Jan. 3, 2013
|WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE
Saturday, Jan. 5 | 6:30 pm (PT) | Friel Court
Live Stats | TV: ESPNU | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - The 2012 Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies (8-5) begin its title defense on Saturday against their cross-state rival Washington State Cougars (9-4). The 275th tilt between the two schools is scheduled to tip at 6:30 p.m. PT in Pullman at Friel Court.
It is rare that the two rivals open their conference schedule against each other, but it is not unprecedented; it will be the eighth time in the last 40 years the teams have met in their conference openers.
ESPNU will televise the Apple Cup of hoops with Dave Fleming and Sean Farnham calling the action. Locally, the game will be broadcast across the IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. In addition, Gregg Bell will host a live chat from courtside at Friel Court.
• Saturday's game is the 275th overall meeting between UW and WSU. Its just the 8th time in the last 40 years the two teams have started the conference slate against each other. UW holds the 4-3 advantage in the previous seven meeting, including 2-2 in Pullman, with the Huskies winning the last time the two teams opened conference action against each other in 2009. Last season, UW rallied from 10-point 2nd half deficits in both games to win.
• UW is 6-4 overall in conference openers under Lorenzo Romar and has won its last four.
• Romar needs one more conference win to tie Ben Braun for 14th all-time in conference history with 110. Howard Dallmar is 13th all-time with 132. Ben Howland is on Romar's heels with 108 wins.
• The Huskies have won either the conference regular season title (2012, 2009) or the conference tournament (2011, 2010) in each of the last four seasons.
• C.J. Wilcox averages 21.8 ppg in nine home games, 11.5 ppg in four games away from Alaska Airlines Arena. Wilcox's 5 points at UConn were his fewest since scoring 4 points vs. USC on Feb. 4, 2012, 26 games ago and snapped a streak of double digit scoring over the last 18 games. He averages a team-best 12.3 ppg in 3 previous meetings vs. WSU.
• Wilcox needs 37 points to become the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 for their career. He has averaged 12.3 ppg in 78 career games.
• Wilcox has scored 20+ points in seven of the last nine games.
• Scott Suggs lead the Huskies with 16.3 ppg in four contests away from Alaska Airlines Arena.
• Aziz N'Diaye ranks 5th all-time in UW history with a .558 career field goal percentage.
• Abdul Gaddy is the current career leader in assists among all Pac-12 players with 360, over 100 more than the next closest player (Brandon Smith, Cal).
• The Huskies shot 27.7% from the field at UConn, their lowest field goal percentage since shooting 29.2% vs. Kansas on Nov. 24, 2008 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.
• UW's 53 points at UConn were their fewest since scoring 51 at Arizona State on Jan. 1, 2010.
• UW is 6-0 when they shoot 50% from the field, 2-5 when under 50%. So far this season, none of their opponents have shot over 50%. UW is 0-4 when its opponents shoots higher than 45%.
• The Huskies have three losses at home surpassing the season total in each of the last four years. UW was 12-7 in 2008 at home.
UW vs. Washington State
Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 174-100 advantage over their cross-state rivals, with a record of 100-35 at home, 72-62 away and 2-3 at neutral sites. Washington is 7-2 over the last nine against WSU, but the Cougars were 7-0 during the previous three-year stretch from 2006-08. The Huskies won 59-55 the last time the two teams met, Feb. 25 in Pullman. UW rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to win and in fact had to rally from double digits in both games last season to sweep the series. Overall, Washington is 5-6 under Romar in Pullman. Romar is 12-10 in all games vs. WSU and Ken Bone is 2-8 all-time against UW, including an 0-3 record as head coach of Portland State.
Last Time Vs. WSU
AP (2/25/12) - Tony Wroten scored 21 points and went 9 of 12 from the free throw line as he led Washington over Washington State in true comeback fashion 59-55. Washington (20-8, 13-3) erased a 45-32 deficit with 11 minutes left in the game to win. Ultimately, the game came down to free throws. WSU (14-14, 6-10) went 11 of 12 to keep the game tied at 28-all despite shooting 27 percent in the first half. In the second half, the Cougars shot 6 of 20 from the free throw line, while the Huskies, who only went 2 of 5 in the first half, finished 17 of 24. The Cougars out-rebounded the Huskies 42-35. CJ Wilcox finished with 16 points for Washington while Abdul Gaddy finished with 10. Brock Motum led the Cougars with 17 points and Marcus Capers added 14.
Last Time Out: Connecticut 61, UW 53 (Dec. 29)
AP - Shabazz Napier scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Connecticut over Washington 61-53 on Saturday in the final nonconference game of the year for both teams. Omar Calhoun led UConn (10-2) with 14 points and Ryan Boatright added 12 to help the Huskies to their fourth consecutive win. Scott Suggs had 15 to lead Washington (8-5), which lost for the first time in five games. UConn held Washington star C.J. Wilcox to just five points on 2-of-12 shooting. Connecticut held Washington to season lows in points and field goal percentage at 29.7 percent (19 of 64). Washington hit just 4-of-17 3-pointers. Connecticut stretched a five-point halftime lead by scoring the first seven points of the second half to go up 38-26. UConn pushed that lead to 14 on an Omar Calhoun layup with 15 minutes to play.