March 5, 2007
PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Wednesday - Saturday, March 7-10
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 --
Washington (7) vs. Arizona State (10), 8:42 p.m. PST (FSN)
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, MARCH 8 --
Quarterfinal; Winner vs. #11 Washington State (2), 8:50 p.m. PST (FSN)
FRIDAY, MARCH 9 --
Semifinal, 8:50 p.m. PST (FSN)
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 --
Championship Game, 3:00 p.m. PST (CBS)
The Washington Huskies (18-12, 8-10 Pac-10) seek to enhance their postseason prospects when they begin Pac-10 Tournament play, Wednesday, March 7 against Arizona State (8-21, 2-16). Tip-off is 8:42 p.m. Pacific Time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Washington's current nine-game winning streak is its longest in the series against the Sun Devils. UW's last loss to ASU came on Feb. 8, 2003. Wednesday's first-round winner advances into a quarterfinal matchup, Thursday, Mar. 8 at 8:50 p.m., against 11th-ranked Washington State (24-6, 13-5), the No. 2 seed. UW won the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament title, but was ousted in the first round last season by an 84-73 loss to Oregon. The Huskies defeated a pair of ranked teams last week, beating No. 2 UCLA 61-51 (Mar. 3) and No. 23 USC 85-70 (Mar. 1).
All Pac-10 Tournament games will be televised live. Every game during the first three days, Wednesday through Friday, airs on FSN. Saturday's championship tilt will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The conference tournament winner receives the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the 10th Pac-10 Tournament and the sixth since the post-season affair was restored after being terminated following the 1990 season. All 10 conference teams participate for the second straight season. The 2005 champion Huskies have an 8-7 record in all-time Pac-10 Tournament play and advanced to the title game three times, in 1987, 2004 and 2005.
All five Husky starters are averaging double-figure points ... Washington won its final home game in each of the last 11 seasons with five of those wins over ranked foes, including Saturday's 61-51 victory over No. 2 UCLA and a 2004 upset of No. 1 Stanford.
Washington has a 17-2 record at home and is 1-10 on the road. The Huskies are averaging 14.2 more points at home, scoring at an 82.7-point clip compared to 68.5 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by 12.3 rebounds per game at home, while having a smaller 3.1-rebound edge in road contests.
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the nine-player, first-team All-Pac-10 team and center Spencer Hawes was a first-team All-Freshman team pick. Brockman leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (9.6 rpg), ranks No. 3 in field goal percentage (54.7%) and No. 13 in scoring (14.1 ppg). Hawes was also an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick. He is ninth among Pac-10 scorers (15.2 ppg). Forward Quincy Pondexter was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team selection.
The Huskies have a 5-2 record in Pac-10 Tournament play during the last three seasons, winning in 2005 and advancing to the 2004 title game.
Jon Brockman leads the Pac-10 with 9.6 rebounds per game. The last Husky to finish as the Pac-10 leader was Todd MacCulloch in 1999 (11.9 rpg).
Spencer Hawes is UW's freshman record holder in both points (442) and blocked shots (53).
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-29 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last nine meetings, their longest streak in the series. Previously, UW's longest winning streak against ASU was a seven-game stretch between 1984 and 1987.
> UW swept the last three season series, including a three-game sweep during the 2005 season that was capped by a 95-90 overtime win in the Pac-10 Tournament.
> First-year Sun Devil Coach Herb Sendek has a 1-3 record against Washington, the first two meetings coming while he was at North Carolina State.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 9-2 record against ASU.
The Last Game
UW 66, Arizona State 61 (Feb. 1, 2007; Tempe, Ariz.)
Spencer Hawes scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half as Washington built a 25-point halftime lead and held off a late Arizona State charge to post a 66-61 win at Wells Fargo Arena. The win was the first in seven road games for the Huskies (14-7, 4-6). Arizona State (6-15, 0-10) lost its ninth straight game to UW. The Huskies shot 65 percent (17-26) in the first half and used a 26-5 run to go ahead 44-21 at halftime. UW shot just 24 percent in the second half (5-12) enabling ASU to rally. The Sun Devils opened the second half with a 17-4 surge to draw within 48-38 with 13:26 left to play. ASU coach Herb Sendek then was ejected after back-to-back technicals, leading to four Husky free throws. The Sun Devils drew within 61-58 on two Allen Morill free throws with 1:14 remaining. UW's Justin Dentmon responded with a jumper at 0:41 and two free throws at 0:24 to secure the win. Jon Brockman led UW with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Dentmon and Ryan Appleby added 13 points for the Huskies. Christian Polk paced ASU with 18 points.
This Season's First Meeting
#24 UW 64, Arizona State 53 (Jan. 6, 2007; Seattle)
Ryan Appleby hit 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range en route to a 20-point performance as 24th-ranked Washington defeated Arizona State 64-53 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-4, 1-3) posted their first Pac-10 victory despite a season-low point total. The Sun Devils (6-9, 0-4) jumped out to an 8-3 lead that evaporated into a 31-28 UW halftime edge. Jeff Pendergraph drew ASU within 36-35 on a layup with 15:11 left to play, but UW answered with a 14-7 run to steadily pull ahead. Appleby netted two treys in the last five minutes and the Huskies hit 7-of-8 free throws during the final 1:03 to hold off the Sun Devils. ASU was held to 34.7-percent shooting (17-49) from the field. Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for UW. Pendergraph finished with 18 points for ASU, which also got 13 from Derek Glasser.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes is Washington's all-time leading freshman scorer and shot blocker. His 442 points eclipsed the previous UW freshman record of 406 established in 1988 by Mike Hayward. Hawes owns the freshman record for blocked shots with 53. He surpassed the previous standard of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996. The 53 blocks place Hawes fourth among UW's all-time single-season leaders, behind the 67 of both David Dixon (2002) and Chris Welp (1986) and the 63 of Welp (1987).
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Nov. 12 in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. Hawes has 24 double-figure scoring games, including nine 20-point performances. He registered three double-doubles, with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20), 12 points and 12 rebounds at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17) and 13 points and 15 boards against UCLA (Mar. 3). Hawes was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. His 15.2-point scoring average currently leads the Huskies. He forced the second overtime Dec. 28 at USC, converting his first career 3-point attempt. Hawes missed the Jan. 20 game at Washington State with a sprained left ankle, played five games as a reserve and returned to the starting lineup Feb. 11. He lost 20 pounds while battling a stomach virus the entire month of January. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
In his fifth season, Lorenzo Romar became the fifth coach in Washington history to reach the 100-win plateau with a win over Stanford on Feb. 11. His is the fourth fastest to 100 wins, hitting that mark in his 150th Husky game.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by nine per game (38.5 to 29.5). That + 9.0 margin ranks No. 2 nationally, behind only Vermont (+ 9.8). The Huskies won the board battle in 28 of 30 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads the conference with 9.6 rebounds per game, including 17 double-digit efforts. Brockman is the nation's 17th-ranked rebounder.
UW won 16 more games at home (17) than on the road (1), its largest disparity. The 1931 squad was plus-13, winning 19 homes games and six road contests. The last UW team with just one road win was the 1990 team that finished with a 1-11 road ledger.
Home Sweet Home
The popular saying is that "home is where the heart is." Home is also where the wins are for the Washington men's basketball team, which boasts a 17-2 mark in Seattle while losing 10 of its 11 road outings. The Huskies won 11 of their last 13 home games against ranked opponents, including wins this season over No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 Oregon, No. 12 LSU, No. 23 USC and No. 25 Stanford. They won 23 of their last 25 home games overall. UW won 825 games at Hec Edmundson Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising seven of the 10 spots on the active roster. UW has four active freshmen on the roster and three sophomores. The three eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, one junior) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Coach Lorenzo Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick."
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman, a 2007 All-Pac-10 selection, was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2007 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to "Big Baby's" 48-game double-figure scoring streak. Brockman was named the Feb. 12 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UW to a home sweep of California and Stanford. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, he led UW in 2006 with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. Brockman leads this year's squad with an average of 9.6 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 14.1 points per game.
Washington ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and No. 29 nationally with an average of 77.5 points per game. The Huskies had 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 79 of Washington's 181 three-pointers (44%), 55 more than any other Husky. He needs two treys to surpass the school single-season record of 80 set in 2005 by Tre Simmons. Appleby is averaging 2.63 treys per game while shooting 43.9 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 29 games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005) and matched that total three times this season, against Southern Utah (Dec. 4), at USC (Dec. 28) and versus Arizona State (Jan. 6). Appleby netted 151 of his 189 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented seven different starting lineups. UW used an all-underclassmen lineup, with three freshmen and two sophomores, to open 12 games while a two-freshman, two-sophomore, one junior lineup was utilized 15 times. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 30 games. All 10 players on the active roster started at least one game, with UW's only seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser) drawing their lone starts in the final regular-season home game on Mar. 3. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He has continued to excel and currently ranks third for UW with an average of 10.9 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 13 double-figure scoring games.
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors for Washington (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby, Spencer Hawes and Artem Wallace). Nine different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and five have posted at least one 20-point performance.
Washington registered its only road win in its seventh try, a 66-61 decision at Arizona State on Feb. 1 that was followed Feb. 3 by an 84-54 loss at Arizona. UW then lost 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17), 73-65 at Oregon State (Feb. 22) and 93-85 at No. 23 Oregon. Washington lost its first six road games: at Gonzaga (77-97), at USC (79-86, 2ot), at UCLA (74-96), at Stanford (77-78), at California (69-77, ot) and at Washington State (47-75). Three of those road setbacks were close calls, including two overtime games (USC, Cal) and a one-point decision (Stanford). In contrast to this year's 1-10 road mark, the Huskies have a 17-2 home record.
Washington finished with a 10-2 non-conference record, losing road games at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17) and Gonzaga (Dec. 9). The Huskies won every non-conference home game for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by an 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six of those blocks, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. Hawes leads the team and ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players with 53 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
The Last Game
UW 61, #2 UCLA 51 (Mar. 3, 2007; Seattle)
Jon Brockman scored 20 points, including four free throws inside the final 37 seconds that sealed Washington's 61-51 triumph over second-ranked UCLA at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (18-12, 8-1) won their final home game for the 11th straight season. UW led the entire game, beginning with a 9-0 start. The Huskies finished with a 10-0 run to take a 31-20 halftime lead. After a 14-2 surge, the Bruins (26-4, 15-3) drew within 52-51 on a Darren Collison 3-pointer with 2:57 left to play. UW tallied the game's final nine points, starting with a tip-in by Spencer Hawes with 2:33 remaining. Hawes finished with 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead a 44-29 board advantage. Josh Shipp had 13 points to lead UCLA, which was limited to 31-percent shooting (20-64) from the field.
Washington dropped out of the Associated Press poll Jan. 8 after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 1 capped a nine-week stay in the poll. Four Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (2), Washington State (13), Oregon (17) and USC (23). UW has already played 12 games against ranked opponents, including two non-conference clashes. The Huskies beat then No. 12 LSU 88-72 (Dec. 20) and lost 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). Six of UW's final seven regular-season games were against ranked foes. Washington dropped out of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 8. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.