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Release: 12/13/2013
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UW Huskies (4-4, 0-0) vs Idaho State (3-3, 0-0)

The Huskies return home to face Idaho State on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena

 The Game

The Huskies return to Seattle to host Idaho State on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. PT. The contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Aaron Goldsmith and Ernie Kent calling the action. For the Washington IMG Radio Network, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton can be heard on KJR 950AM starting at 12:30 p.m. This is the fifth meeting between the two programs with the Huskies owning a 3-0 record. 

The Coach

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 241-133 (.644) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 334-221 (.591) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.

Quick Hitters

• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 77.0 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through eight games

• The Huskies’ assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.4 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through eight games ... so far UW has dished out 107 assists while turning the ball over just 79 times ... freshman Nigel Williams-Goss’ asst-to-TO ratio of 2.5 (40 ast/16 TO) is the second best by a league frosh

• Over the last five games junior transfer Mike Anderson is shooting 56.7 percent from the field (17-of-30), 50.0 percent from 3-point range (3-of-6) and 80.0 percent from the FT line (16-of-20).

• Senior C.J. Wilcox set the UW school record for 3-pointers made after nailing three against LBSU passing Ryan Appleby’s record of 231 (2006-08)... he’s now at 236 career 3-pointers made ... he’s also now 14th (1,468) all-time in scoring at UW

• In comparison to the 50 current Wooden Award watch list selections, senior C.J. Wilcox would rank fourth in scoring, 19th in assists and 33rd in rebounding.

• Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with at least five guys reaching double figures in four of eight games (SU, EWU, Indiana, LBSU) ... this happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.

• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss, who is averaging 5.0 assists per game through eight outings, is on pace to break the 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 12.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per outing ... he’s posted two double-doubles in his seven 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 eight outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 in FT percentage, shooting 77.0 from the charity stripe.

Small Lineup

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.

Newcomer’s Impact

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 60.3 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 81.5 is their highest through eight 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 eight games, UW has a +16 margin in points off turnovers while forcing opponents to commit at least 11.0 turnovers per game.

Limiting Turnovers

The Huskies have done a good job taking care of the ball through eight games, as they have had 10 or less turnovers in all but one outing, while forcing six of their eight opponents to 10 or more TOs. UW’s turnover margin of +1.1 is currently fifth in the Pac-12.

Solid, Consistent Andrews

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews has been proven to be a consistent, solid player for the Huskies through eight games. Despite not getting the majority of the attention, he’s upped his scoring average to 12.8 points per game (up from 7.8 a year ago) and  is averaging 4.5 rebounds per game (up from 3.0 last season). Additionally, he is shooting 39.2 percent from the field and has reached double-figures six times this season.

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   21.9        16.8        14.2        8.1

Rebs      4.0          4.3          3.4          2.1

FG%       .451        .419        .437        .419

FT%        .870        .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. Most recently he set the UW school record 3FG made after scoring three against LBSU (Nov. 30) to give him 233, passing Ryan Appleby’s old mark of 231 (2006-08). He’s currently at 236 3-pointers made. Additionally, he is currently 14th in scoring all-time with 1,468 points, just nine points behind 13th (Brandon Roy, 1477 points)

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 eight games, Wilcox is averaging 5.8 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 87.0 percent from the charity stripe going 40-of-46.

Wilcox FTs in Last 5 Minutes

Senior C.J. Wilcox doesn’t break under pressure when sent to the line in the last five minutes of a game, as he is shooting 92.9 percent (13-of-14) during that span over the first eight games of the season.

Wilcox Putting up #s

C.J. Wilcox’s scoring production has been at a high level this year as he currently leads the team with 21.9 points per outing and hasn’t scored less than 15 points in a game yet this season. Additionally, during a three-game span (Indiana-Montana), Wilcox put up 82 points, which is the most in three-straight games by a Husky since 2010 when Quincy Pondexter scored 86 against Arizona (2/4/10), WSU (1/30/10) and Seattle (1/26/10).

Williams-Goss Dishing it Out

Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss currently leads the team with 40 assists through the first eight outings, which is the top number by a Pac-12 freshman this season. Additionally, NWG has turned the ball over just 12 times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9, which is third overall in the Pac-12 and is the best by a league freshman. With a 5.0 assist per game average, Williams-Goss is on pace to set the UW freshman record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012).

Blackwell’s Impact

Senior transfer Perris Blackwell is making the most out of his final collegiate season (and first with the Huskies) as he is averaging almost a double-double with 12.0 ppg and 8.7 rpg. The University of San Francisco transfer is picking up where he left off after sitting out the 2012-13 season. As a junior at USF, Blackwell averaged 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg en route to earning All-West Coast Conference honorable mention.

Anderson’s Efficiency

Junior transfer Mike Anderson is currently first on the team in FG percentage (22-of-45, 48.9 percent) and second in 3FG percentage (4-of-10, 40.0 percent) while also shooting 76.2 percent from the free throw line (32-of-42). 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 five games, he’s shooting 56.7 percent from the field (17-of-30), 50.0 percent from 3-point range (3-of-6) and 80.0 percent from the FT line (16-of-20).

Anderson the Rebounder

Junior transfer Mike Anderson has made a big impact on the boards in his first eight games as a Husky, as he has led the team in rebounding in four of the eight contests. Leading the team in that category is nothing new for Anderson, as he averaged 10 boards during the 2012-13 season at Moberly Area CC (Mo.).

Injury Report

The Huskies have unfortunately been hit with a few injuries early in the 2013-14 season. Sophomore Jernard Jarreau will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee during the second minute of the season-opener against Seattle U (Nov. 10). Additionally, junior Desmond Simmons is out for 6-8 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Nov. 7. Senior transfer Perris Blackwell missed the season-opener with a concussion suffered during the exhibition game against CWU on Nov. 6 but returned against UC-Irvine (Nov. 14).

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