Dec. 3, 2010
SEATTLE - UW (4-2) plays the second of three games in a short homestand at Hec Edmundson Pavilion as they take on Texas Tech (5-3) this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT (FSN-TV). The game is the first of two Big-12/Pac-10 Hardwood Classic games Washington (ranked No. 23/22) will play this year. Wrapping up the homestand will be a Monday, Nov. 6 contest vs. Portland at 7:00 p.m. (FSN-NW). Calling the action vs. Texas Tech for a nationally-televised FSN audience will be Kevin Calabro and Marques Johnson.
Saturday's game will not be on 950 KJR-AM, the Seattle-area flagship station that normally covers Husky hoops. The game will be carried on KKNW 1150 AM. Mike Gastineau and Jason Hamilton will call the action.
UW Vs. Texas Tech
UW leads the series 5-3 all-time, with the teams meeting last season and Texas Tech escaping with a 99-92 overtime win in Lubbock, Texas. The Huskies had won three-straight overall previously. Overall, the UW is 1-1 at home vs. the Red Raiders, 2-1 on the road and 2-1 at neutral sites. Lorenzo Romar is 0-2 all-time against the Red Raiders, also losing to them in 1999 while coaching Pepperdine.
Scouting Texas Tech
The Red Raiders are 5-3. Texas Tech has a loss to North Texas and a pair of losses coming the in the South Padre Island Invitational to Saint Mary's and South Florida. Five Red Raiders are averaging 10 or more points with senior guard John Roberson leading them with 13.5 ppg and also has a team-high 30 assists. Pat Knight is in his second full season as the head coach for Texas Tech.
Last Time Vs. Texas Tech
Quincy Pondexter scored 31 points, but the Huskies lost 99-92 in overtime to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, which had five players in double figures, outscored the Huskies 19-12 in overtime. John Roberson scored 25 points and turned a steal into a layup with 44 seconds remaining to seal the Red Raiders' victory. Elston Turner missed two free throws with 4.8 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 80. Mike Singletary of Texas Tech brought the ball up and appeared to have won the game on a running 3-pointer as time expired but officials determined he did not get the shot off before the buzzer. The crowd swarmed the court, thinking the game was over. The fans, and the debris they left behind, had to be cleared from the court before the overtime could begin. Down nine points at halftime, the Huskies used a 10-2 run to tie it at 60 when Darnell Gant hit a jump shot with about 13 minutes remaining. There were nine lead changes over the next 8 minutes.
Last Time Out
AP - C.J. Wilcox made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points, leading seven Washington players in double figures, and the 23rd-ranked Huskies topped 100 points for the third time this season in a 102-75 win over Long Beach State on Tuesday night. After losing to two Top 10 teams in the Maui Invitational, the Huskies (4-2) barely held on to their Top 25 ranking. But they rebounded from the consecutive defeats by beating up on the 49ers. Wilcox, a redshirt freshman, made 6 of 8 3-point attempts. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points, despite missing all six of his 3-point attempts, and Abdul Gaddy and Matthew Bryan-Amaning both added 14 points. Casper Ware led Long Beach State (3-4) with 18 points and T.J. Robinson had 15. Washington responded well from the disappointment of falling to No. 10 Kentucky and No. 6 Michigan State and did so with a new look to its starting lineup. Washington went with 7-footer Aziz N'Diaye in place of Bryan-Amaning and the move seemed to energize the Huskies, who hit five of their first six shots and jumped to a 10-2 lead. Bryan-Amaning responded well to the benching, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the first half and making all seven of his shots. While Thomas' shooting was off, the diminutive guard added six rebounds and six assists.
The Huskies have already reached the century mark three times this season: McNeese State (118-64), Virginia (106-63) and Long Beach State (102-75). They also nearly missed reaching 100 when they scored 98 against Eastern Washington. With three 100 point games this season, the team has equaled the UW all-time record for one season, previously done three times: 1972, 2004 & 2005.
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
Through Wednesday, the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in numerous categories including: scoring (93.7 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (45.5%), three-point field goals made per game (10.8), rebounds per game (40.8), offensive rebounds (15.5), assists per game (20.0) and assists to turnover ratio (1.6).
Maui Invitational Recap
Washington went 1-2 in the EA Sports Maui Invitational and took home fourth out of the eight-team field. The Huskies began the tourney in record-setting fashion handing Virginia coach Tony Bennett the worst loss of his career, 106-63, behind a UW record-tying 17 three-point buckets. In the semifinals, No. 8 Kentucky handed the Huskies their first loss of the season, 67-74, overcoming a one-point halftime deficit. In the third/fourth place game, No. 2 Michigan State rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit and pulled away down the stretch for a 76-71 victory.