Feb. 20, 2006
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 --
Stanford at (#17) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 --
California at (#17) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 17th-ranked Washington Huskies (20-5, 9-5) conclude one of the busiest home schedules in their history this week when they host their conference rivals from the Bay Area. The Huskies meet Stanford (13-10, 9-5), Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised live on FSN. The Cardinal won the first meeting in dramatic fashion, Jan. 29 in Palo Alto. Chris Hernandez hit three free throws with two-tenths of a second remaining to force overtime en route to a 76-67 Stanford win. The Huskies host their 19th and final home game, Sunday, Feb. 26 against California (16-7, 10-4). Tip-off is 5 p.m. for the game that airs nationally on FSN. The first meeting was tied with 38 seconds remaining before the Golden Bears claimed a 71-69 win on Jan. 26 in Berkeley. The 19 home games are the most for UW since 1950. Next week, the Huskies finish the regular season with a trip to Arizona State (Mar. 2) and Arizona (Mar. 4).
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's UW-Stanford game airs live at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Steve Physioc describes the action alongside Marques Johnson.
Thursday's Washington-Stanford game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 249 points (1032-783) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 41-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 19 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 104-point margin (1040-936). UW has scored eight more combined points in the second half of games compared to the first half, but has allowed 153 more points after halftime than before. UW trailed just three times at halftime.
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have an 18-1 record when outrebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of nine rebounds (39.0-30.0) in wins while being outboarded (36.6-36.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (38.6) and rebound margin (+7.3).
Player of the Week
Washington senior Brandon Roy, who led the Huskies to their first road sweep of the Oregon schools since 1998, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week Feb. 13 for the second straight week. Roy averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field (17-of-32) last week. He converted all 12 of his free throw attempts. Roy tallied 21 points, four rebounds and four assists Thursday, helping the Huskies defeat Oregon 75-72. The 6-foot-6 guard amassed 25 points and eight rebounds while distributing nine assists in Saturday's 96-63 victory at Oregon State. Roy is only the second Husky to win back-to-back Player of the Week awards (Chris Welp, 1986).
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 25 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (2nd-19.5), assist/turnover ratio (2nd-1.76), assists (6th-4.1), field goal percent (7th-50.1%), steals (7th-1.4), blocked shots (8th-0.9) and rebounds (12th-5.5).
The Huskies posted the 23rd 20-win season in school history. They have back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1984-1985 and only the second time since 1953.
Justin Dentmon (99) needs one assist to join Brandon Roy (102) with the 28th 100-assist season in UW history. They can become the sixth pair of Huskies to reach the 100-assist mark during the same season.
Justin Dentmon has 99 assists and needs five more to break the school freshman record of 103 set by Eldridge Recasner in 1987
Brandon Roy reached the 20-point plateau in each of his last seven games, 13 times total.
UW outrebounded Oregon 36-17 on Feb. 16, including a 22-6 advantage in the second half.
The Huskies swept road trips in Los Angeles and Oregon, the first time they swept more than one two-game conference road trip since 1959. The Huskies did not register a Pac-10 road sweep last season.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 66-57 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 15 of the last 19 meetings against Washington.
> The home team has been dominant in the series with the Huskies holding a 41-18 advantage during games played in Seattle and Stanford leading 46-14 in Palo Alto.
> UW won two of three encounters last season, including a 66-63 victory on Mar. 11 in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals.
> The Cardinal won this year's first meeting in dramatic fashion, a 76-67 overtime decision after Chris Hernandez hit three free throws at the end of regulation.
> The last time Stanford swept the season series from UW was 2002.
> Last year's 77-67 loss at Stanford spoiled Washington's bid for the Pac-10 regular-season championship.
> The Huskies were victories in the last three home meetings after the Cardinal won in five straight visits to Seattle from 1998-2002.
> Second-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 2-2 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Fourth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-5 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
Stanford 76, #10 UW 67 ot (Jan. 29, 2006; Palo Alto, Calif.)
Chris Hernandez converted three free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation and made four more during the overtime to lead Stanford to a stunning 76-67 win over 10th-ranked Washington. The Huskies (16-4, 5-4) lost their 13th consecutive game at Maples Pavilion despite Brandon Roy's game-high 25 points. Roy put UW ahead 61-60 on a three-point play with 1:03 remaining. He stole a pass, was fouled and made the subsequent free throws to push the lead to 63-60 with 2.1 seconds on the clock. Stanford's inbounds pass went to Matt Haryasz then was passed to Hernandez who was fouled by Justin Dentmon outside the 3-point arc. That set up the three tying free throws. The Cardinal (10-7, 6-3) tallied the first five points of the overtime to take control. Hernandez finished with 14 points and Haryasz added 24 and 10 rebounds. Jamaal Williams scored 15 points for the Huskies who lost consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2004 season. UW hit just 2-of-17 shots from 3-point range, shooting 37 percent overall (26-71).
The Huskies climbed three spots to No. 17 in this week's (Feb. 20) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington holds down the No. 19 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 56 of UW's 154 treys, 30 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but four games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26) and Oregon State (Feb. 18). Appleby netted 56 of his 66 field goals from beyond the arc. The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.4 percent that ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10. Freshman Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 53.3. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (50.3%) at No. 6 and Brandon Roy (50.1%) at No. 7. Forwards Artem Wallace (57.1%) and Hans Gasser (50.8%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in nine games. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Washington is the Pac-10 leader and ranks No. 4 nationally in team scoring at 83.6 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.6 points on 51-percent shooting (107-of-211). The senior guard hit 21-of-48 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,299 points to rank 17th among all-time Husky scorers.
Washington utilized a new lineup the last four games as senior forward Mike Jensen made his first starts of the season, giving him 92 for his career. Jensen replaced Jamaal Williams who had started UW's first 21 games. Previously, the primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started 20 of the first 21 games. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only other lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 63-15 record in the last 78 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW, which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004 and posted a 29-6 record in 2005.
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last 16 games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 37 percent of his career 3-pointers (64-174). He hit three treys at Oregon State (Feb. 18).
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average last season. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 20 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He ranks No. 6 among Pac-10 field goal shooters (50.3%) and No. 14 in scoring (13.5 ppg).
The California Series
> Washington won three of the last four meetings to claim a 71-70 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a California victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> California, which won this season's first meeting 71-69 on Jan. 26 in Berkeley, last swept the season series versus the Huskies in 2003.
> UW owns a 46-25 advantage against Cal over games played in Seattle.
> 10th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 11-8 record against the Huskies.
> Fourth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-5 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after winning in 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
California 71, #10 UW 69 (Jan. 26, 2006; Berkeley, Calif.)
Leon Powe amassed 13 rebounds and 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining that sealed California's 71-69 win over 10th-ranked Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (11-6, 5-3) led the entire game, including a 40-32 halftime advantage. The Huskies (16-3, 5-3) committed 12 of their 18 turnovers in the first half, but reserve Ryan Appleby hit all four of his 3-point attempts before intermission to keep them close. UW tallied the first seven second-half points to draw within 40-39 before Cal answered with an 11-point run. Appleby hit his fifth 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the game to cap a 17-4 Husky surge and forge the first tie at 66-66. Ayinde Ubaka was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and converted both free throws to give Cal the lead for good. Powe rebounded a miss by UW's Brandon Roy and made both free throws and Ubaka hit one at 0:06. Roy netted a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push his total to 23 points along with nine assists and five rebounds. Appleby was the only other UW double-figure scorer with 15 points. Cal's Ubaka and Omar Wilkes each had 15.
Washington welcomed new members to the 1,000-point club in consecutive games, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 17th among all-time UW scorers with 1,299 points and Jones is No. 22 with 1,157.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks seventh among Pac-10 playmakers with 3.96 assists per game. He is already listed No. 2 among all-time UW freshman with 99 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.36 assist/turnover ratio (99/73) ranks 10th in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (83.0%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 9.2 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the leading field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 53.3 percent. He has six double-figure rebound games, matching the total of the entire Husky team last season. Brockman was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
The Last Game
#20 UW 96, Oregon State 63 (Feb. 18, 2006; Corvallis, Ore.)
Brandon Roy amassed 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, leading 20th-ranked Washington to a 96-63 triumph over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum. The Huskies (20-5, 9-5) reached the 20-win plateau for the 23rd time in school history. They posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1985. UW led 44-37 at halftime despite being outscored 13-4 at the free throw line. After a technical foul on Beaver coach Jay John four minutes into the game, the Huskies were whistled for 11 straight fouls and had a 16-2 foul disparity the rest of the half. UW opened the second half with a 7-2 run to seize control. The Beavers (11-15, 4-11) were led by the 17 points of Sasa Cuic. Ryan Appleby scored 15 points for UW on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. The Huskies hit a season-high 12 treys in 24 attempts.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. Jones has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound effort at USC (Jan. 14).