Dec. 21, 2006
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 --
Weber 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
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 --
(#17) Washington at USC, 7:30 p.m. (No TV)
Galen Center (10,258) / Los Angeles, Calif.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 17th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (9-1) play their final non-conference home game, Friday, Dec. 22 when they entertain the Weber State Wildcats (7-5) from Ogden, Utah. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. This is the first meeting between Washington and Weber State. The Huskies are coming off a convincing 88-72 triumph over No. 12 LSU on Wednesday during which they held All-American and SEC Player of the Year Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games. Washington opened the season with nine consecutive home victories, beginning with a three-game sweep en route to the championship of the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW seeks to wrap up its third consecutive perfect non-conference home slate, bringing a 9-0 mark into Friday's game. UW's lone loss was a 97-77 road setback at No. 18 Gonzaga (Dec. 9). The Huskies posted a 10-0 record in non-conference home contests last season and were 6-0 in 2004-05. Wednesday's game caps a three-game homestand. UW still has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 17 visit to No. 7 Pittsburgh.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Friday's game against Weber State will be broadcast on FSN Northwest. Cara Capuano 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 provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
A limited number of tickets for Washington games 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).
The Huskies begin Pac-10 play on the road next week in pursuit of their first conference championship since 1985. Washington was the conference runner-up in each of the last three seasons and won the Pac-10 Tournament in 2005. UW opens Pac-10 play in Los Angeles, beginning Thursday, Dec. 28 at USC's new Galen Center. On Sunday, Dec. 31 the Huskies invade UCLA's Pauley Pavilion where they were victorious last season for the first time since 1987. The top-ranked Bruins are the third top-25 opponent for UW during its current six-game stretch.
Washington is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 13 boards per game (43.5 to 30.9). The Huskies won the rebound battle in all 10 games. Sophomore forward Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.9 rebounds per game, including six double-digit efforts.
The Huskies are averaging 88.8 points per game, including 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 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 Weber State Series
> Friday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Weber State.
> UW has a 68-15 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference, including wins this season against Eastern Washington, Portland State and Sacramento State.
> First-year Weber State coach Randy Rahe spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Utah on the staff of former Washington assistant Ray Giacoletti. Rahe has never coached against the Huskies.
> In his fifth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar lost his only previous meeting with Weber State as the head coach at Pepperdine during the 1997 season.
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 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. Hawes has eight double-figure scoring games, including three 20-point performances. He registered his first double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20). The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
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 15.9 points per game, including a 25-point performance against Idaho (Nov. 29). Pondexter leads the team with nine double-figure scoring games.
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 10 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Dentmon, Hawes 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.
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.
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.
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 9.9 rebounds and is UW's third leading scorer at 12.3 points per game.
The Washington men's basketball remained 17th in this week's (Dec. 18) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of four Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining top-ranked UCLA, Arizona (9) and Oregon (21). UW has nine games scheduled against six opponents ranked in the top-20, including UCLA (1), Pittsburgh (7), Arizona (9), LSU (12), Oregon (21) and Gonzaga (22). Washington dropped three places, into the No. 17 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 has opened the last five games. UW starts three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon). The Huskies implemented four different lineups last season.
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 817 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies have a 15-game homecourt winning streak and won 48 of their last 50 games at Bank of America Arena. They registered a school-record 32-game winning streak that started Jan. 29, 2004 against Arizona. The same Wildcats ended UW's streak with a 96-95 double-overtime decision on Dec. 31, 2005. The 32-game streak was seven-wins longer than the previous school record of 25 (Jan. 18, 1930-Mar. 6, 1931) and led the nation at the time. UW posted a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, a 17-2 mark in 2006 and is 9-0 this season.
The Huskies' 88-72 decision Wednesday over No. 12 LSU was their seventh straight victory over a ranked opponent at Bank of America Arena ... Washington has won 26 consecutive non-conference home games, including all 10 games last year and nine this season. UW's last home loss outside Pac-10 play was an 86-62 setback against Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003 ... The Huskies have a 15-game home winning streak at Bank of America Arena where they won 48 of the last 50 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).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 23 of UW's 72 treys, 11 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.3 treys per game while shooting 42 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last nine 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). Appleby netted 98 of his 122 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
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 44 blocks, a rate of 4.40 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 25 blocks.
UW's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games. The Huskies also had a streak of 15 consecutive regular-season games halted.
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.