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Release: 01/14/2014
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UW Huskies (11-6, 3-1) at California (14-2, 3-0)

The Huskies return to the road to face California on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.
The Game

The Huskies head to the Bay Area this week facing California on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. PT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Beth Mowins and Jon Crispin on the call. For the Washington IMG Radio Network, Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call the action with the pregame show starting at 7:30 p.m. PT.

The Coach

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 248-134 (.649) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 341-222 (.606) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.

Quick Hitters

• C.J. Wilcox had more 3-pointers (7) against #15 Colorado than all four of UW’s Pac-12 opponents have had combined. Pac-12 foes are shooting 6-of-50 from 3-point range against the Dawgs

• After allowing opponents to average 79.2 ppg during the non-conference slate, the Huskies have since limited their four Pac-12 foes to just 61.8 points per game.

• The Dawgs picked up their first win over a ranked opponent since 2011 with their victory over #15 Colorado ... the last time UW beat a ranked team was in the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament as Isaiah Thomas hit a bucket at the buzzer to defeat #16 Arizona (March 12)

• The Huskies are one of four league teams to play four of their first six conference games on the road (WSU, Oregon, California)

• All three of the Huskies top three scorers are guards ... making them one of just two teams (WSU) in the conference with their top three scoring leaders playing the guard position

• The Huskies have held each of their last five opponents without a FG for a span of at least five minutes (Colorado-5:38 in 2nd; Utah-7:14 in 1st; Arizona- 5:34 in 1st; ASU-9:14 between 1st and 2nd half; Hartford- 8:27 in 1st).

• Against Utah, the Huskies held the nation’s top field goal percentage team (53.2) to just 41.5 percent shooting from the field while also holding them to 57 points, which was 28.5 points lower than their season average

• The Huskies will wear ‘MH’ patches on their jersey’s for the remainder of the season to honor the late Marv Harshman who totaled a 246-146 record during his time at UW and coached Lorenzo Romar, who most recently passed his mentor’s win total with his 247th win.

• The Huskies’ FT percentage of 76.6 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through 17 games and ranked seventh in the NCAA (as of Jan. 13)... the Huskies have shot under 75 percent from the line just six times this season

• Sophomore Andrew Andrews is averaging 15.4 points over the last five outings and has led the team in scoring in two of those five games.

• Senior C.J. Wilcox is one of just two players (Isaiah Thomas) in UW history to record 1,600 career points and 150 3-pointers and is the only player with 1,600 points and 250 made 3’s

Defense Stepping Up

The Husky defensive strategy underwent a change following UW’s trip to NYC and has really kicked in over the first four games of Pac-12 play. Take a look at the Huskies numbers during non-conference action compared to Pac-12 play with the league ranking in parenthesis:

                Pac-12 Play         Non-Conference

PPG Def.              61.8 (T3rd)          79.2 (12th)

FG% Def.             39.2 (2nd)            49.6 (12th)

3FG% Def.           12.0 (1st)             34.8 (8th)

Defensive Stops

The Huskies have stepped their defense up since Pac-12 play started, allowing opponents just 61.8 points per game and 39.2 percent shooting from the field. Prior to league action, the Huskies were giving up 79.2 ppg and letting foes shoot 49.6 percent. Since then, UW’s first four Pac-12 opponents have shot a combined 6-of-50 from 3-point range (12.0 percent). Additionally, UW has held its last five opponents without a FG for a span of at least five minutes (Colorado-5:38 in 2nd; Utah -7:14 in 1st; Arizona- 5:34 in 1st; ASU-9:14 between 1st and 2nd half; Hartford- 8:27 in 1st).

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 17 outings, the Huskies are first in the Pac-12 and fifth in the NCAA (as of Jan. 13) in FT percentage, shooting 76.6 from the charity stripe.

UW vs. #15 CU Notes (Jan. 12)

Team

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

-UW held Colorado to a season-low 54 points

-UW held the Buffs to just 8.3 percent shooting from  3-point range, the second-straight opponent to shoot less than 10 percent from long distance

-The Huskies held the reigning Pac-12 player of the week, Askia Booker, to zero points

-The Huskies forced Colorado to a season-high 20 turnovers

-The Huskies shot 66.7 percent in the second half including a 70% mark from 3-point range

-After allowing 11 second chance points in the 1st half, the Huskies held CU to just two in the 2nd half

Individual

- Senior C.J. Wilcox recorded his second 30+point game of the season with a career-high 31 points

-Wilcox’s seven three pointers tie for the second most in UW’s single-game history

- Wilcox tied his career-high with four blocks

- Andrew Andrews reached double-figures for the second-straight game and the fifth time in the last six games

- Nigel Williams-Goss recorded his 13th double-digit scoring effort with 12 points, including eight in the first half

- Junior Mike Anderson recorded 10 rebounds, marking his second game this season with double-digit rebounds.

Romar Moves to 2nd All-Time

With the Huskies win over Utah on Jan. 7, head coach Lorenzo Romar moved to second all-time in wins at UW with 247. He passed his former coach, Marv Harshman (246, 1972-85) and is now at 248 wins.

The Wilcox File

-Wilcox is the only player in UW history to have 250 made 3-pointers and 1,600 career points

-Senior C.J. Wilcox is currently eighth all-time in scoring at UW with 1,641 points, passing the likes of Brandon Roy, Justin Dentmon, Detlef Schrempf and more.

-Wilcox holds the UW school record for 3-point FGs made at 267, which is eighth in Pac-12 history, just five shy of seventh

-Wilcox is the 11th player in UW history to record over 1,500 points and the 75th player in Pac-12 history to reach 1,600 points

-Wilcox has scored at least 15 points in all but one game this season, averaging a team-best 20.5 ppg

- Wilcox has also recorded 20 points in 30 career games, including  eight times this season, which ranks second in the Pac-12

-Wilcox had a streak of 17-straight 15+ scoring efforts, the most by any player under Coach Romar at UW, before scoring 14 v. Utah.

-Wilcox is 23rd nationally with 19.8 points per game , 11th in 3-pt FG attempts (129), 9th in 3-pt FGs made (56) currently leads all Pac-12 players with 1,641 career points and 267 career 3-point FGs

-Wilcox is currently second in the Pac-12 in scoring and FT percentage and first in 3FG made and minutes

-In comparison to the 50 Wooden Award candidates, Wilcox would rank fourth in scoring, 18th in assists and 31st in rebounding

- 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.

Cali Connection

The Huskies have four players on the roster that hail from California in senior Perris Blackwell (transfer from University of San Francisco/from Etiwanda, Calif.), junior Desmond Simmons (Vallejo, Calif.), freshman Darin Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) and freshman Jahmel Taylor (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Solid, Consistent Andrews

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews has been proven to be a consistent, solid player for the Huskies through 17 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 3.8 rebounds per game (up from 3.0 last season). Additionally, he is shooting 39.0 percent from the field and has reached double-figures 12 times this season. Here’s a look at Andrews’ numbers during his two years as a Husky,

                13-14     12-13    

Points   13.2        7.8         

Rebs      3.8          3.0

3FG%    .322        .270       

FT%        .770        .733

FGA/gm               10.4        6.6

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   20.5        16.8        14.2        8.1

Rebs      4.2          4.3          3.4          2.1

FG%       .464        .419        .437        .419

FT%        .886        .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 267 3-pointers made. Additionally, he is currently eighth in scoring all-time with 1,641 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 17 games, Wilcox is averaging 4.1 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 88.6 percent from the charity stripe going 62-of-70.

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 95.2 percent (20-of-21) during that span over 17 games this 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 20.5 points per outing and has only scored less than 15 points in a game once 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).

Newcomers to Pac-12 Play

Prior to the start of Pac-12 play, the Huskies had just four players that had seen conference action before in C.J. Wilcox, Andrew Andrews, Shawn Kemp, Jr., and Desmond Simmons. Four of UW’s top six scorers were new to the Pac-12 (Nigel Williams-Goss, Perris Blackwell, Mike Anderson and Darin Johnson).

Blackwell’s Double-Dubs

Senior transfer Perris Blackwell has produced four double-doubles in his 15 outings this season, which is the eighth most in the Pac-12. Most recently, he pulled down a season-best 12 boards and added 12 points against No. 1 Arizona.

Scoring Depth

Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with at least four guys reaching double figures in 10 of 17 games. Additionally, five guys have reached double figures five times this season, which happened just four times in all of 2012-13 and twice in 2011-12.

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.

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 appearance of the 2013-14 season against No. 10 UConn (Dec. 22). He saw action in 12 minutes and racked up five points. He’s since been the sixth man off the bench in the Huskies’ last six games.

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