Jan. 31, 2006
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 --
(#16) Washington at Washington State, 2:00 p.m. (No TV)
Friel Court (11,566) / Pullman, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 --
USC at (#16) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 16th-ranked Washington Huskies (16-4, 5-4) seek to halt their first two-game losing streak since the end of the 2004 season when they make their annual trip across the state. UW completes a three-game road trip, Saturday, Feb. 4 at Washington State (9-9, 2-7). Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Friel Court in Pullman where the Huskies were victorious in their last two visits. The Cougars won this season's first meeting, a 78-71 decision on Jan. 7 in Seattle. Washington was swept in the Bay Area last week, losing 71-69 at California (Jan. 26) before suffering a 76-67 overtime setback at Stanford (Jan. 29). That marked the first back-to-back losses for the Huskies since the end of the 2004 season when they lost to Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game (Mar. 13) and to UAB (Mar. 19) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Next week, UW returns home for the first time in three weeks to entertain the Los Angeles schools. The Huskies host USC on Feb. 9 and UCLA on Feb. 11.
Something's Gotta Give
Saturday's matchup is the classic "irresistible force against an immovable object." Washington leads the nation, producing 84.9 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense and ranks among the national leaders, yielding 57.5 points. That's a 27.4-point differential between what UW scores and WSU surrenders. The Cougars held foes to 50.3 points in their wins and UW scored 87.2 points in its victories.
Saturday's Washington-Washington State game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. The next telecast is Thursday, Feb. 9 on FSN Northwest.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 213 points (841-628) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead 16 of 20 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 100-point count (839-739). UW trailed just three times at halftime this season, against Air Force, at UCLA and at California.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington senior Brandon Roy was named to the 30-player Midseason John R. Wooden All-America Team on Jan. 28. A 6-foot-6 guard, Roy currently leads the Huskies with an 18.8-point scoring average. He increased that figure in conference games, leading all Pac-10 players with 22.8 points per game. Roy is one of three Pac-10 players remaining on the Wooden Award list, including Arizona's Hassan Adams and UCLA's Jordan Farmar. Four other Pac-10 players were on the 50-man preseason list, but did not make the midseason cut. They are California's Leon Powe and Oregon's Aaron Brooks along with Dan Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez of Stanford. A national poll chose the candidates who will be pared down again for the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 20 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in assist/turnover ratio (2nd-1.66), points (4th-18.8), field goal percent (6th-50.8%), 3-point percentage (7th-42.3%), assists (8th-3.9), steals (8th-1.4), blocked shots (9th-1.0) and rebounds (13th-5.1).
National scoring leader (84.9) Washington is averaging 70.4 points per game in its last five outings and has been held under 70 points in four of those five games.
Brandon Roy leads all scorers during Pac-10 play with 22.8 ppg. He ranks No. 2 with a 1.66 assist/turnover ratio. Roy has 22 assists and eight turnovers in the last five games.
Freshman Jon Brockman has six double-figure rebounding games, equaling the number the entire UW team compiled in 2005.
The Washington State Series
> Washington won 14 of the last 19 meetings and owns a 167-92 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> The Cougars won this season's first meeting, overcoming a 13-point first-half deficit en route to a 78-71 victory. That snapped an 11-game losing streak against UW in Seattle.
> WSU has not swept a season series from the Huskies since 1994.
> Washington has a 69-58 record against the Cougars in Pullman, including wins in its last two visits.
> Third-year Washington State coach Dick Bennett has a 1-4 record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-2 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
Washington State 78, #10 UW 71 (Jan. 7, 2006; Seattle)
Josh Akognon scored a career-high 27 points, including a 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds left that lifted Washington State to a 78-71 upset over 10th-ranked Washington. The win was WSU's first since 1994 in Bank of America Arena, stopping an 11-game losing streak at UW. The Cougars (9-3, 2-1) trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before they trimmed the deficit to 33-31 by halftime. WSU took the lead early in the second half and extended it to 69-57 on another of Akognon's six treys. Washington (12-2, 1-2) battled back with a 14-2 run, tying the game 71-71 on two Brandon Roy free throws with 55.9 seconds remaining. Akognon answered with the decisive 3-pointer and Roy was whistled for a charge at 0:12.3, his fifth foul. Akognon converted both free throws to seal the WSU's first ever win in 53 all-time road meetings with top-10 opponents. Kyle Weaver scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the Cougars who shot 54 percent (30-56). Roy paced the Huskies with 27 points and Justin Dentmon added 12.
The Last Meeting in Pullman
#15 UW 68, Washington State 55 (Feb. 19, 2005/Pullman, Wash.)
Mike Jensen scored nine first-half points, including a layup that capped a 13-point run as 15th-ranked Washington gained control early en route to a 68-55 win over Washington State at Friel Court. The Huskies (21-4, 11-3) swept the season series for the second straight year. The Cougars (10-13, 5-9) never led, but tied the score 9-9 on a Kyle Weaver basket with 15:59 left in the first half. Bobby Jones then hit back-to-back shots followed by five consecutive Jamaal Williams points that ignited the 13-0 run. That surge helped the Huskies outscore WSU 25-8 to claim a 34-17 halftime advantage. Tre Simmons scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the second half. His third straight 3-pointer put UW ahead 68-42 with 4:10 left in the game. The Huskies did not score another point after their reserves entered the game. The Cougars scored the game's last 13 points over the final 2:37 to close within 13. Jensen finished with 13 points and teammate Brandon Roy added 11. Weaver scored a career-high 15 points to pace the Cougars who also got 11 from Jeff Varem and Thomas Kelati. Will Conroy distributed nine assists for UW which was credited with 20 assists on 25 baskets.
The Huskies dropped six spots to No. 16 in this week's (Jan. 30) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington holds down the No. 15 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a conference-leading 48.0-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 54.0. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (51.4%) at No. 4 and Brandon Roy (50.8%) at No. 6. Forwards Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (55.2%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in nine games. 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%).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 45 of UW's 123 treys, 23 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but three games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Washington is the national leader in team scoring at 84.9 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.8 points on 52-percent shooting (72-of-138). The senior guard hit 17-of-33 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,187 points to rank 19th among all-time Husky scorers.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 19 of 20 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 59-14 record in the last 73 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 16-2 to start the 2006 campaign.
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 last season. 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, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 16 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg).
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last 11 games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 37 percent of his career 3-pointers (60-162).
The Last Game
Stanford 76, #10 UW 67 ot (Jan. 29, 2006; Palo Alto, Calif.
Chris Hernandez converted three free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation and made four more during the overtime to lead Stanford to a stunning 76-67 win over 10th-ranked Washington. The Huskies (16-4, 5-4) lost their 13th consecutive game at Maples Pavilion despite Brandon Roy's game-high 25 points. Roy put UW ahead 61-60 on a three-point play with 1:03 remaining. He stole a pass, was fouled and made the subsequent free throws to push the lead to 63-60 with 2.1 seconds on the clock. Stanford's inbounds pass went to Matt Haryasz then was passed to Herandez who was fouled by Justin Dentmon outside the 3-point arc. That set up the three tying free throws. The Cardinal (10-7, 6-3) tallied the first five points of the overtime to take control. Hernandez finished with 14 points and Haryasz added 24 and 10 rebounds. Jamaal Williams scored 15 points for the Huskies who lost consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2004 season. UW hit just 2-of-17 shots from 3-point range, shooting 37 percent overall (26-71).
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. 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 2005 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 has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC on Jan. 14, 2006.
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 has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 9.9 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the top field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 54.0 percent. He has six double-figure rebound games, matching the total of the entire Husky team last season. Brockman was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks fourth among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.45 assists per game. He is already listed No. 3 among all-time UW freshman with 89 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.53 assist/turnover ratio (89/58) is the sixth best in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (84.1%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.