Jan. 21, 2011
SEATTLE - After a hard-fought 85-68 win vs. No. 25 Arizona on Thursday to take a one-and-a-half game lead in the Pac-10 standings, No. 20 Washington (14-4, 6-1 Pac-10) will try to pad their conference advantage vs. Arizona State (9-9, 1-5 Pac-10) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies have been 6-1 twice during coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure at Washington (2005 & 2009) and will try to get his team to 7-1 for the first time since 1987.
On The Airwaves
Saturday's game can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. FSN will televise the game with Steve Physioc calling the action and Ernie Kent providing color. Rebecca Haarlow is the sideline reporter.
UW vs. Arizona State History
ASU owns a 36-34 series lead over UW since the schools first played in the 1977-78 season. 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 14 of the last 17 meetings against the Sun Devils. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 14-5 all-time against ASU as the Husky head man. UW has won six of the last seven in Seattle and are 19-14 overall. Last year, the Huskies won in Seattle but lost in Tempe. Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek is 3-7 vs. the Huskies. The last time the Huskies and Sun Devils met was at Alaska Airlines Arena on Feb. 6, 2010 when the Huskies won 79-56.
Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State is 9-9 on the season and 1-5 in the Pac-10 after being picked to finish fourth in the conference. They have struggled through injuries and illness with just three players seeing action in all 18 games. The Sun Devils lost 78-61 on Thursday before heading to Seattle with three players home sick. Two Sun Devils average double fi gures led by Ty Abbott (13.5 ppg) and Trent Lockett (13.3 ppg). Seattle native senior Jamelle McMillan will return home for one last game. McMillan leads the Pac-10 in assist to turnover ratio at a ratio of 2.9 per game.
Last Time Vs. Arizona State
Isaiah Thomas scored 17 points, Quincy Pondexter added 17 and the revived Huskies rolled early and then cruised to a 79-56 victory over Arizona State. Justin Holiday had seven points, 10 rebounds and another game-changing night of defense, holding Arizona's Jemelle Horne to just two points. Freshman Demetrius Walker scored 14 points off the bench for the Sun Devils, Rihards Kuksiks had just eight points, and senior fl oor leader Derek Glasser made his only basket, a 3-pointer, with 6½ minutes left. Thomas ignited a 25-6 run to begin the game. Arizona State didn't make a field goal in the first five minutes, then fell behind by 10 after consecutive 3-pointers by Washington's Elston Turner and Scott Suggs. The Sun Devils missed 11 of their first 13 shots and finished their dreadful first half with 10 turnovers and only nine made baskets. They trailed 42-25 at the break. Matthew Bryan-Amaning finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas is just the second player in UW history with back-to-back 10+ assist games (Raphael Stone, 1970).
Matthew Bryan-Amaning needs 6 steals to be just the 2nd UW player with 100 blocks and steals.
UW is attempting to go 7-1 in Pac-10 for the first time since 1987.
UW has won its first 10 games at home for the third-staight season.
Alaska Airlines Arena
Alaska Airlines and the University of Washington announced on Jan. 20 a partnership to rename UW's on-campus basketball arena "Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion." The arena sponsorship is part of a five-year agreement to support University of Washington Athletics approved by the university's Board of Regents. Alaska Airlines has committed $525,000 annually in cash and trade for the arena naming rights in addition to the airline's $175,000 ongoing athletics' sponsorship. Court signage, including the Alaska Airlines logo, were unveiled at the Arizona game and exterior signage will be installed within the next eight weeks.
May I Assist You?
Isaiah Thomas has taken control of the Pac-10 lead for assists and is averaging 5.7 per game overall and 8.4 in conference-only action. He has moved into UW's top-10 all-time list, thanks in large part to 13 dimes against Cal on Jan. 16. His total that day is the most since Will Conroy recorded 14 on 3/3/05 at Cal. He is just the 8th Husky to ever record 13 or more assists in a game. He followed that night up with 10 against Arizona to become just the second player ever with back-to back games with 10+ assists. Raphel Stone had 10 vs. Northwestern on Dec. 19, 1969 and 12 the next night vs. Missouri. Overall, the Huskies are averaging 17.6 assists per game and rank 9th nationally.