Feb. 8, 2011
SEATTLE -- For just the third time this season, Washington (15-7, 7-4 Pac-10) finds itself out of the Top-25 and in the midst of its first 3-game losing streak. The Huskies, winners of 12-straight home games all by 10 or more points, will host California (13-10, 6-5) on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (FSN TV), followed by a Saturday contest against Stanford. UW's streak of home wins by at least 10 points is their longest ever at Hec Edmundson Pavilion -- a place where Washington has 858 victories (the most at any NCAA team's current home)
On The Airwaves
Thursday's game can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. FSN will telecast the game with Tom Glasgow and Lenny Wilkens calling the action.
California leads the all-time series 77-76, but Washington has won the last two matchups, and 3 of the last 4. Washington won their last home game vs. Cal 84-69 on Jan. 16, 2010. UW Coach Lorenzo Romar is 9-10 against the Golden Bears as the Husky head coach and 10-11 overall, going 1-1 as coach at St. Louis. Last year, the Huskies beat the Bears in Seattle, lost in Berkeley, but then won in the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies beat Cal in the first matchup this year, a 92-71 decision on Jan. 16 - their first win in Berkley since March 1, 2008. Cal last won in Seattle on Jan. 10, 2009.
The Cal Bears are 13-10 on the season (6-5 Pac-10), good for 5th in the conference standings. They had won 4 straight games going into the past weekend where they lost a triple overtime thriller vs. 22nd-ranked Arizona, 107-105. Junior Harper Kamp leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.3 ppg in conference play, also pulling down 5.7 rpg. Freshman Allen Crabbe is averaging 16.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg in conference action. Junior Jorge Gutierrez is scoring 14.1 ppg and dishing out 5.1 apg, which is 2nd in the Pac-10.
Keep An Eye On:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning needs 6 points to become the 36th player in UW history with 1,000 career points.
Cal is the only Pac-10 team Lorenzo Romar has a losing record against (9-10).
MBA needs 2 steals to become the second Husky with 100 steals & 100 blocks in their career (Welp is the other).
UW has won its last 12 home games by at least 10 points, the most consecutive home wins by 10+ points.
UW was swept during the Oregon trip for the third time during the Romar era (2003, 2007, 2011).
UW started 7-1 in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1986.
Washington went 3-1 at Cal, Stanford, UCLA & USC for the first time since 1987.
The Huskies started 4-0 in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1984 when they jumped out of the gate 6-0.
Before losing to Stanford, UW had its longest Pac-10 win streak since the conference formed in 1978 with 11-straight games dating back to last season, including three Pac-10 Tournament games.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning trails Oregon's Joevan Catron by two on the Pac-10 active career rebounding list.
Venoy Overton is the active career Pac-10 leader in assists and steals.
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
UW is leading the Pac-10 in 9 categories including: scoring (84.8 ppg), scoring margin (+15.3), three-point field goals made per game (9.3), rebounds per game (40.0), rebounding margin (+5.8), offensive rebounds (13.8), offensive rebounding percentage (37.3%), assists per game (17.3) and assists to turnover ratio (1.4). They also rank second in field goal percentage (47.7%) 3-point field goal percentage (38.4%), field goal percentage defense (41.1%), blocks (4.8) and defensive rebounds (26.1).
More Career Wins At Their Home Arena Than Any NCAA Team
Washington has 858 wins inside of Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the most by any Division I team at its current home arena. Minnesota has the next most at its arena -- Williams Arena -- with 801 victories.
Friendly Confines Of Home
Losing at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is rare under coach Lorenzo Romar's watch -- especially during the non-conference slate. The Huskies have won 23 straight non-conference games at Alaska Airlines Arena, 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 126-23 (.846) overall at home, 66-5 (.930) in non-Pac-10 games. This season Washington has won by an average of +26.8 points at home and dating back to last season has won a team-record 12-straight games by 10 or more points.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning needs 2 steals to be just the 2nd UW player with 100 blocks and steals. He also needs 6 points to become the 36th Husky with 1,000 career points.
With three points Isaiah Thomas will join Eldridge Recasner as the only Husky with 1,500 career points, 300 assists and 100 steals.
UW has won it last 12 home games by at least 10 points. Their previous record is 11-straight by 10+ at Hec Ed, done twice, last spanning the 1952 & 1953 seasons.
It was announced on Feb. 7 that Thomas is one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.
Thomas has averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 assists over the nine games since Abdul Gaddy went down with a season-ending ACL injury.