UW Huskies (4-3, 0-0) vs No. 24 San Diego State (7-2, 0-0)
The Huskies take their first true road trip of the season to face No. 24 San Diego State on Sunday, Dec. 8.
The Huskies will head to California this weekend for their first true road game at No. 24 San Diego State on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12:05 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan and Doug Gottlieb on the call. For the Washington IMG Radio Network, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton can be heard on KJR 950AM starting at 11:30 a.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 241-132 (.646) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 334-220 (.603) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.
• Senior C.J. Wilcox set the UW school record for 3-pointers made after nailing three against LBSU to push his career total to 233, passing Ryan Appleby’s record of 2006-08 .... he’s also now 14th (1,451) all-time in scoring at UW
• The Huskies are 87-231 all-time against top-25 opponents including a 15-111 mark on the road with 10 of those road wins coming under head coach Lorenzo Romar
• The Huskies’ assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through seven games ... so far UW has dished out 94 assists while turning the ball over just 63 times ... freshman Nigel Williams-Goss’ asst-to-TO ratio of 2.9 (35 ast/12 TO) is the best by a league frosh
• Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with at least five guys reaching double figures in four of seven games (SU, EWU, Indiana, LBSU) ... this happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.
• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 76.6 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through seven games
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss, who is averaging 5.0 assists per game through seven outings, is on pace to set thte UW freshman school assists record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012)
• 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.
• Senior Perris Blackwell is almost averaging a double-double with his 13.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per outing ... he’s posted two double-doubles in his six games 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 seven outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 in FT percentage, shooting 76.6 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 20.1 points per game, 10.7 rebounds while shooting 79.1 percent from the free throw line. Individually, Anderson is tied for the team lead in rebounding with 8.3rpg while Johnson is averaging 9.9 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 52.4 percent of the Huskies scoring and 58.3 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 84.1 is their highest through seven 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 seven games, UW has a +24 margin in points off turnovers while forcing opponents to commit at least 11.4 turnovers per game.