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Nov. 23, 2010

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LAHAINA, Hawai'i -- Washington and Kentucky are set for a semifinal matchup in the EA Sports Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. PT. The game between the Huskies (No. 13 AP/ No. 11 Coaches poll) and the Wildcats (No. 8 AP/No. 9 Coaches) will air to a national television audience on ESPN with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas calling the action. All three games and throughout the season, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call all the action on the Husky ISP Sports Radio Network.

UW-Kentucky History
The Huskies and Kentucky have only played once before in their histories. Kentucky won 66-58 in that NCAA First Round match up (recap below, box score in UW's previous weekly release). UW coach Lorenzo Romar and Kentucky coach John Calipari have faced each other once before in their head coaching careers. Romar's St. Louis team lost to Calipari's Memphis squad 72-63 in overtime on Jan. 18, 2001.

Last Time Vs. Kentucky
The Huskies lost 66-58 to Kentucky on March 14, 1985 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. UW couldn't hold the reins on All-American Kenny Walker as he scored 29 points to not only end UW's season, but an era, as legendary coach Marv Harshman retired. Current UW assistant coach Paul Fortier and Detlef Schrempf led the Huskies with 16 points each, while Chris Welp added 10. The downfall for the Huskies that night was their free throw shooting as the team was 6 of 16 for the night. Still, UW trailed only 27-24 at half and were within one point several times in the second half, the last time 53-52 with 2:20 to play. From that point though, Kentucky hit 13 of 17 free throws (30x40 of the game). UW was outrebounded 37-35, just the third time during the season they were. UW finished 22-10.

Record Scoring Output
Washington has shattered the record for its best offensive output over a three-game span in team history with 322 points (107.3 per game). After opening the season with 118 points vs. McNeese State, the Huskies scored 98 against Eastern Washington and 106 against Virginia. In a three-game span in 2004-05, the Huskies totaled 305 against Sacred Heart, Houston and California.

With two 100 point games this season, the team need to reach the century mark one more time to equal the UW season record. (1972, 2004 & 2005).

Dawgs Are Streaking
Dating back to the end of the 2010 season, Washington has now won 12 of its last 13 games. The Huskies finished the Pac-10 regular season with four wins, won three time in the Pac-10 Tournament to take home the conference's post-season title and then beat Marquette and New Mexico before falling to West Virginia in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Putting On A Shooting Clinic
The Huskies tied their all-time mark for three-pointers made with 17 against Virginia (out of 26 attempts) on Monday. UW previously hit 17 (of 33) vs. Nicholls State on Nov. 13, 2006.

So far, 42 of UW's 120 field goals this season have come from behind the three-point arc. Overall, UW is 42x89 (.472) from three-point range. UW's previous highs for percentage (.401), makes (257) and attempts (670) would be shattered if UW kept up the current pace they are on over a projected 30 game season. They are projecting out to hit 420 from distance on 890 attempts.

Sharing Is Caring
The Huskies have 74 assists (24.6 per game) through three games. Again, over a 30 game season they are on pace for 738, which would shatter the previous team record of 660. Conversely, they have only turned the ball over 31 times giving them an assist to turnover ratio of 2.39 and +14.3 turnover margin per game.

Scoring Against Bennett
The 106 points Washington put up against Virginia are the most allowed by a Tony Bennett coached team (previously 86). And the most UW had previously scored against any of his teams (all at WSU) was 73 -- and it took OT in 2008 for the Huskies to get that many.

Vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies were 2-2 last season against teams ranked in the AP top-25. They lost vs. No. 15 Georgetown at the John Wooden Classic before beating No. 19 Texas A&M at home. In the NCAA Tournament, they beat No. 8 New Mexico in the second round, but lost to No. 6 West Virginia in the Sweet 16. Ironically, West Virginia also ended the season of Kentucky, UW's 8th-ranked opponent on Tuesday. Overall, the UW is 27-53 against AP ranked opponents since Jan. 1, 2000. UW has won its last four against ranked foes in the confines of Hec Edmundson Pavilionand are 16-5 over the last 21 contests against ranked foes at home. Overall, Washington is 19-14 all-time at home during the decade. UW had lost its previous 8 decisions against ranked non-conference opponents before ending a three-year drought by beating Texas A&M on Dec. 22.

Thomas Climbs Scoring Ladder
Isaiah Thomas moved into 24th all-time on the UW scoring list last night vs. Virginia. For perspective, Quincy Pondexter began last season No. 27 and moved all the way up to No.3. Thomas began the season 26th on the list.

Holiday's Season
Through the first 13 games of the 2009-10 season Justin Holiday came off the bench and was ninth on the team in scoring with 3.5 ppg and played just 14.7 minutes per game. After being inserted into the starting lineup on Jan. 14 vs. California, Holiday averaged 7.4 ppg to rank 4th on the team over the final 21 games. He also averaged 26.9 minutes, grabbed 5.3 rebounds and shot 47.4% in his starting role after averaging 3.2 rebounds and shooting 29.6% coming from the bench. Holiday also proved to be one of the Huskies top shut-down defenders earning an All-Pac-10 Defensive Team nod.

He has picked up where he off in 2010-11 by averaging 13.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 3.0 steals. Included in those totals are a career-high 6 thefts against Virgnia and three double-figure scoring games -- four total dating back to last season. Before the current streak, Holiday had just six double-figure scoring games in 88 contests.

Huskies In The Rankings
Washington begins the season as the only Pac-10 team ranked in the national polls. The Huskies are 11th in the ESPN/Coaches poll and 3th in the Associated Press poll. It is the highest UW has been ranked since reaching No. 12 last season in early December. Additionally, several publications and websites have the Huskies ranked, including:'s Jeff Goodman (7th), Slam Magazine (8th), (9th), ESPN's Dick Vitale (14th), Sports Illustrated (15th), ESPN's Andy Katz (18th),'s Gary Parrish (18th), (21st), Athlon Sports (22nd), The Sporting News (23rd) and Blue Ribbon Yearbook (23rd).

Basketball In Paradise
The Maui Invitational is the fifth tournament that Washington has played in Hawai'i during their history. UW has played at the University of Hawai'i many times in Honolulu, but truly just four previous tourneys. The Huskies have previously traveled to the Aloha state in 1965-66, 72-73, 84-85 and 98-99 for basketball in paradise. Overall, UW is 8-3 in tournament action on the islands, including a perfect 3-0 in the 1998 Big Island Invitational to take home the championship.

Ten Man Balancing Act
Coach Romar will use basically a 10-man rotation this season. So far, eight Huskies are averaging 8.7 points or more per game. The two under that average are Darnell Gant (6.0 ppg) and Venoy Overton (4.3 ppg), both key cogs for the Huskies. None of the 10 averages more than 23.7 minutes per game and Terrence Ross (13.3 mpg) is the only one averaging less then 16.3 minutes.

Putting the "O" in "D"
Joining Holiday on the 2010 Pac-10 All-Defensive Team was Venoy Overton. The brash guard has earned a reputation as one of the nation's toughest defenders and spends much of the game getting under the opponent's skin. In an anonymous poll of several Pac-10 players by ESPN The Magazine, Overton earned the nod by 66% as the conference's Biggest Trash Talker,. But, as all those that watch him on the court know, Overton prefers to let his play do the talking. He ranks 4th all-time in UW history with 148 steals and ranks eighth all-time with 305 assists. He needs 3 more assists to tie Brandon Roy (308) for 7th and five more to tie Donald Watts (310) for sixth. Overton's six assists per game ranks second among Pac-10 players currently

Who's Your Gaddy?
Abdul Gaddy has shown in the early going that he is a changed player from a season ago. As a 17 year old freshman (turned 18 in January), Gaddy averaged 3.9 points and 2.3 assists per game. So far this year, he is averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 assists per game (good for 3rd in the Pac-10). In 36 games as a freshman he scored in double figures four times and through the first three games this year has already done so three times.

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