Jan. 9, 2007
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 --
Washington at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Maples Pavilion (7,233) / Palo Alto, Calif.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 --
Washington at California, 2:00 p.m. (Comcast)
Haas Pavilion (11,877) / Berkeley, Calif.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 24th-ranked (ESPN/USA Today) Washington Huskies (11-4, 1-3) embark on their longest road trip of the season, a three-game stretch that starts this week in the Bay Area. Washington plays Thursday, Jan. 11 at Stanford (9-4, 1-2). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion where the Huskies have not won since 1993. On Saturday, Jan. 13, Washington travels to Berkeley for a clash with California (10-5, 2-1). Tip-off is 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies have a 72-70 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1916. Next week, UW concludes the three-game road swing at Washington State, Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.
The Huskies lost in their last 13 visits to Maples Pavilion. The last time they came away with a victory at Stanford was on Jan. 30, 1993 when they eked out a 68-67 win in Coach Lynn Nance's final season. The subsequent two UW coaches, Bob Bender and Lorenzo Romar, have not won at Stanford. The drought nearly ended last season on Jan. 29, 2006 when the Huskies took a three-point lead with 2.1 seconds left in the second half. The Cardinal rallied in dramatic fashion as Chris Hernandez was fouled on a desperation 3-point attempt and hit three tying free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation. Stanford won the game 76-67 in overtime.
The annual visit to the Bay Area has proven to be the most difficult trip for Washington, which has not swept the California-Stanford road swing since 1985. The Huskies have swept every other two-game Pac-10 road trip at least twice since then, including the Arizona, Los Angeles and Oregon trips last season.
At least 28 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's game at Stanford will be broadcast live in the state of Washington on FSN Northwest. Saturday's game at California airs live on Comcast (channel 14 in Seattle, 76-Bellingham, 17-Spokane, 409-Dish Network, 656-DirecTV).
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies lost their last 13 games at Stanford. Their last win at Maples was on Jan. 30, 1993.
Five of Washington's first seven Pac-10 contests are road games.
Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders. Underclassmen account for 80 percent of UW's scoring, 87% of rebounds and 77% of minutes.
Washington ranks 11th nationally in scoring with an average of 84.8 points per game. The Huskies had 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
Washington is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 11 per game (40.8 to 29.9). The Huskies won the board battle every game. Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 10.0 rebounds per game, including 10 double-digit efforts.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 66-58 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 15 of the last 20 meetings against Washington.
> The home team has been dominant in the series with the Huskies holding a 42-18 advantage during games played in Seattle and Stanford leading 46-14 in Palo Alto.
> The teams split the season series last year, each winning at home.
> The Cardinal won last year at Maples Pavilion in dramatic fashion, a 76-67 overtime decision after Chris Hernandez hit three free throws at the end of regulation.
> A 77-67 loss at Stanford on Mar. 5, 2005 in the final regular-season game spoiled Washington's bid for the Pac-10 championship.
> The Huskies lost in their last 13 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 during 2002 at Maples, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.
> Husky freshman Quincy Pondexter was a prep teammate of Stanford's 7-foot freshmen twins Brook and Robin Lopez at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. Their older brother, Alex Lopez, lettered at UW in 1995.
> The Washington roster includes junior guard Tim Morris who is red-shirting this season after transferring from Stanford. Morris lettered the last two seasons for the Cardinal, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds last year.
> Third-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 2-3 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Fifth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-5 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#17 UW 75, Stanford 57 (Feb. 23, 2006; Seattle)
Mike Jensen amassed a career-high 18 points, shooting 6-of-8 from 3-point range for 17th-ranked Washington, which defeated Stanford 75-57 at Bank of America Arena. Jensen scored nine of UW's first 11 points. The Huskies (21-5, 10-5) led 39-28 at halftime on the strength of Jensen's 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. His previous best single-game effort was three treys. The lead grew to as many as 20 points in the second half for the Huskies who finished at 10-of-18 on 3-pointers. That was a contrast to the 2-for-17 shooting on treys UW had in the first meeting that resulted in a heartbreaking overtime loss at Stanford. Brandon Roy turned in his eighth straight 20-point game with 23 points and seven assists. Matt Haryasz and Peter Prowitt paced the Cardinal (13-11, 9-6) with 10 points apiece.
The Last Meeting in Palo Alto
Stanford 76, #10 UW 67 ot (Jan. 29, 2006; Palo Alto, Calif.)
Chris Hernandez converted three free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation and made four more during the overtime to lead Stanford to a stunning 76-67 win over 10th-ranked Washington. The Huskies (16-4, 5-4) lost their 13th consecutive game at Maples Pavilion despite Brandon Roy's game-high 25 points. Roy put UW ahead 61-60 on a three-point play with 1:03 remaining. He stole a pass, was fouled and made the subsequent free throws to push the lead to 63-60 with 2.1 seconds on the clock. Stanford's inbounds pass went to Matt Haryasz then was passed to Hernandez who was fouled by Justin Dentmon outside the 3-point arc. That set up the three tying free throws. The Cardinal (10-7, 6-3) tallied the first five points of the overtime to take control. Hernandez finished with 14 points and Haryasz added 24 and 10 rebounds. Jamaal Williams scored 15 points for the Huskies who lost consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2004 season. UW hit just 2-of-17 shots from 3-point range, shooting 37 percent overall (26-71).
Did You Know?
UW sophomore Jon Brockman (12.7 ppg/10.0 rpg) is one of just two Pac-10 players averaging a double-double, joining Oregon's Maarty Leunen.
The Huskies lost two games despite shooting 51 percent at UCLA (28-55) and 54 percent against Arizona (36-67). The trouble was that both foes shot better, UCLA at 60% (40-67) and Arizona at 65% (32-49) ... Arizona's sizzling 65.3 percent shooting was the best performance against a UW team since the Wildcats shot 70% on Dec. 20, 1987 in Seattle ... The Huskies followed that game by holding Arizona State (Jan. 6) to a UW opponent low 35 percent (17-49) shooting ... The Huskies have an 0-3 record when their opponents shoot better than 50 percent from the field ... Four UW players fouled out at USC (Dec. 28) after just five were disqualified in the first 11 games ... The Trojans converted 29-of-38 free throws while UW was 8-of-12 ... UW won 27 consecutive non-conference home games, including all 10 games this season ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13) ... Washington has an 80-21 overall record since a pivotal 103-99 overtime victory at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 that stopped an 0-5 Pac-0 start, including a 45-15 mark against conference opponents.
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 15 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising eight of the 12 spots on the active roster. UW has five freshmen on the roster (one of them a 2006 red-shirt) and three sophomores. The four eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to "Big Baby's" 48-game double-figure scoring streak. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led last year's Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 10.0 rebounds and is UW's third leading scorer at 12.7 points per game.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He hasn't slowed down since and currently ranks second for UW with an average of 13.9 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 11 double-figure scoring games.
The Washington men's basketball team dropped out of the Associated Press poll after being ranked No. 24 last week (Jan. 1). Four Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25, UCLA (4), Arizona (10), Oregon (15) and Washington State (22). UW has already played four games against ranked opponents with seven games remaining against five opponents ranked in the current top-25, including a Feb. 17 visit to No. 7 Pittsburgh. Washington dropped four spots, into the No. 24 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented their fourth unique set of starters during the last two games as Ryan Appleby returned to the opening lineup and Phil Nelson drew his first career starts. Washington's most-frequently used lineup was comprised entirely of underclassmen. UW started three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon) during eight games. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 39 of UW's 107 treys, 23 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.60 treys per game while shooting 43 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 14 games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005) and matched that total three times this season, against Southern Utah (Dec. 4), at USC (Dec. 28) and versus Arizona State (Jan. 6). Appleby netted 114 of his 142 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six blocks against Sacramento State, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. The Huskies have 56 blocks, a rate of 3.73 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 31 blocks.
The Huskies had a 16-game home winning streak halted on Jan. 4 by a 96-87 loss to Arizona ... That loss also stopped a run of seven straight home wins for UW against ranked opponents ... Washington's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games ... The loss at Gonzaga also snapped the Huskies' streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Huskies won the last three regular-season tournaments in which they participated, including a season-opening triumph in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW was also victorious in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic.
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.
A youth movement has swept through the Washington men's basketball program. After relying on a core of veteran players to lead his Huskies to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history, Coach Lorenzo Romar now counts on a bevy of underclassmen to sustain that success. "This is the youngest team I've ever coached," exclaimed Romar. "We're going to have to get real old, real quick." Despite their unfamiliarity with college basketball, all of the young pups possess pure prep pedigrees. Heading the pack of returning youngsters is a pair of sophomore starters, forward Jon Brockman and point guard Justin Dentmon. Both of them were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Brockman is one of 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Those returning starters are among eight underclassmen on the 12-player active roster. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida. For the second straight season, the Huskies welcome a recruiting class considered among the nation's finest. Heading the list of fabulous freshmen is 7-foot center Spencer Hawes, the leading vote getter in the Best in the West poll who is considered one of the country's top-five recruits.
The 2006 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 26-7 for their second straight 20-win campaign. Washington began the season by winning the BCA Classic and finished it in an epic overtime loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut in the Sweet 16. Brandon Roy was named an All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams were honored as all-conference honorable mention selections and Ryan Appleby was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Three starters and two other lettermen have departed, led by All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft by the same Minnesota team that also took forward Bobby Jones 37th. Both were immediately traded, Roy to Portland and Jones to Philadelphia. Also gone are four-year starting forward Mike Jensen and sensational sixth man Jamaal Williams.
The California Series
> Washington won four of the last five meetings to claim a 72-70 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a California victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> The teams split a pair of games last season, each school winning at home.
> Cal owns a 45-25 advantage against Washington over games played in the Bay Area. The Bears won five of the last six at Haas Pavilion with UW's only victory a 106-73 decision in 2005. That was the highest point total ever for a UW team at an opponent's arena.
> 11th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 11-9 record against the Huskies.
> Fifth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-5 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after winning in 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
#17 UW 73, California 62 (Feb. 26, 2006; Seattle)
Brandon Roy registered his ninth straight 20-point game, scoring 19 of his 27 points in the second half of 17th-ranked Washington's 73-62 victory over California in the final home game at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (22-5, 11-5) moved into a second-place tie with their school-record tying 17th home win. Roy won the dual with the other Pac-10 player of the year candidate Leon Powe who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. The UW guard hit 9-of-13 shots, including 3-of-6 treys. Roy also excelled on defense, holding Cal's Ayinde Ubaka to six points that snapped a 14-game double-figure streak. The Golden Bears (17-8, 11-5) drew within 33-29 at halftime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Theo Robertson. Roy tallied 10 of the team's 12 points during a six-minute span en route to a 67-58 lead with 2:15 remaining. UW shot 56 percent (24-43) from the field while limiting the Bears to 41 percent (21-51). The Huskies hit 10-of-20 shots from 3-point range, including 2-for-3 efforts from Justin Dentmon and Ryan Appleby who each finished with 10 points. Jamaal Williams scored 13 points for the Huskies who got eight rebounds from Jon Brockman. Richard Midgley paced Cal with 15 points and Robertson finished with 13.
The Last Meeting in Berkeley
California 71, #10 UW 69 (Jan. 26, 2006; Berkeley, Calif.)
Leon Powe amassed 13 rebounds and 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining that sealed California's 71-69 win over 10th-ranked Washington at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (11-6, 5-3) led the entire game, including a 40-32 halftime advantage. The Huskies (16-3, 5-3) committed 12 of their 18 turnovers in the first half, but reserve Ryan Appleby hit all four of his 3-point attempts before intermission to keep them close. UW tallied the first seven second-half points to draw within 40-39 before Cal answered with an 11-point run. Appleby hit his fifth 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the game to cap a 17-4 Husky surge and forge the first tie at 66-66. Ayinde Ubaka was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and converted both free throws to give Cal the lead for good. Powe rebounded a miss by UW's Brandon Roy and made both free throws and Ubaka hit one at 0:06. Roy netted a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push his total to 23 points along with nine assists and five rebounds. Appleby was the only other UW double-figure scorer with 15 points. Cal's Ubaka and Omar Wilkes each had 15.