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UW Huskies (11-8, 3-3) vs. Oregon (13-4, 1-4)
The Huskies return home to Seattle to take on Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
The Huskies (11-8, 3-3) return home to Alaska Airlines Arena to take on the Oregon Ducks (13-4, 1-4) on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. PT. The contested with be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Rob Stone and Corey Williams on the call. For the Washington IMG Sports Radio Network, fans can tune in to hear Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton with the pregame show starting at 7:30.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 248-136 (.646) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 341-224 (.604) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.
• The Huskies are 15-11 against Oregon under head coach Lorenzo Romar and hold a 187-108 all-time mark on the Ducks.
• C.J. Wilcox has more 3-pointers (20) in Pac-12 play than all six of the Huskies’ have made combined (16).
• The Huskies, picked to finish eighth in the leauge, currently sit tied for fifth in conference play
• 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 taken care of the ball this season and have turned it over 10 or less times in 10 of their 19 games, including a season low six turnovers against Stanford - their fewest since six against California on Jan. 9, 2013
• After allowing opponents to average 79.2 ppg during the non-conference slate, the Huskies have since limited their six Pac-12 foes to just 65.2 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 have held five of their last seven 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 76.0 is their best under head coach Lorenzo Romar through 19 games and ranked eighth in the NCAA (as of Jan. 20)... the Huskies have shot under 75 percent from the line just eight times this season
• 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 six 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. 68.0 (5th) 79.2 (12th)
FG% Def. 44.2 (6th) 49.6 (12th)
3FG% Def. 22.9 (1st) 34.8 (8th)
The Huskies have stepped their defense up since Pac-12 play started, allowing opponents just 68.0 points per game and 44.2 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 six Pac-12 opponents have shot a combined 16-of-70 from 3-point range (22.9 percent). Additionally, UW has held five of its last seven 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 19 outings, the Huskies are second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the NCAA (as of Jan. 20) in FT percentage, shooting 76.0 from the charity stripe.
UW vs. Stanford Notes (Jan. 18)
-Starting Lineup: Nigel Williams-Goss, Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Mike Anderson, Perris Blackwell
-UW held its ninth oppponent of the season to 3 or fewer 3-pointers and its fifth in the last six games
-UW had a season-low six turnovers, their fewest since six against California on Jan. 9, 2013
- The Huskies allowed their first 30-point scorer (Chasson Randle, 33) since Tyler Haws (BYU) scored 37 on March 19, 2013.
-The Huskies went to the free throw line just nine times, a season low
-Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss led the team in scoring (17) and rebounding (7) for the first time this season
- Junior Shawn Kemp, Jr., reached double-figure scoring for the first time since the season opener with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and added six rebounds
- Senior Perris Blackwell scored his most points (9) since 12 against Arizona
Kemp, Jr., On the Rise
Since being diagnosed with Graves disease, junior Shawn Kemp, Jr., has been slowly getting back to full strength, which was evident against Stanford when he scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. On the season Kemp, Jr., has been efficient from the field, leading the team shooting 59.3 percent.
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 1,668 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 270, which is eighth in Pac-12 history, just two 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 20.3 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 30th with 19.7 points per game, 13th in 3-pt FG attempts (142), 12th in 3-pt FGs made (59) currently leads all Pac-12 players with 1,668 career points and 270 career 3-point FGs
-Wilcox is currently second in the Pac-12 in scoring and first in FT percentage, 3FG made and minutes
-In comparison to the 50 Wooden Award candidates, Wilcox would rank fourth in scoring, 19th 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.