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UW Men Tip Off 111th Season On Sunday
Release: 11/09/2012
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Nov. 9, 2012


Sun., Nov. 11| 5:00 pm | Alaska Airlines Arena | Live Stats  
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SEATTLE -- The Huskies kick off their 111th season of basketball on Sunday when they take on Loyola University Maryland at 5:00 p.m. PT in Alaska Airlines Arena. The game is the first of two home contests as part of the of Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament. The second game is Tuesday, Nov. 13 vs. Albany at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be televised live on the Pac-12 TV Network and KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM. The Huskies, plus seven other teams, will converge in Uncasville, Conn. on Nov. 17 and 18 and each play two games.

For Starters
Washington is 8-2 in season-openers under Lorenzo Romar, losing their home opener just once during the 11th-year coach's tenure; the 2002-03 opener vs. Montana State. The Huskies last lost the season-opener at Portland in 2008-09 and have won three-straight since.

Husky Quick Hitters
• Washington returns 47.3 percent of its scoring and 57.3 percent of its rebounding from last year's team that went 24-11 overall, won the Pac-12 regular season title and advanced to NIT semifinals.
• Two starters (Abdul Gaddy and Aziz N'Diaye) return to the squad and a total of four players return who averaged at least 17 minutes of playing time per game. Plus, the Huskies get Scott Suggs back, who averaged 18.3 minutes per game in 2010-11.
• The Huskies went on a foreign tour this summer that saw them visit Spain, France, Monaco and Senegal. The team went 3-3 in games played. Suggs and Gaddy led the team with 13.5 ppg, while C.J. Wilcox was two points behind and averaged 13.2 ppg.
• Returner Aziz N'Diaye was a first-team member on the 2012 Pac-12 All-Defensive team, while C.J. Wilcox was honorable mention All-Pac-12. Lorenzo Romar was conference Coach of the Year for a third time.
• The Huskies enter the year with more wins in their current arena (921) than any other school. Their total is over 100 more than second-place Penn.
• Washington has won 20 games four-consecutive seasons; a first in school history. In those four seasons, UW has claimed two regular season conference titles and two Pac-10 tournament championships.
• Washington has amassed 100 wins over the last four seasons, the first time in program history they have reached the century mark in a four-year span.

UW vs. Loyola University Maryland
The Huskies and the Greyhounds have never played, but curiously Washington has played two previous Loyola teams: Loyola Marymount and Loyola-New Orleans.

About Loyola University Maryland
Jim Pastos, in his ninth year at Loyola, looks to top last year's 24-9 record (Division I school record). The Greyhounds compete in the Metro Atlantic Conference and finished second in 2012 with a 13-5 record, but did win the MAAC tournament to advance to the NCAA's ... Loyola has four returning starters. They did not get off to a great start this season, falling short to Seton Hill in their first exhibition game. They open the regular season on Friday vs. Duquesne ... The Greyhounds are lead by senior Erik Etherly who was their leading scorer last year averaging 13.7 points per game. Etherly also led the Greyhounds in blocks and rebounding ... Junior guard Dylon Cormier averaged 13.1 points per game and led the team in steals with 51. He was second team All-MAAC in 2012 ... Senior guard Robert Olson had a game-high 13 rebounds vs. Seton Hill, along with leading the team in scoring with 21 points.

Did You Know...
Washington enters the 2012-13 season with an all-time record of 1,665-1,079 (.607) to rank 15th amongst the all-time winningest schools in the NCAA. Kentucky leads everyone with 2,090 victories. Among Pac-12 schools, only No. 8 UCLA (1,728) and No. 12 Utah (1,670) have more victories than the Huskies. Oregon State is the next closest to the UW with 1,640 wins to rank 20th.

Who Are These Guys?
THREE-HEADED MONSTER: The Huskies' backcourt is one of the strengths of the squad. The Huskies have talent, size and experience at the position thanks in large part to the trio of senior captains Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs and junior C.J. Wilcox. Combined, the group were the top three scorers during the team's summer foreign tour and have played 233 games at the collegiate level. Gaddy is the Pac-12's leading active player with 312 assists, Wilcox was honorable mention All-Pac-12 and ranks fifth in UW history in 3-point makes, and Suggs, a 41% career 3-point shooter, returns from a broken foot that cost him all of last season.

CENTER OF DEFENSE: Returning to man the middle for the Huskies is 7-foot senior Aziz N'Diaye. The Dakar, Senegal native was a member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team as a junior and enters the year 8th all-time on the UW list for career blocks. The career 54% shooter scored 7.8 points per game and is the team's top returning rebounder after grabbing 7.3 per game. N'Diaye, the third player to stand 7-feet or taller in the Romar era, is especially rejuvenated this season after spending part of the summer in his native Senegal with his teammates and family.

THE REDSHIRTS: Jernard Jarreau and Andrew Andrews finally make their debuts after sitting out 2011-12 as redshirts. Both will be counted on to contribute right away after spending a year learning Romar's system, putting on weight (Jarreau has gained 25 pounds since stepping on campus) and developing their games. Andrews will be counted on for big minutes off the bench to spell the guards, while Jarreau is one the primary candidates for the fifthe starting spot.

FINDING A FIFTH STARTER: Lorenzo Romar has said it's a safe bet that four of the starting spots have been grabbed by Gaddy, Wilcox, Suggs and N'Diaye. Desmond Simmons, Jarreau and Martin Breunig are all contending to hear their names called at introductions, but it remains to be seen which frontcount player will win the starting nod. Simmons is the most experienced from the group with 11 starts already under his belt, but he'll have to fend off the 6-foot-10 Jarreau and Breunig. Shawn Kemp was an early contender for a starting spot but will miss 6-8 weeks with a patella tendon tear in his knee.

THE WALK ONS: The Huskies gained a pair of newcomers that chose to walk on during the summer. Quinn Sterling joined the Huskies early in the summer and traveled with the team to Europe and Africa. The 6-foot-4 guard showed his shooting prowess on the trip but has been slowed this fall with a stress fracture in his foot. Dion Overstreet joined the team after contacting the coaching staff expressing his interest to join the team. The 5-9 guard averaged double-digit points at Edmonds CC.

THE TRANSFERS: Washington will have a pair of forwards sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules. Perris Blackwell from San Francisco and 6-11 Gilles Dierickx from Florida International both joined the Huskies but are ineligible to play this season. The 6-foot-9 Blackwell was honorable mention All-West Coast Conference after averaging 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg while shooting 57.5% from the field. He will have one season of eligibility remaining. Dierickx started 15 games for Isiah Thomas' squad as a freshman last year and has the ability to help inside with his size and knock down shots from outside. The Belgium native will have three years left to play starting in 2013.

COACHING ADDITIONS: Washington will have two new faces on the bench this season. Joining Lorenzo Romar's coaching staff are Brad Jackson and Lamont Smith. Both are respected basketball minds and have known Romar for years. Jackson joins the Huskies after leading Western Washington to the 2012 NCAA Division II championship. He spent 27 years as head coach for the Vikings before making the move to Seattle after Raphael Chillious left the Huskies' bench to become an assistant at Villanova. Smith joined the staff soon after Jackson, reuniting with his former boss, Romar. Smith spent the last five years as an assitant at Arizona State, but got his coaching start under Romar at Saint Louis from 1999-2000. Longtime assistant Paul Fortier moves to the new role of Director of Player Personel and Recruiting.

Coach Lorenzo Romar (11th Yr. at Washington, 17th Yr. Overall)
Now in his 11th season, Lorenzo Romar is coming off a year in which he won the 2012 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after guiding UW to a 14-4 conference record and Pac-12 regular season championship. It was the third time that Romar, the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington, has earned Coach of the Year (also 2009 & 2005). Romar is the dean of coaching in the Pac-12 having spent more seasons at UW than any other current coach at their school. Romar owns a 219-113 (.660) record at Washington and is 312-201 (.608) in 16 seasons overall. Romar reached several milestones during the year including his 200th win as UW's coach, 300th overall coaching victory & 100th Pac-12 conference win. The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, Romar is third all-time in victories at UW and reached 200 wins second fastest. Washington has won its first two outright conference titles (2012 & 2009) since 1953 under the direction of Romar. He has led UW to six NCAA tournament Appearances -- all in spurts of three-consecutive seasons (2004-05-06 & 2009-10-11) -- and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). Overall, he has led Washington to three Sweet 16 appearances. In 2012 he led UW to the semifinals of the NIT, a first in UW history. He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor.

Unprecedented Success Under Romar
The Huskies are enjoying their greatest stretch of success in team history under the direction of Lorenzo Romar. Besides three Sweet 16 appearances, three Pac-10 tournament championships, two regular-season conference titles & a trip to the NIT semifinals, the numbers show Romar has entered unchartered territory. Since 2004-2005 -- Romar's third season at UW -- the Huskies have won 190 games, the most ever in a eight-year span of UW basketball history. He has avg 21.9 wins per season during his 10-year UW career and has amassed four of the seven largest single-season win totals in UW history. Romar earned his sixth 20-win season in 2012, including a school record four-consecutive seasons, and only trails Hec Edmundson's 11 seasons with 20+ wins.

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