Jan. 5, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington (10-3, 1-1), ranked 24th in the AP & 22nd in the ESPN poll, will play on an opponent's home court for just the second time this season when they face Arizona State (10-5, 0-2) on Friday, Jan. 8. The Huskies and Sun Devils will tip off at 7:30 p.m. PT at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. They will conclude their road swing with a 2:30 p.m. game against Arizona at the McKale Center in Tucson on Sunday.
Time: 7:30pm PT
Arena: Wells Fargo Arena
Broadcasters: Daron Sutton and Tom Kuyper
Radio: ISP Sports Network
About Arizona State...
ASU is coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81. The Sun Devils (10-5, 0-2) were swept in Los Angeles by UCLA and USC to start the conference season after sporting a 10-3 non-conference record. Senior point guard Derek Glasser is ASU's leader averaging 11.1 ppg and is the school's all-time assists leader. Rihards Kuksiks leads ASU in scoring at 11.4 ppg and Seattle's Jamelle McMillan is third with 8.7 ppg. The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 by just allowing 55.2 points per game. Herb Sendek has a 64-50 record in his fourth year as the head coach at Arizona State. He is 318-208 (.604) in his 17th season overall as a head coach. He spent time as the head coach at Miami University (Ohio) and North Carolina State before arriving at ASU. He is 3-7 as a head coach against Washington, including 1-1 at NC State.
UW And Arizona State History...
Arizona State owns a narrow 35-33 series lead over Washington since the school's 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 13 of the last 15 meetings against the Sun Devils. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 13-4 all-time against ASU as the Husky head man.
Last Time They Met...
Washington and Arizona State met in the semi-finals of the Pac-10 tournament. In a physical contest that saw Washington fight back from a 21-point deficit, Sun Devils guard James Harden showed why he was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Harden was dominant; tallying 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists to lead Arizona State to a 75-65 victory. Jeff Pendergraph scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, while the Huskies were led by Isaiah Thomas with 17 points. The game came just two weeks after Washington won a 73-70 overtime thriller in Seattle that helped keep the Huskies in position to claim the outright conference the next weekend against Washington State. The UW was 2-0 during conference play vs. ASU.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
The 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is entering his eighth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. He tallied win number 150 for his UW career, just the fourth coach to reach that mark, against Montana on Nov. 29. He owns a 155-84 (.649) record at Washington and is 248-172 (.590) in 13 seasons as a head coach. Romar led Washington to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he is fourth all-time in victories at UW and will tie Tippy Dye for third with his next win. He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor - a current UW cheerleader.
Last Time Out For Washington
Malcolm Armstead scored 21 points, Michael Dunnigan added 20 and Oregon knocked off No. 17 Washington 90-79 at Bank of America Arena, snapping the Huskies' 18-game home winning streak. Isaiah Thomas led the way for Washington with a game-high 25 points. Quincy Pondexter added 16 points and Venoy Overton finished with 14. The Ducks (10-4, 2-0 Pac-10) spread out Washington's defense allowing Armstead and Tajuan Porter to drive to the basket for easy buckets against the Huskies (10-3, 1-1). The Ducks shot an impressive 53 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-pointers. Porter was 4 for 8 from behind the arc. The Ducks expanded a one-point halftime lead with a run to open the second half. Armstead and Jamil Wilson each scored twice to jump out to a 50-42 lead just three minutes into the half. Pondexter hit a step-back baseline jumper to pull within five, but Teondre Williams drove for a layup and added a 3-pointer to give Oregon its first double-digit lead of the game at 63-53 with 11:45 left to play. Overton tried to spark a Husky rally late getting to the rim several times and cutting the Oregon lead to 79-70 with 3:36 left to play.
Huskies By The Numbers...
With his next victory, Lorenzo Romar will tie Tippy Dye for third in UW history with 156.
UW had an 18-game winning streak at home (T-8th longest in team history) snapped by Oregon on Jan. 2
The Huskies' 12 blocks vs. Texas A&M were the most since a record 14 vs. Santa Clara (11/24/01).
UW is averaging 18.0 turnovers in their three losses and 12.3 in their 10 wins.
Thomas and Quincy Pondexter account for 513 of the team's 1,073 points (47.8%). Venoy Overton is averaging 11.6 ppg (70 total) in five games coming off the bench, 5.6 ppg in seven starts.
Opponents are shooting 29.4% from 3-pt range, which would be the second best 3-pt field goal defense in UW history (.290 in 1990-91).
UW leads the Pac-10 in points per game with 82.5 ppg and has led the conference in scoring in 3 of the last 5 seasons.
Pondexter's scoring avg of 21.3 ppg would rank as the fifth highest average ever in UW history and best per game avg since Louie Nelson (23.0) in 1973. UW is 5-1 when their opponent shoots better from the field.
Q-Pon Added To Wooden List
Quincy Pondexter was named to the John Wooden Award midseason list on Jan. 4. He was one of 31 players to make the cut and one of 10 that was added after not being named a pre-season candidate. Teammate Isaiah Thomas was on the pre-season list, but was not on the recent list.
Washington is averaging 82.5 points per game, which leads the Pac-10 and would rank third all-time in team history. Under Lorenzo Romar, the Huskies have already recorded three of their top four offensive seasons in team history.