Dec. 12, 2006
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 --
Portland State at (#17) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 --
(#12) Louisiana State at (#17) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 17th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (7-1) seek to get back on the winning track when they host Portland State, Saturday, Dec. 16. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Vikings have a 7-3 record, including a 71-67 win at Arizona State on Nov. 18. Washington hopes to rebound from a 97-77 loss Saturday at Gonzaga in its first road game. The Huskies opened the season with seven consecutive home victories, beginning with a three-game sweep en route to the championship of the Basketball Travelers Classic. The Portland State contest is the first of three straight non-conference home games for the Huskies who then begin Pac-10 play in Los Angeles. After Saturday, the Huskies entertain 12th-ranked LSU on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Weber State on Friday, Dec. 22.
The visiting Portland State squad has two former Huskies on its coaching staff. Second-year head coach Ken Bone served as an assistant on Lorenzo Romar's first three UW teams, from 2003-2005. Viking assistant coach Curtis Allen was a four-year letterman for the Huskies from 2001-04. He still holds the school's career free throw percentage record, converting 86.7 percent of his free throws (202-of-233). Allen ranks 10th among all-time Huskies with 286 career assists.
Tickets for Washington's remaining non-conference games, excluding LSU, are currently on sale. 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).
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game against Portland State will be broadcast on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis describes the action alongside analyst 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 calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Saturday's setback at Gonzaga was the first regular-season, non-conference loss for Washington since its last visit to Spokane, snapping a 24-game winning streak. The Huskies also had their streak of 15 consecutive regular-season games halted. UW's last regular-season defeat came at Washington State on Feb. 4.
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 leads UW with an average of 16.0 points per game, including a 25-point performance against Idaho (Nov. 29).
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's eight games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Dentmon and Pondexter are the only players to lead all UW scorers more than once. Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort.
The Portland State Series
> Washington won all five previous meetings against Portland State, all of them were played in Seattle.
> The Huskies won the most recent matchup 73-65 on Nov. 21, 2003. UW posted a 94-63 victory on Nov. 28, 2000. The Huskies won 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996 in a game that game broke a 23-year hiatus in the series that was due to Portland State disbanding its basketball program from 1981 until 1996.
> Washington won 101-85 on Dec. 3, 1971 in the inaugural meeting with the Vikings and was victorious 64-59 on Jan. 27, 1973.
> The UW has a 67-15 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference.
> Second-year Viking Coach Ken Bone has never competed against Washington in a head coaching capacity. Bone is a former Seattle Pacific head coach who served three years as an assistant on the Washington staff from 2003-05
> Second-year PSU assistant coach Curtis Allen was a four-year letterman at Washington from 2001-04.
> In his fifth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 1-0 record against Portland State.
The Last Meeting
UW 73, Portland State 65 (Nov. 21, 2003/Seattle)
Anthony Washington scored a career-high 14 points, including back-to-back baskets during the decisive stretch of Washington's season-opening 73-65 win over Portland State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (1-0) staged a 22-2 run to race ahead 24-8 in the first half during which they forced 18 of PSU's 28 turnovers. The Vikings (0-1) closed within 37-34 at halftime and led 40-38 with 16:43 left to play. UW held a slim 54-53 advantage before taking control with eight unanswered points. Hakeem Rollins started the run with a putback with 6:10 left in the game. Anthony Washington's consecutive baskets followed and a Bobby Jones jumper capped the surge with the Huskies leading 62-53 with 4:38 remaining. Portland State, which lost its 16th straight road game, never got closer than seven points after that. Brandon Roy, Will Conroy and Jones each tallied 11 points for UW. Blake Walker scored 20 points, Seamus Boxley 15 and Sheu Oduniyi 12 for the Vikings. Hakeem Rollins totaled eight points and led the Huskies with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Huskies are 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 active upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.
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. 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.
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.
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. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led the Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. Brockman currently leads the team with an average of 10.1 rebounds and is UW's fourth leading scorer at 11.9 points per game.
The Huskies have won 24 consecutive non-conference home games, including all 10 games last year and seven this season. UW's last home loss outside Pac-10 play was an 86-62 setback against Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003.
Wooden Award candidate Jon Brockman is averaging a double-double, scoring 11.9 points per game while grabbing 10.1 rebounds.
The Huskies have a 13-game home winning streak at Bank of America Arena where they won 46 of the last 48 outings.
Washington's leading scorer in each of the first seven games posted a career-high total as Jon Brockman tallied 25 points against Pepperdine, Brandon Burmeister had 17 against Nicholls State, Justin Dentmon had 17 against Northern Iowa, Quincy Pondexter scored 22 against Sacramento State and Ryan Appleby had 24 against Southern Utah (Dec. 4). Dentmon increased his career high to 23 against Eastern Washington (Nov. 24) and Pondexter increased his best to 25 against Idaho (Nov. 29)
The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13).
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.
The Washington men's basketball fell four spots to 17th in this week's (Dec. 11) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of four Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining top-ranked UCLA, Arizona (10) and Oregon (22). UW has nine games scheduled against six opponents ranked in the top-20, including UCLA (1), Pittsburgh (2), Arizona (10), LSU (12), Gonzaga (16) and Oregon (22). Washington dropped six places, into the No. 14 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll. 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 have used three unique sets of starters, the current group comprised entirely of underclassmen. Washington starts three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon). The Huskies implemented four different lineups last season.
UW ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth with 82.0 points per game last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
The fifth season of the Lorenzo Romar era is underway for the Washington men's basketball team, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. Romar directed the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for just the second time in school history. A two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80, Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before coming to UW.
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. The Huskies have 37 blocks, a rate of 4.63 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 19 blocks.
A youth movement has swept through the Washington men's basketball program. After relying on a core of veteran players to lead his Huskies to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history, Coach Lorenzo Romar now counts on a bevy of underclassmen to sustain that success. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick." Despite their unfamiliarity with college basketball, all of the young pups possess pure prep pedigrees. 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. Those returning starters are among eight underclassmen on the 12-player active roster. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida. For the second straight season, the Huskies welcome a recruiting class considered among the nation's finest. Heading the list of fabulous freshmen is 7-foot center Spencer Hawes, the leading vote getter in the Best in the West poll who is considered one of the country's top-five recruits.
The 2006 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 26-7 for their second straight 20-win campaign. Washington began the season by winning the BCA Classic and finished it in an epic overtime loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut in the Sweet 16. Brandon Roy was named an All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams were honored as all-conference honorable mention selections and Ryan Appleby was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
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.
Home Sweet Home
Washington plays all of its home games in the renovated Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 815 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They won their last 13 home games and 46 of the last 48. UW registered a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, a 17-2 mark last season and is 7-0 this season.
The Huskies play 19 of their 30 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they won their last 13 games and 46 of their last 48. They posted a 17-2 record last year and a perfect 15-0 mark in 2005. UW opened with seven straight home games. The Huskies venture away from Seattle twice during non-conference play. They travel to Gonzaga on Dec. 9 and visit fourth-ranked Pittsburgh on Feb. 17.