Jan. 17, 2003
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 --
UW vs. Stanford / 4:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 --
UW at Oregon / 5:30 p.m. PST
No Local TV
McArthur Court (9,087); Eugene, Ore.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The Washington Huskies (6-8, 1-4) seek to snap a pair of losing streaks on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they host Stanford (12-4, 3-1) at Bank of America Arena. Tip-off is 4 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The Huskies lost their last three games, including Thursday's 73-66 setback against California. Washington lost its last 10 meetings with Stanford, the longest Cardinal winning streak in the series. UW has not defeated Stanford since a 75-61 home victory on Feb. 22, 1997. The Cardinal won a 73-68 overtime decision Thursday at Washington State. The Huskies have a 5-4 record at home compared to a 1-4 road mark. They start a two-game road trip next week on Jan. 23 at Oregon.
First-year coach Lorenzo Romar has six coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go before matching 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 NIT.
Saturday's UW game against Stanford will be televised live at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson call the action. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game against Stanford will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com
Washington's Lorenzo Romar needs one more victory to reach 100 for his coaching career. His seven-year record is 99-96 ... UW's roster features three players from Seattle's Garfield High School (Will Conroy, Brandon Roy & Anthony Washington). Eleven of the 13 players on the roster are from the state of Washington ... During Pac-10 games, Doug Wrenn leads UW in scoring (14.4), rebounds (6.2), blocks (5) and minutes (30.4 mpg) ... Washington's assist-turnover ratio in its five victories is 105-99 while the corresponding mark in five losses is 91-139.The Huskies outrebounded California 40-31 on Thursday and grabbed a season-high 23 offensive boards ... Freshman center Anthony Washington leads the team, shooting 62 percent from the field (18-29) ... The Huskies have a 5-1 record when their field goal percent is better than opponents ...UW is shooting 42 percent (43-103) from 3-point range in its six wins, compared to 28 percent (32-114) in its eight losses ... The Huskies boast a 6-1 record in games when they score more than 70 points and have an 0-7 mark when held under the 70-point plateau.
Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Thursday (Jan. 16) that freshman Brandon Roy will be immediately eligible to compete for the Husky men's basketball team. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Thursday after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up against California, but did not play. "It's obviously something that we have anticipated for a long time," Coach Lorenzo Romar remarked. "Brandon is a really good basketball player, but he is also a great human being and the kind of quality person that we want to represent this program. We're just anxious to see him get into shape and contribute to this program." 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.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 61-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the last five season series over the Huskies.
> Stanford won the last 10 meetings and 16 of the last 18 against the Huskies. The Cardinal's current 10-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford's previous best was five straight against UW from 1990-92.
> The last Washington win over the Cardinal was a 75-61 decision on Feb. 22, 1997 in Seattle.
> Despite losing the last five times that Stanford visited, the Huskies hold a 38-18 advantage over games played in Seattle.
> 17th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 25-8 mark against UW.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#12 Stanford 91, UW 65 (Feb. 14, 2002; Seattle)
Casey Jacobsen tallied 31 points and Curtis Borchardt contributed 15 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots as 12th-ranked Stanford cruised to a 91-65 win over Washington. The Cardinal (16-6, 9-4) posted its 10th straight win over Washington (8-16, 2-12), the longest streak in the series. Stanford led 42-33 at halftime and opened the second half with a 3-pointer by Tony Giovacchini. The Huskies reeled off eight straight points to draw within 45-41 with 16:05 left to play. The Cardinal responded with a 9-0 surge to push the margin to 54-41 and had another nine-point run near the end of the game. Doug Wrenn, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer behind Jacobsen, was the only Husky to reach double-figures. He netted 24 points and completed his third double-double with 11 rebounds. The Cardinal out-rebounded UW 48-32.
The second century of Washington basketball begins with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (5) or sophomores (4). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a major offensive threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team and ranks 14th among Pac-10 players with a 13.6-point average. Conroy distributed a team-high 63 assists, ranking fifth among Pac-10 players with 4.5 per game. He tallied a career-high 19 points at UNLV (Nov. 30) and improved that figure with a 32-point effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) while shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He has 190 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 season. Conroy led all UW scorers in five games this season, a feat he did not accomplish at all last year. He scored in double figures in 10 games after failing to register 10 or more points in any outing last season.
Nate the Great
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Dec. 2 against UCLA after competing in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He grabbed nine rebounds against USC (Jan. 4) and led UW scorers with 11 points at Arizona (Jan. 11). Robinson topped all UW scorers five times. 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) and had a team-high 14 against Florida International (Dec. 21). 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 at cornerback in the final six Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW 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.
Doug Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 junior 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. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn 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 posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. 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, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen ranked second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters at 88.6 percent (101-114).
Sophomore David Hudson has 34 points in 41 minutes this season, coming on 11 treys and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy. He is shooting 57.9 percent (11-19) from 3-point range where all but one of his attempts have come. Hudson missed his only shot from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23).
Sophomore Jeffrey Day was reinstated academically on Jan. 8 and played in both games last week in Arizona. The 6-foot-9 forward missed three UW games after being declared ineligible on Dec. 27. The Huskies had a 2-1 record in his absence.
Washington started four different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jones/Washington/Conroy/Allen that opened the last two outings. Two Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn and Will Conroy.
Last Husky Game
California 73, UW 66 (Jan. 16, 2003; Seattle)
Amit Tamir scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half, lifting California to a 73-66 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Golden Bears (11-2) posted a 4-0 conference start for the first time since 1957. Tamir shot 6-of-7 from the field in the second half, hitting all four of his 3-pointers as Cal pulled away from a 29-29 halftime tie to win its fifth in a row. Washington (6-8, 1-4) took a 44-41 lead on a layin by Nate Robinson with 11:53 left to play. The Bears captured the lead for good with seven unanswered points for a 48-44 margin. Tamir then scored 13 of the next 15 Cal points to stave off any UW rallies. Robinson tallied 15 points to lead the Huskies who also got 13 points and 10 rebounds from Doug Wrenn. The Huskies outrebounded Cal 40-31 on the strength of 23 offensive rebounds that sparked a 13-0 UW advantage in second-chance points. The Huskies were as close as 63-60 with 2:09 remaining, but Joe Shipp made six free throws in the final 32 seconds to preserve the win, Cal's fifth in the last six games against the Huskies. Shipp finished with 19 points, while Brian Wethers scored 11.
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 762 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.
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, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.
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.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 172-97 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 68-63 lead over the Ducks in Eugene, including wins in two of their last three visits to McArthur Court.
> Oregon won two of three meetings last season, including an 86-64 win in the most recent encounter during the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies won 97-92 over then 19th-ranked Oregon on Jan. 24 in Seattle and the Ducks won the rematch 90-84 on Feb. 23 in Eugene to cap a 16-0 record at McArthur Court.
> Sixth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 5-6 coaching record against UW.
> In his first year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#9 Oregon 86, UW 64, Pac-10 Tournament (Mar. 7, 2002; Los Angeles)
Luke Jackson scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half, helping top-seeded Oregon rally from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 8 seed Washington 86-64 in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center. The ninth-ranked Ducks (23-7) outscored Washington 51-22 in the second half that included a 12-minute delay inside the first minute due to a shot-clock malfunction. Frederick Jones scored 13 of his 15 points after intermission for Oregon which shot 8-of-16 from 3-point range after hitting just 3-of-10 treys in the first half. Jackson made four second-half 3-pointers, including one with 13:24 left to play that gave Oregon the lead for good at 50-47. The Ducks opened the second half with a 26-9 run that was fueled by six 3-pointers, taking a 61-51 lead with 10:02 remaining. The Huskies (11-18) shot 54 percent in the first half (19-35) en route to a 42-35 halftime advantage. They led by as many as 13 points, at 31-18 with 5:53 left until halftime, but Oregon closed the half with a 7-2 run to narrow the gap. Doug Wrenn scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the first half for the Huskies. Erroll Knight was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the first half when he scored all 10 of his points. David Dixon added 12 points for UW. Luke Ridnour had 11 points and six assists for the Ducks.
The Last Meeting in Eugene
#15 Oregon 90, UW 84 (Feb. 23, 2002; Eugene, Ore.)
Frederick Jones scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half as 15th-ranked Oregon took control early and held off a late Washington surge en route to a 90-84 victory at McArthur Court. The Ducks (20-7, 12-4) clinched their first perfect home record (16-0) since 1938. Oregon reeled off 12 unanswered points to go ahead 12-4. The lead was 21-9 before Washington (10-17, 4-13) rallied behind reserve guard Curtis Allen who amassed 15 points during a 7 1/2-minute stretch. Allen hit his fourth 3-pointer and was fouled, hitting the subsequent free throw to put the Huskies ahead 35-34 with 4:16 left in the first half. Oregon reclaimed the lead 51-45 at halftime and extended it to as many as 13 points at 76-63 with 6:51 remaining. The Huskies made one final run, drawing within 82-79 on a three-point play by Doug Wrenn at 1:26. Jones answered with his fifth 3-pointer at 0:57 and the Ducks converted 5-of-6 free throws inside the final 40 seconds to secure the victory. Luke Jackson scored 23 points for Oregon which also got 11 from Anthony Lever. Wrenn finished with 27 points for the Huskies and Allen had 18. The Huskies shot 54 percent from the field (32-59), including 9-of-14 accuracy from 3-point range. Oregon countered with 12-of-19 shooting from 3-point range and forced 25 UW turnovers.
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