Jan. 1, 2010
SEATTLE -- No. 17 Washington (10-2, 1-0) takes on Oregon (9-4, 1-0) at Bank of America Arena on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 2:00 pm.
The Huskies are trying to extend their home win streak to 19 games, which is currently tied for the 8th long in UW history and one-shy of equaling a 19 game home win streak they had from Dec. 14, 1909-Feb. 13, 1913.
In addition, the next UW win will give coach Lorenzo Romar the 156th of his Husky career, tying Tippy Dye for third most wins in team history. Once Romar passes Dye, he will trail only Marv Harshman (246) and Hec Edmundson (498).
Saturday's game will be televised locally on FSN-NW and nationally on FCN with Tom Glasgow calling play-by-play and Lenny Wilkens providing color. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Oregon scored a 91-89 double-overtime victory over Washington State on New Year's Eve before travelling across state to face the Huskies. The Ducks are carrying a five-game win streak and are 9-4 overall. They are 1-2 on the road with losses at Portland and Missouri. Tajuan Porter leads three Ducks averaging double-figure scoring with 13.2 points per game. Michael Dunigan averages 11.6 ppg and Malcolm Armstead 11.0 ppg. Injuries have slowed Oregon as senior Joevan Catron has been limited to just 4 games this season, while Porter has played in 9. Ernie Kent leads the Ducks and is 10-16 all-time versus the Huskies, but is 229-161 overall in his UofO coaching career.
UW And Oregon History...
Washington owns a commanding 182-102 series lead over the Ducks since the school first played in 1904. The Huskies dominated the series over the first 19 seasons, losing just four of the first 27 meetings. More recently, Washington has won nine of the last 12 games, including a five-game win streak between 2004-06. Washington swept last season's series and has won eight-straight at Bank of America Arena with the last Oregon victory coming during the 2000-01 season. Last season, Washington won 103-84 in Bank of America Arena and an 84-67 decision at MacArthur Court.
Last Time They Met...
Led by the starring foursome of Isaiah Thomas, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman, the Huskies built a 24-point halftime lead and ran over Oregon 103-84 on Feb. 14, 2009, moving 1½ games clear in the conference standings. The foursome each topped the 20-point mark, led by Thomas' 24 points. Dentmon finished with 21 points, same as Brockman, who also tied his career-high with 18 rebounds. Pondexter added 20 points, the third time he'd scored 20 or more in Washington's last four games. About the only blemish on this day for Washington was an uninterested effort defensively in the second half, as Oregon's shooters found their stroke from beyond the 3-point line. Tajuan Porter hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 of his season-high 33 points in the second half.
Huskies By The Numbers...
UW's 18-game winning streak at home equals the 8th longest in team history. They will tie for 7th with their next win.
With his next victory, Lorenzo Romar will tie Tippy Dye for third in UW history with 156.
The Huskies' 12 blocks vs. Texas A&M were the most since a record 14 vs. Santa Clara (11/24/01).
UW is averaging 22.0 turnovers in their two losses and 12.3 in their 10 wins.
Thomas and Quincy Pondexter account for 472 of the team's 994 points (47.4%).
Venoy Overton is averaging 11.2 ppg (56 total) in five games coming off the bench, 5.6 ppg in seven starts.
Opponents are shooting 28.2% from 3-pt range, which would be best 3-pt field goal defense in UW history (previous .290 in 1990-91).
UW leads the Pac-10 in points per game with 82.8 ppg and has led the conference in scoring in 3 of the last 5 seasons.
Pondexter's scoring avg of 21.8 ppg would rank tie for third highest average ever in UW history and best per game avg since Louie Nelson (23.0) in 1973.
UW is 5-0 when their opponent shoots better from the field.
Thomas is averaging 5.0 assist (20 total) and 1.8 turnovers (9) over last four games after averaging 1.6 assists (13) and 3.1 turnovers (25) during the first eight games.