Jan. 25, 2013
|WASHINGTON AT OREGON
Saturday, Jan. 26| 4:00 pm (PT) | Matthew Knight Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Network | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - For just the second time this year, Washington (12-7, 4-2) will play a ranked team. No. 16 Oregon (17-2, 6-0) comes into Saturday's 4:00 p.m. game off to its best Conference start since 1925-26, while the Huskies are limping in with back-to-back losses vs. previously winless Pac-12 opponents.
Winning on the road against ranked foes is historically tough for UW, with the Huskies 11-109 all-time on AP Top-25 team's home courts. UW last won a road game against a top-25 team on Jan. 31, 2009 at Arizona State. The Huskies last win over a ranked opponent anywhere was March 12, 2011 vs. No. 16 Arizona in the Pac-10 tournament championship game.
Rich Cellini and Ernie Kent will call Saturday's action on the Pac-12 Network. 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 123, OSU broadcast). In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. Oregon
Washington owns a commanding 186-105 series lead over the Ducks since the schools first played in 1904. Saturday's meeting will be the 292nd game between the two schools, tying it with UW-OSU for the second longest rivalry in the conference. The last time UW played a ranked UO team in Eugene was Feb. 24, 2007 when the Ducks were ranked 23rd and the last time UW won over a ranked Ducks team in Oregon was Feb. 26, 1976 when they beat No. 17 Oregon 67-62. 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 19 games, including a 90-86 win in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NIT. The two schools split the regular season series last season, each winning on their home courts. The Huskies are 3-7 in Eugene during Romar's tenure and are 0-2 at Matthew Knight Arena. UW lost 82-57 last year in their only appearance in Matthew Knight Arena. Romar is 15-8 overall vs. the Ducks. Dana Altman is 2-4 in his career against Washington.
Last Time Vs. Oregon
AP (3/20/12) - Washington came into the NIT tournament game after a narrow victory against UT Arlington and a commanding win against Northwestern, where Terrence Ross scored a career-high 32 points. This matchup was the first meeting between Washington and Oregon in any postseason tournament. Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Tony Wroten added 22 points and Washington held off a late rally from Pac-12 rival Oregon for a 90-86 Washington victory. In the second half, Ross scored 8 straight points, singlehandedly pulling Washington away. Olu Ashaolu led Oregon with 20 points and E.J. Singler added 19, although only four came in the second half.
Last Time Out: OSU 74, UW 66 (Jan. 23)
AP - Devon Collier led Oregon St. (11-8, 1-5 Pac-12), which started the season 9-2, with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Eric Moreland added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Beavers, who had their highest-scoring game in conference play to earn their first Pac-12 victory. C.J. Wilcox had 23 points and seven rebounds and Aziz N'Diaye added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (12-7, 4-2), which lost its second straight game. Washington chipped away at a 10-point halftime deficit early in the second half. The Huskies closed within 41-35 as Wilcox closed out a 6-0 run with a shot from outside. A Wilcox 3-pointer later made it 49-45 Oregon State. Wilcox hit another from 3-point range with 12:16 left that got Washington within 53-52. Oregon State later scored five straight points, with Ahmad Starks' 3-pointer and Collier's two free throws making it 66-57 with 5:11 remaining. Washington got no closer than six from there, and the Beavers led by as many as 10 in the closing minutes.
• Washington's next four Pac-12 opponents have a combined record of 20-5 in Conference action and are 64-12 (.842) overall.
• The Dawgs came into the Utah game allowing Pac-12 opponents to shoot .374 from the field. The Utes shot 60.4%, the highest FG% vs. the Huskies since Arizona shot 65.3% on Jan. 4, 2007.
• The Huskies started Conference play 4-0 for the 2nd time in Lorenzo Romar's 11 seasons - also 2011 - and just the 4th times in the last 35 years.
• Dating back to the 2011 Pac-10 tournament, which the Huskies won on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot vs. Arizona, Washington is 21-7 versus other Conference teams.
• The Huskies are giving up 65.8 ppg which ranks 10th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 1990 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
• UW is defintely getting more and more defensive in league play. They are allowing a Pac-12 best 62.0 ppg in conference action after ranking 10th in non-conference play giving up 67.6 ppg. UW also ranks tops in conference play in 3-point FG pct defense (.232). They were 11th during non-conference action. UW is also 3rd with a +4.8 rebound margin in league after a ranking 10th in non-conference play at +2.8.
• C.J. Wilcox has scored 20 or more points in 9 of 11 home games total. He is averaging a team-best 21.2 ppg in Alaska Airlines Arena. In 8 games away from home, Wilcox is averaging 16.6 ppg.
• Wilcox ranks 30th all-time in UW history with 1,089 points. Up next on the list are Dean Parsons (1,101) and Will Conroy (1,113).
• Terrence Ross.
• Abdul Gaddy passed Eldridge Recasner into sixth all-time in UW history for career assists (377). Up next, Venoy Overton with 390.
• Todd MacCulloch holds the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
• The Huskies are 10-3 in games in which N'Diaye records a double-double.
• The Huskies went down to the Bay Area and earned their first road sweep of Cal and Stanford since 1985, That year they went on to win a share of the Pac-10 championship.
• Since Washington's first season in 1896, this year marked the sixth time that UW opened conference play with three road games (1911, 1912, 1943, 1993 and 1999) and the first times since 1912 they only won all three.
• Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 188 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 372 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU).
• Lorenzo Romar has 113 conference wins and is tied with UCLA's Ben Howland for 12th all-time. Howard Dallmar is 13th all-time with 132. Cal's Mike Montgomery leads all active coaches with 262 conference wins and is fifth in league history.