Feb. 7, 2006
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 --
USC at (#21) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 --
(#13) UCLA at (#21) Washington, 12:30 p.m. (ABC TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 21st-ranked Washington Huskies (16-5, 5-5) seek to stop their longest losing streak in two years and gain ground in the Pac-10 standings this week when they return home to host their conference rivals from Los Angeles. On Thursday, Feb. 9, sixth-place Washington entertains fourth-place USC (15-7, 6-5) at 7:30 p.m. UW won the first meeting 86-77 on Jan. 12 in Los Angeles. First-place and 13th-ranked UCLA (19-4, 9-2) invades Bank of America Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. UW seeks to sweep the regular-season series from the Bruins for the first time since 1987. The Huskies won Jan. 14 at UCLA, halting a 19-game losing skid at Pauley Pavilion. Next week, UW makes its annual trek to the Willamette Valley to play at Oregon on Feb. 16 and at Oregon State on Feb. 18.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's UW-USC game airs at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis describes the action alongside analyst Larry Farmer.
Thursday's Washington-USC game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 218 points (876-658) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead 17 of 21 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 82-point count (868-786). UW trailed just three times at halftime this season, against Air Force, at UCLA and at California.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington senior Brandon Roy was named to the 30-player Midseason John R. Wooden All-America Team on Jan. 28. A 6-foot-6 guard, Roy currently leads the Huskies with an 18.9-point scoring average. He increased that figure in conference games, leading all Pac-10 players with 22.6 points per game. Roy is one of three Pac-10 players remaining on the Wooden Award list, including Arizona's Hassan Adams and UCLA's Jordan Farmar. Four other Pac-10 players were on the 50-man preseason list, but did not make the midseason cut: Leon Powe (Cal), Aaron Brooks (Oregon), Dan Grunfeld (Stanford) and Chris Hernandez (Stanford). The candidates will be pared down again for the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 21 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (2nd-18.9), assist/turnover ratio (3rd-1.60), field goal percent (7th-49.8%), steals (7th-1.4), assists (8th-3.8), blocked shots (10th-0.9) and rebounds (12th-5.3).
The Huskies are in the midst of their first three-game losing streak since they opened the 2004 Pac-10 campaign with five losses from Jan. 2-15.
National scoring leader (83.9) Washington is averaging 69.3 points per game in its last six outings and has been held under 70 points in five of those six games.
Honors candidate Brandon Roy leads all scorers during Pac-10 play with 22.6 ppg and ranks No. 2 in all games with an 18.9-point average.
Did You Know?
There are eight former NBA coaches currently coaching NCAA Division I teams and Washington has played against three of them this season: Butch Beard of Morgan State (New Jersey Nets), Jeff Bzdelik of Air Force (Denver Nuggets) and Tim Floyd of USC (Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets).
The USC Series
> Despite losing the last four and six of the last seven meetings, USC holds a slim 62-61 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Huskies swept the season series last year for the second time in the last three years. They won twice in 2003 after losing the previous seven meetings with USC.
> Washington holds a 34-27 advantage over the Trojans during games played in Seattle, including wins in two of the last three years.
> In his first year at USC, Tim Floyd has an 0-1 record against Washington.
> Fourth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-1 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 86, USC 77 (Jan. 12, 2006; Los Angeles)
Brandon Roy registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Washington to an 86-77 decision, its fourth consecutive victory at the Sports Arena. The Huskies (13-2, 2-2) played in an opponent's arena for the first time this season following 13 home games and one neutral-site outing. Bobby Jones scored 15 of his career-high tying 22 points in the first half as UW led by as many as 19 points en route to a 45-32 halftime advantage. Gabe Pruitt missed all six of his first-half shots for the Trojans (11-5, 2-3) before amassing six 3-pointers and 21 points after intermission. He helped USC stage a 16-5 run that closed the deficit to 73-70 with 5:44 left to play. The Huskies answered with a 10-2 surge to repel the rally. UW posted a 46-24 rebounding margin, but that was offset by 28 turnovers. USC had a 30-13 advantage in points off turnovers. Jamaal Williams scored 14 points for the Huskies. Lodrick Stewart tallied 15 points for USC and Nick Young added 15.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#13 UW 99, USC 69 (Feb. 3, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons poured in a career-high 29 points and Jamaal Williams added 21 off the bench, lifting 13th-ranked Washington to a 99-69 victory at Bank of America Arena and a sweep of the season series over USC. The Trojans (9-12, 2-8) jumped out to a 15-10 lead seven minutes into the game before UW went on a 19-3 run. Williams tallied nine points during the surge that put the Huskies (18-3, 8-2) ahead 29-18. He hit 9-of-10 shots from the field for the game, helping UW to a 60-percent performance (42-70). The Huskies scored the final 12 points of the period to take a 47-29 halftime margin that would grow to as many as 41 points in the second half. Simmons netted 18 second-half points, including three consecutive 3-pointers. He finished with six treys. Will Conroy had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists for UW which was credited with assists on 32 of its 42 field goals. Seattle native Lodrick Stewart paced the Trojans with 13 points and Nick Young had 11.
The Huskies dropped five spots to No. 21 in this week's (Feb. 6) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington holds down the No. 23 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Four of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.4 percent that ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 53.2. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (50.8%) at No. 4 and Brandon Roy (49.8%) at No. 7. Forwards Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (54.2%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in nine games. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 45 of UW's 128 treys, 22 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but four games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Washington is the national leader in team scoring at 83.9 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.6 points on 50-percent shooting (77-of-153). The senior guard hit 18-of-39 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,208 points to rank 19th among all-time Husky scorers.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 20 of 21 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 59-15 record in the last 74 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 16-5 during the 2006 campaign.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average last season. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 16 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg).
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 87-32 series lead after winning seven of the last 10, and 31 of the last 40 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA owns a 31-25 series edge over the Huskies during games played in Seattle. The Bruins lost last season in Seattle after winning their previous three visits to UW.
> The Huskies won this season's first meeting 69-65 in Los Angeles, snapping a 19-game losing streak at Pauley Pavilion that dated to 1987.
> Washington has not registered a sweep of the regular-season series from UCLA since 1987.
> The Huskies seek to post their third consecutive victory over UCLA, a feat they have not accomplished since 1952 when they capped a series-starting run of five wins.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his third year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 3-3 record against the Huskies.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-5 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA title year.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 69, #11 UCLA 65 (Jan. 14, 2006; Los Angeles)
Bobby Jones recorded a double-double and hit three free throws inside the final 19 seconds as 13th-ranked Washington beat No. 11 UCLA 69-65 for its first win in 19 years at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (14-2, 3-2) lost in their previous 19 visits to UCLA, last winning a road game against the Bruins in 1987. UCLA (14-3, 4-2) led by as many as 15 points in the first half on the strength of 60-percent shooting (15-25), The Bruins hit 7-of-13 treys en route to a 40-28 halftime advantage. The Huskies tallied 10 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. Ryan Appleby capped the surge with his third 3-pointer, putting UW ahead 64-60 with 2:41 left to play. Darren Collison's driving layup at 2:12 cut the margin to 64-62. Jones was fouled after rebounding a teammate's missed free throw and converted the one-and-one for a 66-62 lead with 0:19 remaining. Arron Afflalo made a trey at 0:12 for UCLA, Jones hit 1-of-2 free throws with 11 seconds left and UW's Mike Jensen got a breakaway dunk after a long inbounds pass to end the game. Jones finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Jamaal Williams added 14 points for the Huskies. Michael Roll netted 5-of-6 treys to score 17 points for UCLA, which also got 16 from Afflalo. UW shot 64 percent (15-25) in the second-half, including 4-of-7 on treys after shooting 36 percent (12-33) and 1-of-11 on 3-pointers in the first half.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks fourth among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.24 assists per game. He is already listed No. 3 among all-time UW freshman with 89 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.48 assist/turnover ratio (89/60) is the sixth best in the Pac-10. He is No. 4 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (82.4%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last 12 games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 37 percent of his career 3-pointers (61-167).
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 9.7 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 53.2 percent. He has six double-figure rebound games, matching the total of the entire Husky team last season. Brockman was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC on Jan. 14, 2006.
The Last Game
Washington State 77, #16 UW 64 (Feb. 4, 2006; Pullman, Wash.)
Aron Baynes tallied 10 of his 12 rebounds and all 13 of his points in the second half, helping Washington State rally after halftime for a 77-64 victory over 16th-ranked Washington at Friel Court. The Cougars (10-9, 3-7) swept the season series from Washington (16-5, 5-5) for the first time since 1994. The Huskies went ahead 33-22 on a layup by Jon Brockman with 3:38 left in the first half. That was their last field goal for nearly 10 minutes, until Ryan Appleby snapped UW's 0-for-11 shooting slump with a layup at 13:42 of the second half. By that time, the Cougars were ahead 45-39. WSU closed to within 35-30 by halftime and scored the first 11 points of the second half to take the lead for good. The Cougars held UW to 23 percent shooting (7-31) in the second half and 32 percent for the game. WSU posted a 27-15 rebounding advantage after halftime. Brandon Roy scored 21 points to lead the Huskies while Justin Dentmon tallied 13 of his 14 in the first half. Josh Akognon had 13 points for WSU, which also got 13 from Chris Matthews.