Jan. 13, 2006
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 --
(#13) Washington at (#11) UCLA, 1:00 p.m. (FSN TV)
Pauley Pavilion (12,800) / Los Angeles, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 --
Oregon State vs. (#13) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (No TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The two highest ranked Pac-10 teams clash Saturday, Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. The 13th-ranked Washington Huskies (13-2, 2-2) meet 11th-ranked and first-place UCLA (14-2, 4-1). Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where UW lost in its last 19 visits. The Huskies were last victorious at UCLA on Jan. 29, 1987. UW won its first road outing Thursday, 86-77 at USC while the Bruins edged Washington State 63-61. The Huskies ventured away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They defeated New Mexico 81-71 on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. as part of the Wooden Classic doubleheader. UW returns to Seattle next week to host Oregon State, Jan. 19 and Oregon, Jan. 21.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-UCLA game airs at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Steve Physioc describes the action alongside analyst Marques Johnson.
The Washington-UCLA game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Washington posted its 13th victory Thursday by finally overcoming the curse of the 13-point halftime lead. In both of their losses (Arizona, WSU), the Huskies wasted a 13-point advantage at halftime. Thursday, USC cut a 45-32 halftime deficit to three points, but UW held on for a nine-point victory.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 215 points (681-466) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 45-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in every game. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 73-point count (651-578). UW has outscored Pac-10 foes 158-128 in the first half, but is at a 171-175 deficit after halftime. UW trailed just once at halftime this season (40-46 vs. Air Force) and was tied once (41-41 vs. American).
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Senior Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging 30.0 points on 58-percent shooting (42-of-71). He hit 14-of-18 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. His total was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn tallied 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,102 points to ranks 22nd among all-time Husky scorers.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 15 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (19.4), 3-point percentage (51.4%), field goal percentage (52.5%), assist/turnover ratio (1.43), assists (3.7), blocked shots (1.0) and rebounds (5.6).
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 87-31 series lead after winning seven of the last nine, and 31 of the last 39 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA overcame a 21-point first-half deficit to beat the Huskies 95-86 last season in Los Angeles, UW's 19th consecutive setback at Pauley Pavilion.
> The Bruins boast a 55-5 advantage over Washington at home, including a 40-2 record since UCLA moved into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.
> Washington lost its last 19 visits to Pauley, last winning 95-87 on Jan. 29, 1987.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his third year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 3-2 record against the Huskies.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-5 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA title year.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 82, UCLA 70 (Feb. 5, 2005/Seattle)
Brandon Roy scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, helping 13th-ranked Washington pull away for an 82-70 win over UCLA at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (19-3, 9-2) jumped out to an 11-3 lead before UCLA (12-7, 6-5) closed within 36-32 by halftime. UW extended the lead to as many as 15 points in the second half, but the Bruins tallied 11 consecutive points to draw within 62-58 with 7:24 left to play. The Huskies responded with a 10-4 run, including four points from Roy. UW hit 8-of-10 free throws inside the final 3:10 to secure the victory. Roy grabbed a career-high 13 to lead a 43-34 rebound advantage for the Huskies who had 22 offensive boards. Bobby Jones scored 17 points for UW which also got 16 from Nate Robinson and 11 from Tre Simmons. Dijon Thompson led the Bruins with 22 points and Josh Shipp had 20. UCLA shot 48 percent to just 38 percent for the Huskies who overcame the differential by scoring 31 points off 23 turnovers. The UW bench outscored the Bruins bench 27-8.
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
UCLA 95, #12 UW 86, (Jan. 8, 2005/Los Angeles)
Dijon Thompson and Brian Morrison each scored 19 second-half points, helping UCLA rally from a 21-point first-half deficit to beat 12th-ranked Washington 95-86 at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (13-2, 3-1) burst out to leads of 30-9 and 36-15 before UCLA (9-3, 3-1) drew within 52-42 by halftime. UW led 65-51 with 14:25 remaining before the Bruins staged a 21-7 run to tie the score 72-72 with 8:41 left to play. UCLA took the lead for good on a jumper by Morrison with 2:31 remaining that ignited a 10-1 game-closing run. Thompson finished with 29 points and Morrison tallied all of his points after halftime. Nate Robinson scored 21 points to pace the Huskies who also got 19 from Tre Simmons. UW shot 68 percent (21-31) in the first half and 54 percent overall. UCLA shot 66% in the second half (19-29) and 52 percent for the game (33-63).
The Huskies fell three places to No. 13 in this week's (Jan. 9) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington holds down the No. 13 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games this season, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 22nd among all-time UW scorers with 1,102 points and Jones is tied for 29th with a total of 1,054.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Six of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 49.6-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 57.7. Three other Huskies are ranked among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (53.2%) at No. 5, Brandon Roy (52.5%) at No. 7 and Bobby Jones (51.4%) at No. 9. Freshman Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (54.7%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in eight games. The season's lowest figure was 38.3 percent against Lehigh on Dec. 23. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Washington is the national leader in team scoring at 89.7 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 33 of UW's 95 treys, 14 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but three games this season and hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 14 of 15 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 56-12 record in the last 68 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 12-2 to start the 2006 campaign.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks third among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.53 assists per game. He is already listed No. 4 among all-time UW freshman with 68 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.79 assist/turnover ratio (68/38) is among the best in the Pac-10. He converted 20 consecutive free throws from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average last season. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 13 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.3 rpg).
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter and fifth-year squad member Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-9 senior forward had five points and four rebounds in 13 minutes during his season debut. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 38 percent of his career 3-pointers (57-152).
The Last Game
#13 UW 86, USC 77 (Jan. 12, 2006; Los Angeles)
Brandon Roy registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Washington to an 86-77 decision, its fourth consecutive victory at the Sports Arena. The Huskies (13-2, 2-2) played in an opponent's arena for the first time this season following 13 home games and one neutral-site outing. Bobby Jones scored 15 of his career-high tying 22 points in the first half as UW led by as many as 19 points en route to a 45-32 halftime advantage. Gabe Pruitt missed all six of his first-half shots for the Trojans (11-5, 2-3) before amassing six 3-pointers and 21 points after intermission. He helped USC stage a 16-5 run that closed the deficit to 73-70 with 5:44 left to play. The Huskies answered with a 10-2 surge to repel the rally. UW posted a 46-24 rebounding margin, but that was offset by 28 turnovers. USC had a 30-13 advantage in points off turnovers. Jamaal Williams scored 14 points for the Huskies. Lodrick Stewart tallied 15 points for USC and Nick Young added 15.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has five career double-doubles.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 10.1 points per game. He leads the team with an average of 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 more per game than any other Husky. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington completed the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with an 87-71 win over Cornell on Jan. 2. The 11-0 mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins.
Washington is the reigning champion in two tournaments after capturing the BCA Classic trophy Nov. 15 with an 85-74 victory over Air Force. UW won the its first Pac-10 Tournament title on Mar. 12, 2005.