Dec. 18, 2012
|CAL POLY AT WASHINGTON
Thursday, Dec. 20| 6:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Net | Radio: KJR (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - Washington (6-4) is playing its seventh of eight-straight games in Seattle on Thursday when they face Cal Poly for the first time in the schools' histories. While it may be the first time the Huskies and Mustangs meet, Cal Poly's head coach is a very familiar face to Emerald City basketball fans. Joe Callero was coach at Seattle U for eight years and Puget Sound for two before taking over at Cal Poly in 2010.
Tip-off on Thursday is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and will be carried on the Pac-12 Net with Kevin Calabro and former Husky great Detlef Schrempf on the call. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio airwaves on KJR Sports Radio 950 AM, 102.9 FM by Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live exclusively on GoHuskies.com.
• UW is 5-0 when they shoot 50% from the field, 1-4 when under 50%. So far this season, none of their opponents have shot over 50%. UW is 0-3 when its opponents shoots higher than 45%.
• Scott Suggs is averaging 20.0 ppg over the last 3 games. His totals of 19, 24 and 17 represent 3 of the 4 highest scoring outputs he has had in 91 career games.
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20+ in five of the last six games and is the only Husky to score 10 or more points in all 10 games. Aziz N'Diaye has scored in double digits in each of the last five games to set a new career-long streak.
• Desmond Simmons has now grabbed 52 rebounds over the last four games to averaged 13.0 during that span. His tear has raised his season average to 8.6 per game and ranks him 5th in the Pac-12, one spot behind teammate Aziz N'Diaye (9.5).
• Abdul Gaddy has dished out a minimum of four assists in each of the last five games after starting the season with 4 or more only once in the first five games. He has 349 for his career to lead all Pac-12 players by over 100.
• Scott Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting at 55.2% (16x29), but has only played in 70% of the team's games and does not qualify. Overall he is shooting 50% (34x68) from the field; so he is actually shooting worse from 2-point range: 46% (18x39). For his career, Suggs is shooting 42.7% from 3-pt range to rank 2nd all-time among UW players.
• The Huskies "road" win on Thursday was just their second victory in their first road game during the Lorenzo Romar era. They won their first road contest in 2006 when the team waited all the way until Jan. 12 before playing their first away contest (beat USC 86-77).
• The Huskies have three losses at home surpassing the season total in each of the last four years. UW was 12-7 in 2008 at home.
• Injuries have taken a toll on the Huskies with just five players making appearances in all eight games. Shawn Kemp missed 7 games, Scott Suggs 3 and Andrew Andrews has missed 3. Walk on Quinn Sterling missed the first 6 games too due to injury.
• Aziz N'Diaye (4th) and Desmond Simmons (5th) are the only teammates ranked among the Pac-12's top-10 rankings for rebounds per game. Washington ranks 9th in the converence with 36.2 rpg and has finished 1st in the conference in rebounding four-straight years and has finished first or second in each of the last 8 years.
• Andrew Andrews leads all Pac-12 freshmen in assist to turnover ratio. So far, he has 23 assists and 11 turnovers for a 2.1 ratio. He is fifth overall in the category among all players.
UW vs. Caly Poly/Big West
The two teams have never met, but Cal Poly is riding a two-game win streak against Pac-12 teams. They beat USC 42-36 on Nov. 19, 2011 and No. 11 UCLA 70-68 on Nov. 25. Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero has faced the Huskies once, March 3, 2009 when coaching Seattle U in the renewal of a long-dormant rivalry. UW won that night 87-60. Washington is 24-3 all-time against the Big West Conference. The Huskies face two teams from the conference during the 2011-12 campaign, beating UC Santa Barbara (87-80) and Cal State Northridge (74-51). UW's last loss to a team from the Big West came in 1999 vs. Boise State.
Scouting Cal Poly
Cal Poly (4-5) is the nation's most efficient team featuring one of Division I's most efficient players, Cal Poly's top-ranked figure for fewest turnovers per game (8.5) leads No. 2 Pittsburgh (9.2) by nearly a full miscue while the Mustang program's 1.69-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio trails only Pittsburgh (2.01) and Notre Dame (1.73) among 345 Division I programs ... Chris Eversley is among Big West leaders with a team-high 15.7 points per contest. Also fourth among conference performers with 8.0 rebounds per game and sixth with 32.0 minutes played per contest, Eversley's recent highlight achievements include a career-high 25 points at Saint Mary's (Dec. 1) and a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double that helped Cal Poly topple then-No. 11 UCLA (Nov. 25).
Last Time Out
AP - C. J Wilcox had 21 points and Scott Suggs added 17 in leading the Washington Huskies to a narrow 75-67 victory over winless Jackson State on Saturday. The Huskies had an 11-point lead midway through the second half, but the Tigers brought it back to just three points, 67-64, when Christian Williams hit a 3-pointer with 6:12 left. Wilcox then hit a 3-pointer with 5:45 left to lift the Huskies (6-4). Suggs, coming off a career-high 24 points Thursday against Seattle University, scored nine of his points in the second half, including nine of the Huskies first 14 points to start the half. Kelsey Howard had 23 points for the Tigers. For Jackson State (0-8), this was the eighth of 11 consecutive road games to start the season. This was their closest loss.