April 9, 2013
SEATTLE - The Huskies had one of the most up-and-down seasons in recent memory -- if not in team history. Washington had to endure preseason injuries to core players out of the gate -- and a rugged schedule -- went through a stretch of winning 8 of 9, followed by losing 7 of 8 and wrapped up the regular season by winning three of its last four. The Huskies ended up with their sixth-consecutive post-season bid and in the NIT for the second consecutive season.
Looking at Next Year
Washington will lose 45.5% of its scoring with the graduation of Abdul Gaddy, Aziz N'Diaye and Scott Suggs, plus the transfer of Martin Breunig. The one key piece for the UW may be whether or not junior C.J. Wilcox decides to return for his senior season. The second-team All-Pac-12 selection will graduate this spring and has turned in the necessary paperwork to be evaluated by the NBA after leading the Huskies with 16.8 points per game. The Huskies also return four others that played in 25 games or more and averaged at least 12 minutes per game: Andrew Andrews, Shawn Kemp Jr., Desmond Simmons and Jernard Jarreau.
A Numbers Game
The Huskies put up some atypical numbers during the season. Here is a look at them: 67.9 Points Per Game: The Huskies averaged the fewest points per game during Lorenzo Romar's 11 years as coach. Their previous low was 72.4 in Romar's first season in 2003. It was the team's lowest scoring average since 2001 when they scored 67.6 per game.
67.2 PPG Allowed: The previous low average during the Romar era was 69.5 in 2009 and that number represented the lowest average since the 1990 squad allowed only 65.1 ppg.
5.2 Steals Per Game: UW averaged its lowest amount of steals since the NCAA started officially keeping the stat in 1977. The previous low was 5.4 in 1990.
11.9 Assists Per Game: Again, the Huskies averaged their fewest amount of assists per game since the NCAA started keeping the stat in 1976. The previous low was 12.3 in 1990.
141 Blocks: The Huskies notched their third-highest total in school history, trailing only the 2011 and 2010 season.
18 Wins: UW had won 24 or more games in four-straight seasons, the longest streak of 20-win seasons in school history.
211 3-point attempts: C.J. Wilcox set a school record with 211 three-point attempts.
Wilcox Named 2nd Team All-Pac-12 & 2nd Team NABC All-District 20
C.J. Wilcox, who was honorable mention in 2012 as a sophomore and was a member of the 2011 All-Freshman team, was named 2nd Team All-Pac-12 and 2nd Team All-District. He led UW in scoring, minutes played and 3-point makes. The junior was also second in blocks and third in assists. His 16.8 points per game ranked sixth in the Pac-12 and his 2.2 3-point makes per game was second. The Pleasant Grove, Utah native also ranked 7th in the conference averaging 34.8 minutes per game, 14th with 1.1 blocks and 6th in free throw percentage (.816). Wilcox also made his mark in UW single season history. He scored 20 or more points 14 times - tying for seventh most and his 570 points were 11th most. Wilcox is the 16th Husky to earn first- or second-team all-conference honors during Lorenzo Romar's 11 years as Washington head coach.
UW Against NCAA/NIT Tournament Teams
Washington played nine teams that made the NCAA tournament and two teams that were in the NIT. The Huskies were 3-10 against NCAA teams, with a win over No. 4 seed Saint Louis being the highest seeded team they defeated. They also beat Colorado and California. The highest seeded team they faced this year was No. 2 Ohio State, who beat UW 77-66 in the Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament. The Huskies fared much better against NIT teams ASU and Stanford. The Huskies swept the Sun Devils and beat Stanford in Palo Alto.
Dawg Bites - Team
Since the Pac-10 formed in 1979, Washington has finished 9-9 in Conference action three times. UW finished the 1996 and 1980 seasons .500 in league action and also went to the NIT tournament both those years.
This year a Conference record four teams finished 9-9 in Pac-12 play. Since 1979, Conference teams have previously finished .500 21 times. Only three of those teams went on to the NCAA tournament and 11 would go on to the NIT. This year, 3 of the .500 teams (UW, ASU, Stanford) went to the NIT. USC was left home.
Historically, the Huskies have finished strong in the last four regular-season conference games during the Romar era. Over the last five seasons they have a combined record of 16-4 down the home stretch, twice going 4-0 and 3-1 and going 2-2 once. In fact in 11 years under Romar, UW has only finished under .500 once in the final four game (2008) and is 32-12 (.727) overall.
Washington had not been swept in a two-game regular season series by a Pac-12 team since USC in 2010 and had not been swept by two schools in the same season since 2007 when Arizona and Washington State pulled it off. This year, Arizona, Oregon and UCLA swept the Huskies. The last time UW was swept by three Pac-12 teams was 2003 when ASU, Ariz, Cal, UCLA and OSU all swept the Huskies.
UW's 7 home losses were more than the combined last 3 seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The seven home losses under Romar equaled 2008 (12-7) & 2003 (8-7).
The Huskies scored under 60 points 7 times. The last time they had done that as many times was in 2000.
UW 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 11 seasons.
UW went 5-7 in true road games, 2-2 in neutral site games. The Huskies averaged 67.8 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 68.8. It marked the seventh time in 11 seasons under Romar that the Huskies have won five road games.
UW was 13-2 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 5-14 when under 70%. Also, UW was 14-3 when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
Getting off to a good start was imperative for the Huskies. They were 13-4 when leading at halftime, 2-1 when tied and 3-11 when trailing.
UW led the Pac-12 with 12.9 offensive rebounds per game but conversely, the Huskies were 11th with 23.5 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW ranked last in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .433, giving them fewer opportunities to grab defensive rebounds.
The Huskies gave up 67.5 ppg which ranked 8th 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 was 69.5 in 2009.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
Abdul Gaddy had 11 assists vs. Washington State, the second highest game total he had in his career. He finished with 469 for his career and second all-time in UW history. In addition, Gaddy is the first Husky with 150 assists in two seasons.
Scott Suggs finished with a flourish before the NIT game. He averaged 18.0 ppg, shot .606 (40x66) from the field and .513 (20x39) from 3-point range over the six games prior to at BYU.
Lorenzo Romar is 14-7 (.667) all-time as a coach in the Pac-12 Tournament. His win total trails only Lute Olson (16). The Huskies are 17-12 all-time in the tourney and trail only Arizona's 19 wins.
C.J. Wilcox was named second-team All-Pac-12 and second team All-District. He was honorable mention in 2011 and was on the All-Freshman team in 2010.
Wilcox is the third Husky to make 200 3-pointers and is 3rd on the all-time list with 211. Scott Suggs finished 6th all-time on UW's top-10 with 144. Wilcox connected with 75 3-point buckets tying for 4th most in UW single-season history.
Aziz N'Diaye had 308 rebounds, making him the 4th different player in the last 40 years with 300 in a season. Jon Brockman (2007-09), Todd MacCulloch (1999) and Chris Welp (1987) are the others.
Wilcox scored 20+ points 14 times to equal the 7th most in UW single-season history. He did it 11 times at home (18.3 ppg home) and 3 times in 16 games away from Alaska Airlines Arena (15.6 ppg). He is the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 points and is currently 23rd all-time with 1,293. His 570 points were tied for 11th most in team history.
Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has scored in double figures eight times, six coming on the weekend.
Suggs would have led the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.871), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percent was the 4th best in UW history.
Among active Pac-12 players, Abdul Gaddy led in assists with 469 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU) while C.J. Wilcox (211) led in career 3-point field goals ahead of Cal's Allen Crabbe (209).
Huskies have won four of the last eight NBA Slam Dunk championships. Terrence Ross won the 2013 title while Nate Robinson was champion in 2010, 2009 and 2006.