Feb. 15, 2013
|OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON
Saturday, Feb. 16 | 8:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: FSN/Root Sports | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - After winning eight of nine games, Washington (13-12, 5-7 Pac-12) has dropped seven of its last eight in Pac-12 play. The Huskies will try to get back on track Saturday against Oregon State (13-12, 3-9) at 8 p.m. on a nationally televised game. UW is trying to avoid its second four-game losing streak of the season -- something that has never happened with Romar coaching.
Saturday's game will be carried on FSN nationally ROOT Sports locally with Justin Kutcher and Marques Johnson on the call and Lisa McKeeman providing sideline analysis. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio 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 and XM 85 will also carry the game. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. Oregon State
Washington leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 154-138 margin since the ﬁrst meeting in 1904. Saturday's game will mark the 293nd contest between the two teams -- the 3rd longest rivalry in the Pac-12, trailing only Oregon vs. Oregon State (338 games) and Oregon-Wash (294). OSU won the earlier match up this season in Corvallis, 74-66, and has won the last two games dating back to the `12 Pac-12 tournament. UW swept the regular season games in 2012. Since 2004, the Huskies have dominated the series, going 16-5 during that stretch. Lorenzo Romar is 16-7 all-time against the Beavs (including 9-1 in Seattle, 6-5 in Corvallis and 1-1 in the Pac-12 Tournament). OSU coach Craig Robinson is 3-8 all-time against UW. The lone OSU win in Seattle vs. Romar was during his first season in 2003. That was also the last time OSU swept the regular-season series.
Dawg Bites - Team
• 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.
• Washington is searching for its first win of the season against Oregon and Oregon State. The last time the Huskies went winless against their neighbors from the south during the regular season was 1975.
• UW's 8-6 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 0-4 vs. ranked teams this year, including 0-2 at home. UW has dropped their last 7 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 11 of their last 12 vs. ranked opponents dating back to 2010.
• The last time Washington started worse than 5-7 through 12 conference games was 2008 when then were 4-8.
• UW is 9-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 4-11 when under 70%.
• Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 10-2 when leading at halftime, 1-1 when tied and 2-9 when trailing.
• The Huskies are 2-3 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.
• UW leads the Pac-12 with 12.8 offensive rebounds per game, thanks to Aziz N'Diaye's Pac-12 best 3.5 per game. Conversely, the Huskies are last with 23.6 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is last in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .433.
• The Huskies are giving up 67.0 ppg which ranks 10th 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
• Aziz N'Diaye has grabbed 10+ rebounds in five-straight games, averaging 12.4 rebounds during that stretch. He had a streak of four-consecutive double-doubles snapped on Wednesday but still leads the Pac-12 with 11.
• N'Diaye currently leads the Pac-12 shooting .616 from the field. His FG accuracy is the sixth best single-season average in UW history. The last Husky to lead the Conference in shooting accuracy was Todd MacCulloch, who happens to hold the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
• Abdul Gaddy is averaging 13.9 ppg, 5.0 apg in the last 7 games after 6.8 ppg, 3.3 apg in the previous 6. He is is 4th all-time in UW history for career assists (412) and is the fifth Husky with 400. He is nearing Isaiah Thomas (415) for third all-time.
• Andrew Andrews has averaged 14.8 ppg over the last four weekend games, but 2.3 ppg in the last 4 weeknight contests.
• Shawn Kemp, Jr. is averaging 9.8 ppg over the last six games (59 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
• C.J. Wilcox ranks 28th all-time in UW history with 1,156 points. Up next on the list is Donald Watts (1,158) and Stan Walker (1,175).
• Wilcox has been held under double-figure scoring in back-to-back games for the first time this season at USC followed by vs. Oregon. In the last 6 games he is averaging 11.2 ppg (19.2 ppg in the previous 19 games.)
• C.J. Wilcox scored 20+ points in 9 of the first 10 home games, but has not done so in the last 4 games at Alaska Airlines Arena. He is averaging a team-best 18.8 ppg at home. In 10 away games Wilcox is averaging 15.5 ppg and scored 20+ points just twice.
• Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 193 3-point makes. Next up on the list is Deon Luton, who made 212. Nate Robinson (127).
• N'Diaye's career field goal percentage of .569 is the third among all Huskies, trailing MacCulloch's .664 and Rich Manning's .571.
• N'Diaye is the fourth Husky with 100 career blocks. He has 104 for his career.
• Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 194 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 191), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 412 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 293).
Last Time Vs. Oregon State (1/26/13)
AP - Devon Collier led Oregon St. (11-8, 1-5 Pac-12), which started the season 9-2, with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Eric Moreland added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Beavers, who had their highest-scoring game in conference play to earn their first Pac-12 victory. C.J. Wilcox had 23 points and seven rebounds and Aziz N'Diaye added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (12-7, 4-2), which lost its second straight game. Washington chipped away at a 10-point halftime deficit early in the second half. The Huskies closed within 41-35 as Wilcox closed out a 6-0 run with a shot from outside. A Wilcox 3-pointer later made it 49-45 Oregon State. Wilcox hit another from 3-point range with 12:16 left that got Washington within 53-52. Oregon State later scored five straight points, with Ahmad Starks' 3-pointer and Collier's two free throws making it 66-57 with 5:11 remaining. Washington got no closer than six from there, and the Beavers led by as many as 10 in the closing minutes.
Last Time Out: ORE 65, UW 52 (2/13)
AP - Johnathan Loyd scored all 11 of his points in the second half, Damyean Dotson finished with 13 and Oregon snapped a two-game road losing streak with a 65-52 win over Washington on Wednesday night. The Ducks (20-5, 9-3 Pac-12) had dropped three of four, losing their grasp on sole possession of first place in the conference. Washington leading scorer Abdul Gaddy led the Huskies (13-12, 5-7) with 17 points. The loss was Washington's largest in conference play and continued a surprising slide after beginning the Pac-12 season 4-0. Washington trimmed the deficit to seven and had a chance to get closer, but Aziz N'Diaye missed the front end of a one-and-one. Loyd then hit a jumper at the top of the key and Dotson scored on a fast break to push the lead back to 11.