Jan. 21, 2009
SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's basketball team will be looking to continue one of its best Pac-10 starts in 25 years Thursday when it hosts USC in an 8 p.m. contest at Bank of America Arena.
Prior to the game, the university will honor former Husky All-America Brandon Roy with a special ceremony to retire his #3 jersey. He will become only the second UW men's basketball player to have his jersey retired, joining the #25 jersey of Bob Houbregs.
Every Husky game is broadcast live on the radio via the Washington ISP Sports Network, which includes Seattle-based flagship station 950 KJR AM, XM Satellite Radio and GoHuskies.com. Veteran analysts Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton provide the description of the games.
In addition to the television and radio coverage of Thursday's game, the Roy pregame ceremony will be streamed live via Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com beginning at 7:45 p.m. click here to obtain access to the stream.
Washington enters Thursday's game with a 13-4 overall record and a 4-1 mark and first-place tie in the Pac-10 standings. The Huskies have won 11 of their last 12 games since their two-point loss to then 17th-ranked Florida on Nov. 25th. The only loss during that span was a disappointing triple-overtime loss to California.
The UW opened league play with a 4-1 record for the fifth time since its 6-0 start in 1984. The last time, Washington started 4-1 in the league was 2005.
Senior Jon Brockman, who was honored with the prestigious Seattle P-I Sports Star of the Year Award on Tuesday evening as the top male sports star in the Seattle area in 2008, is tied for the team lead in scoring with a 15.8 per game average. Last week, he became the school's all-time leading rebounder and has led the Huskies in that category in each of his four years as a college player.
A native of Snohomish, Wash., Brockman is a primary reason the Huskies lead the nation in rebounding margin at +11.6 per game. He, and fellow scoring leader Isaiah Thomas, help lead Washington offensively as the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in scoring with a 78.6 per game average.
Thomas, a native of Tacoma, is the Pac-10's leading freshman. The 5'-8" guard averages 15.8 points and 3.2 assists per game - both the top mark for a freshman in the league. He is also the conference's best freshman in assist-turnover ratio and has scored in double figures in 15 of his 17 games as a Husky.
USC enters Thursday's game with a 12-5 overall record and 3-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Trojans swept the Arizona schools last weekend at home, defeating 17th-ranked Arizona State 61-49 then taking a thrilling 65-64 contest against Arizona. USC is 10-1 at home this season and went 9-3 overall in non-conference play.
"They have the potential to create a lot of highlights if you let them," said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. "If they are presented with the opportunity, they can really get up and down the court."
Following Thursday's game, Washington hopes to extend its four-game home win streak against UCLA in a 1 p.m. tipoff. A limited number of tickets are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200. The game against UCLA will also be televised in HD by FSN.