Nov. 29, 2005
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 --
#6 Gonzaga vs. #18 Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKNW (AM 1150) in Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 --
#18 Washington vs. New Mexico, 12 p.m. (KIRO TV, Seattle)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Off to their best start in 15 seasons, the 18th-ranked Washington Huskies (6-0) conclude their season-opening seven-game homestand against No. 6 Gonzaga (3-1). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that airs on FSN.
Washington's focus will be on extending one streak and stopping another. The Huskies seek to preserve their national-leading 28-game home winning streak against Gonzaga, which boasts the No. 2 mark in the NCAA with 26 consecutive home victories. The Bulldogs won the last seven meetings in the series, UW's longest current losing streak against any opponent. The Huskies' second-longest current losing streak is four games against Texas-El Paso. The seven-game skid ties the Huskies longest losing stretch against any non-conference opponent, matching the seven straight wins Kansas State posted over Washington between 1954 and 1965.
The Huskies won their opening six games for the first time since the 1990-91 UW squad started the season with seven straight victories. Washington can match that streak with a win Sunday. UW captured the BCA Classic title Nov. 15 with an 85-74 win over Air Force before defeating American (Nov. 19), Idaho (Nov. 22) and Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25).
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on FSN. Sunday's game between the Huskies and Gonzaga will be televised live on FSN at 7:30 p.m. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini call the action.
The Washington-Gonzaga game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on KKNW (AM 1150) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies boast the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak with 28 consecutive victories at Bank of America Arena. UW posted a 6-0 mark this season and a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005. The current streak is a school record, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 straight home wins established 75 years ago, from Jan. 18, 1930 and Mar. 6, 1931. The Nov. 22 win over Idaho pushed UW into the lead position nationally, ahead of Gonzaga's 26-game home winning streak. The Huskies' last home loss came Jan. 10, 2004 against UCLA.
Longest UW Home Winning Streaks
28 Games, Jan. 29, 2004 - present
25 Games, Jan. 18, 1930 - Mar. 6, 1931
23 games, Mar. 6, 1920 - Feb. 3, 1922
23 games, Jan. 9, 1932 - Jan. 14, 1933
23 games, Mar. 3, 1950 - Dec. 29, 1951
23 games, Jan. 5, 1952 - Mar. 7, 1953
Longest Current NCAA Home Win Streaks
School, Wins, Next Home Date
Washington, 28, Dec. 4
Gonzaga, 26, Nov. 30
Illinois, 26, Dec. 3
Southern Illinois, 25, Dec. 10
The Huskies have had at least five double-figure scorers in four games. They are averaging 95.8 points per game, including 118 vs. Morgan State (Nov. 13) that was the second-highest total in UW history ... UW's average winning margin is 33.0 points, including 67- and 47-point triumphs ... Gonzaga won the last seven games in the series, the longest current winning streak by any opponent vs. Washington ... There are eight former NBA coaches currently coaching NCAA Division I teams and Washington has already played two of them this season, Butch Beard of Morgan State (New Jersey Nets) and Jeff Bzdelik of Air Force (Denver Nuggets). Later this season, the Huskies meet a third former NBA mentor in Tim Floyd of USC (Chicago Bulls).
The Gonzaga Series
> Washington owns a 28-13 lead in the all-time series despite losing the last seven meetings with Gonzaga.
> The Huskies have a17-5 record against Gonzaga in Seattle, but were defeated in the Bulldogs' last three visits.
> Gonzaga won the last seven encounters, including a 99-87 decision last season on Dec. 1, 2004 in Spokane. The Bulldogs defeated UW 86-62 in Seattle on Dec. 3, 2003, 95-89 in overtime on Dec. 2, 2002 at the Kennel, 67-47 on Dec. 11, 2001 in Seattle, 86-74 on Dec. 2, 2000 at the Kennel, 76-66 on Dec. 13, 1999 at Seattle's KeyArena and 82-71 on Dec. 8, 1998 at the Spokane Arena.
> The last UW win in the series was an 88-82 decision on Dec. 30, 1997 in Seattle.
> Prior to the current seven -game losing streak against Gonzaga, the Huskies had won 12 of the 13 previous meetings in the series.
> The Bulldog roster includes senior Erroll Knight who transferred from Washington following the 2001-02 season. A product of Seattle's Chief Sealth High School, Knight averaged 7.1 points as a freshman at UW in 2002.
> Seventh-year Gonzaga coach Mark Few won his only six meetings against UW.
> In his fourth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 3-6 record against Gonzaga, including a 3-3 mark between 1997-99 when he was the head coach at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
Gonzaga 99, #14 UW 87 (Dec. 1, 2004/Spokane, Wash.)
Adam Morrison led all scorers with 26 points and started the decisive run late in Gonzaga's 99-87 win over No. 14 Washington at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs (4-1) defeated UW for the seventh straight time. Gonzaga led by as many as 10 points in the first half before the Huskies closed within 39-38 by halftime. Nate Robinson scored 15 of his 22 points before halftime to keep foul-plagued UW in the game. Washington (4-1) held a one-point lead early in the second half and the score was tied five times after halftime. Gonzaga owned a slim 78-77 edge with 6:37 left to play before breaking the game open with a 7-0 run that Morrison began with a 3-pointer. Rony Turiaf, who finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, capped the surge with two free throws. Will Conroy distributed nine assists and Robinson had eight for the Huskies who were credited with 29 assists on 33 baskets. Reserve Jamaal Williams scored 18 points for UW which had five double-figure scorers, including 14 from Will Conroy, 13 from Mike Jensen and 12 from Bobby Jones. Derek Raivio scored 21 points for the Bulldogs and hit 5-of-6 shots from 3-point range.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#17 Gonzaga 86, UW 62 (Dec. 3, 2003/Seattle)
Blake Stepp scored 10 of his 14 points during a 42-10 run that began before halftime and continued into the second half of 17th-ranked Gonzaga's 86-62 win over Washington. A capacity crowd at Bank of America Arena saw Washington (3-1) rally from an early six-point deficit to take an eight-point lead. Bobby Jones' jumper with 7:47 left in the first half put the Huskies ahead 28-20. Gonzaga staged its decisive surge, holding UW without a field goal for the next 15 minutes. By the time Curtis Allen hit a jumper with 12:44 left to play, halting a string of 22 straight UW misses, the Bulldogs owned a commanding 62-40 margin. The Huskies hit 10-of-17 free throws during the field goal drought. Gonzaga shot 61 percent (33-54) for the game and outscored the Huskies 54-16 in the paint. The Bulldogs played a zone defense the entire game, limiting UW to 31 percent shooting (19-61), including 6-of-26 from 3-point range. Richard Fox grabbed 14 rebounds, leading a 48-26 advantage for GU. Cory Violette scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs who also got 14 from Tony Skinner and 12 from Ronny Turiaf. Will Conroy paced UW with 15 points and Brandon Roy had 13.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus in Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 797 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
The Huskies jumped seven spots, to No. 18 in this week's (Nov. 28) Associated Press poll. They made their first appearance in the ESPN-USA Today rankings, holding the No. 19 position this week. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason AP or ESPN/USA Today rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today. Four opponents on the UW schedule are ranked in the current AP Top-25, including Gonzaga (6), Arizona (15) and UCLA (16).
Washington is the reigning champion in two tournaments after capturing the BCA Classic trophy Nov. 15 with an 85-74 victory over Air Force. UW won the its first Pac-10 Tournament title on Mar. 12, 2005.
Home Heavy Schedule
The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. The current stretch of seven straight home games marks Washington's longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They meet New Mexico as part of a Wooden Classic doubleheader on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif.
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was voted to the BCA Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 15). He is averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks and is the only Husky to register double-figure points every game. Roy is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. He posted a pair of double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but didn't attend pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He had another double-double on Nov. 15 against Air Force with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Brockman leads the team with an average of 8.2 rebounds, three more per game than any other Husky. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
The Last Game
#25 UW 112, Loyola Marymount 65 (Nov. 25, 2005; Seattle)
Jamaal Williams registered his first double-double as a Husky, amassing 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead 25th-ranked Washington to a 112-65 win over Loyola Marymount for its 28th consecutive win at Bank of America Arena. Five different players scored during a 12-point run that Williams capped with a layin to put UW ahead 28-12 with 12:24 left in the first half. The lead grew to 65-31 at halftime and the Huskies scored the game's final 11 points for the 46-point margin of victory. UW (6-0) shot 61 percent (23-38) in the first half while forcing 22 Lion turnovers. Loyola (1-2) was led by the 13 points of Wes Wardrop. Brandon Roy scored 19 points to lead the Huskies who also got 18 from Ryan Appleby on 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point range.
This is Washington's fourth season under Coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar was honored in 2005 as the Pac-10 Conference and BCA National Coach of the Year.
The 2005 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 29-6 to tie the 1938 squad for most wins in a season. Washington began the season by winning the Great Alaska Shootout and finished it as champions of the Pac-10 Tournament. UW was selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time ever and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Louisville. Lorenzo Romar was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were honored as All-Pac-10 first team picks, marking the first time since 1987 that UW had two all-conference selections.
Despite the departure of three starters from a Sweet 16 squad, the cupboard is far from bare for the Huskies. Leading the returners are senior captains Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones. A national honors candidate, Roy garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last year after averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He led the Huskies with an average of 15.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. The senior swingman is one of the 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Jones ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (51.0) and he also was 31-of-61 from 3-point range. He spent the summer playing with the gold medal U.S. National Team at the World University Games. Three-year starter Mike Jensen will miss the beginning of the season as he recovers from arthroscopic shoulder surgery. His absence will allow prep standout Jon Brockman to compete for a starting spot immediately. The 6-foot-8 Snohomish HS grad was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Best of the West poll and No. 15 overall by TheInsiders.com. At point guard, the Huskies will rely upon a pair of newcomers. Ryan Appleby, a sophomore transfer from Florida, and freshman Justin Dentmon will battle for the starting spot while both are expected to play meaningful minutes. Joining those two in the backcourt will be sophomore Joel Smith who was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team honoree last season. Senior forward Jamaal Williams is a likely starter and a great interior scorer.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones was questionable for the Feb. 10 game at Oregon while battling a fever and sore throat. Despite the illness he played 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. He has five career double-doubles, two last season. He amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (Jan. 27) and 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22).
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams' 6-foot-5 frame belies that fact that he is a sensational interior scorer. He ranked second among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). Williams tallied 21 points in only 16 minutes off the bench against the Trojans. That was the third 20-point game for the Corona, Calif. native who prepped at Centennial High School. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average.