Dec. 13, 2005
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 --
Eastern Washington vs. (#11) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (No TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKOL (1300 AM) in Puget Sound area
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 --
Lehigh vs. (#11) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Off to their best start in 30years, the 11th-ranked and undefeated Washington Huskies (8-0) return to Seattle for a stretch of six straight home games. The homestand begins Friday, Dec. 16 with a non-conference clash against cross-state foe Eastern Washington (4-3). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Washington owns a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Eagles. The Huskies are coming off an 81-71 victory over New Mexico at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday (Dec. 10), the only game away from home in UW's first 14 outings.
The Washington-Eastern Washington game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on KKOL (1300 AM) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies won their opening eight games for the first time since the 1975-76 UW squad started the season with 14 consecutive victories. Fourteen previous Washington teams have had similar or longer season-opening winning streaks. UW captured the BCA Classic title Nov. 15 with an 85-74 win over Air Force before beating American (Nov. 19), Idaho (Nov. 22), LMU (Nov. 25) and No. 6 Gonzaga (Dec. 4) prior to Saturday's (Dec. 10) 81-71 victory over New Mexico in the Wooden Classic at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies boast the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak with 29 consecutive victories at Bank of America Arena. UW posted a 7-0 mark this season and a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005. The current streak is a school record, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 straight home wins established 75 years ago, from Jan. 18, 1930 and Mar. 6, 1931. The Nov. 22 win over Idaho pushed UW into the lead position nationally, ahead of Gonzaga's home streak that is at 27. The Huskies' last home loss was an 86-84 overtime setback against UCLA on Jan. 10, 2004.
Washington leads the nation with a 96.4-point scoring average. UW also leads the nation in scoring margin at 26.5 points, including 67- and 47-point triumphs.
Senior Bobby Jones has 988 career points and needs 12 more to become the 30th player in Husky history to score 1,000 points.
The Huskies have won 798 games at Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion, the most wins for any team at its current arena.
The Eastern Washington Series
> Washington owns a 6-1 advantage in the series with the Eagles, including an 89-56 victory last season in Seattle.
> Eastern Washington won the previous meeting, a 62-58 decision in Seattle on Dec. 14, 2002 that was its first win in the series. UW won the first four meetings.
> The Huskies have a 5-1 record against EWU in Seattle.
> Washington registered an 81-54 win on Dec. 29, 1996 in Seattle. That game was postponed one day due to the death of Eastern guard Rodrick McClure who was involved in an automobile crash, Dec. 26. A small crowd of a few hundred attended the game due to heavy snowfall throughout the Seattle area.
> Washington has a 64-16 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference, including Eastern Washington (6-1), Idaho State (3-0), Montana (40-9), Montana State (8-6), Northern Arizona (1-0), Portland State (5-0) and Sacramento State (1-0).
> Second-year Eastern coach Mike Burns, who was formerly an assistant at Washington State, has an 0-1 record against the Huskies in a head coaching capacity.
> In his fourth year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has a 2-1 record against EWU.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 89, Eastern Washington 56 (Dec. 5, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 20 points, eight of them during an early surge that propelled No. 14 Washington to an 89-56 victory over Eastern Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (5-1) led the entire game that opened with a 3-pointer by Will Conroy. After the Eagles (2-3) scored a basket, UW went on a 20-4 run that Simmons fueled with eight points. UW led 54-29 at halftime, a lead that never dropped below 21 points the rest of the way. Simmons and Jamaal Williams each had four steals for the Huskies who had 14 as a team and forced 30 turnovers. Nate Robinson, who tied for team-high honors with 20 points, led UW with seven rebounds and seven assists. Conroy finished with 11 points. Jacob Beitinger paced the Eagles with 14 points. Marc Axton was held to seven points, 16 below his team-leading average of 23.0.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Seven of the 11 Huskies who have played this season are shooting 50 percent or better for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 52.0-percent clip as a team. Freshman Artem Wallace leads the team in field goal accuracy at 64.3 percent, followed by Jon Brockman (60.7%), Hans Gasser (59.5%), Bobby Jones (56.9%), Jamaal Williams (54.5%), Joel Smith (51.3%) and Brandon Roy (50.0%). UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in five of eight games. The season's lowest figure was 48.4 percent against Gonzaga on Dec. 4. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
The Huskies climbed two spots, to No. 11 in this week's (Dec. 12) Associated Press poll. They hold down the No. 10 position in the ESPN-USA Today poll after ranking No. 12 last week. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason AP or ESPN/USA Today rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today. Three opponents on the UW schedule are ranked in the current AP Top-25, including Gonzaga (10), UCLA (14) and Arizona (24).
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. The next telecast of UW game is Friday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. against Lehigh on FSN Northwest.
Did You Know?
The Huskies have a 51-10 record in the last 61 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 8-0 to start the 2006 campaign.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus in Bank of America Arena at 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 798 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Home Heavy Schedule
The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. The recently-completed stretch of seven straight home games marked Washington's longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They beat New Mexico 81-71 on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. as part of the Wooden Classic doubleheader.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has seven double-figure scoring games, including a pair of 22-point performances in his last two outings, Dec. 4 against Gonzaga and Dec. 10 against New Mexico. He is No. 2 on the team in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg).
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was voted to the BCA Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 15). He is averaging 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks and is the only Husky to register double-figure points every game. Roy is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. He posted a pair of double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but didn't attend pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He had another double-double on Nov. 15 against Air Force with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Brockman leads the team with an average of 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 more per game than any other Husky. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
The Last Game
#13 UW 81, New Mexico 71 (Dec. 10, 2005; Anaheim, Calif.)
Jamaal Williams led all scorers with 22 points against his former team, including a pivotal three-point play midway through the second half of 13th-ranked Washington's 81-71 win over New Mexico in the Wooden Classic at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. After scoring the first basket 40 seconds into the game, the Lobos (4-3) went scoreless for the next 9:22. The Huskies (8-0) took a 13-2 lead, but did not score for a five-minute span after that. UW led 43-26 at halftime, an advantage that shrunk to 58-57 on a Mark Walters' 3-pointer with 11:05 remaining. Williams, who transferred from UNM following the 2003 season, answered with a three-point play to ignite a 9-2 surge that put UW in control again. Reserve Hans Gasser netted three consecutive baskets in a span of 1:08 during the Husky run. Williams tallied 10 points during a nine-minute stretch to repel New Mexico's rally. Brandon Roy added 18 points for the Huskies. Walters paced the Lobos with 21 points and Tony Danridge added 15.
This is Washington's fourth season under Coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar was honored in 2005 as the Pac-10 Conference and BCA National Coach of the Year.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones was questionable for the Feb. 10 game at Oregon while battling a fever and sore throat. Despite the illness he played 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. He has five career double-doubles, two last season. He amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (Jan. 27) and 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22).
The 2005 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 29-6 to tie the 1938 squad for most wins in a season. Washington began the season by winning the Great Alaska Shootout and finished it as champions of the Pac-10 Tournament. UW was selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time ever and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Louisville. Lorenzo Romar was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were honored as All-Pac-10 first team picks, marking the first time since 1987 that UW had two all-conference selections.