The Huskies play their last game in November on Saturday the 30th as they host Long Beach State at 3:30 p.m. PT. The contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Lamar Hurd on the call. For the Washington IMG Radio Network, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton can be heard on KJR 950AM starting at 3 p.m. This is the third meeting between the two programs with the Huskies owning a 2-0 record.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 240-132 (.645) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 333-220 (.602) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.
• Senior C.J. Wilcox is just one three-pointer away from tying the UW record of 231 set by Ryan Appleby (2005-09) ... he’s also now 15th (1,436) all-time in scoring at UW
• Over the last three games, senior C.J. Wilcox has put up 82 points (24 v. Indiana, 30 v. Boston College, 28 v. Montana), which is the most in a three-game span for a Husky since Quincy Pondexter put up 86 in 2010 against Arizona (2/4/10), WSU (1/30/10) and Seattle (1/26/10).
• The Huskies’ assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through six games ... so far UW has dished out 77 assists while turning the ball over just 53 times ... freshman Nigel Williams-Goss’ asst-to-TO ratio of 3.3 (30 ast/9 TO) is the best by a league frosh
• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 75.4 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar
• With his 30-point performance against Boston College, senior C.J. Wilcox became the Huskies first 30+point scorer since Terrence Ross scored 32 against Northwestern on March 16, 2012
• Wilcox is also the first player since Scott Suggs in 2012 to connect on five or more from 3-point range as he went 6-of-7 against Boston College ... his 85.7 shooting from long distance is the second-best single-game percentage in UW history.
• Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with five guys reaching double figures in three of six games (SU, EWU, Indiana) ... this happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.
• Senior Perris Blackwell is almost averaging a double-double with his 12.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing ... he’s posted two double-doubles and is first player since Aziz N’diaye to post back-to-back double-doubles (Feb. 7 & 10, 2013 at USC and UCLA)
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss was one of four freshmen nationally selected to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List and one of seven selected overall from the Pac-12.
• Senior Perris Blackwell and sophomore Gilles Dierickx are officially able to play for the Huskies now that they each sat out during the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Blackwell has one year of eligibility remaining while Dierickx has three.
Free Throws Count
With the new rules changes for the 2013-14 season, the Huskies knew shooting well from the FT line was going to have an impact on a lot of game outcomes, which was very true against EWU. The Huskies went 31-of-34 against the Eagles, including a 21-of-23 mark during the second half as UW retook the lead for the win. Through six outings, the Huskies are second in he Pac-12 in FT percentage, shooting 75.4 from the charity stripe.
6th MEN Off the Bench
The Huskies have a pair of newcomers first off the bench in freshman Darin Johnson and junior transfer Mike Anderson who have both had a big impact early for UW. Combined, the pair are contributing 18.6 points per game, 9.6 rebounds while shooting 79.2 percent from the free throw line. Individually, Anderson is second on the team in rebounding with 7.0rpg while Johnson is averaging 9.8 points per outing.
The Huskies have had to adjust their offensive scheme with the loss of Jernard Jarreau (ACL, out for season) and Desmond Simmons (out until mid-to-late December). Because of that coach Romar has been using a smaller rotation at times. During the second half against EWU, the Huskies played with a rotation of five guys no taller than 6-5 and during that time, they cut the Eagles lead from 9 to 4 while picking up three steals and forcing six fouls.
This year’s first year players for the Huskies have certainly made an impact through the initial three contests. Transfers Perris Blackwell, Mike Anderson and Gilles Dierickx along with freshmen Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson have all contributed early. Combined the five have accounted for 50.7 percent of the Huskies scoring and 57.7 percent of their rebounding. Williams-Goss, Blackwell, Johnson and Anderson are four of the team’s top six scorers while Anderson and Blackwell are the team’s top two rebounders.
Scoring is Up
The Huskies haven’t had a problem finding the basket this season as their scoring average of 82.8 is their highest through five games since the 2010-11 season. Additionally, UW has five players averaging double figures (Wilcox, Andrews, Williams-Goss, Blackwell and Johnson).
Defense Creating Offense
True to head coach Lorenzo Romar’s style, the Huskies have been creating offense from their defense this season. Through six games, UW has a +26 margin in points off turnovers while forcing opponents to commit at least 11.7 turnovers per game.
The Huskies have done a good job taking care of the ball through six games, as they have had 10 or less turnovers in each outing, while forcing five of their six opponents to 10+ TOs. UW’s turnover margin of +2.8 is currently third in the Pac-12.
Kemp. Jr., Diagnosed with Graves’
Junior forward Shawn Kemp, Jr., has been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. Kemp, Jr., began to develop symptoms in late July before being officially diagnosed in early September. He will continue to play and UW medical staff do not expect the disease to continue to affect his on-court performance once his treatment plan, which he began after his diagnosis, is in full effect.
Wilcox’s #s Up on All Accounts
Senior standout C.J. Wilcox continues to improve his game and even though it’s early in the 2013-14 season his numbers are already better than each of his three previous seasons:
13-14 12-13 11-12 10-11
Points 23.8 16.8 14.2 8.1
Rebs 4.3 4.3 3.4 2.1
FG% .478 .419 .437 .419
FT% .864 .816 .830 .806
Wilcox Climbing Career Charts
With just one season left suiting up in purple and gold, senior C.J. Wilcox won’t be forgotten as his name is etched in the Husky record books in many categories. He is currently 17th in scoring all-time with 1,436 points. Additionally, his 230 made 3FG ranks second all-time and is just six shy of the school record (231 - Ryan Appleby, 2006-08).
Wilcox Getting to the Line
Senior C.J. Wilcox has put a big emphasis on improving his game this season and part of that has been getting to the FT line more. So far through six games, Wilcox is averaging 7.3 FT attempts per outing, compared to 3.4 in 2012-13, 2.8 in 2011-12 and 0.9 in 2010-11. Overall, he’s shooting 86.4 percent from the charity stripe going 38-of-44.
Williams-Goss Dishing it Out
Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss currently leads the team with 30 assists through the first six outings, which is the top number by a Pac-12 freshman this season. Additionally, NWG has turned the ball over just nine times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.3, which is third overall in the Pac-12 and is the best by a league freshman.
Junior transfer Mike Anderson is currently third on the team in FG percentage (14-of-30, 46.7 percent) and second in 3FG percentage (4-of-9, 44.0 percent) while also shooting 75 percent from the free throw line (21-of-28). Against Indiana (Nov. 21), Anderson was perfect from the field for 11 points (3-of-3 FG, 1-of-1 3FG, 4-of-4 FT) in 27 minutes while also adding four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Over the last three games, he’s shooting 58.8 percent from the field (10-of-17), 50.0 percent from 3-point range (3-of-6) and 90.9 percent from the FT line (10-of-11).