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Release: 12/26/2013
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UW Huskies (6-5, 0-0) vs Mississippi Valley State (3-7, 0-0)

The Game

The Huskies continue their three-game homestand to close off the non-conference season as they host Mississippi Valley State at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro and Don MacLean on the call. For the Washington IMG Radio Network, Mike Gastineau and Jason Hamilton will call the action.

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

• Junior Desmond Simmons saw his first action of the season against No. 10 UConn since he underwent knee surgery on Nov. 7 ... Simmons played 12 minutes and scored five points on perfect shooting.

• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 78.1 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through 11 games and currently ranks fourth in the NCAA

• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss’ asst-to-TO ratio of 1.6 (47 ast/30 TO) is the second best by a league frosh

• Over the last eight games, including seven starts, junior transfer Mike Anderson (6-4/6-10 3/4 wingspan) is shooting 62.2 percent from the field (23-of-37), 55.6 percent from 3-point range (5-of-9) and 80.0 percent from the FT line (24-of-30).

• Senior C.J. Wilcox is quickly moving up the UW record book as he is now ninth all-time in scoring with 1,521 points, 27 points shy of eighth ... 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 246 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 11 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 4.3 assists per game through 11 outings, is on pace to break the UW freshman school assists record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012) ... currently has 47 assists

• 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 11 outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the NCAA in FT percentage, shooting 78.1 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 1,521 career points, just 27 points behind eighth all-time (James Edwards, 1974-77). 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           2nd (20.7)

                                Nigel Williams-Goss        26th (12.3)

Rebounding       Perris Blackwell 13th (7.5)

                                Mike Anderson 14th (7.2)

Blocks   Perris Blackwell 9th (1.3)

Assists  Nigel Williams-Goss        8th (4.3)

FT%                        C.J. Wilcox           2nd (89.1)

                                Darin Johnson   3rd (88.9)

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

A/TO Ratio          Nigel Williams-Goss        13th (1.6)

Off. Rebounds  Perris Blackwell 1st (3.5)

Minutes               C.J. Wilcox           1st (36.1)

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 11 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 51.7 percent of the Huskies scoring and 59.2 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.

Simmons Returns

After missing the first 10 games of the season due to orthoscopic knee surgery on Nov. 7, junior Desmond Simmons made his first apperance of the 2013-14 season against No. 10 UConn (Dec. 22). He saw action in 12 minutes and racked up five points.

Scoring is Up

The Huskies haven’t had a problem finding the basket this season as their scoring average of 80.0 is their highest through 11 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 11 games. Despite not getting the majority of the attention, he’s upped his scoring average to 12.3 points per game (up from 7.8 a year ago) and  is averaging 4.3 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   20.7        16.8        14.2        8.1

Rebs      4.0          4.3          3.4          2.1

FG%       .442        .419        .437        .419

FT%        .891        .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 246 3-pointers made. Additionally, he is currently ninth in scoring all-time with 1,521 points, just 27 points behind eighth (James Edwards, 1974-77).

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 11 games, Wilcox is averaging 5.0 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 89.1 percent from the charity stripe going 49-of-55.

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 94.1 percent (16-of-17) during that span over the first 11 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 20.7 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 47 assists through the first 11 outings, which is the second-best number by a Pac-12 freshman this season. Additionally, NWG has turned the ball over just 30 times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.6, which is 13th overall in the Pac-12 and is the second-best by a league freshman. With a 4.3 assist per game average, Williams-Goss is on pace to break the UW freshman record of 130 (Tony Wroten, 2012).

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