Jan. 4, 2011
SEATTLE - Washington (10-3, 2-0) is coming off its third-ever sweep in Los Angeles and have won nine-straight against conference opponents. Next up for the Huskies are the Oregon Ducks (7-7, 0-2) on Thursday at 5:32 p.m. (FSN-NW). The #23 Dawgs will wrap up their short homestand vs. Oregon State on Saturday at 3:35 p.m. (FSN NW).
The Huskies popped back into the Associated Press top-25 rankings at No. 23 after sweeping the Los Angeles schools. Washington is also receiving votes in the ESPN/Coaches Poll and is 28th.
On The Airwaves
Thursday's game vs. Oregon can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. The game will also air on FSN-NW with Kevin Calabro calling the action, Lenny Wilkens providing color and Jen Mueller supplying sideline reports. Against OSU, the same TV play-by-play crew will be joined by sideline reporter Brad Adam.
UW vs. Oregon History
Washington owns a commanding 183-103 series lead over the Ducks since the school first played in 1904. The Huskies dominated the series over the first 19 seasons, losing just four of the first 27 meetings. More recently, Washington has won 10 of the last 14 games, including a five-game win streak between 2004-06. Lorenzo Romar is 7-1 at Hec Ed vs. Oregon -- with the lone loss coming last season -- and is 11-6 overall against the Ducks. Last season UW won at Mac Court 86-72, but lost at home 79-90.
Scouting The Ducks
Oregon is led by first-year coach Dana Altman, who spent the previous 16 seasons as the head man at Creighton. Altman arrived in Eugene with seven NCAA Tournament appearance and four confernce coach of the year honors under his belt. The Ducks are 7-7 in his first season -- 0-2 in the Pac-10 -- and on a current four-game skid. The Ducks were swept by Arizona (L, 57-67) and Arizona State (L, 55-60) -- the later being the final game at Mac Court. Leading the way for the Ducks are senior forward Joevan Catron (16.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg) and sophomore forward E.J. Singler (12.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg). Catron ranks fourth in the conference in scoring and 15th in rebounding. Malcolm Armstead is the only other Duck to start every contest and is averaging 6.9 ppg and 3.7 apg.
Last Time Vs. Oregon
Quincy Pondexter had a career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds as UW kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive with an 86-72 victory over Oregon. Pondexter dazzled with an array of dunks and drives, going 14 for 18 from the field. Isaiah Thomas added 14 points for the Huskies. Pondexter's point total was the most by an opposing player against Oregon this season.Washington trailed early in the second half before pulling away with an 11-0 run that made it 54-44 with 16:18 to play. Justin Holiday scored eight points during that stretch on two 3-pointers and a jumper. He finished with 10 points. Tajuan Porter had 18 points and Michael Dunigan 16 for the Ducks, who shot 50 percent from the field in the first half but 27.5 percent in the second. Pondexter scored 20 in the first half on 8-of-9 shooting. He had 13 points in the opening 7:10 -- including three dunks and a 3-pointer -- as the Huskies jumped out to a 17-10 lead. Darnell Gant put Washington on top with a jumper to make it 21-20, but Porter banked in a jumper for the Ducks and Oregon never trailed again in the half, taking a 40-39 advantage into the break.
UW VS. Oregon State History
UW leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 151-135 margin since the first meeting in 1904. Washington has won seven-straight overall in the series. The Huskies' current streak is their longest since they won 10 in a row during a span over the 1951-53 seasons. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 13-4 all-time against the Beavers, all decisions coming during his UW tenure. Last year, the Huskies beat OSU three times in the same season for the first time since 1953. OSU coach Craig Robinson is 0-5 all-time against UW. OSU's last win was a 73-65 decision on Feb. 22, 2007 in Corvallis and they last won at Hec Ed on Feb. 20, 2003 -- Romar's first season at UW.
Scouting Oregon State
After a 5-6 non-conference record, OSU jump-started its conference season by sweeping ASU and Arizona. Jared Cunningham leads the Beavers with 13.8 points and is first in the conference with 3.2 steals per game. Guard Calvin Haynes is the only other Beaver scoring double-digits at 11.4 ppg. OSU plays WSU on Thursday before heading to Seattle.
Last Time Vs. Oregon State
Isaiah Thomas scored 15 points and Washington roared back in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament from a big second-half deficit to win 59-52 over OSU. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Elston Turner added 10 points apiece for the Huskies, who trailed 35-23 with 16½ minutes to play before making a 23-4 run over the next eight minutes. Roeland Schaftenaar had 17 points and Jared Cunningham added 15 as the Beavers lost to Washington for the second time in six days. The Huskies were mostly lifeless until early in the second half, when they scored 14 points in just over four minutes to tie it. Quincy Pondexter got his first two field goals of the night during the run -- and Turner and Isaiah Thomas then hit 3-pointers to put Washington up 43-37 with 10:12 left. Oregon State got back within 49-47 before Thomas' 3-pointer with 4:41 left. Roeland Schaftenaar's 3-pointer cut the lead to four points with 43 seconds to play, but the Beavers didn't score again.
UW In The Pac-10 Notes
UW started the Pac-10 season by sweeping a series on the road for the first time since 1976 when they swept Stanford and Cal.
UW has won 9-straight games versus Pac-10 opponents dating back to last season, including three Pac-10 Tournament games. The nine-consecutive wins is the second longest streak by UW vs. Pac-10 teams.
If UW can beat Oregon, they will equal their best stretch vs. conference teams since winning 10-straight from Feb. 12, 2005 to Jan. 6, 2005.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning became the first Husky to be named Pac-10 Player of the week after UW swept the L.A. schools.
Washington's seven-straight wins over OSU is their longest streak over a Pac-10 opponent since beating Arizona State 11-straight from 2004-08.
The Huskies started last year 0-5 on the road before finishing the season 4-0 away from home. They now have won six-consecutive road wins to set a new all-time team road winning streak record.
Thursday's overtime victory at USC was Washington's first-ever Pac-10-opening OT victory on the road. The only other overtime win UW had in a Pac-10 opener was 78-73 on Jan. 11, 1992 vs. WSU at Hec Ed.
The Huskies were 11-7 overall and finished third in the Pac-10 last season. They were 7-2 at home and 4-5 on the road.
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
UW is leading the Pac-10 in 10 categories including: scoring (87.9 ppg), scoring margin (+20.2), three-point field goal percentage (41.2%), three-point field goals made per game (9.3), rebounds per game (40.5), offensive rebounds (14.8), offensive rebounding percentage (39.7%), assists per game (18.1), assists to turnover ratio (1.5) and turnover margin (+5.4). They also rank second among the 10 teams in six other categories: field goal percentage (48.3), defensive rebounds (25.7), rebounding margin (+5.5), field goal percentage defense (39.7%), 3-point FG percentage defense (27.8%) and blocked shots (4.8).
The Huskies popped back into the AP top-25 this week coming back in at No. 23. They are 28th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
UW is averaging 43.5 rebounds over the last four contests, while opponents are averaging 34.0 during that same span - a difference of +9.5.
UW notched a season-low 7 assists at USC. The team's previous low in a win was 18 vs. Nevada.
USC had 10 assists and 10 turnovers, snapping a UW opponent streak of 13 straight games with more turnovers than assists. It was the second longest active streak in Division I.
UW combined for just nine turnovers against San Francisco (4) and Nevada (5). The UW's all-time low for turnovers in a game is 3 and the previous next lowest turnover totals in a game was 6, done multiple times.
UW was 7-0 in their non-conference home games and won by an average margin of victory of +30.9 ppg. It is their largest home non-conference average margin of victory since +31.8 during the 1947-48 season.
Last Time Out
AP - Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored 21 points and Washington used a 27-10 run over both halves to beat UCLA 74-63 on New Year's Eve day, giving the Huskies their first Pac-10 sweep in Los Angeles since 2006. Washington (10-3, 2-0 Pac-10) won at Pauley Pavilion for the first time in four years, also the last time the Huskies beat both of the LA schools and only their third sweep ever. They edged Southern California 73-67 in overtime on Wednesday. Isaiah Thomas added 17 points and nine assists, and Bryan-Amaning had 10 rebounds. The Huskies swept a league road series to start the season for the first time since 1976, when they won at California and Stanford. Reeves Nelson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee added 12 points each for the Bruins (9-5, 1-1), who had their six-game winning streak snapped.its lead to 38-33. The Huskies took their first lead of the second half with a 13-8 spurt, capped by two free throws from Overton that made it 46-45.
Friendly Confines Of Home
Losing at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is rare under coach Lorenzo Romar's watch -- especially during the non-conference slate. The Huskies have won 23 straight non-conference games at Hec Ed, dating back to a 72-71 home loss on March 14, 2008 in the College Basketball Invitational to Valparaiso. In nine years with Romar at the helm, UW is 122-23 (.848) overall at home, 65-5 (.929) in non-Pac-10 games. This season Washington has won by an average of +30.9 points at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Bryan-Amaning Earns Pac-10 Player of the Week
Matthew Bryan-Amaning was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after he averaged 19.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and shot 54.5% from the field as Washington swept USC and UCLA in Los Angeles. In Washington's 73-67 overtime victory over USC, Bryan-Amaning shared team-high scoring honors with 18 points and also grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. Against UCLA, he had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds - both team highs. It is Bryan-Amaning's first-ever player of the week honor and the 39th time a Huskies has won the conference's weekly award.
Wins vs. Losses Stats
In Washington's 10 wins, the team has averaged 94.3 points, while in its three losses they have averaged 66.7 points, a discrepancy of 27.6 points.
UW is shooting 50.1% (352x703) from the field and 43.4% (106x244) from 3-point range in wins, 41.2% (70x170) from the field and 30.0% (15x50) from beyond the arc in losses.
In wins, UW averages 20.2 assists per game, but just 11.0 in losses.
UW averages 42.8 rebounds and holds a +9.1 margin in wins, but 33.0 and is -6.7 in losses.
Among The Nation's Best
Through Monday's action, Washington is third in the nation with 87.9 points per game, trailing only VMI (92.3) and Duke (89.3).
UW is tied for 13th among the nation's per game leaders in assists with 18.1. They also have the 8th best assist to turnover ratio at 1.54.
The Huskies are tied for 12th in 3-point shooting percentage at 41.2% and 3-pt makes per game (9.3). Conversely they are the nation's 13th best team at defending the 3-pointer (27.8%).
UW has the 8th best turnover margin in the nation, causing 223 turnovers and committing just 153 of their own (+5.4).
Sharing Is Caring
The Huskies have 235 assists (18.1 per game) through 13 games, which ranks 13th nationally. Over a 30 game season they are on pace for 543, which would be the third-most in team history. Among the Pac-10 individual assists leaders, Isaiah Thomas (T2nd), Venoy Overton (6th) and Abdul Gaddy (7th) rank among the Pac-10's top-10.