Dec. 26, 2005
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 --
Arizona State vs. (#7) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (No TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKOL (1300 AM) in Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 --
Arizona vs. (#7) Washington, 11:00 a.m. (FSN TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
Off to their best start in 30 years, the 7th-ranked Washington Huskies (10-0) begin Pac-10 play at home this week with sights set on their first regular-season conference title since 1985. UW hosts Arizona State (6-3), Thursday, Dec. 29. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena where the Huskies posted their 800th all-time victory Dec. 23 with a 54-37 win over Lehigh. The Sun Devils opened the conference campaign with a loss to the eventual Pac-10 champion during four of the last six seasons, including Arizona in 2005.
Last year's final regular-season Pac-10 game still lingers in the minds of the Huskies who cost themselves a share of the conference title with a 77-67 loss at Stanford on Mar. 5, 2005. The sting of that loss was eased somewhat when UW captured it first Pac-10 Tournament championship with an 81-72 victory over Arizona on Mar. 12 in Seattle.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies boast the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak with 31 consecutive victories at Bank of America Arena. UW posted a 9-0 mark this season and a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005. The current streak is a school record, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 straight home wins established 75 years ago, from Jan. 18, 1930 and Mar. 6, 1931. The Huskies' last home loss was an 86-84 overtime setback against UCLA on Jan. 10, 2004.
Longest Current NCAA Home Win Streaks
School, Wins (Next Home Date)
Washington, 31 (Dec. 29)
Gonzaga, 28 (Dec. 31
Illinois, 27 (Dec. 28)
Southern Illinois, 27 (Dec. 31)
The Huskies won their opening 10 games for the first time since the 1975-76 UW squad started the season with 14 consecutive victories. Eleven previous Washington teams have had similar or longer season-opening winning streaks.
Fastest Starts in Husky History
(year & season-opening winning streak listed)
1928-29 -- 18 games (Dec. 26 - Feb. 23)
1932-33 -- 16 games (Dec. 1 - Jan. 21)
1930-31 -- 15 games (Dec. 18 - Jan. 26)
1975-76 -- 14 games (Nov. 28 - Jan. 15)
1938-39 -- 13 games (Dec. 9 - Jan. 21)
1921-22 -- 12 games (Dec. 29 - Feb. 3)
1946-47 -- 12 games (Nov. 30 - Jan. 15)
1911-12 -- 11 games (Jan. 20 - Mar. 2)
1941-42 -- 11 games (Dec. 5 - Jan. 16)
1937-38 -- 10 games (Nov. 28 - Jan. 7)
1950-51 -- 10 games (Dec. 8 - Jan. 12)
2005-06 -- 10 games (Nov. 13 - present)
The Washington-Eastern Washington game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on KKOL (1300 AM) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. The next telecast is Saturday's UW-Arizona game that airs live at 11 a.m. on FSN.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-25 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last five meetings, including a three-game sweep of the 2005 season series that was capped by a 95-90 overtime win in the Pac-10 Tournament.
> Last season, UW registered a 79-70 decision on Jan. 30 in Tempe and a 90-82 victory on Feb. 24 in Seattle.
> Eighth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 7-8 record against Washington.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 95, Arizona State 90 ot (Mar. 10, 2005/Los Angeles)
Nate Robinson scored six of his 29 points in overtime, and 14th-ranked Washington survived Arizona State's comeback to beat the Sun Devils 95-90 in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center. Washington (25-5) made 14 of its first 17 shots including 6-of-6 from 3-point range in taking an 18-point first-half lead. They didn't clinch the victory until Tre Simmons made two free throws with 13.5 seconds remaining in overtime. Kevin Kruger's 3-pointer with 4:14 remaining gave ASU an 86-85 lead. But Brandon Roy made two free throws and Robinson added four straight points to put the Huskies on top 91-86 with 2:09 left. Ike Diogu hit two free throws before Robinson made a bank shot with 1:22 to play, putting UW ahead 93-88. Simmons added 17 points, Roy scored 12 and Joel Smith added 11 for the Huskies. Kruger equaled his career high with 22 points and Steve Moore also scored 22 for ASU (18-13). Diogu, playing the entire 45 minutes, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Bryson Krueger added 15 points for the Sun Devils. Moore made a layup with less than a second left in regulation to tie it at 83 and force overtime.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus in Bank of America Arena at 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 800 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
The Huskies rose two places to No. 7 in this week's (Dec. 26) Associated Press poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. Washington (10-0) was in the No. 9 spot last week. Oklahoma lost to drop from 7th to No. 14 and the Huskies leap-frogged No. 8 Gonzaga, a team they defeated 99-95 on Dec. 4. The current No. 7 listing is the highest for a Husky team since they were ranked 7th on Dec. 18, 1984. The last time UW was higher than 7th was a No. 6 ranking on Feb. 3, 1976. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington remained at the No. 7 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Lehigh was limited to 37 points on Friday (Dec. 23), the lowest point total for a UW opponent since Washington State was held to 36 on Jan. 24, 1970 ... UW's current 10-game winning streak is its longest in 24 years, since a similar 10-game skein from Dec. 17, 1981 to Jan. 16, 1982. The Huskies' last longer stretch was a 14-game season-opening winning streak in 1975-76 ... Sophomore Ryan Appleby has 26 of UW's 58 treys, 20 more than any other Husky. His six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) are as many as any other UW player has all season ... Freshman Jon Brockman has three double-doubles, more than any Husky had last season. The entire UW team combined for only eight double-doubles the 2004-05 season.
Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23, becoming the 30th player in Husky history to reach that plateau. Another senior Brandon Roy has 971 career points, just 29 shy of the century mark.
Did You Know?
The Huskies have a 53-10 record in the last 63 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 10-0 to start the 2006 campaign.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Seven of 12 active players are shooting 50 percent or better for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 50.8-percent clip as a team. Freshman Artem Wallace leads the team in field goal accuracy at 64.7 percent, but does not have enough attempts to qualify for the conference stats. Neither do Hans Gasser (54.3%) or Mike Jensen (50.0%). Freshman Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 59.7. Three other Huskies are ranked among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (55.0%), Bobby Jones (56.0%) and Brandon Roy (50.0%). UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in six of 10 games. The season's lowest figure was 38.3 percent against Lehigh on Dec. 23. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has nine double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in both scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg).
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was voted to the BCA Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 15). He is averaging 16.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks and registered double-figure points in nine games. Roy is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. He posted a pair of double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but didn't withdrew his application prior to the draft.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has three double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman leads the team with an average of 7.2 rebounds, 1.7 more per game than any other Husky. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
Historic Hec Ed
Since it opened Dec. 27. 1927 with a 34-23 Washington win over Illinois, the venerable Pavilion has seen the home Huskies win 74 percent of their games with an 800-288 all-time record. That is more victories than any other NCAA team in its current arena. UW has defeated 119 different collegiate foes in 78 years at Hec Ed. Among the prominent exhibition wins not counted in that total was a 49-30 triumph over the Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 19, 1943.
NCAA Schools with Most Wins in Current Arena
Wins, School, Arena, Year Opened
800, Washington, Edmundson Pavilion,1927
729, Penn, The Palestra, 1926
681, Duke, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 1940
666, Oregon, McArthur Court, 1927
666, Minnesota, Williams Arena, 1928
658, Butler, Hinkle Fieldhouse, 1928
Home Heavy Schedule
The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. The stretch of seven straight home games marked Washington's longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies ventured away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They defeated New Mexico 81-71 on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. as part of the Wooden Classic doubleheader. The first true road game of the season is Jan. 12 at USC.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has five career double-doubles, two last season.
The Last Game
#11 UW 54, Lehigh 37 (Dec. 23, 2005; Seattle)
Bobby Jones registered 12 points and three blocked shots to lead ninth-ranked Washington to a 54-37 decision over Lehigh that was the Huskies' 800th victory at Bank of America Arena. Jamaal Williams scored 10 points, including the game's first four points for the Huskies (10-0) who steadily pulled out to a 32-15 halftime margin. UW shot 43 percent in the first half (13-30) against the deliberate Mountain Hawks (5-7) of the Patriot League. The second half was an even lower scoring affair as each team managed just 22 points. UW tallied the first 11 points of the second half to go ahead 43-15, but Lehigh narrowed the gap with a 13-3 game-closing run. The Huskies shot 33 percent (10-30) in the second half and 38 percent (23-60) for the game. Lehigh, which shot 29 percent (17-58), was led by the 13 points of Jose Olivero. The game marked the season debut of senior Mike Jensen who missed UW's first nine games after shoulder surgery. He had five points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 37-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> Washington won five of the last six meetings as the teams met three times in each of the last two years. Those five wins equal the total of UW wins over Arizona in the previous 12 seasons combined.
> The Huskies won the last two meetings, 93-85 on Feb. 26 in Seattle and 81-72 on Mar. 12 in the championship game of the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament.
> The Wildcats won last year's first meeting 91-82 on Jan. 27 in Tucson, halting a three-game losing streak against Washington.
> Arizona owns a 14-13 edge over the Huskies during games played in Seattle. The Wildcats lost in their last two visits to Seattle after winning four straight game at UW from 2000-2003.
> 23rd-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 31-16 all-time record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-3 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 81, Arizona 72 (Mar. 12, 2005/Los Angeles, Calif.)
Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons each scored six points during the 17-2 game-closing run that lifted 14th-ranked Washington to its first Pac-10 Tournament championship with an 81-72 triumph over No. 8 Arizona at Staples Center. The No. 2 seeded Huskies (27-5) posted their fifth win in the last six meetings with top-seeded Arizona (27-6). Robinson and Simmons both finished with 18 points to lead UW, which also got 16 from Jamaal Williams. The Wildcats were ahead 41-33 at halftime, limiting UW to 36 percent shooting, including 3-of-16 on 3-pointers. Salim Stoudamire netted 23 of his 37 points and made all four 3-point tries in the first half. Stoudamire hit two free throws with 5:01 left in the game to put Arizona ahead 70-64. Simmons scored four straight points to ignite the late UW run. The Huskies took the lead for good at 73-72 on a long trey by Will Conroy with 2:11 remaining. Conroy's fourth 3-pointer of the second half started UW's 11-0 game-ending run. The UW reserves outscored their Arizona counterparts 26-5.