Jan. 12, 2007
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 --
Washington at California, 2:00 p.m. (Comcast)
Haas Pavilion (11,877) / Berkeley, Calif.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 --
Washington at (#22) Washington State, 3:00 p.m. (FSN)
Friel Court (11,566) / Pullman, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
Still in search of their first road victory, the Washington Huskies (11-5, 1-4) conclude the Bay Area portion of a three-game travel swing on Saturday, Jan. 13 at California (10-6, 2-2). Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies have a 72-70 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1916. Next week, UW completes a stretch of five road contests during a seven-game span by visiting 22nd-ranked Washington State, Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.
Saturday's Husky men's basketball game at California will be televised live at 2 p.m. on Comcast, channel 17 in Seattle, 76 in Bellingham and either 12 or 14 in Spokane. It also airs on channel 409 for Dish Network subscribers and on channel 656 on DirecTV.
The annual visit to the Bay Area has proven to be the most difficult trip for Washington, which has not swept the California-Stanford road swing since 1985. The Huskies have swept every other two-game Pac-10 road trip at least twice since then, including the Arizona, Los Angeles and Oregon trips last season. Thursday's 78-77 loss at Stanford was UW's 14th consecutive defeat at Maples Pavilion.
Washington is pursuing its elusive first win away from home this season, having lost all four road games to date. The Huskies fell at Gonzaga (Dec. 9), at USC (Dec. 28), at UCLA (Dec. 31) and Thursday at Stanford (Jan. 11). The road woes can be partly attributed to youth as last year's veteran UW unit posted a 6-3 record in Pac-10 away contests.
At least 28 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game at California airs live on Comcast (channel 17 in Seattle, 76 in Bellingham, 12 or 14 in Spokane, 409 on Dish Network and 656 on DirecTV). The Seattle and Spokane channels are a change from previously published information.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Washington ranks ninth nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 84.3 points per game. The Huskies had 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 40 of UW's 111 treys, 23 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.50 treys per game while shooting 43.5 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 15 games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005) and matched that total three times this season, against Southern Utah (Dec. 4), at USC (Dec. 28) and versus Arizona State (Jan. 6). Appleby netted 115 of his 144 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Spencer Hawes is already tied for Washington's freshman record for blocked shots. His 32 rejections equal the school's freshman standard established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Thursday's one-point loss at Stanford marked the first Washington game this season to be decided by fewer than seven points.
Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders. Underclassmen account for 81 percent of UW's scoring, 87% of rebounds and 77% of minutes.
Washington is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 11 per game (40.7 to 29.9). The Huskies won the board battle every game. Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 10.0 rebounds per game, including 11 double-digit efforts.
The California Series
> Washington won four of the last five meetings to claim a 72-70 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a California victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> The teams split a pair of games last season, each school winning at home.
> Cal owns a 45-25 advantage against Washington over games played in the Bay Area. The Bears won five of the last six at Haas Pavilion with UW's only victory a 106-73 decision in 2005. That was the highest point total ever for a UW team at an opponent's arena.
> 11th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 11-9 record against the Huskies.
> Fifth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-5 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after winning in 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
#17 UW 73, California 62 (Feb. 26, 2006; Seattle)
Brandon Roy registered his ninth straight 20-point game, scoring 19 of his 27 points in the second half of 17th-ranked Washington's 73-62 victory over California in the final home game at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (22-5, 11-5) moved into a second-place tie with their school-record tying 17th home win. Roy won the dual with the other Pac-10 player of the year candidate Leon Powe who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. The UW guard hit 9-of-13 shots, including 3-of-6 treys. Roy also excelled on defense, holding Cal's Ayinde Ubaka to six points that snapped a 14-game double-figure streak. The Golden Bears (17-8, 11-5) drew within 33-29 at halftime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Theo Robertson. Roy tallied 10 of the team's 12 points during a six-minute span en route to a 67-58 lead with 2:15 remaining. UW shot 56 percent (24-43) from the field while limiting the Bears to 41 percent (21-51). The Huskies hit 10-of-20 shots from 3-point range, including 2-for-3 efforts from Justin Dentmon and Ryan Appleby who each finished with 10 points. Jamaal Williams scored 13 points for the Huskies who got eight rebounds from Jon Brockman. Richard Midgley paced Cal with 15 points and Robertson finished with 13.
The Last Meeting in Berkeley
California 71, #10 UW 69 (Jan. 26, 2006; Berkeley, Calif.)
Leon Powe amassed 13 rebounds and 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining that sealed California's 71-69 win over 10th-ranked Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (11-6, 5-3) led the entire game, including a 40-32 halftime advantage. The Huskies (16-3, 5-3) committed 12 of their 18 turnovers in the first half, but reserve Ryan Appleby hit all four of his 3-point attempts before intermission to keep them close. UW tallied the first seven second-half points to draw within 40-39 before Cal answered with an 11-point run. Appleby hit his fifth 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the game to cap a 17-4 Husky surge and forge the first tie at 66-66. Ayinde Ubaka was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and converted both free throws to give Cal the lead for good. Powe rebounded a miss by UW's Brandon Roy and made both free throws and Ubaka hit one at 0:06. Roy netted a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push his total to 23 points along with nine assists and five rebounds. Appleby was the only other UW double-figure scorer with 15 points. Cal's Ubaka and Omar Wilkes each had 15.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
Did You Know?
UW sophomore Jon Brockman (13.3 ppg/10.0 rpg) is one of just two Pac-10 players averaging a double-double, joining Oregon's Maarty Leunen.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to "Big Baby's" 48-game double-figure scoring streak. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led last year's Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 10.0 rebounds and is UW's third leading scorer at 13.3 points per game.
The Huskies have an 0-4 record when their opponents shoot better than 50 percent from the field ... Washington's last four opponents have combined to shoot 54 percent from the field (119-for-220) ... The Huskies lost back-to-back games recently despite shooting 51 percent at UCLA (28-55) and 54 percent against Arizona (36-67). The trouble was that both foes shot better, UCLA at 60% (40-67) and Arizona at 65% (32-49) ... Arizona's sizzling 65.3 percent shooting was the best performance against a UW team since the Wildcats shot 70% on Dec. 20, 1987 in Seattle ... The Huskies followed that game by holding Arizona State (Jan. 6) to a UW opponent low 35 percent (17-49) shooting ... Four UW players fouled out at USC (Dec. 28) after just five were disqualified in the first 11 games ... The Trojans converted 29-of-38 free throws while UW was 8-of-12 ... UW won 27 consecutive non-conference home games, including all 10 games this season ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13) ... Washington has an 80-22 overall record since a pivotal 103-99 overtime victory at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 that stopped an 0-5 Pac-0 start, including a 45-16 mark against conference opponents.
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 16 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and five have posted at least one 20-point performance.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising eight of the 12 spots on the active roster. UW has five freshmen on the roster (one of them a 2006 red-shirt) and three sophomores. The four eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He hasn't slowed down since and currently ranks second for UW with an average of 13.6 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 11 double-figure scoring games.
The Washington men's basketball team dropped out of the Associated Press poll after being ranked No. 24 last week (Jan. 1). Four Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25, UCLA (4), Arizona (10), Oregon (15) and Washington State (22). UW has already played four games against ranked opponents with seven games remaining against five opponents ranked in the current top-25, including a Feb. 17 visit to No. 7 Pittsburgh. Washington dropped four spots, into the No. 24 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented their fourth unique set of starters during the last three games as Ryan Appleby returned to the opening lineup and Phil Nelson drew his first career starts. Washington's most-frequently used lineup was comprised entirely of underclassmen. UW started three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon) during eight games. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six blocks against Sacramento State, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. The Huskies have 57 blocks, a rate of 3.56 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 32 blocks.
The Huskies had a 16-game home winning streak halted on Jan. 4 by a 96-87 loss to Arizona ... That loss also stopped a run of seven straight home wins for UW against ranked opponents ... Washington's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games ... The loss at Gonzaga also snapped the Huskies' streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Huskies won the last three regular-season tournaments in which they participated, including a season-opening triumph in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW was also victorious in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic.
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.