Feb. 27, 2007
THURSDAY, MARCH 1 --
(#23) USC at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest delay, airs at 9:30 pm)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, MARCH 3 --
(#2) UCLA at Washington, 11:00 a.m. PST (CBS)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (16-12, 6-10 Pac-10) conclude their regular-season schedule at home this week, hosting a pair of ranked conference rivals from Los Angeles. The Huskies entertain No. 23 USC (21-8, 11-5), Thursday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. UW won five straight games over the Trojans before losing an 86-79 double-overtime decision, Dec. 28 in the Pac-10 opener at the Galen Center. Second-ranked UCLA (25-3, 14-2) invades Bank of America Arena, Saturday, Mar. 3 at 11 a.m. The Bruins were 96-74 victors on Dec. 31 in Los Angeles after losing the previous three games against UW. Next week, the Huskies compete in the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where they will meet either Arizona State or Oregon State on Wednesday, Mar. 7.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 3-7 (3-2 at home, 0-5 on the road)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 77-204
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. Thursday's game against USC will be televised by FSN Northwest on a same-day delayed basis, airing at 9:30 p.m. Brian Davis calls the action with analysis from Bob Weiss.
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.
All five Husky starters are averaging double-figure points ... Ryan Appleby converted his last 21 free throws and 26 of 27 overall this season. His only miss was Dec. 22 against Weber State ... UW's current four-game losing streak is its longest since a five-game skid from Jan. 2-15, 2004 ... Three Huskies rank among the top-10 Pac-10 players in field goal accuracy: No. 3 Spencer Hawes (54.3%), No. 4 Jon Brockman (54.0%) and No. 10 Quincy Pondexter (50.7%) ... Justin Dentmon distributed 104 assists. He had 124 assists in 2006 and is the ninth Husky to register multiple 100-assist campaigns.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by nearly nine per game (38.6 to 29.7). That + 8.9 margin ranks No. 3 nationally, behind only Vermont (+ 9.8) and North Carolina (+ 9.0). The Huskies won the board battle in 26 of 28 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads the conference with 9.5 rebounds per game, including 16 double-digit efforts. Brockman is the nation's 21st-ranked rebounder.
Junior Ryan Appleby ranks No. 3 on UW's all-time career (141) and single-season (71) 3-point list.
UW, which hosts two ranked teams this week, won nine of its last 11 home games vs. ranked foes.
Jon Brockman leads the Pac-10 with 9.5 rebounds per game. The last Husky to finish as the Pac-10 leader was Todd MacCulloch in 1999 (11.9 rpg).
Spencer Hawes is UW's freshman record holder in both points (416) and blocked shots (47).
Half (6) of UW's losses were to currently ranked teams and seven were to teams ranked then.
Washington has a 15-2 record at home and 1-10 on the road. The Huskies are averaging 15.4 more points at home, scoring at an 83.9-point clip compared to 68.5 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by nearly 13 rebounds per game at home, while having a smaller 3.1-rebound edge in road contests.
Washington's final two regular-season games will be televised:
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes is Washington's all-time leading freshman scorer and shot blocker. His 416 points eclipsed the previous UW freshman record of 406 established in 1988 by Mike Hayward. Hawes also owns the Huskies' freshman record for blocked shots with 47. He surpassed the previous standard of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996. The 47 blocks tie Hawes with MacCulloch (1999) for fifth among UW's all-time single-season leaders, behind the 67 of both David Dixon (2002) and Chris Welp (1986) and the 63 of Welp (1987).
The USC Series
> USC won this season's first meeting to forge a 63-62 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925. The Trojans won an 89-76 double-overtime decision on Dec. 28 in Los Angeles.
> Washington won five of the last six meetings following a stretch when USC posted seven straight victories from 1999-2002.
> The Huskies own a 35-27 advantage over USC during games played in Seattle, including wins in the last two games at Bank of America Arena.
> In his second year at USC, Tim Floyd has a 1-2 record against Washington.
> Fifth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 7-2 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
USC 86, #14 UW 79, 2ot (Dec. 28, 2006; Los Angeles)
Nick Young scored six of his 25 points during the second overtime, lifting USC to an 86-79 win over 14th-ranked Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at the Galen Center. The Trojans (11-3, 1-0) stopped a five-game losing streak against Washington (10-2, 0-1). Neither team led by more than six points during regulation. UW led 36-31 at halftime, but went behind 64-62 on a Taj Gibson layup with 1:48 left in the second half. UW's Jon Brockman sent the game into overtime on a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining. USC led by three before Spencer Hawes forced the second overtime at 73-73 with a 3-pointer on his first career attempt, off an inbounds play. The Trojans took the lead for good on a Gabe Pruitt 3-pointer with 2:49 left and secured the win by netting the game's final five points. Pruitt finished with 18 points and Gibson had 22. Hawes led UW with 24 points while Ryan Appleby had 18.
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.
Washington played a pair of top-10 ranked opponents two weeks ago 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. Washington lost two road games in the state of Oregon last week, both by eight-point margins (73-65 at Oregon State & 93-85 at Oregon).
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 10 of its 11 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.
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.
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 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. Brockman 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, he led UW in 2006 with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. Brockman leads this year's squad with an average of 9.5 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 13.8 points per game.
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 22 double-figure scoring games, including nine 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 15.4-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 20 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 71 of Washington's 168 three-pointers (42%), 48 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.54 treys per game while shooting 42.3 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 27 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 146 of his 183 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Washington ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and No. 25 nationally with an average of 77.9 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).
Washington registered its only 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 then lost 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17), 73-65 at Oregon State (Feb. 22) and 93-85 at No. 23 Oregon. 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 1-10 road mark, the Huskies have a 15-2 home record.
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented six starting lineups, including five different groups during the last 12 games. The most recent lineup (Pondexter, Brockman, Hawes, Dentmon, Appleby) was used the last five games for the first time since game No. 5 on Nov. 24 and has a 5-4 record this season. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 28 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Did You Know?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer in each of the last 27 games. His 71 treys are 48 more than any other teammate.
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 47 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
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. Four Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (2), Washington State (13), Oregon (17) and USC (23). UW has already played 10 games against ranked opponents, including two non-conference clashes. The Huskies beat then No. 12 LSU 88-72 (Dec. 20) and lost 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). Six of UW's final seven regular-season games are against ranked foes. 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
#23 Oregon 93, UW 85 (Feb. 24, 2007; Eugene, Ore.)
Aaron Brooks scored 20 of his 30 points during the second half, leading 23rd-ranked Oregon to a 93-85 win over Washington at McArthur Court. The Huskies (16-12, 6-10) used an 11-2 run to take its largest lead at 30-19 with 9:35 left in the first half. Oregon (22-7, 10-7) responded with a 21-3 surge, capped by a run of 15 unanswered points, to go ahead 40-33. The Ducks led 46-40 at halftime, but UW went ahead 58-56 on four free throws by Ryan Appleby following technical fouls on Bryce Taylor and Coach Ernie Kent. The Huskies' last lead was 65-64 before Oregon broke away with a 13-2 run. Tajuan Porter tallied 19 points for the Ducks and Taylor had 15. Appleby scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers. Spencer Hawes added 20 points for UW.
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. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida.
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.