The Huskies (17-14, 9-9) earned the nine seed for this year’s Pac-12 Tournament and will face eighth-seeded Utah on Wednesday, March 12 at Noon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro and Ernie Kent on the call. Additionally, for the Washington IMG Radio Network, fans can tune in starting at 11:30 a.m. to hear Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton. The two teams split the regular season meetings with each team winning on its home court.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 254-142 (.641) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 346-229 (.602) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.
• This is the third time the Huskies will enter the conference tournament as the nine seed and are 0-2 when holding that spot with losses in 1990 and 2008.
• The Pac-12 recognized senior C.J. Wilcox and freshman Nigel Williams-Goss on its all-conference teams as Wilcox earned Second Team honors and NWG was named to the All-Freshman team becoming the 10th freshman under Coach Romar to earn the honor.
• Since the Pac-10 formed in 1979, Washington has finished 9-9 in Conference action three times. UW finished the 1996 and 1980 seasons .500 in league action and went to the NIT tournament both years.
• Senior C.J. Wilcox is now second all-time in scoring with 1,866 career points ... he’s 207 points away from first-place all-time (Chris Welp, 2,073)
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss leads the league’s freshmen in minutes played at 34.4 per game ... he’s first in scoring among the newcomers with 14.2 points per game and has reached double-figure scoring in 14 of 17 Pac-12 games (including 10 straight), more than any other league freshman
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss had the second longest active double-digit scoring streak among freshmen in the nation with 10, he was only behind Jabari Parker (Duke - 12).
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss finished the season leading all Pac-12 freshmen in league play in scoring with 13.8 points per game, assists (4.4) and was second in FG percentage (47.3) and fourth in rebounding (4.3)
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss and sophomore Andrew Andrews have accounted for 58.9 percent of the Huskies baskets (assists and FG made) over the last six games and 40.3 percent of the Dawgs scoring.
• Sophomore Andrew Andrews is one of three Pac-12 players to average 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game over the last five outings (Mike Moser, UO, 19.0/12.2; Roberto Nelson, OSU, 18.2/7.8)
• The Huskies back-to-back 20+ point wins over Oregon State and Washington State mark the first time since January of 2005 that the Dawgs have posted two-straight 20+ point wins over league opponents and the first time in regular season play since December of 2012.
• Senior Perris Blackwell is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds off the bench over the last five games
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss is quickly moving up the UW freshman record books, here’s where he currently ranks: points (4th - 413), assists (1st - 137), minutes (3rd - 1027),
• All-American Brandon Roy will be inducted in the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor at the league tournament in March
• The Huskies are 14-0 this season when leading with five minutes remaining
What Williams-Goss Has Done
Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss has been as advertised as the 2013 McDonald’s All-American has started in all 31 games and leads the team in assists with 137, which is the best by a UW freshman in program history
-Williams-Goss led the league in double-figure scoring efforts by a freshman during conference play with 14.
-Williams-Goss finished league play as the top scoring frosh averaging 13.8 points per game
-Williams-Goss leads league freshmen in minutes played in conference action at 34.1 min/game
-Williams-Goss set the UW freshman assist record as he has 137 so far this season, seven ahead of Tony Wroten who held the record with 130.
-Williams-Goss has been accountable for 40.5 percent of the team’s FG’s over the last six games
-Williams-Goss’ 10 assists against Oregon State were the most by a Pac-12 Freshman since Reggie Moore (WSU) in 2009
-Williams-Goss had the first points assists double-double by a Husky since 2012 (Abdul Gaddy)
-Williams-Goss set the UW single-game scoring record for a freshman with 32 points against Oregon State
-Williams-Goss is the only player under Romar to post a points/assists double-double and a points/rebounds double-double in back-to-back games
-Williams-Goss is the only freshman to post a points/assists and points-rebounds double double in back-to-back games in the Pac-12 ... he’s also one of three Pac-12 players this year to do so (Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Delon Wright, Utah)