Dec. 27, 2010
|UW-USC Game Coverage|
|TV: No TV|| Radio: Washington ISP Sports Network (950 AM-Seattle)|
SEATTLE -- The pre-season conference favorite Huskies (8-3) head to Los Angeles to open up their 2010-11 Pac-10 schedule and will face a streaky USC (8-5) team Wednesday, Dec. 29 at the Galen Center (7:30 p.m.).
Speaking of streaks, Washington has won seven-consecutive games over conference foes. They ended last season with four regular season wins and three Pac-10 Tournament victories. In fact, UW has won four-straight on the road vs. Pac-10 teams and can set a new team record if they beat USC with five-straight Pac-10 road victories.
UW will wrap up the short trip and face UCLA in a New Year's Eve game at 1:00 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.
On The Airwaves
Both games can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. The UW-USC game will not be on TV, but be seen on USCTrojans.com following the conclusion of the contest. Friday's game vs. UCLA will be carried nationally by FSN with Steve Physioc calling the action, Marques Johnson providing color and Rebecca Harlow supplying sideline reports.
UW Vs. USC
USC leads 67-65 in the all-time series over Washington and swept the Huskies last season in their two meetings. Since 2002-03, the year Lorenzo Romar took over for the Huskies, UW is 10-6 against USC and is 5-3 in Los Angeles during that stretch. Washington is 26-38 all-time on the road vs. the Trojans. USC coach Kevin O'Neill is 3-1 all-time against the Huskies.
The Trojans are 8-5 on the season and have won two-straight games. They have a couple of wins over ranked teams Texas and at Tennessee, but have losses against Kansas, TCU, Nebraska, Bradley and Rider. USC recently had guard Jio Fontan become eligible and he has not disappointed averaging 16.3 points since joining the team three games ago. USC is led by forward Nicola Vucevic who is scoring 15.2 ppg and grabbing a Pac-10 high 9.6 rebounds per game. Vucovic is joined in the frontcourt by Alex Stephenson, who is second in the league with 8.6 rebounds. Those three are joined in the starting lineup by guards Maurice Jones (11.3 ppg) and Marcus Simmons (5.5 ppg). USC coach Kevin O'Neill goes with an eight-man rotation and has six players that average 9.8 points or more per game. The team is giving up just 62.3 points per game and scoring 69.1 per contest. Opponents are shooting just 40.4% from the field against USC, third best among Pac-10 defenses.
Last Time Vs. USC
Dwight Lewis scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half, Mike Gerrity added six key points in the closing minutes and USC held off a furious rally by Washington in the final 10 minutes for a 67-64 win on Thursday night. The Trojans (16-9, 8-5 Pac-10) handed UW just its second home loss of the season and more importantly likely ended the Huskies (17-9, 7-7) hopes of repeating as Pac-10 regular season champs. Down by 16 with nine minutes left, Washington suddenly awakened, closing within 61-60 on Venoy Overton's driving basket with 1:25 left. But Gerrity answered with a layup of his own, then clinched the victory with a fallaway 12-footer with 15 seconds left. Gerrity fi nished with 12 points, all in the second half. Quincy Pondexter led Washington with 18 points.
UW vs. UCLA History
UCLA owns a 91-37 advantage in the series all-time since they first met in 1937. UW won the last matchup by its largest margin - 29 points - 97-68. UW is 6-59 all-time at Pauley Pavilion, last winning there in 2006. Last season in LA, UCLA escaped with a one-point win after a buzzer-beating shot by Mustafa Abdul-Hamid to win their fourth straight at home in the series. Romar is 1-7 all-time at Pauley while coaching UW. Despite UCLA's historical dominance in basketball, UW won the first six games of the series, and seven of the first nine. The Huskies have won six-straight at home and are 6-2 vs. UCLA in Seattle under Romar. Coach Romar, who was an assistant at UCLA when they won the 1995 NCAA Tournament, holds a 8-9 record at Washington against the Bruins.
The Bruins are 8-4 this season and will play Washington State on Dec. 29. Five Bruins average double-figure scoring, led by forward Tyler Honeycutt. He averages 14.9 points and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 8.0 rebounds per game. The Bruins' post looms large with Reeves Nelson (14.2 ppg/7.8 rpg), Joshua Smith (10.3 ppg/6.9 rpg) and Brendan Lane (5.0 ppg/5.1 rpg). Their backcourt features Malcolm Lee (12.1 ppg) and Lazeric Jones (11.4 ppg). Ben Howland is in his 8th year at UCLA, the second-longest tenured Pac-10 coach behind Romar.
Last Time Vs. UCLA
Quincy Pondexter turned his final home game at Washington into a personal highlight show, scoring 10 points in the fi rst 5 minutes, fi nishing with 20 and leading the Huskies to a 97-68 rout of UCLA on Saturday night. With a national television audience watching, Pondexter ripped a 3-pointer from the wing on his fi rst shot and the Huskies steamrolled the Bruins from there. His final home appearance for the Huskies included plenty of chants from fans, a highlight-reel, two-handed windmill dunk on a breakaway and a long final ovation when Pondexter checked out for the final time with 4:25 left. Isaiah Thomas added 13 of his 17 points in the first half. Washington was up by 23 at halftime and the lead ballooned to as many as 33 in the second half. It was Washington's largest margin of victory ever over the Bruins. It was also the worst loss in UCLA coach Ben Howland's seven seasons at the school. Reeves Nelson led UCLA with 14 points and Nikola Dragovic added 13. The Huskies shot 59.3% from the fi eld and nailed a season-high 11 three-point field goals. Washington also shared the ball extremely well - dishing out 21 assists - the most they have recorded in Pac-10 action this season.
UW Pac-10 Notes
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.
Washington has won seven-straight games versus Pac-10 opponents, including four regular season contests and three in the Pac-10 Tournament. The seven consecutive wins equals the third longest by UW vs. Pac-10 teams.
The Huskies started last year 0-5 on the road before finishing the season 4-0 away from home. The four-consecutive road wins equals the teams longest streak ever. UW won four-straight away from home to end the 2006 season.
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
The Huskies enter conference action leading the Pac-10 in 10 categories including: scoring (90.6 ppg), scoring margin (+22.4), three-point field goal percentage (42.3%), three-point field goals made per game (10.0), rebounds per game (40.8), offensive rebounds (15.4), offensive rebounding percentage (40.2%), assists per game (19.2), assists to turnover ratio (1.7) and turnover margin (+6.7). They also rank second among the 10 teams in the following: field goal percentage (48.8%), 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.8%), blocked shots (5.2) and steals (9.2).
The Huskies have combined for just nine turnovers over the past two games, committing 4 vs. San Francisco and 5 vs. Nevada. The UW's all-time low for turnovers in a game is 3.
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.
The fewest amount of assists in UW's 8 wins is 18, while in the their 3 losses the most assists they have had is 13.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning is averaging 13 ppg/10 rpg and Aziz N'Diaye 10 ppg/7.5 rpg since being inserted into the starting lineup together.
Scott Suggs is averaging 10.7 ppg at home and 3.0 ppg away from Hec Ed.
Over the last two games, Abdul Gaddy has 12 assists and 0 turnovers in 45 minutes, while Isaiah Thomas has nine assists and one turnover in 56 minutes.