Feb. 12, 2007
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 --
Washington vs. #10 Washington State, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Comcast/FCS)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 --
Washington at #7 Pittsburgh, 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time/2 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Peterson Events Center (12,508) / Pittsburgh, Pa.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
Two top-10 opponents and one cross-country trip await the Washington Huskies (16-8, 6-7 Pac-10) who begin their difficult week by hosting 10th-ranked Washington State (21-4, 10-3) on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The cross-state rival Cougars won the last three meetings with UW, their longest series win streak in 12 years. The Huskies then travel to No. 7 Pittsburgh for a Saturday, Feb. 17 non-conference clash at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (2 p.m. Eastern). UW plays five ranked opponents in its final six games, including three teams ranked in the current Associated Press top-10.
Wednesday's Husky men's basketball game against Washington State will be televised live at 7 p.m. on Comcast, channel 17 in Seattle and 76 in Bellingham. It also airs on Fox College Sports (FCS) Central.
Something's Gotta Give
Wednesday's matchup is the classic "irresistible force against an immovable object." Washington ranks 18th nationally, producing 79.5 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense and rank No. 10 nationally, yielding 57.6 points. That's a 21.9-point differential between what UW scores and WSU yields.
Wednesday's game vs. Washington State will be televised live on Comcast (channel 17 in Seattle, 76 in Bellingham, 14 in Spokane) and on Fox College Sports (FCS). Brian Davis calls the action with analysis from Bob Weiss.
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.
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 15-1 mark in Seattle while losing six of its seven road outings. Sunday's 64-52 victory over No. 25 Stanford was the Huskies' ninth home win in the last 10 visits by a ranked opponent. Washington won 21 of its last 22 home games. UW won 823 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Player of the Week
Sophomore forward Jon Brockman was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 12 after averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Washington to a home sweep of the Bay Area schools. He posted a pair of double-doubles. Brockman powered UW to a 79-71 win over California on Feb. 8, amassing 22 points while tying his career-high with 14 rebounds. The Huskies upset 25th-ranked Stanford 64-52 on Feb. 11 behind a 14-point, 10-rebound performance from Brockman. It is his first weekly Pac-10 honor. UW freshman Spencer Hawes was the Dec. 26, 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Washington has a 15-1 record at home and 1-7 on the road. The statistics reveal the disparity. The Huskies are averaging 17.4 more points at home, scoring at an 85.3-point clip compared to 67.9 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by nearly 13 rebounds per game at home, while having a slight rebound deficit in road contests.
The Huskies play five of their final six games against teams ranked in the current A.P. poll.
UW out-boarded 22 of 24 opponents and ranks 5th nationally with a +8.5 rebound margin (UNC leads at +9.9). Jon Brockman is No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 18 in NCAA with 9.5 rebounds per game.
Washington won nine of its last 10 home encounters against ranked opponents.
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.
Fifth-year coach Lorenzo Romar became the fifth coach in Washington history to reach the 100-win plateau with a win over Stanford on Feb. 11. His is the fourth fastest to 100 wins, hitting that mark in his 150th Husky game.
Hec Edmundson -- 100th win on Dec. 17, 1927 vs. Halls AAU in his 134th UW game (8th season)
Tippy Dye -- 100th win on Dec. 10, 1955 vs. Baylor in his 147th UW game (6th season)
Marv Harshman -- 100th win on Jan. 6, 1977 vs. California in 146th UW game (6th season)
Bob Bender -- 100th win on Dec. 20, 2000 at American-Puerto Rico in 207th UW game (8th season)
Lorenzo Romar -- 100th win on Feb. 11, 2007 vs. Stanford in 150th UW game (5th season)
The Washington State Series
> The Cougars won this year's first meeting with a 75-47 victory. That 28-point margin was their largest ever win over Washington.
> WSU seeks its second straight season sweep over the Huskies. Last year, the Cougars swept the season series for the first time since 1994.
> Washington State won the last three meetings, its longest streak in the series since a four-game stretch from 1993-95.
> The Huskies won 14 of the last 21 meetings and own a 167-94 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> Washington boasts a 97-32 home record against WSU, including an 11-game winning streak between 1995-2005 that was halted by a 78-71 Cougar win last season.
> In his first season at the helm, WSU's Tony Bennett has a 1-0 record against UW.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-4 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
Washington State 75, UW 47 (Jan. 20, 2007; Pullman, Wash.)
Derrick Low scored 20 points and hit 5-of-7 shots from 3-point range as Washington State posted its largest win ever against Washington, a 75-47 rout at Friel Court. The Cougars (16-3, 5-2) won their third straight over Washington (11-7, 1-6) and the 28-point margin topped a 49-22 decision in 1932 that was previously their biggest win in the series. Quincy Pondexter scored 16 points to pace the Huskies, who were without the services of center Spencer Hawes due to a sprained left ankle. Kyle Weaver scored 17 points, hitting 7-of-8 shots for WSU, which shot 54 percent (30-56) as a team. The Huskies were held to 28 percent (15-53) shooting en route to its lowest point total in 209 games, dating to Feb. 17, 2000. The Cougars followed back-to-back UW baskets with a 15-point run that resulted in a 32-12 lead with 4:22 left in the first half. The Huskies drew within 38-27 early in the second half before a 17-point WSU surge put the game out of reach.
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 UW in 2006 with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 9.5 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 14.0 points per game.
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 15-1 home record.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes already owns Washington's freshman record for blocked shots with 39. He eclipsed the previous standard of 32 established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Did You Know?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer in each of the last 23 games. He hit a trey in 50 of his 57 career games at Washington.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by over eight per game (38.9 to 30.3). The Huskies won the board battle in 22 of 24 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.5 rebounds per game, including 14 double-digit efforts.
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 18 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' 14.8-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, played five games as a reserve and returned to the starting lineup Feb. 11. 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.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising seven of the 10 spots on the active roster. UW has four active freshmen on the roster and three sophomores. The three eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, one 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 has continued to excel and currently ranks third for UW with an average of 11.3 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 58 of Washington's 144 three-pointers (40%), 38 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.42 treys per game while shooting 42.3 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 23 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 133 of his 168 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
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.
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 24 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 ranks 18th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 79.5 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).
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented six starting lineups, including five different groups during the last eight games. Sunday's lineup (Pondexter, Brockman, Hawes, Dentmon, Appleby) was used for the first time since game No. 5 on Nov. 24 and has a perfect 5-0 record this season. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 24 games. Every current player has drawn a start this season, except UW's two seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser). The 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.
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.
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 of those blocks, 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 39 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
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. UW has a 10-1 non-conference record, the lone loss was a 97-77 setback at Gonzaga (Dec. 9).
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. Five Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (5), Washington State (10), Oregon (15), Arizona (19) and USC (22). UW has already played seven games against ranked opponents with five 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 Last Game
UW 64, #25 Stanford 52 (Feb. 11, 2007; Seattle)
Spencer Hawes scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, helping Washington pull away from 25th-ranked Stanford en route to a 64-52 victory at Bank of America Arena. Hawes returned to the starting lineup for the first time in six games and outscored Stanford's 7-foot freshmen twins Brook and Robin Lopez who combined for 13 points. He scored eight of the first nine second-half points for the Huskies (16-8, 6-7) who built on their 34-32 halftime margin. UW led by as many as 19 points after halftime. Stanford (15-8, 7-5) shot just 25 percent (6-24) in the second half after hitting 50-percent (13-26) of its first-half attempts. The Cardinal was limited to 20 points after intermission. Jon Brockman contributed 14 points and led a 39-33 rebound advantage with 10 boards. Lawrence Hill was Stanford's only double-figure scorer, netting 12 of his 15 points in the first half.
The Huskies won the last three regular-season tournaments in which they participated, including a season-opening triumph in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW was also victorious in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic.
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.