Nov. 15, 2010
Huskies This Week
After a year off, Washington and Eastern Washington renew their intrastate rivalry at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The Huskies (1-0), ranked 17th by the AP and 15th by ESPN/ USA Today, play the Eagles for the eighth time in the last nine years after taking a hiatus last season. The game is the only contest this week for Washington, who leaves for the Maui Invitational on Saturday before facing Virginia on Monday. Tuesday's game will be broadcast on FSN with Tom Glasgow calling playby- play and Francis Williams providing color commentary. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call all the action on the ISP Sports Radio Network.
About Eastern Washington
Eastern Washington opened their season on Friday and lost at home 67-60 to San Jose State. The Eagles have been hit hard by injuries and also dropped their two pre-season games against Seattle Pacifi c and Montana State-Billings. EWU's top returner is point guard Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year Glen Dean, but he will miss the game due to a stress fracture in his foot. Besides Dean, the Eagles return only three other letterwinners -- starting guards Jeffrey Forbes and Kevin Winford and forward Laron Griffi n. The inexperienced Eagles will count on fi ve true freshman, two redshirts and four transfers from the junior college ranks. Eastern coach Kirk Earlywine is in his fourth season at the school and is 32-58 all-time, 0-2 against the Huskies.
UW-Eastern Washington History
The Huskies and Eagles have played 11 times before, with Washington holding a 10-1 advantage since the intrastate rivalry was revved up in 1990. The two teams played each season from 2003- 09 before taking a break last year. Eastern's only win was 62-58 on Dec. 14, 2002 in Lorenzo Romar's fi rst season as coach. UW has won six-straight games in the series, last taking an 83-50 decision on Dec. 20, 2008. Isaiah Thomas scored 13 points in that contest, while Matthew Bryan-Amaning has grabbed 7 rebounds in the 2008 and 2007 contests. Romar is 6-1 all-time against Eastern, with five of the wins coming by 10 or more points.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar (9th Year)
The 2009 & 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is in his ninth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. Romar is the dean of coaching in the Pac-10 having spent more seasons at Washington than any other current Pac-10 coach at their school. Romar owns a 172-91 (.653) record at Washington and is 265-179 (.597) in 15 seasons as a head coach. The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he moved to third all-time in victories at UW after passing Tippy Dye against Cal on Jan. 16, 2010. That win was also the 250th overall during his coaching career. Romar has led Washington five NCAA Tournament Appearances, including three-straight (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). Overall, he has led Washington to three Sweet 16 appearances. He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor - a current UW cheerleader.
Coach Romar In The Media
Coach Romar's weekly show on Sports Radio 950 AM will be held at Anthony's Shilshole Restaurant starting Dec. 1 and will take place also on Dec. 8 and 15 that month. In January, the show moves to Monday's and will be held on the following dates: 1/3, 1/10, 1/18 (due to MLK), 1/24, 1/31 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 3/7, 3/14. Additionally, Romar holds his weekly press conference on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Hec Edmundson Media workroom (room 140). In addition, UWTV will broadcast a replay of the press conference at 11:00 p.m. PT each Tuesday night. UWTV can be found on channel 27 in the Seattle area.
Unprecedented Success Under Romar
The Huskies are enjoying their greatest stretch of success in team history under the direction of Lorenzo Romar. Besides three Sweet 16 appearnaces, two Pac-10 Tournament championships and one regular-season Pac-10 title, the numbers show Romar has entered unchartered territory. From 2005 -- Romar's third season at UW -- to 2010, the Huskies won 142 games, the most ever in a six-year span of UW basketball history. He has averaged 21.3 wins per season and has amassed four of the seven largest single-season win totals in UW history.
Last Time Out
The Huskies opened the season by scoring the third-most points in school history in the 18th-ranked Huskies' 118-64 victory. Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Huskies put up 92 shots, making 43. They hit 12 of 30 3-point attempts. Bryan-Amaning was one of seven Huskies scoring in double figures. Isaiah Thomas finished with 17 points for Washington, while Aziz N'Diaye had 12 points and 15 rebounds in just 15 minutes. Patrick Richard led the Cowboys with 18 points, while Diego Kapelan added 15. Justin Holiday, who had 11 points, also contributed 12 rebounds. The Huskies dominated from the start, staying aggressive and forcing the Cowboys into 27 turnovers. The Huskies' biggest lead was 110-52 with 3:32 left. McNeese led 3-0 on a long-range basket by Patrick Richard 11 seconds into the game. The Cowboys then missed their next 12 shots. Over a 13-minute span, they had more turnovers (14) than shots attempts (12). McNeese finally scored its second field goal at 7:19 with Richard hit a short jumper. By then the Huskies led 44-9. Washington led 61-19 at halftime, shooting 43 percent from the field but committing just five turnovers. McNeese had 18. Thomas made all four of his first-half 3-point attempts and had 15 points.
The Pick Of The Pac
For the first time in school history, Washington was selected by media that covers the Pacific-10 Conference as the preseason favorites. Washington garnered 348 votes including 33 of 35 first place nods in becoming the first non-California or Arizona school to be anointed as conference favorites.
Huskies In The Rankings
Washington begins the season as the only Pac-10 team ranked in the national polls. The Huskies are 15th in the ESPN/Coaches poll and 17th in the Associated Press poll. Additionally, several publications and websites have the Huskies ranked, including: FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman (7th), Slam Magazine (8th), Bleacherreport.com (9th), ESPN's Dick Vitale (14th), Sports Illustrated (15th), ESPN's Andy Katz (18th), CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish (18th), Rivals.com (21st), Athlon Sports (22nd), The Sporting News (23rd) and Blue Ribbon Yearbook (23rd).
Thanksgiving In Maui
For the first time in school history, Washington will play in the EA Sports Maui Invitational from Nov. 22-24. Washington will open the tournament against a Tony Bennett-led Virginia squad. Also playing in Maui are Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Connecticut, Wichita State and host Chaminade. The UW-Virginia winner will player either Kentucky or Oklahoma.
Thomas Scores A Record
With 1,134 points through two seasons, Isaiah Thomas scored more points than any Husky in their first two years. He is one of two players to reach 1,000 points in their first two seasons, joining Doug Smart (1,021). Thomas is the 35th Husky to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau and enters the year ranking 26th on the all-time scoring list.
Thomas Named To Watch List
Junior Isaiah Thomas was one of 50 players named to the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award pre-season list. He was also a Wooden Award and Naismith nominee in 2009-10.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning had an outstanding finish to the 2009-10 season. He ended the year by averaging 11.8 points and team-bests of 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over the final 14 games of the year. He also shot 59.8% from the field and was a main reason UW went 11-3 over those 14 games. MBA has also made his mark on UW's all-time blocks list and is third with 104, trailing only Chris Welp (186) and Todd MacCulloch (142) on the all-time list. He picked up where he left off by scoring a career-high 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds (2nd most in his career).
Through the first 13 games of the 2009-10 season Justin Holiday came off the bench and was ninth on the team in scoring with 3.5 ppg and played just 14.7 minutes per game. After being inserted into the starting lineup on Jan. 14 vs. California, Holiday averaged 7.4 ppg to rank 4th on the team over the final 21 games. He also averaged 26.9 minutes, grabbed 5.3 rebounds and shot 47.4% in his starting role after averaging 3.2 rebounds and shooting 29.6% coming from the bench. Holiday also proved to be one of the Huskies top shut-down defenders earning an All-Pac-10 Defensive Team nod.
Putting the "O" in "D"
Joining Holiday on the 2010 Pac-10 All-Defensive Team was Venoy Overton. The brash guard has earned a reputation as one of the nation's toughest defenders and spends much of the game getting under the opponent's skin. In an anonymous poll of several Pac-10 players by ESPN The Magazine, Overton earned the nod by 66% as the conference's Biggest Trash Talker,. But, as all those that watch him on the court know, Overton prefers to let his play do the talking. He ranks 4th all-time in UW history with 144 steals and ranks ninth all-time with 293 assists.
Five New Faces
Washington welcomes five players that will see their first Husky action this season. C.J. Wilcox spent the 2010 season redshirting but quickly earned the reputation as the team's best shooter. UW added 7-foot JC transfer Aziz N'Diaye out of the College of Southern Idaho who will help provide an inside presence. Coaches rave about 6-5 guard Terrence Ross' athletic ability and say 6-7 forward Desmond Simmons has a non-stop motor. UW also added walkon guard Antoine Hosley, a teammate of Ross at Portland's Jefferson High School.
The Huskies went to the JC ranks to grab their first-ever player from Africa -- Senegal's Aziz N'Diaye. Husky assistant Raphael Chillious first saw N'Diaye playing in the NBA and NIKE sponsored SEEDS (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal) and had him on the radar for years. N'Diaye played a season at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois before attending junior college at the College of Southern Idaho. He played as a freshman, but redshirtted his sophomore season after tearing his ACL. He was signed and expected help provide an instant inside presence, which he did by scoring 13 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and swatting two shots in his debut vs. McNeese State.