Feb. 28, 2013
|WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON
Sunday, March 3 | 12:30 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: FSN/ROOT Sports | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - Sunday's 276th meeting between Washington (15-13, 7-8 Pac-12) and Washington State (11-17, 2-13 Pac-12) at Alaska Airlines Arena features a pair of teams desperate for a win. The Huskies are trying to win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 16 & 19 while Washington State has lost 8-straight after its last win on Jan. 26. The Huskies are riding a four-game win streak against the Cougars and have won 8 of the last 10 between the two teams.
Sunday's game will be nationally telecast on FSN TV (ROOT Sports locally) with a tip at 12:30 p.m. PT. Justin Kutcher and Marques Johnson will be on the call. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radiowaves by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. Satellite radio Sirius 93 and XM 190 will also carry the game. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from press row on GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. Washington State
Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 175-100 advantage over their cross-state rivals, with a record of 100-35 at home, 73-62 away and 2-3 at neutral sites. Washington is 8-2 over the last 10 against WSU, but the Cougars were 7-0 during the previous three-year stretch from 2006-08. The Huskies have won the last four games, including 68-63 in Pullman to kick off the Pac-12 season in January. In that game, the Huskies led by as much as 17 points, but had to hold on for a 68-63 win. Lorenzo Romar is 14-10 in all games vs. WSU (6-4 in Seattle, 6-5 in Pullman and 1-1 in the Pac-12 Tournament) and Ken Bone is 2-9 all-time against UW, including an 0-3 record as head coach of Portland State. The Huskies are going for their fourth sweep in the last last five years and their sixth overall in 11 seasons under Romar.
Dawg Bites - Team
• UW's 9-6 home record is unusual in that the loss total equals the combined last three seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The only seasons which the Huskies had more home losses under Romar were 2008 (12-7) and 2003 (8-7).
• The Huskies are 3-3 at home in Pac-12 play. Only twice previously under Romar have the Huskies dropped more than two home games -- 2003 and 2008 when they dropped five during conference action.
• Washington has hit five 3-pointers in a game 11 times this season, but not in the last eight. Over the last 8 games, the Huskies are 21-102 (.206) from beyond the 3-point arc. C.J. Wilcox is 8-43 (.186) and Andrew Andrews is 1-19 (.053) during that 8-game stretch.
• Husky radio play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau was named the 2012 NSSA Washington Sportscaster of the Year for the 10th time. Rondeau is in his 32nd year as Washington's play-by-play announcer.
• UW was 5-6 in true road games this year. It marked the seventh time in 11 seasons under Romar that the Huskies have won five road games.
• Historically, the Huskies have finished strong in the last four regular-season conference games during the Romar era. Over the previous four seasons they have a combined record of 13-3 down the home stretch, twice going 4-0, once going 3-1 and going 2-2 the other time. In fact in the 10 previous years under Romar, UW has only finished under .500 once in the final four game (2008) and is 29-11 (.725) overall.
• Washington had not been swept in a two-game regular season series by a Pac-12 team since USC in 2010 and had not been swept by two schools in the same season since 2007 when Arizona and Washington State pulled it off. This year, Arizona and Oregon have swept the Huskies.
• The Huskies have scored under 60 points six times this season. The last time they had done that as many times was in 2008.
• Washington entered this year having won 20-plus games in a school record 4-straight years -- which is the longest active streak in the conference. The Huskies have 20+ wins in six of Lorenzo Romar's previous 10 seasons.
• The Huskies are 0-5 vs. ranked teams this year, including 0-2 at home, 0-2 on the road and 0-1 on neutral courts. UW has dropped their last 9 games vs. ranked opponents. Their last win came on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot vs. #16 Arizona to clinch the 2011 Pac-10 tournament. In all, Washington has lost 12 of their last 13 vs. ranked opponents dating back to 2010. UW's last win over a ranked team on the road was Jan. 31, 2009 when they beat No. 14 ASU, 73-70 in overtime.
• UW is 5-6 in true road games, 1-1 in neutral site games. The Huskies average 66.5 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 66.8.
• UW is 11-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 4-12 when under 70%.
• Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 11-2 when leading at halftime, 1-1 when tied and 3-10 when trailing.
• UW leads the Pac-12 with 13.0 offensive rebounds per game, thanks to Aziz N'Diaye's Pac-12 best 3.6 per game. Conversely, the Huskies are 11th with 23.5 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is last in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .432.
• The Huskies are giving up 66.7 ppg which ranks 9th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
• Abdul Gaddy has reached 100 assists in a season for the second time and has 119, which is 19th most in UW single-season history. For his career, he has 431 to rank third all-time in UW history. Over the last 10 games he has averaged 11.6 ppg, 5.4 apg, after averaging 6.8 ppg, 3.3 apg in the previous 6 games.
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20+ points 12 times this season -- 10 times at home (19.1 ppg home), twice in 11 games away from Alaska Airlines Arena (14.7 ppg, away). If he can reach 20 again, he will enter UW's top-10 single-season list. He is the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 points and is currently 26th all-time with 1,180.
• Todd MacCulloch in 1999. Additionally, his career shooting percentage of .563 ranks third all-time in UW history.
• Huskies have won four of the last eight NBA Slam Dunk championships. Terrence Ross won the 2013 title while Nate Robinson was champion in 2010, 2009 and 2006.
• Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has averaged 13.8 ppg over the last six weekend games, but 2.0 ppg in the last 5 weeknight contests. • Shawn Kemp, Jr. is averaging 9.3 ppg over the last 9 games (84 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
• Jenard Jarreau. is coming off a career high 8 points (4 of 5 FG's), 7 rebounds vs. Oregon State and played 21 minutes, the first time he passed 20+ minutes since vs. Saint Louis on Nov. 28. The freshman started the first seven games and avg 21.3 minutes (has played a high of 20 minutes just once since).
• Scott Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in FT percentage (88.0%), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percentage is the fourth best in team history (89.7 is the record).
• Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 198 3-point makes. Next up on the list is Deon Luton, who made 212. Scott Suggs is tied for 8th all-time on UW's top-10 career 3-point list with 127.
• Among active Pac-12 players, C.J. Wilcox is tied with Allen Crabbe with 198 career 3-point field goals.
Last Time Vs. Washington St. (1/5/13)
AP - C.J. Wilcox scored 18 points and Washington beat poor-shooting Washington State 68-63 on Saturday night. Scott Suggs scored three late baskets to help Washington (9-5, 1-0 Pac-12) successfully begin its defense of last year's Pac-12 regular season title. Mike Ladd scored 15 points to lead Washington State (9-5, 0-1), which has lost four straight to its cross-state rival. The Huskies jumped to a big early lead and poor shooting plagued Washington State much of the game. Washington State was scoreless in the first five minutes of the game to fall behind 9-0. Consecutive 3-pointers by Suggs and Wilcox pushed Washington's lead to 17-4 and the Cougars had trouble even attempting shots on several of their possessions. Shawn Kemp Jr. made back-to-back dunks as Washington built a 21-4 lead and the Cougars were just 2 of 13 from the field at that point.
Last Time Out: UW 68, ASU 59 (2/23)
AP - Abdul Gaddy, who had 13 points, hit a big jumper and Suggs followed with his 3-pointer to keep Arizona State from completing the comeback in its seniors' final home game. Washington dominated the Sun Devils inside in the teams' previous meeting and again gave them trouble, grabbing 13 more rebounds and scoring 14 points off 14 offensive boards. Arizona State (20-8, 9-6) came up short against Washington for the second time this season and in its bid to match the school record for home wins with 16. Ruslan Pateev, Jahii Carson and Evan Gordon had 10 points each for the Sun Devils.