Dec. 8, 2010
SEATTLE - The No. 21/22 Huskies (6-2) venture into enemy territory for the first time this season and will take on Texas A&M (8-1) at Reed Arena in a nationally televised game (ESPN2) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PT.
Calling the action from College Station, Texas will be Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla. Radio coverage can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky ISP Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. Also, XM Radio (194) and Sirius (218) will carry Saturday's action.
UW Vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M holds the advantage all-time 3-2 over Washington. The teams met last year in Seattle, with the Huskies prevailing 73-64 in a battle of two top-25 teams. It was the first win for Washington over Texas A&M since defeating them in the 1951 NCAA Tournament. Prior to that, the two teams met in the NIT Season Tip-off on Nov. 21, 2007. It was a battle of unbeatens under the lights of Madison Square Garden, with Texas A&M downing Washington 77-63. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 2-1 all-time against Texas A&M, having downed the Aggies at Saint Louis and last season. It is the first time ever that Washington has ventured down to College Station.
Scouting Texas A&M
The Aggies are especially tough at home against non-conference opponents, winning 69-straight regular season non-conference matchups. Texas A&M's last overall non-conference loss at home came in the post-season NIT semifinals vs. St. Joseph's, which was 56 games ago.
Texas A&M is 8-1 after beating Prairie View A&M on Wednesday. The Aggies lone lost this season is a two-point decision to Boston College and their best win of the year was a 54-51 win over 20th-ranked Temple in the Old Spice Classic.
Last Time Vs. Texas A&M
Quincy Pondexter scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half, and the 22nd-ranked Huskies beat No. 19 Texas A&M 73-64 in a game marredby a gruesome injury to Aggies senior Derrick Roland. Washington went on a decisive, 15-4 run following the 10-minute delay. Venoy Overton added 12 points for the Huskies. B.J. Holmes scored 17 points and Donald Sloan added 16 points. The Aggies trailed 34-33 at the time of his injury. UW immediately went its game-turning run following the delay. Scott Suggs' 3-pointer with 11:08 remaining put the Huskies up 49-37. When Suggs hit another 3 to keep UW up by a dozen with 2:50 left, it seemed the Aggies were finished. Yet the Red Storm scored eight of the next nine points. Holmes made his third 3-pointer in 2 1/2 minutes to pull Texas A&M within 66-61 with 1:54 left. But Overton made five straight free throws to put Washington back up 71-61 with a minute left, and the Huskies had their eighth win in as many home games.
Last Time Out
AP - Isaiah Thomas and Justin Holiday both scored 20 points, Scott Suggs hit two key 3-pointers midway through the second half, and No. 21 Washington held off a strong challenge from Portland in a 94-72 victory. For the first time this season the Huskies were challenged at home in the second half, watching Portland trim a comfortable double-digit lead down to six with 8:25 remaining. Suggs responded by hitting a 3-pointer from in front of the Huskies bench. He added another 3 after Matthew Bryan-Amaning dived to keep a loose ball alive and Bryan-Amaning punctuated the run with a fastbreak dunk. When it was over, the Huskies had scored 11 straight points and again were comfortably in front. Bryan-Amaning added 15 points for Washington (6-2), while Suggs finished with 13 in just 18 minutes. Thomas led Washington with seven rebounds and had four assists. Nemanja Mitrovic led Portland (7-3) with 15 points, all on 3-pointers. Luke Sikma had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Pilots. Jared Stohl, Portland's leading scorer, finished with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
The 2009-10 Road Swing
Despite a 26-10 season and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2010, the Huskies struggled to find their footing on the road. Away from the friendly confines of Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the Huskies started the season 0-7, losing one neutral site game against Georgetown and six true road tests. They didn't win until a 78-61 decision at Stanford on Feb. 13. From there, the team took off, winning their last four road games and five-straight neutral site games in the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournaments before losing to West Virginia.
Huskies in the Big-12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
The Huskies are 3-2 all-time in the Big-12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. They are 0-2 all-time on the road, losing at Oklahoma State (12/1/07) and Texas Tech (12/3/09). Conversely, the UW is 3-0 at home in the series with wins over Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Tech Tech.
UW's Record All-Time In Texas
The Huskies are 2-6 all-time in games on the home floor of opponents in the state of Texas. The lone wins came against Texas Tech in 1991 and 1968, where UW also lost last December. UW is 0-2 all-time at Houston, 0-1 at Texas and 0-2 at UTEP.
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 21 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 120-23 (.839) overall at home, 63-5 (.926) in non-Pac-10 games.
Wins vs. Losses Statistically Speaking
In Washington's six wins, the team has averaged 104.3 points, while in its two losses they have averaged 69.0 points.
UW is shooting 53.6% (233x435) from the field and 50.3% (78x155) from 3-point range in wins, 42.7% (50x117) from the field and 32.1% (9x28) from beyond the arc in losses.
In wins, UW averages 23.2 assists per game, but just 11.0 in losses.
C.J. Wilcox is fourth on the team in scoring in wins with 12.5 ppg, but 8th on the team with 3.0 in losses.
The Huskies have scored 100 points four times this season and need to eclipse the century mark one more time to tie the all-time single season record. In 2004-05, when the Huskies were a No. 1 seed in the tournament, they scored 100 or more points five times and amassed a single-season 3,026 points. Washington has scored over 100 against McNeese State (118-64), Virginia (106-63), Long Beach State (102-75) and Texas Tech (108-79). They also nearly missed reaching 100 when they scored 98 against Eastern Washington.
Among The Nation's Best
Through Tuesday, Washington leads the nation with 95.5 point per game. VMI is second at 95.1 ppg.
The Huskies are also leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 47.5% and field goal makes per game (35.4).
UW is also among the nation's leaders in assists per game (2nd, 20.1), field goal percentage (7th, 51.3%) and three-pointers made per game (3rd, 10.9) and steals (28th, 9.5).
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
Through Wednesday, the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in numerous categories including: scoring (95.5 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (47.5%), three-point field goals made per game (10.9), rebounds per game (40.0), offensive rebounds (15.1), assists per game (20.1), assists to turnover ratio (1.6) and turnover margin (+7.1).
Sharing Is Caring
The Huskies have 161 assists (20.1 per game) through seven games, which ranks second nationally. Over a 30 game season they are on pace for 603, which would be the third-most in team history. Conversely, they have only turned the ball over 98 times giving them an assist to turnover ratio of 1.6 and +7.1 turnover margin per game. UW opponents have amassed just 77 assists this season for a 9.6 per game average.