Feb. 20, 2007
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 --
Washington at Oregon State, 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (FSN Northwest)
Gill Coliseum (10,400) / Corvallis, Ore.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 --
Washington at #23 Oregon, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (FSN)
McArthur Court (9,087) / Eugene, Ore.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (16-10, 6-8 Pac-10) embark on their final regular-season road trip, a two-game swing through the Willamette Valley that begins, Thursday, Feb. 22 at Oregon State (10-18, 2-13). Tip-off is 6 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. The Huskies won six of the last seven meetings with OSU. On Saturday, Feb. 24, Washington visits McArthur Court for a 7:30 p.m. clash with 23rd-ranked Oregon (20-7, 8-7). UW was victorious in six of the last seven games against Oregon. The Huskies conclude the regular season at home next week, hosting USC on Mar. 1 and UCLA on Mar. 3.
Thursday's game at Oregon will be televised live on FSN Northwest. Todd Mansfield 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.
Washington played a pair of top-10 ranked opponents last week and the result was exactly the same -- a 65-61 setback. The Huskies lost at home to No. 10 Washington State on Feb. 14 before traveling to Pittsburgh where they fell to the No. 7 Panthers.
The Huskies shot a season-best 64 percent (7-11) from 3-point range at Pittsburgh after shooting just 22 percent (16-73) behind the arc in the previous five games ... UW's record is 11-1 when scoring 80-or-more points ... The Huskies have a 14-3 record in games when they hold their opponent below the 50-percent shooting plateau ... Jon Brockman led, or tied for team-high rebounding honors in 20 of 26 games.
Washington finished with a 10-2 non-conference record, losing road games at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17) and Gonzaga (Dec. 9). The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by an 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.
Spencer Hawes already owns the UW freshman record with 43 blocked shots, a figure that ranks No. 5 among all-time Huskies.
The Huskies play two of their final four games against teams ranked in this week's polls.
UW out-boarded 24 of 26 opponents and ranks third nationally with a + 8.7 rebound margin. Jon Brockman is No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 14 nationally with 9.7 rebounds per game.
Justin Dentmon needs one assist to post the 29th 100-assist season in UW history. He will be the ninth Husky with two 100-assist seasons.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by nearly nine per game (38.9 to 30.2). That + 8.7 margin ranks No. 3 nationally, behind only Vermont (+ 9.9) and North Carolina (+ 9.5). The Huskies won the board battle in 24 of 26 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.7 rebounds per game, including 15 double-digit efforts. Brockman is the nation's 14th-ranked rebounder.
Washington has a 15-2 record at home and 1-8 on the road. The Huskies are averaging 16.8 more points at home, scoring at an 83.9-point clip compared to 67.1 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by nearly 13 rebounds per game at home, while having a slim one-rebound edge in road contests.
The Oregon State Series
> Washington has a 145-135 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> UW won six of the last seven games, including a sweep of the 2006 season series.
> The Beavers boast a 94-45 series advantage over UW during games played in Corvallis. The Huskies won 96-63 last season at Gill Coliseum.
> Fifth-year OSU coach Jay John has a 3-6 record against UW. John left at halftime of the 2005 game in Seattle and stayed overnight at UW Medical Center due to hypertension.
> Fifth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-3 record against Oregon State.
The Last Meeting
UW 91, Oregon State 74 (Jan. 27, 2007; Seattle)
Jon Brockman matched his career high with 25 points and led all rebounders with eight, leading Washington to a 91-74 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. Justin Dentmon scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half, helping the Huskies (13-7, 3-6) build a 41-38 halftime edge. After the Beavers (9-13, 1-8) scored the first basket of the second half, UW staged a 26-7 surge to go ahead 67-47 with 12:52 left to play. Brockman tallied 10 points during the run. The lead grew to as many as 26 points, but narrowed when OSU scored the game's final six points. Josh Tarver paced the Beavers with 22 points and Kyle Jeffers added 14. Spencer Hawes came off the bench to score 13 points and Phil Nelson had 12. OSU shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the field and 40 percent (6-15) from 3-point range, but hit just 12 of 32 free throws (38%). UW shot 52.5 percent (32-61) and made 22 of 25 free throws (88%).
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 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). 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 1-8 road mark, the Huskies have a 15-2 home record.
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 15-2 mark in Seattle while losing eight of its nine road outings. The Huskies won nine of their last 11 home games against ranked opponents and 21 of their last 23 home games overall. UW won 823 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
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 9.7 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 14.0 points per game.
Did You Know?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer in each of the last 25 games. His 64 treys are 44 more than any other teammate.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes already owns Washington's freshman record for blocked shots with 43. He eclipsed the previous standard of 32 established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996. The 43 blocks place Hawes fifth among UW's all-time single-season leaders, behind the 67 of both David Dixon (2002) and Chris Welp (1986), the 63 of Welp (1987) and 47 of MacCulloch (1999).
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 20 double-figure scoring games, including seven 20-point performances. He registered two double-doubles, with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and 12 points and 12 rebounds at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). Hawes was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. His 15.0-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 junior) 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."
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 64 of Washington's 156 three-pointers (41%), 44 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.46 treys per game while shooting 43.0 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 25 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 139 of his 175 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
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 10.8 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 12 double-figure scoring games.
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 for Washington (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 25th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 78.1 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 10 games. The most recent lineup (Pondexter, Brockman, Hawes, Dentmon, Appleby) was used the last three games for the first time since game No. 5 on Nov. 24 and has a 5-2 record this season. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 26 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 43 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
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. Three Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (4), Washington State (9) and Oregon (23). UW has already played nine games against ranked opponents, including a Feb. 17 loss at No. 7 Pittsburgh. The Huskies have two games remaining versus ranked foes, Feb. 24 at No. 23 Oregon and Mar. 3 against No. 4 UCLA. 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
#7 Pittsburgh 65, UW 61 (Feb. 17, 2007; Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Ronald Ramon scored 11 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the second half of seventh-ranked Pittsburgh's 65-61 win over Washington at the Petersen Events Center. The Huskies (16-10) lost their second straight game to a top-10 opponent by the same 65-61 score. UW jumped out to a 20-13 lead before the Panthers (23-4) utilized an 11-point run en route to a 31-28 halftime edge. There were four second-half ties, the last at 47-47 was forged by a Jon Brockman layup with 8:34 left to play. Ramon answered with a 3-pointer at 7:58 to put Pitt ahead for good. The Panthers converted 5-of-7 free throws in the final 1:39 to seal the win. Brockman scored 13 points to lead the Huskies, who also got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Spencer Hawes. Mike Cook tallied 15 points for Pitt while Levance Fields added 14. UW out-rebounded (42-32) and out-shot (43%-36%) the Panthers. But the Huskies turned the ball over 16 times, while forcing just six. Pitt posted a 21-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
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.