Jan. 3, 2012
Video: Romar Tuesday Press Conference
SEATTLE - Washington is hoping the new year will usher in a few road wins for them after a 2-0 Pac-12 start at home versus OSU and Oregon. The Huskies are 0-4 in games away from Alaska Airlines Arena, going 0-2 in true road games and 0-2 in neutral site games at Madison Square Garden.
If the Huskies are to turn around their road fortunes, they will have to do so in unfamiliar territory as they make their first Pac-12 trip to Colorado and Utah. Up first is a trip to Colorado for a 6:00 p.m. PT game on Thursday, Jan. 5.
ROOT Sports will televise the game with Rockies play-by-play announcer Drew Goodman calling the action, Ceal Barry supplying analysis and Alanna Rizzo reporting from the sidelines. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will provide home radio coverage on KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM and the Washington IMG College Sports Network throughout the Pacific Northwest. Gregg Bell will host a live chat on GoHuskies.com.
Romar Coaches Show Moved To TODAY
Due to the holiday on Monday, the Lorenzo Romar Coaches Show will take place today at Anthony's on Shillshole from 6-7 p.m. The voice of the Huskies Bob Rondeau will host the show with Mike Gastineau on Sports Radio 950 AM and 102.9 FM. The Coaches Show will be held on Monday's (except Jan. 16 is moved to Jan. 17 due to MLK Holiday) through March 12.
Thursday's game will be the 14th all-time meeting between the two schools. Washington holds a slight 7-6 advantage over Colorado. The two teams first met on Dec. 30, 1953 at the Big Seven Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. and last met on Jan. 2 during the 1995-96 season with the Huskies winning that game 76-68 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. UW is 2-4 all-time in games played in Boulder and is 5-1 in Seattle. The Buffaloes won the last time the two teams met in Boulder, 67-64 on Feb. 22, 1995. Lorenzo Romar is 0-1 all-time vs. Colorado, dropping a 1999 decision while head coach of Pepperdine. Colorado Coach Tad Boyle has never faced the Huskies.
The Buffs are off to a 9-4 start, 1-0 in Pac-12 action ... Head Coach Tad Boyle is in his second season at Colorado and last year led the Buffaloes to a school record 24 wins culminated with a semifinal appearance in the post-season NIT Tournament ... Sophomore Andre Roberson is helping ease the Buffs' transition from the Big-12 Conference in a big way with a Pac-12 best 12.0 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7 forward is also averaging 12.1 ppg ... Carlon Brown, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Utah, leads CU with 12.8 ppg. Spencer Dinwiddie (11.5 ppg) and Austin Dufault (10.3 ppg) are the only other Buffs averaging double-figures ... Colorado leads the conference by holding their opponents to just 39% FG shooting ... The Buffs rank second, trailing only the Huskies, with 38.5 rebounds per game and lead the conference with 27.2 defensive rebounds per game.
Last Time Out Vs. Colorado
Mark Sanford scored 23 points, including a tip-in with 1:21 remaining that began a 9-4 game-closing run for UW in a 76-68 win on Jan. 2, 1996 at Hec Ed. Bryant Boston added 20 points, Jamie Booker had 9 assists and current Husky radio analyst Jason Hamilton scored 14 pooints, including 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Mack led four Colorado doubl-figure scorers with 17 points. UW held heralded freshman Chauncey Billups to four points on 1-of-7 shooting.
UW's Last Time Out - vs. Oregon
AP - Moved to a reserve role for the start of Pac-12 Conference play, Washington guard C.J. Wilcox responded by matching his career-high with 24 points, and the Huskies improved to 2-0 to start the conference season with a 76-60 win over Oregon on Saturday night. Wilcox was shuttled to the bench earlier this week as a way to get freshman Tony Wroten and 7-footer Aziz N'Diaye in the starting lineup together. Wilcox still came through with his highest point total since scoring 24 last season against UCLA. He scored 13 during a key second-half run for Washington (8-5, 2-0 Pac-12) after the Ducks had trimmed a double-digit deficit down to four. E.J. Singler led Oregon (10-4, 1-1) with 20 points, 13 coming in the first half. But the Ducks shot just 32 percent.
Saturday's game will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two schools. Washington holds a 6-5 advantage over Utah. The two teams first met during the 1952 season in a pair of games at Utah on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1951. The two teams split those first games ... UW's only win in Salt Lake City came on Dec. 1, 1951 when UW won 60-44. UW is 1-3 all-time in games played in Salt Lake City, 1-1 at neutral sites and 4-1 in Seattle ... The Huskies hold a current two-game winning streak over Utah, winning 78-75 during the 2005 season as part of the Great Alaska shootout and 83-77 in Seattle during the 2008 season ... Washington last played in a road game at Utah on Dec. 19, 1970 as part of the Utah Classic and lost 89-78 in that contest ... Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar is 2-1 all-time vs. Utah, but is 2-0 during his Husky coaching career. His lone loss came as coach at Saint Louis ... Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak is in his first year as the head coach, but previously faced UW as head man of Montana. He lost that game, 88-77, in the first round of the 2005 NCAA tournament when UW was the No. 1 seed and Montana was the No. 16 seed.
The first year under head coach Larry Krystkowiak has been a struggle so far for Utah. The Utes are 3-10 on the season, with records of 3-3 at home, 0-4 on the road and 0-3 at neutral sites ... The Utes began Pac-12 Conference play with a 73-33 loss at Colorado. The Utes shot just 22.6% from the field including 2-for-23 (8.7%) from 3-PT range ... Utah has won their last two at home with wins over Idaho State and Portland ... Senior guard Josh Watkins ranks fifth in the conference with 15.1 ppg and is second with 5.1 assists per game. 6-10 center Jason Washburn is second on the team with 11.2 points and leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game.
Did You Know ... ???
Tony Wroten is the first freshman to be named conference player of the week since O.J. Mayo earned the honor for USC on Feb. 25, 2008? It was the 44th time a Husky has won the award, but just the second time a UW freshman has taken home the honor. Spencer Hawes earned the nod on Dec. 26, 2006.
Husky Quick hitters...
UW is the only Pac-12 team that has 3 players ranked among the conference's top-10 in scoring & top-15 in rebounding. Tony Wroten is 2nd in scoring (16.8), C.J. Wilcox is 4th (15.3) and Terrence Ross is 8th (14.4). Aziz N'Diaye ranks 2nd in rebounding (8.2 rpg), Desmond Simmons 13th (6.2) and Ross 14th with 5.9 rpg.
Terrence Ross leads the team with 17.5 ppg in 4 games away from Seattle, but is third at 13.0 ppg in home contests.
Tony Wroten is the first freshman to be named Pac-12 player of the week since O.J. Mayo earned the honor for USC on Feb. 25, 2008. It was the 44th time UW has won the award, but just the second time a freshman has taken home the honor (Spencer Hawes, 12/26/06).
Last season UW started the Pac-10 schedule with a 7-1 record, their best start since 1986.
UW leads the Pac-12 in total rebounds and ranks 17th nationally and is second with 80.6 points per game to rank 15th nationally.
Tony Wroten leads all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring and steals. He ranks 5th among all freshmen nationally in scoring and leads all BCS conference freshmen.
Wroten would set a new UW freshman scoring record if he maintained his scoring average over 34 games.
Lorenzo Romar claimed his 200th win as UW's coach vs. UC Santa Barbara and is four wins shy of 300 overall in his 16 year career.
Huskies that lead the Pac-12 in statistical categories are: Aziz N'Diaye - blocked shots per game (1.9 bpg); C.J. Wilcox - 3-PT makes per game (2.9) and Abdul Gaddy - assist/turnover ratio (2.9 - 65 asst/23 to).