Feb. 5, 2007
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 --
Washington vs. California, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 --
Washington vs. #25 Stanford, 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (14-8, 4-7 Pac-10) host a trio of conference games during a seven-day span this week, all three against opponents they lost to earlier this season. Washington begins the critical three-game homestand, Thursday, Feb. 8 against California (12-10, 4-6). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Bears were 77-69 overtime winners over UW earlier this season, but lost in their last three visits to Seattle. The Huskies entertain 25th-ranked Stanford (15-6, 7-3) on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. and No. 14 Washington State (19-4, 8-3) on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
Did You Know?
The Huskies play three of their next four games against ranked opponents. Six of UW's final eight opponents are ranked in the current Associated Press poll.
At least 29 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's game against California airs live on FSN. Barry Tompkins calls the action with analysis from Dan Belluomini.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
All UW men's basketball tickets are sold out, but on the Monday prior to each home game there is the possibility of additional single-game ticket releases. To purchase tickets visit www.GoHuskies.com or contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200).
Home Sweet Home
The popular saying is that "home is where the heart is." Home is also where the wins are for the Washington men's basketball team, which boasts a 13-1 mark in Seattle while losing six of its seven road outings. An 89-77 victory over No. 7 Oregon on Jan. 25 was the Huskies' eighth home win in the last nine visits by a ranked opponent. Washington won 19 of its last 20 home games and 52 of its last 55 games at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies had a 16-game, homecourt winning streak halted by Arizona on Jan. 4. UW posted a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005 and a 17-2 mark in 2006. The Huskies have won 821 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by over eight per game (39.0 to 30.5). The Huskies won the board battle in 20 of 22 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.3 rebounds per game, including 12 double-digit efforts.
UW scored the same amount of points as Pac-10 foes (405) in the first halves of games, but has been outscored 420 to 375 in the second halves.
Jon Brockman leads all UW scorers during Pac-10 play (14.5 ppg) and tallied double-figure points in each of the last 10 games.
Spencer Hawes has 35 blocked shots, over half of UW's entire team total of 63.
Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders. Underclassmen account for 81 percent of UW's scoring, 88% of rebounds and 77% of minutes.
The California Series
> Washington won four of the last six meetings to claim a 72-71 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a California victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> The teams split a pair of games last season, each school winning at home.
> The Golden Bears, who won this year's first meeting 77-69 in Berkeley, have not swept the season series from Washington since 2003.
> UW owns a 47-25 advantage during home games, including wins in the Bears' last three visits to Seattle.
> 11th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 11-10 record against the Huskies.
> Fifth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-6 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2002 season after winning in 2001.
The Last Meeting
California 77, UW 69 ot (Jan. 13, 2007; Berkeley, Calif.)
Ayinde Ubaka scored six of his 13 points during overtime, leading California to a 77-69 win over Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (11-6, 3-2) led by as many as five points before settling on a 35-33 halftime margin. The lead was 64-61 before Spencer Hawes made a jumper with 2:14 and Ryan Appleby hit a 3-pointer at 1:20 to give the Huskies (11-6, 1-5) a 66-64 lead. Eric Vierneisel put Cal ahead 67-66 on a trey with nine seconds remaining. UW forced overtime when Justin Dentmon converted the second of two free throws with one second left in regulation. The Bears tallied the first seven points and outscored UW 10-2 in the extra session. Ryan Anderson had 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Cal, which became the first school to out-rebound UW (47-36). Theo Robertson scored 14 points for the Bears who won despite shooting 37.9 percent (25-66). Hawes finished with 13 points to lead UW, which also got 12 from Justin Dentmon.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to "Big Baby's" 48-game double-figure scoring streak. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led last year's Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 9.3 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 13.7 points per game.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes already owns Washington's freshman record for blocked shots with 35. He eclipsed the previous standard of 32 established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Nov. 12 in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. Hawes has 16 double-figure scoring games, including six 20-point performances. He registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Hawes' 14.6-point scoring average currently leads the Huskies. He forced the second overtime Dec. 28 at USC, converting his first career 3-point attempt. Hawes missed the Jan. 20 game at Washington State with a sprained left ankle, but returned to play in a reserve role in the last four games. He lost over 15 pounds while battling a stomach virus the entire month of January. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising eight of the 12 spots on the active roster. UW has five freshmen on the roster (one of them a 2006 red-shirt) and three sophomores. The four eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Coach Lorenzo Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick."
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He hasn't slowed down since and currently ranks third for UW with an average of 11.9 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 12 double-figure scoring games.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 55 of Washington's 139 three-pointers (40%), 35 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.50 treys per game while shooting 42.6 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 21 games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005) and matched that total three times this season, against Southern Utah (Dec. 4), at USC (Dec. 28) and versus Arizona State (Jan. 6). Appleby netted 130 of his 160 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Washington ranks 17th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 80.2 points per game. The Huskies had 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
Washington finally registered its first road win in its seventh try, a 66-61 decision at Arizona State on Feb. 1 that was followed Feb. 3 by an 84-54 loss at Arizona. UW lost its first six road games: at Gonzaga (77-97), at USC (79-86 2ot), at UCLA (74-96), at Stanford (77-78), at California (69-77 ot) and at Washington State (47-75). Three of those road setbacks were close calls, including two overtime games (USC, Cal) and a one-point decision (Stanford). In contrast to this year's 1-7 road mark, the Huskies have a 13-1 home record.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six blocks against Sacramento State, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. Hawes leads the team and ranks No. 4 among Pac-10 players with 35 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented their sixth unique set of starters in the last four games, their third different group in six games. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 22 games. Every current player has started at least six games this season, except UW's two seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser). Washington's most-frequently used lineup was comprised entirely of underclassmen. UW started three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon) during eight games. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 22 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby, Spencer Hawes and Artem Wallace). Nine different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and five have posted at least one 20-point performance.
Washington held Arizona State to 34.4 percent shooting (33-96) in the two meetings, while the other eight Pac-10 opponents combined to shoot 52.9 percent (271-512) from the field ... Arizona shot 61 percent from the field (63-103) in two games against UW, including 50 percent (16-32) from 3-point range ... UW's individual single-game high point total is 25 points turned in twice by both Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter ... UW went three consecutive games without a blocked shot (Jan. 13-25) and has just 10 blocks in the last nine outings ... UW lost its last five overtime games, two this season and all three last year ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13) ... UW has an 83-25 overall record (48-19 vs. Pac-10 teams) since a pivotal 103-99 overtime victory at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 that stopped an 0-5 Pac-0 start.
Washington dropped out of the Associated Press poll Jan. 8 after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 1 capped a nine-week stay in the poll. Six Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (2), Oregon (13), WSU (14), USC (19), Arizona (24) and Stanford (25). UW has already played six games against ranked opponents with six games remaining against opponents ranked in the current top-25, including a Feb. 17 visit to No. 7 Pittsburgh. Washington dropped out of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 8. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.
The Huskies had a 16-game home winning streak halted on Jan. 4 by a 96-87 loss to Arizona ... That loss also stopped a run of seven straight home wins for UW against ranked opponents ... Washington's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games ... The loss at Gonzaga also snapped the Huskies' streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Last Game
(#20) Arizona 84, UW 54 (Feb. 3, 2007; Tucson, Ariz.)
Jordan Hill tallied a career-high 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, leading 20th-ranked Arizona to an 84-54 rout over Washington at McKale Center. The margin of defeat was the largest for the Huskies (14-8, 4-7) since an 89-57 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 9, 2003 during Coach Lorenzo Romar's first season. The Wildcats (15-7, 6-5) stopped a two-game home losing streak, shooting 57 percent (31-54) from the field while limiting Washington to 38 percent (24-63). Chase Budinger scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Arizona utilized an 11-point run to go ahead 45-26 at halftime. The Wildcats led by as many as 33 point, fueled by a surge of 13 unanswered points early in the second half. Hill netted six points during the run. Jawann McClellan scored 15 points off the bench for Arizona, which swept the season series for the first time since 2003. The Huskies were led by the 12 points of Artem Wallace and 10 from Jon Brockman.
Heading the pack of returning youngsters is a pair of sophomore starters, forward Jon Brockman and point guard Justin Dentmon. Both of them were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Brockman is one of 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida.
Three starters and two other lettermen have departed, led by All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft by the same Minnesota team that also took forward Bobby Jones 37th. Both were immediately traded, Roy to Portland and Jones to Philadelphia. Also gone are four-year starting forward Mike Jensen and sensational sixth man Jamaal Williams.