Nov. 21, 2006
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 --
Eastern Washington at (#16) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest)
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 --
Idaho at (#16) Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The 16th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (4-0) host Eastern Washington (2-2) for the fifth straight season when the Northwest schools hook up in a post-Thanksgiving clash, Friday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is 5 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The game is the fifth of seven straight season-opening home games for the Huskies who won 43 of their last 45 home contests. Washington defeated Sacramento State 83-74 on Sunday after opening the season with a three-game sweep through the Basketball Travelers Classic, capped by a 70-61 victory over Northern Iowa in the championship game. After Friday, the Huskies have two more home games before visiting Gonzaga on Dec. 9 for their first road contest. UW entertains Idaho on Nov. 29 and Southern Utah on Dec. 4.
At least 21 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. All three Basketball Travelers Classic games involving UW will be televised live on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis describes the action alongside analyst Bob Weiss.
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.
Season tickets are still available for fans wanting to guarantee themselves a seat for every home Husky men's basketball game. For details visit www.GoHuskies.com or contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). A limited number of Husky men's basketball single game tickets for all November games are currently on sale. Tickets for remaining non-conference games, excluding LSU, will go on sale on Dec. 1. On the Monday prior to each home game, there is the possibility of additional single game ticket releases.
Six players rejected at least one shot Sunday 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 has six blocks at California on Jan. 2, 2004.
A different player led Washington in scoring during all four games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter). Eight different Huskies have registered a double-figure scoring effort in at least one game.
The fifth season of the Lorenzo Romar era begins 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.
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 Huskies have won 18 consecutive regular-season non-conference games, including all 11 games last season outside Pac-10 play. The last loss was a 99-87 setback at Gonzaga on Dec. 1, 2005.
The Huskies won their first four games of the season for the third straight year. Last season, UW won its opening 11 games.
Washington's leading scorer in each of the first four 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 and Quincy Pondexter scored 22 against Sacramento State.
The Huskies hit a school single-game record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13).
The Eastern Washington Series
> Washington owns a 7-1 advantage in the series with the Eagles, including wins in the last three meetings. UW posted a 91-74 victory last season in Seattle.
> Eastern Washington's lone win was a 62-58 decision in Seattle on Dec. 14, 2002 that was its first win in the series. UW won the first four meetings.
> The Huskies have a 6-1 record against EWU in Seattle.
> Washington registered an 81-54 win on Dec. 29, 1996 in Seattle. That game was postponed one day due to the death of Eastern guard Rodrick McClure who was involved in an automobile crash, Dec. 26. A small crowd of a few hundred attended the game due to heavy snowfall throughout the Seattle area.
> Washington has a 66-16 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference, including Eastern Washington (7-1), Idaho State (3-0), Montana (40-9), Montana State (8-6), Northern Arizona (1-0), Portland State (5-0) and Sacramento State (2-0).
> Third-year Eastern coach Mike Burns, who was formerly an assistant at Washington State, has an 0-2 record against the Huskies in a head coaching capacity.
> In his fifth year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has a 3-1 record against EWU.
The Last Meeting
#11 UW 91, Eastern Washington 74 (Dec. 16, 2005; Seattle)
Jamaal Williams tallied 26 points, including the first eight points for 11th-ranked Washington, which defeated Eastern Washington 91-74 at Bank of America Arena. Williams scored 16 first-half points, helping the Huskies (9-0) take leads of 12-4 and 42-22 en route to a 49-30 halftime advantage. The lead grew to as many as 29 points in the second half before the Eagles (4-4) closed the gap against the UW reserves. Brandon Roy scored 25 points for the Huskies and freshman Jon Brockman posted his third double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points to lead EWU, which also got 15 from Henry Bekkering and 14 from Deuce Smith.
The Huskies play 19 of their 30 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they won their last 10 games and 43 of their last 45. They posted a 17-2 record last year and a perfect 15-0 mark in 2005. UW is in a stretch of seven straight home games, matching last season as the longest season-opening homestand since 1945. 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.
The Huskies will be young in 2007 with underclassmen comprising nine of the 13 spots on the active roster. UW has six freshman (two of them red-shirts) 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.
The Washington men's basketball team rose one spot, to 16th in this week's (Nov. 20) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of three Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining UCLA (5) and Arizona (15). UW has six games scheduled against four opponents ranked in the top-15, including Pittsburgh (4), UCLA (5), LSU (6) and Arizona (15). A fifth foe, Gonzaga, is ranked 23rd in the coaches rankings. Washington holds down the No. 13 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.
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).
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Sunday 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. Another highly regarded freshman, Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his UW career with a 21-point, seven-rebound performance.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four 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.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their 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 812 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 10 home games and 43 of the last 45. UW registered a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, a 17-2 mark last season and are 4-0 this season.
The Idaho Series
> Tuesday is the 172nd all-time meeting between these Northwest teams.
> Washington owns a 122-49 advantage in the series that began in 1910.
> The Huskies won 72 of the 85 previous meetings in Seattle.
> Idaho is in its second season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference after previously competing in the Big West Conference.
> First-year Vandal Coach George Pfeifer has never coached against Washington.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-0 record against Idaho, including an 80-41 decision on Dec. 2, 2000 while coaching at Saint Louis.
The Last Meeting
(#25) UW 90, Idaho 67 (Nov. 22, 2005; Seattle)
Jamaal Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half when 25th-ranked Washington took control on the way to a 90-67 victory over Idaho at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (5-0) raced out to an 11-0 lead 3:20 into the game. They had a 49-27 halftime advantage and led by as many as 37 points in the second half before the Vandals (0-2) closed the gap with a 20-10 game-closing surge. The win pushed UW into the lead position nationally with its 27th consecutive home victory. Brandon Roy added 14 points and five assists for the Huskies who forced 23 Idaho turnovers with the help of 10 steals. Igor Vrzina and Tanoris Shepard paced the Vandals with 14 points.
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.
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 nine underclassmen on the 13-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.