Feb. 1, 2013
|ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 6:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: ESPNU | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - For the first time during conference play, Washington (12-9, 4-4 Pac-12) will have just one day off between games. The Huskies welcome in Arizona State (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12) to Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The Sun Devils are having their best season since 1980-81 when they were 19-2 through 21 games, while the Huskies have their most losses at this point of the season since starting 11-9 during the 2008 campaign. Recent history is on the Huskies side as they have won five straight over ASU and 18 of the last 21 games.
Saturday's game will be carried on ESPNU with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call. 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 123, OSU broadcast). In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Dawg Bites - Team
• For the first time in Washington's history they have lost four-straight league games after winning the previous four contests. They have done the streak in reverse before, winning five-straight Pac-10 games in 2004 after starting with five-straight losses. That also marks their last 5-game losing streak, which UW will try to avoid replicating on Saturday.
• The 57 points UW allowed Arizona on Thursday were the fewest points allowed in a loss since No. 4 Washington State beat the Huskies 56-52 on Jan. 5, 2008.
• The Huskies are trying to avoid being swept at home by Arizona and Arizona State for the first time since Lorenzo Romar's inaugural season at UW in 2003.
• The Huskies are giving up 66.1 ppg which ranks 9th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 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 63.8 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 (.222). They were 11th during non-conference action.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20 or more points in 9 of 11 home games total. He is averaging a team-best 20.3 ppg in Alaska Airlines Arena. In 9 games away from home, Wilcox is averaging 16.3 ppg and scored 20+ just twice.
• Wilcox ranks 28th all-time in UW history with 1,114 points. Up next on the list is Donald Watts (1,158).
• Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 191 3-point makes. Next up on the list is Deon Luton, who made 212. Nate Robinson (127).
• Abdul Gaddy is sixth all-time in UW history for career assists (388). Up next, Venoy Overton with 390, followed by Justin Dentmon with 401.
• Todd MacCulloch holds the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
• N'Diaye is tied for the Pac-12 lead with eight double-doubles (also, Carrick Felix of ASU, Eric Moreland of OSU and Andre Roberson of Colo).
• N'Diaye became the fourth Husky with 100 career blocks after swatting away three shots on Thursday.
• Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 191 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 182), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 388 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 274).
• In wins, Desmond Simmons is grabbing 8.8 rebounds per game, while in losses he is only at 5.8 rpg.
Washington vs. Arizona State
Washington owns a 38-36 series lead over ASU since the schools first played in the 1977-78 season. The Huskies are 21-14 all-time in Seattle vs. ASU, 14-21 in Tempe and 3-1 on a neutral floor. The bulk of the Sun Devils' victories have come in two streaks - six-straight from 1979-81 and 14-straight from 1990-96. The Huskies are on an impressive run against Arizona State, having won 18 of the last 21 meetings against the Sun Devils, including the last five. The Huskies won 11 straight in 2004 through 2008. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 18-5 all-time against ASU as the Husky head man. UW has won eight of the last nine in Seattle. Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek is 3-9 vs. the Huskies. The last time the Huskies and Sun Devils met was at Alaska Airlines Arena on Feb. 16, 2011 when the Huskies won 77-69.
Last Time Vs. Arizona State
AP (2/16/12) -Terrence Ross led four Washington players in double figures with 18 points, and the Huskies stayed tied for first place in the Pac-12 with a 77-69 victory over Arizona State. Washington used a late run in the first half to take an 18-point lead at the break, and then coasted to its seventh win in the last eight games. Carrick Felix led Arizona State with 13 points, but the Sun Devils lost for the fourth time in their last five. Washington remained tied with California for the Pac-12 lead heading to Washington's final home game of the season.
Last Time Out: AZ 57, UW 53 (1/31)
AP - Nick Johnson had 15 points, five in the final 2 minutes, and No. 8 Arizona rallied from an early deficit for an ugly 57-53 victory over Washington on Thursday night, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Huskies. Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill both added 10 points for the Wildcats, who won their second straight after losing at home to UCLA. Johnson held Washington's leading scorer C.J. Wilcox to 11 points. Arizona trailed 48-46 with 4:34 left after Wilcox hit Washington's first 3-pointer of the game. The Wildcats then closed on an 11-5 run -- that featured big shots from Johnson and Hill -- and got plenty of help from the careless Huskies. Scott Suggs also scored 11 points, which has lost four straight for the first time since 2008. Wilcox sat for a large chunk of the second half after picking up his fourth foul, but was hounded all game by Johnson and finished nine points below his average in conference play.