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March 4, 2013


Washington USC at WASHINGTON
Wednesday, March 6 | 8:30 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Network | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)

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SEATTLE - The Huskies (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) wrap up the regular season with a pair of games at home this week vs. USC and UCLA. The Trojans (14-15, 9-7 Pac-12) ride into Seattle first on Wednesday and they bring with them a two-game win streak after sweeping Arizona and Arizona State at home. The Trojans are tied for fifth in the Conference and are one of the hotter teams with victories in six of their last eight games. With one more win, the Huskies will guarantee themselves a finish with an above .500 record.

Wednesday's game will be telecast by the Pac-12 Network with a late tip at 8:30 p.m. PT. Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd will be on the call. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radiowaves by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. Satellite radio Sirius 94 and XM 191 will also carry the game. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from press row on

Washington vs. USC
The Huskies and USC first played each other in 1925 and since then have pretty much battled evenly, with USC holding the slight 69-68 all-time advantage. Since 2008, UW is 5-6 against the Trojans - the Huskies only losing record they have against a Pac-12 team in that span. The Trojans are going for their third regular season sweep over a Romar led Husky team, also accomplishing the feat in 2010 and 2008. USC won 71-60 the first time the two teams met on Feb. 10. Overall, the Huskies are 38-30 in Seattle (28-39 on USC's home floor and 2-0 on a neutral court). The Huskies won 69-41 in Seattle last year. USC last win in Seattle was Feb. 18, 2010. Lorenzo Romar is 13-8 overall vs. USC and is 5-5 all-time at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Dawg Bites - Team
• Washington had not been swept in a two-game regular season series by a Pac-12 team since USC in 2010 and had not been swept by two schools in the same season since 2007 when Arizona and Washington State pulled it off. This year, Arizona and Oregon have swept the Huskies, and both USC and UCLA are coming into town trying to join the fray. The last time UW was swept by more than three Pac-12 teams was 2003 when ASU, Ariz, Cal, UCLA and OSU all swept the Huskies.
• C.J. Wilcox have scored 15 or more points in the same game just four times this season. The Huskies are 3-1 in those games, their lone loss coming vs. Nevada. The duo each scored 23 vs. Washington State on Sunday, the first time this season two Huskies have scored 20+ points in the same game.
• Historically, the Huskies have finished strong in the last four regular-season conference games during the Romar era. Over the previous four seasons they have a combined record of 13-3 down the home stretch, twice going 4-0, once going 3-1 and going 2-2 the other time. In fact in the 10 previous years under Romar, UW has only finished under .500 once in the final four game (2008) and is 31-11 (.738) overall, including 2-0 this year.
• UW's 10-6 home record is unusual in that the loss total equals the combined last three seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The only seasons which the Huskies had more home losses under Romar were 2008 (12-7) and 2003 (8-7).
• UW's 10-6 home record is unusual in that the loss total equals the combined last three seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The only seasons which the Huskies had more home losses under Romar were 2008 (12-7) and 2003 (8-7).
• The Huskies are 4-3 at home in Pac-12 play. Only twice previously under Romar have the Huskies dropped more than two home games -- 2003 and 2008 when they dropped five during conference action.
• Husky radio play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau was named the 2012 NSSA Washington Sportscaster of the Year for the 10th time. Rondeau is in his 32nd year as Washington's play-by-play announcer.
• UW was 5-6 in true road games this year. It marked the seventh time in 11 seasons under Romar that the Huskies have won five road games.
• The Huskies have scored under 60 points six times this season. The last time they had done that as many times was in 2008.
• Washington entered this year having won 20-plus games in a school record 4-straight years -- which is the longest active streak in the conference. The Huskies have 20+ wins in six of Lorenzo Romar's previous 10 seasons.
• UW is 5-6 in true road games, 1-1 in neutral site games. The Huskies average 66.5 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 66.8.
• UW is 11-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 5-12 when under 70%. Also, UW is 12-3 when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
• Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 12-2 when leading at halftime, 1-1 when tied and 3-10 when trailing.
• UW leads the Pac-12 with 12.9 offensive rebounds per game but conversely, the Huskies are 11th with 23.2 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is 11th in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .434.
• The Huskies are giving up 66.7 ppg which ranks 9th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.

Dawg Bites - Individuals
• The mother of Aziz N'Diaye, Amy, is visiting from Dakar, Senegal for the final three Husky home games. It is the first time she has seen her son play college basketball in the United States.
• C.J. Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 199 3-point makes. He is trying to become the third UW player ever with 200 or more 3-pointers. Next up on the all-time list is Deon Luton, who made 212. Scott Suggs is 7th all-time on UW's top-10 career 3-point list with 132.
• Suggs is 9 for 13 in the last 2 games from 3-point range. In the previous 7 games he was 4 for 21. He hit a career-high tying five against WSU on Sunday.
• Abdul Gaddy has 125 assists, which is 15th most in UW single-season history. For his career, he has 437 to rank third all-time in UW history. Over the last 10 games he has averaged 6.0 apg, after averaging 3.3 apg in the previous 6 games. Gaddy has 5 or more assists in 8 of the last 10 games, after less than five in 8 of the previous 10 games.
• Wilcox has scored 20+ points 13 times this season to equal the ninth most in UW single-season history. He has done it 11 times at home (19.4 ppg home) and twice in 11 games away from Alaska Airlines Arena (14.7 ppg). He is the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 points and is currently 25th all-time with 1,224.
• Huskies have won four of the last eight NBA Slam Dunk championships. Terrence Ross won the 2013 title while Nate Robinson was champion in 2010, 2009 and 2006.
• Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has averaged 12.6 ppg over the last seven weekend games, but 2.0 ppg in the last 5 weeknight contests. • Shawn Kemp, Jr. is averaging 8.8 ppg over the last 10 games (88 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
Scott Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.873), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percentage is the fourth best in team history (89.7 is the record).
• Among active Pac-12 players, C.J. Wilcox is second (199) behind Cal's Allen Crabbe (202) in career 3-point field goals.

Last Time Vs. USC (2/10/13)
AP - J.T. Terrell scored 18 points and Eric Wise had 12 as USC defeated Washington 71-60 on Sunday night. The Trojans (11-13, 6-5 Pac-12) never trailed in winning their third game in a row. Omar Oraby scored nine points and Dewayne Dedmon had eight points and nine rebounds. Wise completed a three-point play for a 65-58 lead and Terrell and Jio Fontan each sank a pair of free throws down the stretch for USC. C.J. Wilcox, the Pac-12's fourth-leading scorer, was held scoreless in the second half and finished with eight points.

Last Time Out: UW 72, WSU 68 (3/3)
AP - Scott Suggs hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4 minutes remaining and finished with 23 points, and Washington beat rival Washington State 72-68 on Sunday, handing the Cougars their ninth straight loss. Suggs' 3 from the top of the key snapped a 57-all tie. It was his fifth 3-pointer, tying his career high, and he added four more free throws as the Huskies (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) took a 65-57 lead with 2:28 remaining. Washington won consecutive games for the first time since early January when the Huskies started conference play 4-0 before losing eight of nine. Washington won its fifth straight over the Cougars. Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge led Washington State (11-18, 2-14) with 18 points each, but the Cougars' worst slide since the 2002-03 season continued.

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