Feb. 23, 2001
Sat., Feb. 24 -
UW at (#1) Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PST
Maples Pavilion (7,391), Stanford, Calif.
Sat., March 3 -
UW at Washington State, 1:00 p.m. PST
Friel Court (12,058), Pullman, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (9-17, 3-11) square off with the nation's top-ranked team in hopes of snapping a season-high five-game losing streak. Washington and No. 1 Stanford (24-1, 12-1) clash on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Maples Pavilion at 5 p.m. The Cardinal won the last seven games against UW, including a 94-63 victory on Jan. 25 in Seattle. Washington has a 1-25 all-time record against No. 1 opponents and has never beaten a top-ranked team on the road. The Huskies have not won since Feb. 3 when they defeated Washington State 78-72 in Seattle. Since that win, they were swept in Arizona and lost to both Oregon schools at home. On Thursday, UW lost 82-66 at California while Stanford rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Washington State 75-64. Following the Stanford game, the Huskies play their final road game of the season on Saturday, March 3 at Washington State.
Huskies vs. No. 1 Opponents:
Saturday's game marks the 27th time the Huskies have played against a top-ranked opponent. Washington has a 1-25 all-time record against top-ranked opponents and has lost its last five meetings with No. 1 foes. The Huskies lone triumph over a top-ranked team was a 69-68 upset of No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979 in Seattle. UW is winless in nine encounters against No. 1 teams on the road.
Saturday's game at Stanford will not be televised in the Northwest. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/
Freshman point guard Curtis Allen leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game in the last seven outings since he became a full-time starter. Allen registered double-figure points in the last six games and eight of the last 10 ... During its current five-game losing streak, Washington's opponents are averaging 84.2 points per game and shooting 53.0 percent (158-298) from the field ... The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 29.8-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, UW ranked ninth in the conference when foes shot 36% on treys ... The Huskies shot 50 percent from the field only once in their last 19 games, against Washington State on Feb. 3 ... Washington has implemented 12 different starting lineups. Ten of UW's 12 active players started at least once and no Husky has started every game.
Fabulous Frosh Duo:
The Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players from Tacoma in 21 years, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Allen ranks third on the team in scoring during conference action (9.3 ppg) and Massingale is fourth (8.6 ppg). Massingale leads the team in 3-point percentage against Pac-10 foes at 45 percent (14-31). He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995. Massingale, who led the team in scoring in each of the last two games, has started four games while Allen has drawn eight starts. Allen hit two spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and winning the game at 0:06 with the second. Allen tallied double-figure points in eight of the last 10 games, including a career-high 18 against WSU (Feb. 3). Since becoming a full-time starter for the last seven games, Allen leads the team with 13.1 points per game after a 4.9-point average in the first 19 games.
Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Out- Greg Clark, Will likely be sidelined until the final week of the season. Sprained right ankle vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games. Didn't practice, but played in seven straight games before missing the last three games.
o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition games with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes:
The Huskies have a 60-175 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in five meetings this season, at home against No. 1 Stanford (94-63), and No. 21 Arizona (89-64), on the road against No. 20 USC (87-61) and No. 11 Arizona (82-62) and at a neutral court against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60). Washington lost its last nine encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-62 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. Washington has a 24-101 all-time record against top-10 foes, including a 23-42 mark at home. The last Husky victory over a top-10 opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 in Seattle. Four teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including top-ranked Stanford, Arizona (#8), Alabama (#14) and UCLA (#15).
The Stanford Series:
> Stanford holds a 58-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the last three season series over Washington and won this year's first meeting 94-63 on Jan. 25 in Seattle.
> Stanford won the last seven meetings and 13 of the last 15 against the Huskies. The Cardinal's current seven-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford won five straight against UW from 1990-92.
> Stanford has a 40-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last seven visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> Stanford's Maples Pavilion and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion are the only two Pac-10 arenas at which eighth-year Washington coach Bob Bender has not won.
> 15th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 22-8 mark against Washington.
> Eighth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 2-13 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting:
(#1) Stanford 94, UW 63 (Jan. 25, 2001, Seattle) - Four different players hit 3-pointers during a 17-point run as top-ranked Stanford took control early en route to a 94-63 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. Stanford (18-0, 6-0) remained the only undefeated team in the nation, tying school records for winning streak and best start to a season. The win was Stanford's seventh straight over Washington. The Huskies (8-11, 2-5) made five of their first six shots and led 12-11 with 15:39 in the first half. They shot 5-of-23 the rest of the half. Jarron Collins' three-point play ignited a 17-0 run that included 3-pointers from brother Jason Collins, Ryan Mendez, Casey Jacobsen and Michael McDonald. Stanford held UW scoreless for over four minutes while taking a 28-12 lead at 11:39 of the first half. Mendez and McDonald each scored 12 of their 14 points in the first half. UW's Bryan Brown drained a trey at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 53-27 at halftime. McDonald hit 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range and the Cardinal shot 11-for-26 as a team. Jacobsen finished with 16 points and Jarron Collins had 10. Washington's Will Perkins registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Thalo Green chipped in 12 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Curtis Allen. Most statistics were even, except for shooting which heavily favored the Cardinal. Stanford shot 57 percent (37-65) from the field compared to 39 percent (23-59) for the Huskies.
Washington has implemented 12 different starting lineups this season with 10 of the team's 12 active players drawing at least one starting assignment. No Husky player has started every game this season.
Shoot to Win:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 8-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-16 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting nearly 10 percent better from the field in their victories (48.1% - 38.2%) and nearly 10 percent better from 3-point range (36.2% - 26.5%). UW shot 50 percent from the field only once in the last 19 games, a 52-percent effort (31-60) against WSU on Feb. 3. The previous 50-percent effort was at Florida International on Dec. 16.
Last UW Game:
California 82, UW 66 (Feb. 22, 2001, Berkeley, Calif.) - Sean Lampley hit all eight of his shots from the field, scoring 29 points and adding 17 rebounds in California's 82-66 win over Washington at Haas Pavilion. Lampley tallied 21 first-half points, capped by a 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave the Golden Bears (18-7, 9-4) a 47-29 halftime advantage. The Cal lead grew to as many as 31 points, at 80-49 with 3:07 left to play, before Washington reeled of 14 unanswered points to narrow the final margin. The Huskies (9-17, 3-11) hit 8-of-17 shots from 3-point range, shooting better beyond the arc (47%) than from the field (37%). Cal shot 55 percent from the field (29-53). C.J. Massingale scored 13 points to lead UW which also got 10 from both Curtis Allen and Michael Johnson. Solomon Hughes tallied 12 points for Cal while Joe Shipp had 11 and Brian Wethers 10.
The Season in Review:
In their last outing, the Huskies lost their fifth consecutive game, 82-66 at California (Feb. 22) ... UW was swept at home by the Oregon schools, falling 85-73 to the Ducks (Feb. 17) and losing to Oregon State (Feb. 15) for the fourth straight time 83-69 in Seattle ... The Huskies sustained their largest loss of the season, an 89-57 setback at Arizona State (Feb. 10) ... Washington lost 82-62 to No. 11 Arizona (Feb. 8) for its 16th loss in the last 17 visits to McKale Center ... The Huskies stopped a three-game losing streak with a 78-72 win over Washington State (Feb. 3) that was the eighth win in their last nine meetings with the Cougars ... UW was swept at home by the Bay Area schools, losing 79-64 against California (Jan. 27) and 94-63 against No. 1 (Jan. 25) Stanford which tied a school record with its 18th consecutive victory ... Washington lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) to first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former Husky assistant coach ... The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) ... UW snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale ... Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) ... UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson ... The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21) ... Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20) ... UW began a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (Dec. 5) ... Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) ... UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games ... The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77 ... UW played the season opener at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) ... The Huskies won both of their exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime win at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).
Washington limited non-conference foes to 67.9 points per game on 41.6-percent shooting from the field. Pac-10 opponents have had much greater success, averaging 80.7 points per game on 49.5-percent accuracy. In contrast, the Huskies' 68.0-point and 43.6-percent figures against non-conference foes dropped to 65.6 points and 39.6-percent against Pac-10 opponents.
The Huskies have been winning their close games this season, posting a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points. Three of Washington's last four wins were overtime decisions. The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0. UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18).
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 104 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.
Senior forward Will Perkins registered eight double-doubles to rank second among Pac-10 players behind Arizona State's Awvee Storey. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins's current seven-game stretch without a double-double is his longest drought of the season. He had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10), Arizona (21/13) and Stanford (12/11). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounds (7.2 rpg), ranking 15th and fifth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 48 percent from the field (130-269).
Junior center David Dixon excelled as a starter during a recent seven-game stretch, putting up some fine stat lines in recent boxscores. He tallied double-figure points in three of the last six games. A Feb. 3 outing was his best as Dixon amassed a career-high 16 points against Washington State on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field. He blocked a career-high five shots, grabbed six rebounds, distributed two assists and had one steal in the victory over the Cougars. The 6-foot-11 Houston, Texas native is shooting 55 percent from the field (35-64) against Pac-10 opponents. Dixon averaged 8.7 points per game in a recent seven-game span as a starter, compared with a 3.2-point average in the first 18 games.
Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials "CW" to honor Williams who moved on Feb. 15 from a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center into his brother David's house in Fresno, Calif.
Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. "I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program," Green explains. "I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause." Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven. Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg) and rebounds (5.0 rpg) and has a team-high three 20-point outings this season.
Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 750 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 104-121 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 104 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 164-178. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.
The Washington State Series:
> Washington won eight of the last nine meetings and owns a 161-88 advantage in the series that began in 1910.
> The Huskies won 78-72 on Feb. 3 in Seattle during this year's first meeting with WSU.
> The Huskies swept the season series in 2000 for the third time in the last four years. UW won 74-68 in overtime on Feb. 5 in Pullman and 64-60 on March 4 in Seattle.
> Washington owns a 67-55 advantage over the Cougars during games played in Pullman. UW won in three of its last four visits to Friel Court.
> Second-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has an 0-3 record against the Huskies.
> Eighth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 10-5 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting:
UW 78, Washington State 72 (Feb. 3, 2001, Seattle) - Curtis Allen scored 12 of his career-high 18 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that turned back a late Washington State rally in Washington's 78-72 victory at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-12, 3-6) won for the eighth time in their last nine meetings with WSU (8-11, 1-8) which lost its 30th straight Pac-10 road game. UW led the entire game, taking a season-best 13-point halftime lead at 38-25. Allen opened the second half with a pair of free throws following a WSU bench technical. The Cougars steadily trimmed the margin, drawing within 54-53 on a 3-pointer by Jerry McNair with 9:57 left to play. Mike Bush's 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining drew WSU within 70-68. Allen responded with a trey on the ensuing possession and Bryan Brown had a steal and layin to secure the win. Thalo Green scored 21 points for Washington and Will Perkins tallied all 13 of his points in the second half. UW's David Dixon had 16 points, hitting all seven of his shots from the field, and blocked a career-high five shots. Framecio Little paced WSU with 16 points while Bush and McNair each had 14. The Huskies shot 52 percent (31-60) from the field, their first 50-percent outing in 14 games dating back to Dec. 16 at Florida International.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including special ticket packages. New this season is the Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 and $16 while general admission seats are $6. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information.
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.
Wait 'til Next Year:
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state Player of the Year Doug Wrenn is red-shirting this season after transferring from Connecticut prior to the 2000-01 campaign. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, will be a red-shirt sophomore in 2001-02. True freshman DeMarcus Williams has battled foot (plantar fascia) and back injuries and will apply to the NCAA for a red-shirt season. The 6-9 Upland (Calif.) High School product played a combined five minutes in the Huskies' two exhibition games.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. "We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way," said Coach Bob Bender. "We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special." The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.