Nov. 19, 2010
Huskies This Week
For the first time in team history, Washington will participate in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The three-day tournament is held at the Lahaina Civic Center and begins Monday, Nov. 22 and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 24. Washington (No. 17 AP, No. 15 Coaches poll) will play the ACC's Virginia Cavaliers at 9:00 p.m. PT in the first round. ESPN2 will show UW's Monday matchup to a national television audience with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas calling the action. All three games and throughout the season, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call all the action on the Husky ISP Sports Radio Network.
Justin's Hawaiian Holiday
Keep an out eye this week for a GoHuskies.com exclusive as Justin Holiday blogs during the trip to Maui.
The Cavaliers enter the Maui Invitational 2-1. They started the season with a 76-52 win over William & Mary followed by a 74-54 victory over USC Upstate. They lost to Stanford on Thursday 81-60 on their way over to Maui. The Cavs are led by 6-8, 242-pound senior forward Mike Scott who is averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds a game. Freshman guard Billy Baron is their top sixth man and is averaging 11.7 points per game. Virginia has a couple local ties as Joe Harris was the 2010 Washington Gatorade Player of the Year and hails from Chelan, assistant coach Ritchie McKay was a UW assistant from 1993-95, plus a familiar face roams the sidelines for Virginia -- former Washington State coach Tony Bennett. Bennett owns a 5-2 record all-time against the Huskies, winning the first five contests against the UW spanning the 2007 and 2008 seasons. UW swept the Cougars in 2009, the year the Huskies won the Pac-10 Championship.
The Huskies and Virginia have only played once before in their histories. In the 1983-84 season, the two squads faced off in San Diego's Cabrillo Classic on Dec. 29, with Virginia scoring a 65-61 win. That Virginia squad led by Olden Polynice and Rick Carlisle would go onto the Final Four held in Seattle's Kingdome, while the Huskies - that included Detlef Schrempf, Chris Welp and current UW assistant Paul Fortier - ended up making it to the Sweet 16 before running into an upstart Dayton squad.
Last Time Out
Justin Holiday scored eight of his career-high 18 points during Washington's 20-5 run to open the second half, center Matthew Bryan-Amaning posted his second double-double in as many games, and the Huskies overcame a sluggish first half to rout Eastern Washington 98-72. The Huskies' (2-0) passive first-half defense suddenly became aggressive and suffocating. Holiday scored on quick run outs and added a 3-pointer. Abdul Gaddy, who made just three 3-pointers during his difficult freshman season, knocked down three on Tuesday night, two during the spurt to start the second half that made it 62-39. The lead only grew, reaching 29 late in the second half. If not for 14 first-half turnovers, the Eagles might have found themselves in the lead, thanks largely to a passive UW defense that gave up open shots and second chances. That changed quickly in the second half. UW scored the first nine points of the half and 13 of 16. Bryan-Amaning scored 14 points and 10 rebounds against the smaller Eagles. Gaddy finished with 13 points and six assists, while Overton, Isaiah Thomas, Scott Suggs and freshman Terrence Ross all finished with nine. Kevin Winford led the Eagles (0-2) with 14 points. Tremayne Johnson added 13 points for the Eagles, who simply couldn't keep up with the Huskies in the second half. Washington trailed 13-10 early before Overton entered and sparked a 10-0 burst, started by his 3-pointer.
The Huskies have scored at a record-setting pace to start the 2010-11 season, pouring in 216 points - the most to start a year in UW history. In fact, the 216 points is the second most EVER in consecutive games for the team. During the 2004-05 season, Washington beat Sacred Heart 114-53 on Dec. 22 and Houston 110-63 on Dec. 24 for a total of 224 points in two-consecutive games. In the next game, UW scored 81 points against California to amass 305 over three games, a record for three games.
Looking At Trends To Find Out Who These Huskies Are
The Huskies have hoisted up 63 three-pointers, including 33 against Eastern Washington, one short of the team record for most attempts in a game. For perspective, the UW record for attempts in a season is 670. UW is on pace, if they play 30 games, to shoot 945.
If sharing is caring, then the Huskies are saints. They have 52 assists on 80 made buckets (65%) and are averaging 26 per early on.
Conversely, they have only turned the ball over 22 times giving them an assist to turnover ratio of 2.4 and +14.5 turnover margin per game.
Rebounding looks to be a strong suit once again. After leading the conference two straight years, the Huskies are grabbing 52 boards a game so far.
Basketball In Paradise
The Maui Invitational is the fifth tournament that Washington has played in Hawai'i during their history. UW has played at the University of Hawai'i many times in Honolulu, but truly just four previous tourneys. The Huskies have previously traveled to the Aloha state in 1965-66, 72-73, 84-85 and 98-99 for basketball in paradise. Overall, UW is 7-3 in tournament action on the islands, including a perfect 3-0 in the 1998 Big Island Invitational to take home the championship.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar (9th Year)
The 2009 & 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is in his ninth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. Romar is the dean of coaching in the Pac-10 having spent more seasons at Washington than any other current Pac-10 coach at their school. Romar owns a 173-91 (.655) record at Washington and is 266-179 (.598) in 15 seasons as a head coach. The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he moved to third all-time in victories at UW after passing Tippy Dye against Cal on Jan. 16, 2010. That win was also the 250th overall during his coaching career. Romar has led Washington five NCAA Tournament Appearances, including three-straight (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). Overall, he has led Washington to three Sweet 16 appearances. He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor - a current UW cheerleader.