March 3, 2003
THURSDAY, MARCH 6 --
UW at USC, 7:30 p.m. PST
No Local TV
Los Angeles Sports Arena (16,161); Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, MARCH 8 --
UW at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PST
No Local TV
Pauley Pavilion (12,800); Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The Washington Huskies (9-16, 4-12) have to do something they haven't accomplished all season if they hope to extend their season with a Pac-10 Tournament berth. They need two conference road wins to secure a bid or at least one win to remain in contention for an invitation to the postseason conference event Mar. 13-15 in Los Angeles. Washington is winless in seven conference road games this season and has won only one of its last 22 Pac-10 games away from Seattle. The Huskies conclude their regular-season schedule on the road this week, beginning Thursday, Mar. 6 at USC (10-15, 5-11) where they lost in their last four visits. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Huskies rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat USC 76-72 on Jan. 4 in Seattle. They seek their first sweep of any season series since beating Washington State twice during the 2000 campaign. The regular-season finale is Saturday, Mar. 8 against UCLA (7-18, 4-12) at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion where UW lost in its last 16 visits. The Huskies last won at UCLA on Jan. 29, 1987.
There are four scenarios that will give Washington a Pac-10 Tournament berth. Each of the following combinations clinch either the No. 7 or 8 seed for the Huskies.
1) Washington defeats USC and Washington defeats UCLA.
2) Washington defeats USC and USC loses to Washington State.
3) Washington defeats UCLA and UCLA loses to Washington State.
4) Washington defeats UCLA and Stanford defeats California.
Washington and UCLA are tied for eighth place, one game behind USC. The top eight finishers in the final regular-season standings will compete March 13-15 in the Pac-10 Tournament at Los Angeles' Staples Center. This is the sixth Pac-10 Tournament, but only the second since the conference stopped hosting the post-season event following the 1990 season. In the event of a tie, the team's head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker is each team's respective record against the Pac-10 leaders in descending order. Washington has a win over second-place Stanford to its credit.
The Huskies have a 1-9 record away from home this season, including an 0-7 Pac-10 road record. UW's lone road victory was a 72-55 decision at Santa Clara on Dec. 7. The Huskies have just two Pac-10 road wins in the last three seasons; at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001) and at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002). They won once in their last 22 conference road contests. The current eight-game conference road losing streak is UW's sixth longest in Pac-10 play. Washington has not swept a Pac-10 road trip since Jan. 15 & 17, 1998 in Oregon.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Both games this week in Los Angeles will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season.
The inexperienced Washington roster features six freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. On Jan. 31 against Washington State, UW started four freshmen alongside sophomore point guard Will Conroy. Five of UW's top eight scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (12.8 ppg). Freshmen have accounted for 39 percent of the Huskies' points (693 of 1788).
The USC Series
> USC holds a 61-56 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Huskies won this year's first meeting, a 76-72 decision in Seattle that snapped a seven-game USC series winning streak against UW.
> The Huskies have not swept the season series against USC since 1998.
> The Trojans own a 35-21 series advantage over Washington during games played in Los Angeles, including four straight home wins. The last Husky win at USC was a 101-86 decision on Jan. 29, 1998.
> Eighth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has an 8-7 record against Washington.
> First-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-0 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
UW 76, USC 72 (Jan. 4, 2003; Seattle)
The Huskies rallied from a 21-point deficit and Bobby Jones' put-back with three seconds remaining gave them the lead for good in a 76-72 victory over USC at Bank of America Arena. The Trojans (5-4, 1-1) had one final chance, but Errick Craven took the inbounds pass and stepped on the sideline with 2.1 seconds left. Will Conroy was then fouled and hit both free throws to seal the win for the Huskies (6-5, 1-1) who snapped a seven-game losing streak against USC. Doug Wrenn recorded UW's first double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Conroy finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Nick Curtis led USC with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Curtis hit the first of two free throws with 36.5 seconds remaining to tie the game at 72-72, but missed the second, which set up Doug Wrenn's miss and Jones' decisive put-back. The Trojans got 16 points apiece from Rory O'Neil and Desmon Farmer. After UW's Mike Jensen hit the game's first basket, the Trojans scored 22 of the next 23 points while the Huskies missed 14 straight shots. USC's largest lead was 30-9 with 6:11 left in the first half, but Washington closed the gap to 40-30 by halftime. Wrenn hit two free throws with 4:49 left in the game, giving UW its first lead since the game's opening basket. That was the first of five lead changes inside the final five minutes.
Freshman Anthony Washington had a streak of 12 straight starts stopped Feb. 6 when he did not play against Arizona. He missed the last seven games and is sidelined indefinitely with a sprained left foot. His status for games this week is doubtful. He might be available next week if UW qualifies for the Pac-10 Tournament.
Curtis Allen had a string of 13 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer stopped Saturday at Washington State. He was scoreless for just the second time this season ... Allen leads the team in 3-pointers with 47, a figure that is 20 more than any other Husky ... The Huskies have an 0-11 record in games when they are held under 70 points ... Washington has an 8-7 home record and is 1-9 in road games. They outscored foes by 5.0 points at Bank of America Arena (74.8-69.8), but have a 14.1-point deficit at enemy courts (66.6-80.7) ... The Huskies' assist-turnover ratio in its nine wins is 149-146 while the corresponding mark in the 16 losses is 191-238 ... Washington has an 8-3 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents, but is 1-13 when being outshot from the field ... Will Conroy leads the team with 33 steals, six more than any UW player had all last season ... Of the 125 total starts by UW players this season, 53 (42%) have been by freshmen and 30 (24%) by sophomores, or a total of 66 percent by underclassmen. Washington started four freshmen and one sophomore against Washington State on Jan. 31 in Seattle ... Eleven of the 13 players on the UW roster hail from the state of Washington ...UW's 2003 schedule had 14 games versus 2002 NCAA Tourney teams.
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has nine coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory against Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 102-104.
Despite a 2-6 record during the span, the last eight games have been the finest shooting stretch of the season for Washington. The Huskies shot 50 percent or better in four of their last eight games after failing to reach 42 percent in their first eight Pac-10 outings. Washington converted a season-best 56 percent of its shots (28-50) from the field at Stanford (Feb. 13). UW shot 50 percent against Washington State (28-56), Arizona State (29-58) and Oregon (30-60). The recent stellar shooting streak comes in the wake of a period that saw UW's field goal accuracy drop considerably from the onset of conference play. The Huskies were held under the 40-percent mark by five of their first eight Pac-10 opponents.
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His 12.8-point scoring average is 10.3 better than last season's average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He has 17 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in eight games. Conroy ranks 18th among Pac-10 scorers (12.8 ppg) and distributed a team-high 98 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (3.9 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last year was nine points. Conroy ranks ninth among Pac-10 players with 33 steals (1.32 spg), six more than any Husky had in 2002.
Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. Robinson is tied for the team's scoring lead with a 12.8-point average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He led all UW scorers with a career-high 20 points against Arizona State (Feb. 8) and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds vs. USC (Jan. 4). Robinson has 15 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high nine times in his 21 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started the final six Husky football games at cornerback and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was Nov. 26. Robinson is on a football scholarship. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.
Junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 19 occasions, tops on the team. He ranks 20th among Pac-10 players in scoring (12.5 ppg), 12th in rebounds (5.9 rpg) and 11th in blocked shots (23). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 47 treys, 20 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates. His current career free throw mark of 87.2 percent (170-195) is a school record.
Since being declared eligible by the NCAA on Jan. 16, freshman Brandon Roy has gradually emerged as a major contributor for Washington. The 6-foot-5 swingman officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played the last 11 games, including a 13-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist performance against Oregon (Feb. 22). He led the team with a season-high 17 points at Washington State (Mar. 1). One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 102-104 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including an 9-16 mark at Washington. He recorded his 100th career coaching victory on Jan. 18, 2003 with a 73-68 win over Stanford. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. His first Saint Louis squad upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached UW from 1989-93.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.
Washington started eight different lineups this season, including the group of Jones/Wrenn/Jensen/Conroy/Robinson that opened the last outing. Freshmen have accounted for 53 combined starts, 42 percent of the team's total this season. Against Washington State (Jan. 31), four Husky freshmen started along with sophomore point guard Will Conroy who is the only Husky to start every game.
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (15.4 to 17.3), they are at plus-2.2 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 17.6 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 6.6 steals per game, an increase from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.
Last Husky Game
Washington State 98, UW 76 (Mar. 1, 2003; Pullman, Wash.)
Marcus Moore, playing his first game in five weeks, came off the bench to score 23 points and lead Washington State to a 98-76 win over Washington at Friel Court. The Cougars (7-18, 2-14) registered their most points and largest margin of Pac-10 victory in seven years. Moore's return from Jan. 19 ankle surgery was a surprise. Washington (9-16, 4-12) took its last lead at 6-4 on a basket by Doug Wrenn. Walk-on Randy Green then sparked a 27-8 WSU run over the next nine minutes, scoring nine of his 15 points. The surge netted a 31-14 advantage for the Cougars who led 49-30 at halftime. The margin was 54-34 before the Huskies scored 10 straight points, including two 3-pointers from Mike Jensen. UW never cut the deficit to single digits. Five Cougars scored in double-figures, including Jerry McNair (14), Chris Schlatter (11) and Thomas Kelati (11). UW's Brandon Roy tallied 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half. Nate Robinson scored 15 points for the Huskies who also got 13 from Jensen and Will Conroy. Washington State shot 65 percent (20-31) in the first half and finished at 55 percent (35-64) for the game. The Cougars hit 52 percent of their 3-pointers (12-23). UW improved a 36-percent first half (12-33) to finish the game at 44 percent (28-64).
2003 Husky Highlights
The Huskies turned the ball over just six times against Oregon State (Feb. 20), tying the school-record low accomplished seven times before ... . UW had two home sellouts this season, including their final home game, Feb. 22 against Oregon. That was the fourth sellout since the renovated Arena opened in November of 2000 ... A capacity crowd of 10,028 showed up Feb. 6 against Arizona to set an Arena attendance record under the current configuration ... First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston) ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's record.
Sophomore David Hudson has 39 points in 51 minutes this season, coming on 12 treys, one field goal and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy, but is five treys shy of the one-per-game needed to officially qualify. He is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from 3-point range where all but three of his attempts have come. Hudson hit only one of his three shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three treys, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23). Fifteen of his 16 career field goals are 3-pointers.
Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 83-29 series lead after winning the last three, and 27 of the last 33 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA won this year's first meeting, a 77-67 victory on Jan. 2 in Seattle.
> The Bruins boast a 52-5 advantage over Washington in Los Angeles, including a 37-2 record since UCLA moved into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.
> Washington lost its last 16 visits to Pauley, last winning 95-87 on Jan. 29, 1987.
> UCLA swept the 2002 season series with the Huskies for the 28th time, winning 85-79 in Seattle and 74-62 in Los Angeles.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> Seventh-year UCLA coach Steve Lavin has a 9-4 record against the Huskies.
> First-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA Championship year. Romar worked alongside current Bruin head coach Steve Lavin on that staff.
The Last Meeting
UCLA 77, UW 67 (Jan. 2, 2003; Seattle)
Andre Patterson registered his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, helping UCLA defeat Washington 77-67 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at Bank of America Arena. The Bruins (3-5, 1-0) survived a season-high 29 turnovers by limiting UW to 2-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and outrebounding the Huskies 44-30. T.J. Cummings scored 16 points, Jason Kapono had 15 and Dijon Thompson 14 for the Bruins who shot 49 percent (28-57) while limiting UW to 33-percent shooting (21-63). The Huskies (5-5, 0-1) were paced by the 17 points of Curtis Allen and 14 from Doug Wrenn. UCLA opened a 17-point first-half lead that UW trimmed to 37-29 at halftime on the strength of an 11-point run. The Huskies tied the score at 39 early in the second half before the Bruins again pushed the lead to 17, at 65-48 with 7:48 left to play. The Huskies drew within 69-63 on a 3-pointer by Nate Robinson with 3:03 remaining, but they would not get any closer. The coaching staffs included some familiar foes. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar served alongside Steve Lavin as an assistant on UCLA's staff from 1993-96. Husky assistant Cameron Dollar was a four-year Bruin letterman guard from 1994-97, playing for Lavin his final year.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 19, 2002 from junior college wing player Tre Simmons who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School. "Tre is a very versatile guard. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River (Wash.) CC who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2003. Washington has three scholarships to offer during the late signing period (April 15-May 16).
Tre Simmons, 6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash.
(Garfield HS/Odessa JC, Texas/Green River CC, Wash.)
The No. 3-rated junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine ... A fifth-team JC All-America selection by Street & Smith's and top-10 small forward by The Sporting News ... Averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 2002 at Odessa (Texas) JC ... The Wranglers qualified for the 2002 regional tourney with an 18-4 record ... Currently competing at Green River (Wash.) Community College.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 765 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington completed its 15-game home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from last season's conference average of 6,609.
The Huskies twice played before capacity home crowds at Bank of America Arena this season. They sold out games against Arizona (Feb. 6) and Oregon (Feb. 22). There have been four sellouts since Bank of America Arena re-opened in 2000-01 with the current 10,000-seat configuration. On Feb. 6, a record crowd of 10,028 attended Washington's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m.