Feb. 12, 2013
|No. 23 OREGON at WASHINGTON
Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 8:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: ESPN 2 | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - After winning eight of nine games, Washington (13-11, 5-6 Pac-12) has reversed fortunes and dropped six of seven to fall below .500 in Pac-12 play. The Huskies hope some home cooking will give them a reprieve from their losing ways, but it won't be easy as the No. 23 ranked Oregon Ducks (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12) come into Seattle looking to stay atop the Pac-12 standings. The Ducks will be going for their first regular-season sweep since 1995, but history is on the Huskies side as they are 10-1 at home under Romar against UO.
Wednesday's game will be carried on ESPN2 nationally with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on the call. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. Satellite radio Sirius and XM 91 will also carry the game. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Bill Walton Campus Tour
Basketball legend Bill Walton will visit the Husky Union Building (HUB), First Floor Lounge on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. to share his life experiences as part of the Pac-12 Campus Tour. Walton is visiting nine Pac-12 campuses this year to talk about his array of experiences gained over a 13-year NBA career followed by decades of success and struggles both personally and professionally. Bill Walton's Pac-12 Campus Tour includes a branded tour bus that will travel more than 3500 miles to nine Pac-12 schools over 10 weeks. The bus began rolling Friday, January 11 with its first stop at the University of Oregon before heading down Interstate 5 to Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Subsequent trips to USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington before the journey wraps up in the Bay Area with stops at Stanford February 27, and Cal on March 6.
Washington vs. Oregon
Washington owns a 187-106 series lead over the Ducks since the schools first played in 1904. Wednesday's meeting will be the 294th game between the two schools, the second longest rivalry in the conference, trailing only the Oregon-OSU rivalry. The last time UW played a ranked Oregon team in Seattle was Jan. 24, 2002 and the Huskies went on to beat No. 19 Oregon 97-92. Oregon is going for the regular-season sweep, something they have not done since 1995. The Huskies dominated the series over the first 19 seasons, losing just four of the first 27 meetings. More recently, Washington has won 13 of the last 20 games, including twice in Seattle last season. The last time the two teams met at Alaska Airlines Arena was an epic battle on March 20 that saw UW hold off Oregon 90-86 to advance to the semifinals of the NIT. UW is 10-1 in Seattle under Lorenzo Romar vs. Oregon. Romar is 15-9 in all games vs. the Ducks. Dana Altman is 3-4 in his career against Washington.
Dawg Bites - Team
• Wednesday's game will be the second this year at home for the Huskies against a ranked team. Prior to playing #8 Arizona on Jan. 31, UW had not played a ranked team at home since beating #19 Texas A&M on Dec. 22, 2009. The Huskies are 0-3 against ranked teams this year.
• The Dawgs have dropped their last 6 games vs. ranked opponents. Their last win came on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot vs. #16 Arizona to clinch the 2011 Pac-10 tournament. In all, Washington has lost 10 of their last 11 vs. ranked opponents dating back to 2010.
• The last time Washington was 5-6 in conference play was 2004. The Huskies would go on to win their final seven Pac-10 games and finish the regular season 17-10 overall, 2nd in conference at 12-6.
• Turnovers - more specifically points allowed off turnovers - are hurting the Huskies over their last 6 games. The fewest they allowed is 16 in a win over ASU. In 5 losses vs. OSU, ORE, ARIZ, UCLA & UCLA they surrendered 103 pts (20.6 pg) off turnovers.
• UW is 9-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 4-10 when under 70%.
• The Huskies are 2-2 at home in Pac-12 play. Only twice previously under Romar have the Huskies dropped more than two home game (2003 and 2008) during conference action.
• Washington has been 5-5 in conference play twice previously under Romar -- 2010 and 2004 -- and both times the Huskies went on to make the NCAA tournament.
• Washington finished the first half of Conference action above .500 for the sixth time in 11 years under Lorenzo Romar. In four of the previous five seasons, the Huskies would go on to the NCAA tournament. The only year the missed the Big Dance? 2012.
• UW leads the Pac-12 with 12.8 offensive rebounds per game, thanks to Aziz N'Diaye's Pac-12 best 3.6 per game. Conversely, the Huskies are last with 23.5 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is last in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .430.
• The Huskies are giving up 67.0 ppg which ranks 9th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
• Todd MacCulloch, who happens to hold the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
• Abdul Gaddy is averaging 11.7 ppg, 5.0 apg in the last 6 games after 6.8 ppg, 3.3 apg in the previous 6. He is is 4th all-time in UW history for career assists (407) and is the fifth Husky with 400. He can pass Isaiah Thomas (415) for third all-time.
• Shaw Kemp, Jr. is averaging 10.6 ppg over the last five games (53 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
• Andrew Andrews has averaged 14.8 ppg over the last four weekend games, but 4.0 ppg during the weeknights.
• C.J. Wilcox ranks 28th all-time in UW history with 1,139 points. Up next on the list is Donald Watts (1,158).
• C.J. Wilcox scored 20 or more points in 9 of the first 10 home games, but has not done so in the last three games at Alaska Airlines Arena. He is averaging a team-best 19.5 ppg at home. In 10 games away from home, Wilcox is averaging 15.5 ppg and scored 20+ points just twice.
• Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 193 3-point makes. Next up on the list is Deon Luton, who made 212. Nate Robinson (127).
• N'Diaye's career field goal percentage of .569 is the third among all Huskies, trailing MacCulloch's .664 and Rich Manning's .571.
• N'Diaye is the fourth Husky with 100 career blocks. He has 102 for his career.
• Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 193 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 189), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 407 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 292).
Last Time Vs. Oregon (1/26/13)
AP - E.J. Singler scored 18 points and No. 16 Oregon defeated Washington at home, 81-76. Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Emory also scored 11 for the Ducks. Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs had 13 each for the Huskies, whose season-high 21 turnovers contributed to their third straight loss after opening conference play 4-0. Oregon led 37-33 at halftime but took control with a 7-0 run early in the second half. Up 43-40, Willie Moore converted a three-point play after a layup in transition off a steal and assist from Singler, who then stole the inbounds pass and scored to make it 48-40. Another Washington turnover led to a jumper by Singler and the Ducks took the first double-digit lead of the game with 14:22 to play. Oregon would extend its lead to as many as 14 points before holding on from the free-throw line in the final minutes.
Last Time Out: USC 71, UW 60 (2/10)
AP - J.T. Terrell scored 18 points and Eric Wise had 12 as USC defeated Washington 71-60 on Sunday night. The Trojans (11-13, 6-5 Pac-12) never trailed in winning their third game in a row. Omar Oraby scored nine points and Dewayne Dedmon had eight points and nine rebounds. Wise completed a three-point play for a 65-58 lead and Terrell and Jio Fontan each sank a pair of free throws down the stretch for USC. Abdul Gaddy had 12 points and C.J. Wilcox, the Pac-12's fourth-leading scorer, was held scoreless in the second half and finished with eight points.