Jan. 14, 2009
The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff at MacArthur Court in Eugene, Ore. and is one of only three Washington games this season that will not be televised. The game, however, will be covered live on the radio throughout the Pacific Northwest via the Washington ISP Sports Network and worldwide on XM Satellite channel 194 and GoHuskies.com.
Washington enters tomorrow night's game with an 11-4 overall record and a 2-1 mark in Pacific-10 Conference games. The Huskies opened conference play with a convincing 58-48 win over Washington State in snowy Pullman, Wash. before returning home last weekend to split a pair of games against highly-regarded Stanford and Cal. UW handed Stanford only its second loss of the season with a thrilling 84-83 win before Cal stunned the Huskies two nights later with an 88-85 triple-overtime win at Bank of America Arena.
One of the big storylines to watch during this weekend's road trip to Northwest rivals Oregon and Oregon State is the likelihood that Jon Brockman will surpass Doug Smart for the all-time rebounding record at Washington. The Pac-10's leading rebounder the last two years, Brockman enters Thursday game against the Ducks needing just seven rebounds to equal Smart's school-record 1,151 total rebounds.
Brockman currently has 1,044 total rebounds in his fourth season at Washington, which ranks ninth all-time among Pac-10 players. The Snohomish, Wash. native entered the season ranked 30th on the Pac-10's career rebounding charts and could rise to as high as fourth by season's end. Should that be the case, he would only trail Mel Counts (1,375 at OSU from 1962-64), Bill Walton (1,370 at UCLA from 1972-74) and Lew Alcindor (1,367 at UCLA from 1967-69).
The team's leading scorer with a 16.2 per game average, Brockman currently ranks second among Pac-10 players and 11th nationally with a 10.9 per game rebounding average. Washington leads the nation in rebound margin at plus 11.4 per game and is the Pac-10 leader in total rebounds per game (42.8) as well as scoring offense (77.8 points per game).
Freshman Isaiah Thomas and senior Justin Dentmon enter Thursday's game as one of the top backcourt duos in the Pac-10. The two combine to average 29 points, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Thomas is the league's top freshman in scoring (15.7 ppg - 8th overall), assists (3.2 apg - 9th overall) and assist-turnover ratio (1.2 - 10th overall) and is making a strong case for becoming UW's first Pac-10 Freshman of the Year since Chris Welp in the 1983-84 season.
Washington owns a commanding 180-102 series lead over the Ducks since the school first played in 1904. The Huskies dominated the series over the first 19 seasons, losing just four of the first 27 meetings. More recently, Washington has won seven of the last 10 games, including a five-game win streak between 2004-06. The two teams split the regular-season series in each of the last two years with each team winning at home. Last season, Washington won 78-70 in Bank of America Arena and dropped a 71-58 decision at MacArthur Court.
Oregon enters tomorrow's game against the Huskies with a 6-10 overall record and an 0-4 mark in league play following a pair of losses at Arizona (52-67) and Arizona State (58-76) last weekend. The Ducks opened the season with three wins in its first four games (the only loss was 79-82 in overtime against Oakland), which included a 92-69 victory over Alabama at the Maui Invitational. Oregon then dropped games to North Carolina, Texas and Utah before rebounding with a five-point, 75-70 win over Kansas State at home. The Ducks closed out non-conference play with a pair of losses to WCC teams San Diego and Saint Mary's College. Oregon lost to USC and UCLA at home to open conference play.
Guard Tujuan Porter leads three Ducks who score in double-figures with a 13.4 per game average. He is fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals per game (2.1) and is the top 10 in the league in steals (1.4). Joevan Caton is the team's rebounding leader (6.7) and shares the team assists lead (41) with Garrett Sim.
Following tomorrow night's game, Washington returns to action Saturday night with a 7 p.m. contest at Oregon State. That game will be televised live by FSN Northwest with Kevin Calabro, Lamar Hurd and Jen Mueller calling the action.
The Huskies return home next Thursday, Jan. 22, when they play USC in an 8 p.m. contest. Prior to the game, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the school will conduct a special ceremony to retire the #3 jersey of Husky All-America Brandon Roy. For tickets, call the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200.