Jan. 22, 2007
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 --
(#7) Oregon at Washington, 8:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 --
Oregon State at Washington, 1:00 p.m. (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
In the wake of a tough road stretch, the Washington Huskies (11-7, 1-6 Pac-10) eagerly return to the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena to host seventh-ranked Oregon (18-1, 6-1) on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Washington won in each of the Ducks' last five visits to Seattle. The Huskies have an 11-1 home record this season and are 0-6 in road contests. Thursday's game begins a stretch when UW will play five of its next seven games at home. That's the opposite of the way the Huskies opened Pac-10 play, with five of seven on the road. On Saturday, Jan. 27, UW entertains Oregon State (9-11, 1-6) at 1 p.m.
Oregon will be without the services of leading scorer (18.4 ppg) Aaron Brooks, a product of Seattle's Franklin High School. He is suspended for Thursday's game due to an incident during the last meeting between the Ducks and Huskies, on Mar. 9, 2006 at the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. Brooks committed a flagrant foul on UW's Ryan Appleby 10 minutes into the second half and was ejected. The Huskies expect to have center Spencer Hawes back in action after missing Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll used)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 1-3
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 75-199 (won 7 of last 8 games in Seattle vs. ranked foes)
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 88, #12 LSU 72 (12/20/06, Seattle)
All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 29-111 (won 3 of last 4 meetings in Seattle vs. Top-10 teams)
Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 99, #6 Gonzaga 95 (12/4/06, Seattle)
At least 29 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's game against Oregon airs live on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with analysis from Bob Weiss. Cara Capuano serves as the sideline reporter.
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.
The Huskies have opened conference play with a 1-6 record, their slowest start since the 2002 UW squad started Pac-10 play with a 1-7 mark. The 2004 team lost its first five Pac-10 outings before winning 14 of its next 16 games en route to an NCAA berth.
Washington ranks 15th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 81.4 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).
Did You Know?
Spencer Hawes is already tied for Washington's freshman record for blocked shots. His 32 rejections equal the school's freshman standard established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 178-100 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> The Ducks won the most recent meeting, an 84-73 decision in the quarterfinal round of the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. That victory halted a five-game losing streak in the series that was UW's longest winning stretch since a similar five-game streak from 1980-82.
> UW swept the 2006 regular-season series, winning 78-59 on Jan. 21 in Seattle and 75-72 on Feb. 16 in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 105-33 series lead against Oregon over games played in Seattle, including victories in the Ducks' last five visits to Bank of America Arena.
> Tenth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has an 8-12 coaching record against UW.
> Fifth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-3 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
Oregon 84, #12 UW 73 (Mar. 9, 2006; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Chamberlain Oguchi scored all 22 of his points after halftime, helping No. 7 seed Oregon rally for an 84-73 upset over No. 2 Washington in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center. The defending champion Huskies (24-6) had their eight-game winning streak halted. UW led by as many as 13 points in the second half. The margin was 57-46 with 13:05 left to play when Oregon (15-17) went on a 16-2 run. Oguchi capped the run with a 3-pointer, putting the Ducks ahead for good at 62-59 with 7:04 remaining. After missing all four of his first-half shots, all 3-point tries, Oguchi shot 6-for-10 on treys after halftime. Malik Hariston added 20 points for Oregon and Ivan Johnson added 16. The Ducks shot 55 percent (17-31) in the second half, including 7-of-14 on 3-pointers. UW shot 50 percent in the first half (15-30) en route to a 41-30 halftime lead. In the second half, the Huskies shot 39 percent (12-31) and hit just 1-of-8 treys. UW's Brandon Roy lead all scorers with 30 points, his third 30-point performance of the season. Jamaal Williams added 17 points and Bobby Jones 10 for UW. Duck point guard Aaron Brooks was ejected with 10 minutes left in the first half after knocking Ryan Appleby down with an elbow to the face. Appleby stayed in the training room the rest of the first half receiving six stitches in his upper lip. He returned to play in the second half with a swollen lip, but was scoreless for the first time in 15 games.
Washington leads the Pac-10 and is out-boarding its opponents by over nine rebounds per game (40.2 to 31.0). The Huskies won the board battle in 17 of 18 games, coming up short only at California (Jan. 13). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.7 rebounds per game, including 11 double-digit efforts.
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. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led last year's Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 9.7 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 13.2 points per game.
Washington is still pursuing its elusive first win away from home this season, having lost all six road games to date. The Huskies fell at Gonzaga (Dec. 9), at USC (Dec. 28), at UCLA (Dec. 31), at Stanford (Jan. 11), at California (Jan. 13) and at Washington State (Jan. 20). Three of those road setbacks were close calls, including two overtime games (USC, Cal) and a one-point decision (Stanford). The road woes can be partly attributed to youth as last year's veteran UW unit posted a 6-3 record in Pac-10 away contests.
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 13 double-figure scoring games, including six 20-point performances. He registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Hawes' 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 last game (Jan. 20 at WSU) with a sprained left ankle. He is expected to play this week. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He hasn't slowed down since and currently ranks third for UW with an average of 13.1 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 12 double-figure scoring games.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising eight of the 12 spots on the active roster. UW has five freshmen on the roster (one of them a 2006 red-shirt) and three sophomores. The four eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 46 of Washington's 122 three-pointers, 29 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.56 treys per game while shooting 43.8 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 17 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 121 of his 150 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
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.
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 blocks against Sacramento State, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. Hawes leads the team, ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players and is tied with Todd MacCulloch (1996) for the school freshman record with 32 blocked shots. That is six more than the 26 blocks last season's Husky leader, Brandon Roy, compiled.
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 different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 18 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and five have posted at least one 20-point performance.
Washington did not register a blocked shot in its last two games and has just four blocks in the last five outings ... UW lost its last five overtime games, two this season and all three last year ... The Huskies have an 0-5 record when their opponents shoot better than 50 percent from the field ... UW's last six opponents combined to shoot 50.9 percent from the field (174-for-342) ... The Huskies lost back-to-back games recently despite shooting 51 percent at UCLA (28-55) and 54 percent against Arizona (36-67). The trouble was that both foes shot better, UCLA at 60% (40-67) and Arizona at 65% (32-49) ... Arizona's sizzling 65.3 percent shooting was the best performance against a UW team since the Wildcats shot 70% on Dec. 20, 1987 in Seattle ... The Huskies held Arizona State (Jan. 6) to an opponent low 35 percent (17-49) shooting ... Four UW players fouled out at USC (Dec. 28) after just five were disqualified in the first 11 games ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13) ... UW has an 80-24 overall record (45-18 vs. Pac-10 teams) since a pivotal 103-99 overtime victory at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 that stopped an 0-5 Pac-0 start.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented their fifth unique set of starters Saturday (Jan. 20) at Washington State as an ankle injury kept Spencer Hawes on the bench. Washington's 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.
The Washington men's basketball team 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. Five Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (3), Oregon (7), Arizona (17), Washington State (20) and USC (25). UW has already played four games against ranked opponents with seven games remaining against six opponents ranked in the current top-25, including a Feb. 17 visit to No. 9 Pittsburgh. 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.
Player of the Week
Freshman center Spencer Hawes, who averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two victories, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 26. Hawes posted his first double-double with career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds during an 88-72 win over 12th-ranked LSU (Dec. 20). Hawes shot 10-of-16 from the field and was instrumental in stopping LSU All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis' double-digit scoring streak at 48 games. Hawes matched his career-high with 23 points and added nine rebounds in an 80-51 win over Weber State (Dec. 22). For the week, he shot 20-of-30 (.667) from the field.
The Huskies had a 16-game home winning streak halted on Jan. 4 by a 96-87 loss to Arizona ... That loss also stopped a run of seven straight home wins for UW against ranked opponents ... Washington's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games ... The loss at Gonzaga also snapped the Huskies' streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 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.
A youth movement has swept through the Washington men's basketball program. After relying on a core of veteran players to lead his Huskies to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history, Coach Lorenzo Romar now counts on a bevy of underclassmen to sustain that success. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick." Despite their unfamiliarity with college basketball, all of the young pups possess pure prep pedigrees. Heading the pack of returning youngsters is a pair of sophomore starters, forward Jon Brockman and point guard Justin Dentmon. Both of them were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Brockman is one of 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Those returning starters are among eight underclassmen on the 12-player active roster. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida. For the second straight season, the Huskies welcome a recruiting class considered among the nation's finest. Heading the list of fabulous freshmen is 7-foot center Spencer Hawes, the leading vote getter in the Best in the West poll who is considered one of the country's top-five recruits.
Three starters and two other lettermen have departed, led by All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft by the same Minnesota team that also took forward Bobby Jones 37th. Both were immediately traded, Roy to Portland and Jones to Philadelphia. Also gone are four-year starting forward Mike Jensen and sensational sixth man Jamaal Williams.