70-65 series lead over games played in Eugene, including wins in their last two visits. UW seeks to win three consecutive games at McArthur Court for the first time since a three-game streak at Oregon from 1980-82.
> Washington posted an 89-77 victory over then seventh-ranked Oregon on Jan. 25 in Seattle. That was UW's sixth straight home win over the Ducks.
> Tenth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has an 8-13 coaching record against UW.
> Fifth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 7-3 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
UW 89, #7 Oregon 77 (Jan. 25, 2007; Seattle)
Justin Dentmon amassed 24 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals, leading Washington to an 89-77 upset of seventh-ranked Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (12-7, 2-6) shot 53 percent (32-61) from the field and 43 percent (6-14) from 3-point range. UW's Ryan Appleby scored 16 points, most of them on 4-of-7 shooting beyond the arc. Oregon (18-2, 6-2) shot even better at 55 percent (29-53), but turned the ball over 18 times. The Ducks were without the services of Aaron Brooks who was suspended for the game due to an incident in the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. Bryce Taylor scored 19 points to pace six Oregon double-figure scorers. The Huskies opened leads of 7-0 and 12-2 en route to a 51-40 halftime advantage. The Ducks rallied, taking a 65-63 lead with 13:27 left to play on two Taylor free throws after a technical foul was whistled on UW coach Lorenzo Romar. The Huskies responded with five straight points, taking the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Hans Gasser and a Spencer Hawes dunk.
In his fifth season, Lorenzo Romar became the fifth coach in Washington history to reach the 100-win plateau with a win over Stanford on Feb. 11. His is the fourth fastest to 100 wins, hitting that mark in his 150th Husky game.
Hec Edmundson -- 100th win on Dec. 17, 1927 vs. Halls AAU in his 134th UW game (8th season)
Tippy Dye -- 100th win on Dec. 10, 1955 vs. Baylor in his 147th UW game (6th season)
Marv Harshman -- 100th win on Jan. 6, 1977 vs. California in 146th UW game (6th season)
Bob Bender -- 100th win on Dec. 20, 2000 at American-Puerto Rico in 207th UW game (8th season)
Lorenzo Romar -- 100th win on Feb. 11, 2007 vs. Stanford in 150th UW game (5th season)
Washington registered its first road win in its seventh try, a 66-61 decision at Arizona State on Feb. 1 that was followed Feb. 3 by an 84-54 loss at Arizona. UW lost 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17) and fell 73-65 at Oregon State (Feb. 22). Washington lost its first six road games: at Gonzaga (77-97), at USC (79-86, 2ot), at UCLA (74-96), at Stanford (77-78), at California (69-77, ot) and at Washington State (47-75). Three of those road setbacks were close calls, including two overtime games (USC, Cal) and a one-point decision (Stanford). In contrast to this year's 1-9 road mark, the Huskies have a 15-2 home record.
Home Sweet Home
The popular saying is that "home is where the heart is." Home is also where the wins are for the Washington men's basketball team, which boasts a 15-2 mark in Seattle while losing nine of its 10 road outings. The Huskies won nine of their last 11 home games against ranked opponents and 21 of their last 23 home games overall. UW won 823 games at Hec Edmundson Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington played a pair of top-10 ranked opponents last week and the result was exactly the same -- a 65-61 setback. The Huskies lost at home to No. 10 Washington State on Feb. 14 before traveling to Pittsburgh where they fell to the No. 7 Panthers on Feb. 17.
Did You Know?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer in each of the last 26 games. His 66 treys are 45 more than any other teammate.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to "Big Baby's" 48-game double-figure scoring streak. He was named the Feb. 12 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UW to a home sweep of California and Stanford. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led UW in 2006 with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 9.8 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 14.0 points per game.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes already owns Washington's freshman record for blocked shots with 46. He eclipsed the previous standard of 32 established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996. The 46 blocks place Hawes fifth among UW's all-time single-season leaders, behind the 67 of both David Dixon (2002) and Chris Welp (1986), the 63 of Welp (1987) and 47 of MacCulloch (1999).
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Nov. 12 in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. Hawes has 21 double-figure scoring games, including eight 20-point performances. He registered two double-doubles, with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and 12 points and 12 rebounds at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). Hawes was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. His 15.2-point scoring average currently leads the Huskies. He forced the second overtime Dec. 28 at USC, converting his first career 3-point attempt. Hawes missed the Jan. 20 game at Washington State with a sprained left ankle, played five games as a reserve and returned to the starting lineup Feb. 11. He lost over 15 pounds while battling a stomach virus the entire month of January. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising seven of the 10 spots on the active roster. UW has four active freshmen on the roster and three sophomores. The three eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, one junior) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Coach Lorenzo Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick."
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 66 of Washington's 160 three-pointers (41%), 45 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.44 treys per game while shooting 41.8 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 26 games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005) and matched that total three times this season, against Southern Utah (Dec. 4), at USC (Dec. 28) and versus Arizona State (Jan. 6). Appleby netted 141 of his 178 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Washington ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 77.6 points per game. The Huskies had 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented six starting lineups, including five different groups during the last 11 games. The most recent lineup (Pondexter, Brockman, Hawes, Dentmon, Appleby) was used the last four games for the first time since game No. 5 on Nov. 24 and has a 5-3 record this season. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 27 games. Every current player has drawn a start this season, except UW's two seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser). The most-frequently used lineup was comprised entirely of underclassmen. UW started three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon) during eight games. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He has continued to excel and currently ranks third for UW with an average of 10.9 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 13 double-figure scoring games.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors for Washington (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby, Spencer Hawes and Artem Wallace). Nine different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and five have posted at least one 20-point performance.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six of those blocks, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. Hawes leads the team and ranks No. 4 among Pac-10 players with 46 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Washington finished with a 10-2 non-conference record, losing road games at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17) and Gonzaga (Dec. 9). The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by an 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.
Washington dropped out of the Associated Press poll Jan. 8 after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 1 capped a nine-week stay in the poll. Three Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (4), Washington State (9) and Oregon (23). UW has already played nine games against ranked opponents, including a Feb. 17 loss at No. 7 Pittsburgh. The Huskies have two games remaining versus ranked foes, Feb. 24 at No. 23 Oregon and Mar. 3 against No. 4 UCLA. Washington dropped out of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 8. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.
The Last Game
Oregon State 73, UW 65 (Feb. 22, 2007; Corvallis, Ore.)
Josh Tarver scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer that gave Oregon State the lead for good in a 73-65 win over Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-18, 3-13) jumped out to a 9-2 lead that gradually eroded. Washington (16-11, 6-9) claimed a 20-19 lead on a Spencer Hawes jumper with 3:16 left in the first half. The lead was still at one point when Tarver stole an outlet pass and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving OSU a 24-22 halftime margin. The Beavers never trailed again, extending their lead to as many as 14 points in the second half. OSU shot just 64 percent (27-42) from the free throw line, but made them when it counted. The Beavers' final 22 points came from the line as they converted 22-of-28 free throws in the closing 2:29. The Huskies lost despite a 42-23 rebound advantage. Jon Brockman had 14 points and 14 rebounds for UW, which also got 22 points from Hawes. Tarver contributed seven assists for OSU while Marcel Jones tallied 15 points and Wesley Washington added 14.