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Jan. 26, 2011

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Weekly Press Conference: Romar | Thomas & Bryan-Amaning

SEATTLE - The AP's No. 17 (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll) Washington Huskies cross the state to play Washington State at Friel Court on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. The first-place Huskies have won the last four games against the Cougars including two consecutive in Pullman. UW is trying to reach 8-1 in the Pac-10 for the third time in school history -- the first time since 1984 when they started 10-1. The next three games for Washington are on the road where the Huskies have won seven of the last eight in Pac-10 action.

On The Airwaves
Sunday's game can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. FSN will televise the game nationally with Kevin Calabro calling the action and Ernie Kent providing color.

UW vs. Washington State History
The hardwood version of the Apple Cup has historically favored the Huskies. Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 171-98 advantage over their cross-state rivals. WSU enjoyed a string of success last decade though, as they downed UW seven-straight games from 2006-08. Washington has responded by winning the last four games in the series, including two-straight at Friel Court. Lorenzo Romar is 9-8 all time against WSU. Ken Bone is 0-5 all-time against UW, including 0-3 as head coach of Portland State.

Scouting Washington State
Former UW assistant Ken Bone is in his second season at Washington State and the Cougars are fourth in the Pac-10 with a 14-6 overall record, 4-4 in Pac-10. Junior guard Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 22.2 ppg and also ranks among the conference leaders in assists (2nd, 4.4), steals (4th, 1.9) 3-point makes (1st, 3.1) and minutes played (4th, 34.2). Junior Faisal Aden (14.1 ppg), Reggie Moore (9.1 ppg) and Marcus Capers (7.0 ppg) help form one of the Pac-10's deepest backcourts. The Cougs are also deep in the frontcourt, led by DeAngelo Casto who averages 10.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.9 blocks, Brock Motum (7.1 ppg) and Abe Lodwick.

Last Time Vs. Washington State
Isaiah Thomas hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 22 points during a crucial second-half stretch, and Washington squandered a 14-point halftime lead before beating Washington State 59-52 on Feb. 27 at Friel Court. With the Huskies (19-9, 9-7 Pac-10) trailing 44-41 after scoring just six points in 12 minutes, Thomas hit a tying 3-pointer. He followed with two free throws and, after a Scott Suggs 3-pointer, Thomas hit again from behind the arc to push the Huskies in front by four, 52-48. Thomas added two free throws with 3:18 left after a few words with WSU's DeAngelo Casto, and Washington's lead was six. The Cougars got no closer than two. Casto matched his career high with 19 points, but Washington State's leading scorer, Klay Thompson, continued to slump. Thompson had five points on 2-of-14 shooting. Matthew Bryan-Amaning sparked the Huskies in the first half scoring 15 of his 17 points, including 10 in the first eight minutes when the UW jumped out to a double-digit lead. Bryan-Amaning ended with 12 rebounds to go with his 17 points for his first double-double of the season and his third of his career.

Coaches Vs. Cancer
The Husky coaching staff will be wearing white sneakers during Sunday's game in honor of Coaches Vs. Cancer. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Coaches vs. Cancer evolved from a concept championed by Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri's men's basketball program, cancer survivor, and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The American Cancer Society and the NABC adopted that concept in 1993 and transformed it into a nationwide effort to unite coaches across the country in the common mission to provide help and hope to all people facing cancer. Today, more than 2,000 Division I, II, and III college coaches are involved in the program. Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $50 million

UW's Pac-10 Trends
•UW is 7-1 for the first time since 1986 and can go 8-1 with a win, which they last did in 1984 (10-1 Pac-10 start).

• UW has won four-straight over their conference rival Cougars -- including the last two at WSU.

• Dating back to last season, Washington has won seven of its last eight Pac-10 road games.

• Washington went 3-1 at Cal, Stanford, UCLA & USC for the first time since 1987.

• The Huskies started 4-0 in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1984 when they jumped out of the gate 6-0.

• Before losing to Stanford, UW had its longest Pac-10 win streak since the conference formed in 1978 with 11-straight games dating back to last season, including three Pac-10 Tournament games.

Venoy Overton is the active career Pac-10 leader in assists and steals.

Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning are the first different Huskies to be honored as Pac-10 Players of the Week in back-to-back weeks.

• UW started the Pac-10 season by sweeping a series on the road for the first time since 1976 when they swept Stanford and Cal.

• UW's overtime victory at USC was Washington's first-ever Pac-10-opening OT victory on the road. The only other overtime win UW had in a Pac-10 opener was 78-73 on Jan. 11, 1992 vs. WSU at Hec Ed.

• The Huskies were 11-7 overall and finished third in the Pac-10 last season. They were 7-2 at home and 4-5 on the road. The Huskies started last year 0-5 on the road before finishing the season 4-0 away from home.

Among The Pac-10 Leaders
UW is leading the Pac-10 in 12 categories including: scoring (87.1 ppg), scoring margin (+19.0), field goal percentage (48.8%), three-point field goals made per game (9.2), rebounds per game (40.3), rebounding margin (+6.6), offensive rebounds (14.4), offensive rebounding percentage (39.2%), blocks (5.0), assists per game (17.7), assists to turnover ratio (1.5) and turnover margin (+4.0). They also rank second in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.4% and defensive rebounds with 25.9 per game.

Recent Trends
• UW has won it last 10 home games by at least 10 points. Their record is 11-straight by 10+ at Hec Ed, done twice, last spanning the 1952 & 1953 seasons.

Isaiah Thomas has averaged 20.2 points and 9.2 assists over the six games since Abdul Gaddy went down with a season-ending ACL injury.

• Thomas is the first Division I player since Northeastern's Jose Juan Barea in Feb. 2006 to post back-to-back games with at least 20 points and 10 assists.

Justin Holiday jacked up a career-high 14 shots against both Stanford and California.

• Thomas' 13 assists at Cal were the most by a Husky since Will Conroy had 14 at Cal on 3/3/05.

• Thomas is just the second player in UW history with back-to-back 10+ assist games (Raphael Stone, 1970).

Matthew Bryan-Amaning needs 5 steals to be just the 2nd UW player with 100 blocks and steals. He also needs 45 points to become the 36th Husky with 1,000 career points

• Washington has hit the 100-point plateau a team-record tying five times this year (also 2004-05).

• The Huskies are 18th in the latest Associated Press poll and 17th in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after being 20th in both last week.

• UW was 7-0 in their nonconference home games and won by an average margin of +30.9 ppg. It is their largest home non-conference average margin of victory since +31.8 during the 1947-48 season.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning is averaging 16.7 ppg and 9.6 rpg since being re-inserted into the starting lineup vs. San Francisco.

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