Jan. 18, 2013
|UTAH AT WASHINGTON
Saturday, Jan. 19 | 8:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: ESPNU/ESPN3/Spanish | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - After a 3-3 start to the season, Washington has won 8 of its last 9, and 10 of 12 games, including a 4-0 record to begin Pac-12 play. Washington is going for its first 5-0 Conference start since 1984 when they started 6-0, but Utah (8-9, 0-5) is standing in its way. In all, UW has started 5-0 14 previous times -- mostly in the first 50 years of Husky hoops. In more "recent" history, UW has started 5-0 in 1984, 1982 and 1976 -- and in 1976 they lost to Oregon State, but it was eventually turned into a forfeit in UW's favor. Saturday's game is also Lorenzo Romar's 350th as UW's head coach.
Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham will call Saturday's action on ESPNU/ESPN3/Spanish. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action (Satellite radio Sirius 92, XM 190). In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. Utah
Saturday's game will be the 13th all-time meeting between the two schools. Washington holds a 7-5 advantage over Utah. The two teams ﬁrst met during the 1952 season in a pair of games at Utah on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1951. The two teams split those ﬁrst games. Last year marks UW's second win in Salt Lake City, the first came on Dec. 1, 1951. UW is 4-1 all-time in games played in Seattle, 1-1 at neutral sites and 2-3 at Utah. The Huskies hold a current three-game winning streak over Utah, winning 57-53 at Jon M. Hunstman center, 78-75 during the 2005 season as part of the Great Alaska shootout and 83-77 in Seattle during the 2008 season. The last time Utah won in Seattle was 71-62 on Dec. 5, 1989. Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar is 3-1 all-time vs. Utah, but is 3-0 during his Husky coaching career. His lone loss came as coach at Saint Louis.
Last Time Vs. Utah
AP (1/7/12) - Terrence Ross scored 14 points and hit two free throws with 9 seconds left to help Washington outlast Utah 57-53. Desmond Simmons collected 10 rebounds off the bench to help the Huskies bounce back from a blowout loss to Colorado two nights earlier. Josh Watkins scored 18 and Cedric Martin 11 for the Utes who threatened down to the final seconds. There were plenty of chances for the Huskies to close it out in the final minute, but they gave the Utes second life when Simmons and Ross combined to miss the front end of one-on-one opportunities on three consecutive trips to the line. Utes narrowed it to 55-53 when Martin hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. Ross helped UW win by hitting a pair of free throws with 9 seconds to play.
Last Time Out: UW 64, Colorado 54 (Jan. 16)
AP - C.J. Wilcox continued his scoring binge in Pac-12 Conference play with 25 points, and Washington used another stingy defensive effort to stymie Colorado 64-54 on Wednesday night. The Huskies improved to 4-0 in conference play for just the fourth time in the past 35 seasons and just the second time in coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure at his alma mater. Again it was mostly because of their defense. After holding California to just 47 points last week on the road, Washington limited the Buffaloes to 36 percent shooting and tied for their second-lowest point total of the season. Colorado was held 18 points below its season average. Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado (11-6, 1-4) with 13 points, while leading scorer Askia Booker scored nine before fouling out. He made just 3 of 14 shots.
• The Huskies have begun Conference play 4-0 for the 2nd time in Lorenzo Romar's 11 seasons - also 2011 - and just the 4th times in the last 35 years. They are trying to start 5-0 for the first time since 1984 and the 15th time since they started playing basketball in 1896.
• Dating back to the 2011 Pac-10 tournament, which the Huskies won on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot vs. Arizona, Washington is 21-5 versus other Conference teams.
• The Huskies have surrendered less than 70 points in 8-straight games after giving up 70+ in 6 of the first 9. They are giving up 64.9 ppg which only ranks 8th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 1985 team allowed 58.8 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
• UW is defintely getting more and more defensive in league play. They are allowing a Pac-12 best 56.0 ppg in conference action after ranking 10th in non-conference play giving up 67.6 ppg. UW also ranks tops in conference play in 3-point FG pct defense (.189) and second in field goal pct defense (.374). They were 11th and 12th, respectively, during non-conference action. UW is also tied for 2nd with a +5.8 rebound margin in league after a ranking 10th in non-conference play at +2.8.
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20 or more points in each of the last 8 home games and 9 of 10 total. He is averaging a team-best 21.9 ppg in Alaska Airlines Arena.
• Wilcox ranks 36th all-time in UW history with 1,052 points. Next up are Gordy Harris (35th, 1054), Dion Brown (34th, 1056), Mike Hayward (33rd, 1058), Ray Price (32nd, 1064), Jack Nichols (31st, 1067) and Frank Guisness (30th, 1070). Sitting in 29th in Dean Parsons with 1,101 points.
• Abdul Gaddy needs three assists to move past Eldridge Recasner into sixth all-time in UW history.
• Aziz N'Diaye is 3rd all-time in UW history with a .567 career field goal percentage. He shoots a league best 67.7% in Pac-12 action and 62.8%, overall which represents the 5th best shooting season all-time in UW history. Todd MacCulloch holds the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
• The Huskies are 10-2 in games in which N'Diaye records a double-double.
• The Huskies went down to the Bay Area and earned their first road sweep of Cal and Stanford since 1985, That year they went on to win a share of the Pac-10 championship.
• Since Washington's first season in 1896, this year marked the sixth time that UW opened conference play with three road games (1911, 1912, 1943, 1993 and 1999) and the first times since 1912 they only won all three.
• Wilcox was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 23.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks. Wilcox shot 53.1% from the field, including 50% from 3-point range. Wilcox scored 27 points and grabbed a career high 9 rebounds vs. Stanford on the way to winning his 2nd career weekly honor.
• Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 181 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 171), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 374 (2nd, Solomon Hill, Ariz, 249).
• Lorenzo Romar has 113 conference wins and is one ahead of UCLA's Ben Howland for 12th all-time. Howard Dallmar is 13th all-time with 132. Cal's Mike Montgomery leads all active coaches with 262 conference wins and is fifth in league history.