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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 --
UW vs. #2 Arizona, 7:30 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV

Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 --
UW vs. Arizona State, 4:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV

Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area

The Washington Huskies (8-10, 3-6) wrap up a three-game homestand this week, beginning Thursday, Feb. 6 against second-ranked Arizona (16-2, 8-1). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Wildcats won their last seven meetings with Washington, including their last three games in Seattle. Arizona won this season's first meeting 79-61 on Jan. 11 in Tucson. The UW-Arizona game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net as will Saturday's (Feb. 8) matchup against Arizona State (13-7, 5-4). Washington hosts the Sun Devils at 4 p.m. ASU won the last two meetings with the Huskies, including an 89-57 win on Jan. 9 in Tempe. The Sun Devils lost in six of their last seven visits to Seattle. Washington won its last outing, an 81-67 home win over Washington State on Jan. 31. Washington has a 7-4 record this season at Bank of America, but has a 1-6 record away from home. Next week, the Huskies make a two-game swing through the Bay Area, beginning Feb. 13 at Stanford.

TV Tidbits
Both Husky games this week be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Thursday's game against Arizona airs at 7:30 p.m. PST with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson calling the action. Saturday's game against Arizona State airs at 4 p.m. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game against Arizona will be broadcast on KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle and KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma due to a scheduling conflict with KJR. The majority of games will air on Husky flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com

Lorenzo's Ledger
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has eight coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory vs. Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 101-98.

Youth Movement
The youthful Washington roster features six freshman, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. Friday (Jan. 31) against Washington State, UW started four freshmen alongside sophomore point guard Will Conroy. Four of UW's top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (11.2 ppg).

Notable
The Huskies have not defeated a team ranked No. 2 or higher since a 69-68 home win over No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979 ... UW started four freshmen and a sophomore vs. WSU (Jan. 31) in its last outing ... The Huskies have a 7-4 home record and are 1-6 in road games. They are outscoring foes by 6.9 points at Bank of America Arena (73.6-66.7), but have a 15-point deficit at enemy courts (81.9-66.9) ... UW's assist-turnover ratio in its eight wins is 135-131 while the corresponding mark in the 10 losses is 118-167 ... Eleven of the 13 players on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington ... The Huskies boast an 8-1 record in games when they score more than 70 points and have an 0-9 mark when held under 70 points ... Will Conroy leads the team with 30 steals, three more than any UW player had all last season ... The Huskies are shooting slightly better at home (41.8%) than on the road (41.1%). Their winning home record can be attributed to defense as opponents shoot 47.7 percent on their own courts and 42.0% at Bank of America Arena ... Washington has a 7-1 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* 2003 Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 0-2

* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 62-187

* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (1/24/02, Seattle)

* Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 90, #10 Arizona 84 (2/4/99, Seattle)

* Record vs. Teams Ranked No. 2: 2-12 (lost last five meetings)

* Last Win vs. Team Ranked No. 2 or higher: UW 69, #1 UCLA 68 (2/22/79, Seattle)

* Last Win Over a No. 2-Ranked Opponent: UW 78, #2 UCLA 73 (2/12/77, Seattle)

The Arizona Series
> Arizona won the last seven games against Washington and has a 35-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> The Wildcats won 11 of the last 12 meetings against Washington. They swept the last three season series, their longest run of sweeps since beating UW over five consecutive seasons from 1986-1990.

> UA won this season's first meeting by a 79-61 tally on Jan. 11 in Tucson.

> The Wildcats have a 13-11 record against Washington in Seattle and were victorious in their last three visits to the Northwest.

> 20th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 30-11 all-time record against UW.

> First-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against Arizona.

The Last Meeting
Arizona 79, UW 61 (Jan. 11, 2003; Tucson, Ariz.)

Salim Stoudamire scored six of his game-high 23 points during an 18-4 second-half run, helping No. 2 Arizona defeat Washington 79-61 at McKale Center. The Wildcats (11-1, 4-0) beat UW at home for the seventh consecutive time and the 18th time in the last 19 meetings in Tucson. The Huskies (6-7, 1-3) scored the game's opening five points and trailed only 31-28 before Arizona scored six straight points to close the first half with a 37-28 advantage. UW drew within 52-46 on a Nate Robinson jumper with 11:57 left to play. The Huskies were held without a basket for the next 5-1/2 minutes while Arizona went on a 12-2 surge. The run reached 18-4, capped by Stoudamire's two free throws that made it 70-50 with 4:59 remaining. Stoudamire converted all eight of his free throw attempts. He was 3-for-8 from 3-point range while the rest of the Wildcats were 0-for-7. Jason Gardner had 11 points and nine assists for Arizona which also got 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks from Channing Frye. Washington's Doug Wrenn, who scored 35 points at McKale Center last year, managed 11 before fouling out with 7:07 remaining. Nate Robinson also scored 11 for the Huskies.

Turnover Turnaround
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (16.6 to 17.3), they are at plus-2.0 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.6 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 7.2 steals per game, an increase from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.

Instant Offense
Sophomore David Hudson has 37 points in 48 minutes this season, coming on 12 treys and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy, but is one trey shy of the one-per-game needed to officially qualify. He is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from 3-point range where all but two of his attempts have come. Hudson missed his only two shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23). All 15 of Hudson's career field goals are 3-pointers.

Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played four games, including a six-rebound, two-assist effort at Oregon (Jan. 23). Roy scored his first points in his fourth outing Jan. 31 against Washington State. He tallied six points against the Cougars. One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.

Shuffling Starters
Washington started six different lineups this season, including the group of Jensen/Jones/Washington/Conroy/Robinson that opened the last outing. That lineup featured four freshmen along with sophomore point guard Will Conroy who is the only Husky to start every game.

Will Power
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His team-leading 13.3-point scoring average is 10.8 better than last season's average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He has 12 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in seven games. Conroy ranks 17th among Pac-10 scorers (13.3 ppg) and distributed a team-high 78 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.3 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last season was nine points. Conroy has 239 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 campaign.

Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after competing two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He grabbed nine rebounds against USC (Jan. 4) and led UW scorers with 11 points at Arizona (Jan. 11). Robinson has eight double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers six times in his 14 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). He led all Huskies with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started at cornerback in the final six Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.

Dynamic Doug
Junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 15 occasions, tops on the team. He ranks 18th among Pac-10 players in scoring (13.1 ppg), ninth in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and ninth in blocked shots (20). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 33 treys, 15 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates.

Last Husky Game
UW 81, Washington State 67 (Jan. 31, 2003; Seattle)

Curtis Allen came off the bench to spark a 10-point run with six of his 13 points, leading Washington to an 81-67 victory over Washington State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (8-10, 3-6) registered their ninth straight home win over WSU. The Cougars (5-13, 0-9) suffered their 16th straight Pac-10 loss, their last conference win coming Jan. 31, 2002 in Pullman against the Huskies. WSU led 11-9 before Allen hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 surge that put Washington ahead for good. Allen capped the run with another trey, giving UW a 19-11 lead with 9:22 left in the first half. The Huskies led 38-30 at halftime and scored the first five second-half points. The lead grew to as many as 19 points. Sophomore Will Conroy scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half. Conroy was the lone veteran in the Husky starting lineup that included four freshmen. Making his UW first start, Nate Robinson matched reserve Doug Wrenn's 11-point tally. Cedrick Hughey totaled 15 points and eight boards for the Cougars who outrebounded Washington 41-31. Thomas Kelati added 13 points for WSU and Milton Riley had 12. Washington shot 50 percent (28-56) from the floor, it's best accuracy in Pac-10 play this season. The Huskies shot 58 percent (7-12) from beyond the 3-point line and outscored WSU 18-5 from the free throw line.

Romar Returns
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 101-98 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including an 8-10 mark at Washington. He recorded his 100th career coaching victory on Jan. 18, 2003 with a 73-68 win over Stanford. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. His first Saint Louis squad upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached UW from 1989-93.

Coaching Staff
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 764 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.

2003 Husky Highlights
First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston). Their largest margin of victory last season was 20 points vs. Santa Clara ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.

Second Century
The second century of Washington basketball is underway with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (6) or sophomores (3). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.

The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 32-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> The Sun Devils won this year's first meeting, an 89-57 win on Jan. 9 in Tempe that was their sixth straight home win over Washington.

> The Huskies defeated ASU 81-68 last season in Seattle, giving UW a 13-12 home edge in the series.

> Washington won six of the last seven meetings with the Sun Devils in Seattle from 1996-2002, following a string of six straight ASU victories at UW from 1990-95.

> Fifth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 6-3 record against Washington.

> First-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Jan. 9, 2003; Tempe, Ariz.)

Tommy Smith tallied 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Arizona State to an 89-57 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. Curtis Millage scored 16 points and Ike Diogu and Jamal Hill had 14 apiece for Arizona State (10-4, 2-1) which defeated the Huskies at home for the sixth straight time. Smith also tied his career high with six blocks and had five assists. ASU blocked 13 shots, a single-game record for a UW opponent. Diogu pulled down nine rebounds, helping Arizona State to a 47-28 advantage on the boards. The teams were tied at 13 before Diogu started a 17-5 surge that gave ASU the lead for good. Will Conroy led Washington (6-6, 1-2) with 13 points while Doug Wrenn and Bobby Jones had 10 each. Conroy had five points inside the opening two minutes of the second half as UW, which trailed by 43-32 at halftime, drew within 46-41on a basket by Mike Jensen with 17:43 left in the game. The Sun Devils scored the next seven points to take control and steadily increased the lead to as many as 33 points.

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