Feb. 10, 2007
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 --
Washington vs. #25 Stanford, 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 --
Washington vs. #14 Washington State, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Comcast)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (15-8, 5-7 Pac-10) continue a three-game homestand, Sunday, Feb. 11 when 25th-ranked Stanford (15-7, 7-4) invades Bank of America Arena at 4 p.m. Sunday's game is the first of three consecutive outings against ranked opponents for the Huskies who play six of their final seven games against ranked foes. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Huskies host cross-state rival, No. 14Washington State (19-4, 8-3).
Fifth-year coach Lorenzo Romar has a 99-50 record at Washington. His next victory will make him the fifth Husky coach to reach the 100-win plateau. Hec Edmundson -- 100th win came on Dec. 17, 1928 in his 134th UW game Tippy Dye -- 100th win came on Dec. 10, 1956 in his 148th UW game Marv Harshman -- 100th win came on Jan. 6, 1977 in 146th UW game Bob Bender -- 100th win came on Dec. 23, 2000 in 189th UW game
Washington's coaches, and many other staffs around the nation, will be wearing tennis shoes at games during "Sneakers" weekend to bring attention to the Coaches vs. Cancer program sponsored by the NABC and the American Cancer Society.
At least 27 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Sunday's game against Stanford airs live nationally on FSN. Steve Physioc calls the action with analysis from Marques Johnson.
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.
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 14-1 mark in Seattle while losing six of its seven road outings. An 89-77 victory over No. 7 Oregon on Jan. 25 was the Huskies' eighth home win in the last nine visits by a ranked opponent. Washington won 20 of its last 21 home games. UW won 822 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington has an 14-1 record at home and 1-7 on the road. The statistics display the disparity. The Huskies are averaging 18.8 more points at home, scoring at an 86.7-point clip compared to 67.9 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by over 13 rebounds per game at home (40.8 - 27.5), while having a slight rebound deficit in road contests (35.2 - 35.4).
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by nearly nine per game (38.9 to 30.2). The Huskies won the board battle in 21 of 23 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.5 rebounds per game, including 13 double-digit efforts.
The Huskies play their next three games against ranked opponents. Six of UW's final seven opponents are ranked in the current A.P. poll.
Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 rebounders (9.5 rpg). In the last five games he is averaging 17.2 points on 60-percent field goal shooting.
Washington won eight of its last nine home encounters against ranked opponents.
Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders. Underclassmen account for 81 percent of UW's scoring, 88% of rebounds and 77% of minutes.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 67-58 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 16 of the last 21 meetings against Washington.
> The home team has been dominant in the series with the Huskies holding a 42-18 advantage during Seattle games and Stanford leading 47-14 in Palo Alto.
> The Cardinal won this year's first meeting, 78-77 on Jan. 11 in Palo Alto. The last time Stanford swept the season series from UW was 2002.
> The Huskies were victors in the last four home meetings after the Cardinal won in five straight visits to Seattle from 1998-2002.
> Husky freshman Quincy Pondexter was a prep teammate of Stanford's 7-foot freshmen twins Brook and Robin Lopez at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. Their older brother, Alex Lopez, lettered at UW in 1995.
> The Washington roster includes junior guard Tim Morris who is red-shirting this season after transferring from Stanford. Morris lettered the last two seasons for the Cardinal, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds last year.
> Third-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 3-3 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Fifth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-6 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
Stanford 78, UW 77 (Jan. 11, 2007; Palo Alto, Calif.)
Anthony Goods scored 19 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 27 seconds remaining in Stanford's 78-77 win over Washington at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (10-4, 2-2) posted its 14th consecutive home win over UW. Neither team led by more than seven points in a tight game that Stanford led 38-36 at halftime. The Cardinal went ahead 75-74 on a basket and free throw by Lawrence Hill with 40 seconds left to play. UW's Spencer Hawes had rebounded a Good' miss, but turned the ball over and fouled out on Hill's drive to the basket to set up the three-point play. The Huskies (11-5, 1-4) tied the score 75-75 on a free throw by Quincy Pondexter at 0:29. Goods was immediately fouled by Ryan Appleby and converted both free throws. Taj Finger hit one of two free throws with eight seconds left to extend Stanford's (10-4, 2-2) lead. Pondexter missed a late 3-pointer that was rebounded and put back for two by Jon Brockman as time expired. Lawrence Hill scored 18 points for the Cardinal and Robin Lopez added 17. Jon Brockman had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead UW, which also got 15 points from Justin Dentmon.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 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 mid-season top 30 list, 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. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led UW in 2006 with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 9.5 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 14.0 points per game.
Washington finally registered its first 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 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 1-7 road mark, the Huskies have a 14-1 home record.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes already owns Washington's freshman record for blocked shots with 38. He eclipsed the previous standard of 32 established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Did You Know?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer in each of the last 22 games. He hit a trey in 49 of his 56 career games at Washington.
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 17 double-figure scoring games, including six 20-point performances. He registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Hawes' 14.6-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, but returned to play in a reserve role in the last five games. He lost over 15 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.
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 juniors) 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."
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 11.5 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 12 double-figure scoring games.
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.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 57 of Washington's 142 three-pointers (40%), 37 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.48 treys per game while shooting 43.2 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 22 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 132 of his 164 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 23 games (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 ranks 14th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 80.2 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).
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.
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented six starting lineups, including four different groups during the last seven games. Thursday's lineup was used for the first time since the Nov. 12 season opener. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 23 games. Every current player has started at least seven games this season, except UW's two seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser). The most-frequently used lineup was comprised entirely of underclassmen. UW started three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon) during eight games. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
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 blocks against Sacramento State, 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. 4 among Pac-10 players with 35 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 38 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 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 held Arizona State to 34.4 percent shooting (33-96) in the two meetings, while the other eight Pac-10 opponents combined to shoot 52.0 percent (300-577) from the field ... Arizona shot 61 percent from the field (63-103) in two games against UW, including 50 percent (16-32) from 3-point range ... UW's individual single-game high point total is 25 points turned in twice by both Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter ... UW went three consecutive games without a blocked shot (Jan. 13-25) ... UW lost its last five overtime games, two this season and all three last year ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13) ... UW has an 84-25 overall record (49-19 vs. Pac-10 teams) since a pivotal 103-99 overtime victory at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 that stopped an 0-5 Pac-0 start.
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. Six Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (2), Oregon (13), WSU (14), USC (19), Arizona (24) and Stanford (25). UW has already played six games against ranked opponents with six games remaining against opponents ranked in the current top-25, including a Feb. 17 visit to No. 7 Pittsburgh. 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.
The Huskies had a 16-game home winning streak halted on Jan. 4 by a 96-87 loss to Arizona ... That loss also stopped a run of seven straight home wins for UW against ranked opponents ... Washington's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games ... The loss at Gonzaga also snapped the Huskies' streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Last Game
UW 79, California 71 (Feb. 8, 2007; Seattle)
Jon Brockman grabbed 14 rebounds and tallied 17 of his 22 points in the second half, leading Washington to a 79-71 win over California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (15-8, 5-7) posted a 37-23 rebound advantage after losing the board battle to an opponent for the first time in an overtime loss at Cal. The Golden Bears (12-11, 4-7) jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but trailed 37-36 at halftime. UW scored the first eight points of the second half, six of them from Brockman. He fueled another Husky run, netting half of the points during a 10-0 surge that resulted in a 71-59 lead with 2:45 left to play. Spencer Hawes contributed 16 points for UW. Ayinde Ubaka paced the Bears with 20 points and Ryan Anderson added 17.
The Huskies won the last three regular-season tournaments in which they participated, including a season-opening triumph in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW was also victorious in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic.