Feb. 14, 2003
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 --
UW at #22 California, 4:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV
Haas Pavilion (12,000); Berkeley, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 --
UW vs. Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
In pursuit of their first conference road win of the season, the Washington Huskies (8-13, 3-9) visit the Pac-10's least hospitable venue. On Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. Washington visits Haas Pavilion in Berkeley where 22nd-ranked California (17-4, 10-2) has not lost in 11 outings this season. The Golden Bears won their last 16 homes games, including all six games against Pac-10 opponents this year. Saturday's game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Cal won this season's first meeting with UW, a 73-66 victory on Jan. 16 in Seattle. The Golden Bears maintained their second-place position in the conference standings with a 63-53 win on Thursday over Washington State. Also Thursday, the eighth-place Huskies lost 78-69 at No. 22 Stanford, their 10th consecutive setback at Maples Pavilion. Washington lost its last three games, including a pair of heart-breaking home overtime setbacks last week against No. 2 Arizona (88-85) and Arizona State (79-77).
Washington plays four of its final six regular-season games on the road. The Huskies have a 1-7 record away from home this season, including an 0-5 Pac-10 road record. UW's lone road victory was a 72-55 decision at Santa Clara on Dec. 7. The Huskies have just two Pac-10 road wins in the last three seasons; at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001) and at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002). They won once in their last 20 conference road contests. A road win won't be easy to come by this week as the Huskies play No. 22 California which is undefeated at Haas Pavilion. Washington lost its last 21 road encounters with ranked opponents. UW lost against Cal in five of its last seven visits to Berkeley.
Saturday's UW game at California will be televised live at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Net. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson call the action.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at California will be broadcast on KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle and KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma due to a scheduling conflict with KJR. The majority of games will air on Husky flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season.
The inexperienced Washington roster features six freshman, three sophomores and three juniors. The lone senior is Marlon Shelton. On Jan. 31 against Washington State, UW started four freshmen alongside sophomore point guard Will Conroy. Four of UW's top seven scorers are freshmen, led by Nate Robinson (12.5 ppg).
Freshman center Anthony Washington had a streak of 12 straight starts stopped Feb. 6 when he did not play against Arizona. He missed the last three games and is sidelined indefinitely with a sprained left foot. He did not travel to the Bay Area.
In his first year, Lorenzo Romar has eight coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go to match the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the 1980 NIT. Romar posted his 100th coaching victory vs. Stanford (Jan. 18). His seven-year record is 101-101.
Curtis Allen has 41 treys this season, 18 more 3-pointers than any of his UW teammates. Will Conroy is next with 23 ... The Huskies shot a season-high 56 percent (28-50) from the floor at Stanford ... UW lost its last 21 road games against ranked opponents, dating back to 1996 ... The Huskies have a 2-21 record in Pac-10 road games in the last three seasons ... Junior Doug Wrenn, who led UW with a 19.5-point scoring average last year, had a team-high 23 points Thursday at Stanford to take over the team scoring lead for the first time this season with an average of 13.2 points per game.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* 2003 Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 0-4
* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 62-189
* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (1/24/02, Seattle)
* Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 80, #14 Arizona 78 ot (2/1/96, Tucson).
Note: Washington lost its last 21 road games against ranked opponents.
The California Series
> Washington owns a slim 68-67 lead in the all-time series despite losing five of the last six meetings with California.
> The Golden Bears won this season's first meeting in Seattle by a 73-66 tally.
> The teams split last season's meetings, each winning on its home floor. Cal won the first meeting in 2002 by a 62-50 in Berkeley and UW responded with a 75-60 decision in Seattle.
> California owns a 42-24 advantage over UW over games played in Berkeley. The Bears were victorious five of the last seven times they hosted the Huskies.
> Seventh-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 8-5 record against the Huskies.
> First-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-2 record against California. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears last season after defeating Cal in the 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
California 73, UW 66 (Jan. 16, 2003; Seattle)
Amit Tamir scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half, lifting California to a 73-66 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Golden Bears (11-2) posted a 4-0 conference start for the first time since 1957. Tamir shot 6-of-7 from the field in the second half, hitting all four of his 3-pointers as Cal pulled away from a 29-29 halftime tie to win its fifth in a row. Washington (6-8, 1-4) took a 44-41 lead on a layup by Nate Robinson with 11:53 left to play. The Bears captured the lead for good with seven straight points for a 48-44 margin. Tamir then scored 13 of the next 15 Cal points to stave off any UW rallies. Robinson tallied 15 points to lead the Huskies who also got 13 points and 10 rebounds from Doug Wrenn. The Huskies outrebounded Cal 40-31 on the strength of 23 offensive rebounds that sparked a 13-0 UW advantage in second-chance points. The Huskies were as close as 63-60 with 2:09 remaining, but Joe Shipp made six free throws in the final 32 seconds to preserve the win, Cal's fifth in its last six games against UW. Shipp finished with 19 points and Brian Wethers had 11.
The Huskies boast an 8-3 record in games when they score more than 70 points and have an 0-10 mark when held under 70 points ... Washington has a 7-6 home record and are 1-7 in road games. They are outscoring foes by 5.5 points at Bank of America Arena (74.8-69.3), but have a 14.3-point deficit at enemy courts (81.4-67.1) ... UW's assist-turnover ratio in its eight wins is 135-131 while the corresponding mark in the 13 losses is 153-208 ... Washington has a 7-3 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents, but is 1-10 when being outshot from the field ... Will Conroy leads the team with 31 steals, four more than any UW player had all last season ... Of the 105 total starts by UW players this season, 42 have been by freshmen and 27 by sophomores. UW started four freshmen and a sophomore vs. WSU (Jan. 31).
Despite a 1-3 record during the span, the last four games have been the finest shooting stretch of the season for Washington. The Huskies shot 50 percent or better in three of their last four games after failing to reach 42 percent in their first eight Pac-10 games. Washington converted a season-best 56 percent of its shots (28-50) from the field on Thursday at Stanford. UW shot 50 percent against both Washington State (28-56) and Arizona State (29-58). The recent stellar shooting streak comes in the wake of a period that saw UW's field goal accuracy drop considerably from the onset of conference play. The Huskies were held under the 40-percent mark by five of their first eight Pac-10 opponents.
A strong case can be made for UW sophomore point guard Will Conroy as the most improved player in the Pac-10. His 12.8-point scoring average is 10.3 better than last season's average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player. Despite playing all 29 games in 2002 and starting the final seven, Conroy did not have a double-figure scoring game. He has 14 double-figure performances this season and led all Husky scorers in seven games. Conroy ranks 19th among Pac-10 scorers (12.8 ppg) and distributed a team-high 89 assists to rank fifth among Pac-10 playmakers (4.2 apg). He amassed a career-high 32 points at Gonzaga, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. His game-high total last year was nine points. Conroy ranks eighth among Pac-10 players with 31 steals, four more than any Husky had in 2002.
Nate the Great
High-flying freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2 against UCLA after competing two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He led all UW scorers with a career-high 20 points against Arizona State (Feb. 8) and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds vs. USC (Jan. 4). Robinson has 11 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers eight times in his 16 games. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). He led all Huskies with 18 at Oregon (Jan. 23). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started at cornerback in the final six Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.
Junior Doug Wrenn tallied double-figure points on 17 occasions, tops on the team. He leads the team and ranks 17th among Pac-10 players in scoring (13.2 ppg), 11th in rebounds (6.1 rpg) and 10th in blocked shots (21). Last year, Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game en route to Top of the World Classic MVP honors. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen leads this year's UW team with 41 treys, 18 more 3-pointers than any of his teammates.
Roy is Eligible
The University of Washington received notice Jan. 16 that freshman Brandon Roy was immediately eligible to compete in basketball. The 6-foot-5 swingman was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Jan. 16 after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy suited up Jan. 16 against California, but did not play. He saw his first game action on Jan. 18 against Stanford, entering with 2:28 left in the first half. Roy played five minutes against the Cardinal. He has played the last seven games, including a six-rebound, two-assist effort at Oregon (Jan. 23). Roy scored his first points in his fourth outing Jan. 31 against Washington State. He tallied six points against the Cougars. One of the nation's premier prep players last season, Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the high school senior class of 2002. He was rated the No. 2 small forward prospect in the West by Prep West Hoops. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington. Roy averaged 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior in 2002, including a career-best 38-point performance on Mar. 9 in his final prep outing. His effort helped the Bulldogs claim the state's fourth-place trophy with a 71-70 victory over Snohomish. Roy was a two-time All-Washington state selection in 2001 and 2002 and was named the KingCo Conference Most Valuable Player after both of those seasons. Last spring, Roy applied for the 2003 NBA Draft, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
Washington started seven different lineups this season, including the group of Jensen/Jones/Wrenn/Conroy/Robinson that opened the last three outings. That lineup featured three freshmen. Against Washington State (Jan. 31), four Husky freshmen started along with sophomore point guard Will Conroy who is the only Husky to start every game.
While the Huskies average nearly as many turnovers as last year (16.1 to 17.3), they are at plus-2.0 in the turnover category by virtue of nearly five more opponent miscues per game. Washington forces 18.1 turnovers this season, up significantly from last year's figure of 13.7. The Huskies use more frequent full-court pressure that has resulted in 7.0 steals per game, an increase from a 5.6-steal average in 2002.
Last Husky Game
#24 Stanford 78, UW 69 (Feb. 13, 2003; Palo Alto, Calif.)
Julius Barnes scored 29 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the decisive second-half run for 24th-ranked Stanford which defeated Washington 78-69 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (18-6. 9-3) registered their 10th straight home win over Washington (8-13, 3-9). Stanford led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Huskies reeled off 11 unanswered points en route to a 38-35 halftime lead. After five second-half ties and three lead changes, Stanford extended a 56-54 lead with an 11-0 run. Justin Davis started the surge with a put-back dunk followed by the trio of treys from Barnes that pushed the margin to 67-54 with 7:20 left to play. UW never drew closer than seven points after that. Barnes tallied 21 points in the second half. Rob Little added 12 points for Stanford and Josh Childress had 11. Doug Wrenn paced the Huskies with 23 points, including the team's first 10 points of the game. Nate Robinson and Curtis Allen each scored 16 points for UW which lost despite shooting a season-high 56 percent (28-50) from the field. The Cardinal shot 49 percent (28-57) and outrebounded UW 34-21.
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.
Did You Know?
Despite possessing a common name, freshman Anthony Washington is the first player with the surname "Washington" to play basketball for the Huskies.
2003 Husky Highlights
A capacity crowd of 10,028 showed up Feb. 6 against Arizona to set an Arena attendance record under the current configuration. That was the third sellout since the renovated Arena opened in November of 2000 ... First-year coach Lorenzo Romar registered his 100th career victory with a 73-68 decision over Stanford on Jan. 18 in Seattle ... Washington stopped a pair of losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents. UW halted a seven-game skid vs. USC with a 76-72 home win on Jan. 4 and stopped a 10-game streak against Stanford with a 73-68 home win on Jan. 18 ... The Huskies forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... UW won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston) ... The last time UW had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore David Hudson has 39 points in 50 minutes this season, coming on 12 treys, one field goal and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy, but is three treys shy of the one-per-game needed to officially qualify. He is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) from 3-point range where all but three of his attempts have come. Hudson hit only one of his three shots from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three treys, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23). Fifteen of Hudson's 16 career field goals are 3-pointers.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 172-98 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Ducks won the last three meetings, including a 91-66 win earlier this season in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 101-33 series lead against Oregon during games played in Seattle.
> The Ducks won in two of their last three visits to Bank of America Arena. Washington won last year's Seattle meeting by a 97-92 tally.
> Sixth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 6-6 coaching record against UW.
> First-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#23 Oregon 91, UW 66 (Jan. 23, 2003; Eugene, Ore.)
James Davis scored 18 points and converted 6-of-7 shots from 3-point range for 23rd-ranked Oregon which hit 14 treys in a 91-66 victory over Washington at McArthur Court. The Ducks (13-4, 3-3) hit the most 3-pointers ever allowed by Washington (7-9, 2-5) en route to the 25-point win that matched Oregon's largest margin of victory in the series. Ian Crosswhite scored nine of his 14 points during a nine-minute stretch early on during which the Ducks took control of the game. Crosswhite had a 3-pointer and three two-point baskets, sparking a 25-6 run that netted Oregon a 30-8 lead with 8:13 left in the first half. The Ducks led 48-25 at halftime and stretched the margin to as many as 39 points, at 84-45 with 9:03 left to play. UW had a 21-7 scoring advantage the rest of the way to close the final gap. Luke Ridnour contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks who also got 17 points from reserve Andre Joseph. A pair of freshmen paced the Huskies as Nate Robinson scored 18 points and Mike Jensen had a career-high 13. Doug Wrenn added 10 points and seven rebounds for UW. Oregon junior Luke Jackson, who had a 17.1-point average entering the game, suffered a deep cut to his right ring finger during a collision with Wrenn late in the first half and was sidelined the rest of the game.
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