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UW Huskies (6-4, 0-0) vs #10 UConn (9-1, 0-0)

The Huskies host their first ranked opponent of the season this Sunday facing the No. 10 UConn Huskies

The Game

The Huskies host their first ranked opponent at Alaska Airlines Arena this Sunday as No. 10 Connecticut comes to town for a 12:30 p.m. match-up. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Mark Jones and Kara Lawson on the call. For the Washington IMG Sports Radio Network, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call the action which can be heard on KJR 950 AM.

The Coach

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 243-133 (.646) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 336-221 (.603) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.

Quick Hitters

• The Huskies are 6-5 at home against top-10 opponents under head coach Lorenzo Romar and hold a 30-49 record all-time at home against top-10 foes

• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 77.6 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 1.3 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through 10 games ... so far UW has dished out 138 assists while turning the ball over just 110 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 seven games junior transfer Mike Anderson (6-4/6-10 3/4 wingspan) is shooting 60.6 percent from the field (20-of-33), 62.5 percent from 3-point range (5-of-8) and 76.9 percent from the FT line (20-of-26).

• Senior C.J. Wilcox is quickly moving up the UW record book as he is now 11th all-time in scoring with 1,502 points, just two points shy of 10th ... 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 243 career 3-pointers made

• In comparison to the 50 current Wooden Award watch list selections, senior C.J. Wilcox would rank fourth in scoring, 18th in assists and 32nd in rebounding.

• Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with at least four guys reaching double figures in seven of 10 games ... additionally, five guys have reached double-figures four times this season ... this happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.

• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss, who is averaging 4.7 assists per game through 10 outings, is on pace to break the UW freshman school assists record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012) ... currently has 47

• Wilcox is 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 12.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per outing ... he’s posted two double-doubles in his nine 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 10 outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 and eighth in the NCAA in FT percentage, shooting 77.6 from the charity stripe.

1,500 Point Club

With his 15 points against Tulane (Dec. 17), senior C.J. Wilcox became the 11th UW player in program history to reach 1,500 points. He now stands at 1,502 career points, just two behind 10th all-time (Louie Nelson, 1971-73). Additionally, he has passed the likes of Brandon Roy (1,477), Detlef Schrempf (1,449), Justin Dentmon (1,425), Paul Fortier (1,326) ,Nate Robinson (1,283) and Will Conroy (1,113) during his time at UW.

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, after Wilcox posted his 1,500th point against Tulane, he became the fourth 1,500 point scorer under Romar, also tying Harshman as the only UW  coaches to produce such prolific scorers.

Huskies in the Pac-12

Stat        Player   Rank

Scoring C.J. Wilcox           3rd (20.9)

Rebounding       Perris Blackwell 8th (8.0)

                                Mike Anderson 14th (7.1)

Assists  Nigel Williams-Goss        7th (4.7)

FT%                        C.J. Wilcox           2nd (88.2)

                                Darin Johnson   3rd (87.5)

3FG Made           C.J. Wilcox           2nd (3.2)

A/TO Ratio          Nigel Williams-Goss        11th (1.7)

Off. Rebounds  Perris Blackwell 1st (3.8)

Minutes               C.J. Wilcox           1st (36.0)

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 switched to a smaller starting lineup that features four players 6-5 or shorter. Junior transfer Mike Anderson has been starting at the four position and despite his 6-4 stature, boasts a 6-10 3/4 wingspan to help the Huskies inside.

Newcomer’s Impact

This year’s first year players for the Huskies have certainly made an impact through the initial 10 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 52.0 percent of the Huskies scoring and 59.5 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 81.0 is their highest through 10 games since the 2010-11 season. Additionally, UW has four players averaging double figures (Wilcox, Andrews, Williams-Goss, and Blackwell).

Solid, Consistent Andrews

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews has been proven to be a consistent, solid player for the Huskies through 10 games. Despite not getting the majority of the attention, he’s upped his scoring average to 12.5 points per game (up from 7.8 a year ago) and  is averaging 4.4 rebounds per game (up from 3.0 last season). Additionally, he is shooting 37.6 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   20.9        16.8        14.2        8.1

Rebs      4.1          4.3          3.4          2.1

FG%       .446        .419        .437        .419

FT%        .882        .816        .830        .806

Strong Fall Season For UW Athletics

Fall success has been prevalent across the board for the Huskies as the football team advanced to their fourth straight bowl game, facing BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 27).

-The women’s volleyball team made the Final Four as a No. 3 seed and junior Krista Vansant earned the AVCA National Player of the Year Award becoming the first Husky to win the award. She was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Year

-The men’s soccer team advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time in program history and won the Pac-12 title ... junior Taylor Peay was named a first-team All-American

-Aaron Nelson finished 20th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the best finish by a Husky since 1998,  en route to earning All-America honors

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