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UW Huskies (5-4, 0-0) vs Tulane Green Wave (5-5, 0-0)

The Huskies hit the road to face Tulane in New Orleans on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. PT.

The Game

The Huskies take their final road trip of the non-conference season this week as they head to New Orleans to take on Tulane at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Dec. 17. 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 first meeting between the two programs and the first time since Dec. 29, 2008 (at LSU) that the Huskies have played in the state of Louisiana.

 

The Coach

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 242-133 (.645) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 335-221 (.603) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.

UW vs. ISU Notes (Dec. 14)

Team

-Starting Lineup: Nigel Williams-Goss, Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Mike Anderson, Perris Blackwell

-The Huskies dished out a season-high 19 assists... their most since 20 at UCLA (March 3, 2012)

-The Huskies outrebounded their fourth-straight opponent with a 31-21 advantage on the boards

-The Huskies shot a season-best 55.2 % from the field ... their best percentage since March 14, 2012 (57.4 v. UT-Arlington)

-The Huskies shot over 75 percent from the FT line for the sixth time this season

-The Huskies had at least four players reach double figures for the sixth game this season

-The Huskies shot over 50 percent from 3-point range for the second-straight game and the third time this season

-UW’s 19-point margin of victory was its best of the season

Individual

- Senior Perris Blackwell scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field

- Senior Perris Blackwell led the team in rebounding for the fifth time this season

- Senior C.J. Wilcox recorded his ninth 15+ scoring effort of the season

- Senior C.J. Wilcox posted a career-high tying four blocks

- Sophomore Andrew Andrews posted his third-straight double-figure scoring effort with 17 points ... he’s reached double figures in seven of UW’s nine games

-Freshman Jahmel Taylor scored a career-best five points in four minutes of action while recording one rebound

 

 

Quick Hitters

• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 77.4 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through nine games and currently ranks eighth in the NCAA

• The Huskies’ assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.4 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through nine games ... so far UW has dished out 126 assists while turning the ball over just 92 times ... freshman Nigel Williams-Goss’ asst-to-TO ratio of 2.3 (45 ast/20 TO) is the second best by a league frosh

• Over the last five games junior transfer Mike Anderson (6-4/6-10 3/4 wingspan) is shooting 56.7 percent from the field (17-of-30), 50.0 percent from 3-point range (3-of-6) and 81.8 percent from the FT line (18-of-22).

• Senior C.J. Wilcox is quickly moving up the UW record book as he is now 12th all-time in scoring with 1,487 points, just one point shy of 11th ... he also 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 241 career 3-pointers made

• 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 nine 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 nine outings, is on pace to break the UW freshman school assists record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 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 8.5 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 nine outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 and eighth in the NCAA in FT percentage, shooting 77.4 from the charity stripe.

 

Romar Producing Scorers

Since head coach Lorenzo Romar arrived in 2002-03, he’s helped produce 10 1,000 point scorers for the Huskies, including C.J. Wilcox, joining Marv Harshman as the only UW coaches with 10 in the 1K point club. Additionally, once Wilcox reaches 1,500 points (currently at 1,487), he will be the fourth 1,500 point scorer under Romar, also tying Harshman as the only UW coaches to four such prolific scorers.

 

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 nine 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 51.8 percent of the Huskies scoring and 60.4 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 81.9 is their highest through nine games since the 2010-11 season. Additionally, UW has four players averaging double figures (Wilcox, Andrews, Williams-Goss, and Blackwell).

 

Defense Creating Offense

True to head coach Lorenzo Romar’s style, the Huskies have been creating offense from their defense this season. Through nine games, UW has a +15 margin in points off turnovers while forcing opponents to commit at least 11.3 turnovers per game.

 

Limiting Turnovers

The Huskies have done a good job taking care of the ball through nine games, as they have had 10 or less turnovers in all but two outings, while forcing seven of their nine opponents to 10 or more TOs. UW’s turnover margin of +1.1 is currently tied for fourth in the Pac-12.

 

 

Solid, Consistent Andrews

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews has been proven to be a consistent, solid player for the Huskies through nine games. Despite not getting the majority of the attention, he’s upped his scoring average to 13.2 points per game (up from 7.8 a year ago) and  is averaging 4.2 rebounds per game (up from 3.0 last season). Additionally, he is shooting 39.4 percent from the field and has reached double-figures seven 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   21.6        16.8        14.2        8.1

Rebs      3.9          4.3          3.4          2.1

FG%       .463        .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 241 3-pointers made. Additionally, he is currently 12th in scoring all-time with 1,487 points, just one point behind 11th (Dean Luton, 1,488, 1997-00.)

 

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 nine games, Wilcox is averaging 5.1 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 nine 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 21.6 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 45 assists through the first nine outings, which is the top number by a Pac-12 freshman this season. Additionally, NWG has turned the ball over just 20 times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3, which is eighth overall in the Pac-12 and is the second-best by a league freshman. With a 5.0 assist per game average, Williams-Goss is on pace to break 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 13.0 ppg and 8.5 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.

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