Dec. 6, 2006
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 --
(#13) Washington at (#18) Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) / Spokane, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 --
Portland State at (#13) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 13th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (7-0) embark on their first road trip of the season, visiting No. 18 Gonzaga (8-2) on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tip-off is 8 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center where the Bulldogs have never lost a game. Gonzaga brings an NCAA-leading 44-game homecourt winning streak into Saturday's game, including a perfect 32-0 all-time record at their current arena. The Huskies opened the season with a seven-game homestand. Washington defeated Southern Utah, Idaho, Eastern Washington and Sacramento State after opening the season with a three-game sweep through the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW capped the tournament with a 70-61 victory over Northern Iowa in the championship game (Nov. 14). After Saturday, the Huskies take a week off for final exams before hosting former assistant coach Ken Bone's Portland State squad on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Washington's focus Saturday will be on extending two streaks and stopping another. The Huskies seek to preserve their 24-game regular-season, non-conference game-winning streak that dates back to a loss in their last visit to Gonzaga. UW won its last 15 regular-season games overall, last losing Feb. 4 at Washington State. The Huskies seek to snap Gonzaga's 44-game home winning streak that currently stands as the nation's longest.
The Huskies won their opening seven games for the second straight season. That marks the best start in 16 years, since the 1990-91 UW squad began the season with seven straight victories. Last year, the Huskies were victorious in their first 11 games, the school's best start since the 1975-76 UW squad opened the season with 14 wins.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game at Gonzaga will be broadcast on FSN Northwest. Greg Heister describes the action alongside analyst Craig Ehlo.
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 calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
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 leads UW with an average of 16.4 points per game, including a 25-point performance against Idaho (Nov. 29).
Five different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's seven games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby). Dentmon and Pondexter are the only players to lead all UW scorers more than once. Nine different Huskies registered at least one double-figure scoring effort.
Tickets for Washington's remaining non-conference games, excluding LSU, are currently on sale. On the Monday prior to each home game, there is the possibility of additional single game ticket releases. To purchase tickets visit www.GoHuskies.com or contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200).
The Gonzaga Series
> Washington owns a 29-13 lead in all-time meetings, including a 99-95 win last season in Seattle that stopped a seven-game Gonzaga series win streak.
> Before last year, the previous UW win in the series was an 88-82 decision on Dec. 30, 1997 in Seattle.
> The Huskies have an 11-8 record against Gonzaga in Spokane and lost their only visit to the McCarthey Athletic Center, a 99-87 decision on Dec. 1, 2004.
> Gonzaga won the last five encounters in Spokane. The Huskies last win at Gonzaga was a 78-47 victory on Dec. 30, 1944.
> Eighth-year Gonzaga coach Mark Few has a 6-1 record against the Huskies.
> In his fifth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 4-6 record against Gonzaga, including a 3-3 mark between 1997-99 when he was the head coach at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
#18 UW 99, #6 Gonzaga 95 (Dec. 4, 2005; Seattle)
Freshman Justin Dentmon scored 11 of the final 17 points for 18th-ranked Washington, which upset No. 6 Gonzaga 99-95 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (7-0) halted a seven-game losing streak against Gonzaga (4-2). Bulldog forward Adam Morrison hit 18-of-29 shots to amass 43 points, just two points shy of the most ever allowed by the Huskies. Jamaal Williams led UW with 22 points, seven of them inside the opening four minutes as the Huskies raced to an 11-4 lead. The UW margin was 51-42 at halftime before Gonzaga went on an 18-4 run to take a 72-69 lead with 10:22 remaining. The lead changed hands seven more times before Williams put UW ahead for good at 94-93 on a five-foot turnaround with 1:24 to play. Dentmon followed with three-point play at 1:09 and Bobby Jones sealed the win on two free throws with five seconds left. Morrison's potential game-winning trey with 12 seconds left rimmed off and Sean Mallon missed the put-back. Jones finished with 15 points.
The Last Meeting in Spokane
Gonzaga 99, #14 UW 87 (Dec. 1, 2004/Spokane, Wash.)
Adam Morrison led all scorers with 26 points and started the decisive run late in Gonzaga's 99-87 win over No. 14 Washington at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs (4-1) defeated UW for the seventh straight time. Gonzaga led by as many as 10 points in the first half before the Huskies closed within 39-38 by halftime. Nate Robinson scored 15 of his 22 points before halftime to keep foul-plagued UW in the game. Washington (4-1) held a one-point lead early in the second half and the score was tied five times after halftime. Gonzaga owned a slim 78-77 edge with 6:37 left to play before breaking the game open with a 7-0 run that Morrison began with a 3-pointer. Rony Turiaf, who finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, capped the surge with two free throws. Will Conroy distributed nine assists and Robinson had eight for the Huskies who were credited with 29 assists on 33 baskets. Reserve Jamaal Williams scored 18 points for UW, which had five double-figure scorers, including 14 from Will Conroy, 13 from Mike Jensen and 12 from Bobby Jones. Derek Raivio scored 21 points for the Bulldogs and hit 5-of-6 shots from 3-point range.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Nov. 12 in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
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.
The Huskies are 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 active upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.
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. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led the Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. Brockman currently leads the team with an average of 9.9 rebounds and is UW's fourth leading scorer at 11.7 points per game.
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 Washington men's basketball team remained in the 13th spot in this week's (Dec. 4) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of three Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining top-ranked UCLA and Arizona (14). UW has seven games scheduled against five opponents ranked in the top-20, including UCLA (1), Pittsburgh (2), LSU (9), Arizona (14) and Gonzaga (18). Washington climbed three spots, into the No. 8 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.
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.
The Huskies have used three unique set of starters, the current group comprised entirely of underclassmen. Washington starts three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon). The Huskies implemented four different lineups last season.
UW ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth with 82.0 points per game last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
The fifth season of the Lorenzo Romar era is underway for the Washington men's basketball team, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. Romar directed the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for just the second time in school history. A two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80, Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before coming to UW.
Washington's leading scorer in each of the first seven games posted a career-high total as Jon Brockman tallied 25 points against Pepperdine, Brandon Burmeister had 17 against Nicholls State, Justin Dentmon had 17 against Northern Iowa, Quincy Pondexter scored 22 against Sacramento State and Ryan Appleby had 24 against Southern Utah (Dec. 4). Dentmon increased his career high to 23 against Eastern Washington (Nov. 24) and Pondexter increased his best to 25 against Idaho (Nov. 29) ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13) ... Freshman Spencer Hawes has 19 blocked shots. Last year's leader, Brandon Roy, had 33 blocks.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocked shots 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 35 blocks, a rate of 5.0 per game.
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 Huskies play 19 of their 30 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they won their last 13 games and 46 of their last 48. They posted a 17-2 record last year and a perfect 15-0 mark in 2005. UW opened with seven straight home games. The Huskies venture away from Seattle twice during non-conference play. They travel to Gonzaga on Dec. 9 and visit fourth-ranked Pittsburgh on Feb. 17.
Home Sweet Home
Washington plays all of its home games in the renovated Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 815 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They won their last 13 home games and 46 of the last 48. UW registered a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, a 17-2 mark last season and is 7-0 this season.