UW Begins Pac-10 Men's Basketball Schedule at Home vs. #24 UCLA
Jan. 4, 2000
Thurs., Jan. 6 - UW vs. #24 UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PST
Sat., Jan. 8 - UW vs. USC, 1:00 p.m. PST
Both games at KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.
The injury-riddled Washington Huskies (5-7) begin their 18-game Pacific-10 Conference schedule this week. Washington hosts 24th-ranked UCLA (8-2) on Thursday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at KeyArena in downtown Seattle where the Huskies will play all of their home games this season while their on-campus arena is undergoing a one-year renovation. The Bruins lost to UW in their last two visits to Seattle. The Huskies have a 2-4 record in conference openers under seventh-year coach Bob Bender, including a 72-71 defeat at Washington State in their first 1999 Pac-10 contest. Washington entertains USC (7-5) on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. The all-time UW/Trojan series is tied at 55-55. The Huskies lost five players to injuries (see list on page 2) during their two-game road trip to New Mexico. Washington finished a 12-game non-conference schedule with a 5-7 record, its first losing non-conference campaign since 1995. Eight of the twelve Husky games were played on the road, a hectic travel schedule that included over 13,000 air miles.
Season to Date: Washington opened the season with a win for the sixth straight season, defeating Saint Mary's 73-60 in Moraga, Calif. The Huskies traveled to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout where they defeated the host Seawolves 86-70 in the opener. UW lost three straight games, placing fifth in the Shootout after setbacks to Georgia Tech (82-65) and Xavier (81-65) before losing at UNC Wilmington (68-59). The Huskies stopped a three-game skid with a victory at Old Dominion (78-70). That was the third Husky road victory, matching their total last season when they had a 3-9 road record. After six straight road games, UW dropped its Dec. 13 home opener to No. 22 Gonzaga (76-66). The Huskies' four-game homestand included a win over Wichita State (61-47), a loss to No. 13 Oklahoma State (84-72) and a win over Boise State (72-57). UW suffered an overtime setback at New Mexico State (79-75) and lost Sunday at New Mexico (78-52).
TV/Radio Coverage: Neither Washington games this week will be televised. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/
Season Preview: Bob Bender is in his seventh season at Washington, seeking to direct the Huskies to their third straight NCAA Tournament berth and fifth consecutive postseason appearance overall. Only once in school history have the Huskies appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments (1984-86). UW lost 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) in the first round of last season's NCAA Tournament, ending a 17-12 season. The Huskies finished fourth in the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 10-8 league ledger. In pursuit of an NCAA bid, Bender must find a way to fill the void left by the departure of a pair of 1,000-point scorers, 7-foot center Todd MacCulloch and Donald Watts. Three starters return, including the backcourt duo of senior guard Deon Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, and sophomore guard Senque Carey, a member of the 1999 All-Pac-10 freshman team.
Injury Update: Washington went to New Mexico completely healthy. During their five-day stay they suffered five injuries. Following is a list of the injured Huskies and their projected status for Thursday's game against UCLA.
o Senque Carey - Probable. Collision on Thursday left him groggy with sore head and chest. Played 28 minutes Sunday.
o Greg Clark - Probable with dislocated left shoulder suffered at New Mexico State. Played 17 minutes Sunday.
o Grant Leep - Out indefinitely with sprained right knee suffered at end of New Mexico State game. Did not play Sunday.
o Deon Luton - Probable with strained back suffered early in second half Sunday at New Mexico.
o Chris Walcott- Questionable with sprained left knee. Missed New Mexico State game, played three minutes Sunday.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes: Washington has a 59-165 record in all-time meetings with ranked opponents, including a 15-50 mark during the 1990s. The Huskies lost both meetings with ranked opponents this season, both in Seattle. Washington lost 76-66 to 22nd-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 13) and 84-72 to No. 13 Oklahoma State (Dec. 21). The last Husky victory over a ranked opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 at Edmundson Pavilion. Four teams on the UW schedule are ranked among the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including Stanford (#1), Arizona (#5), Oklahoma State (#16) and UCLA (#24).
The UCLA Series:
o UCLA owns a 78-27 series lead and won 22 of the last 26 meetings with Washington.
o Washington won two of the last three meetings, including a 93-83 victory over the then 11th-ranked Bruins on Jan. 31 during the last meeting in Seattle. The UW posted a 95-94 decision on March 1, 1998 in Seattle that win was the first for Coach Bob Bender against the Bruins, stopping a 10-game UW losing streak against UCLA. The Bruins won 79-62 last year in Los Angeles during the most recent matchup.
o The Bruins have a 28-22 series advantage during games played in Seattle despite losing in their last two visits.
o UCLA won 11 of the last 13 meetings, averaging 84.7 points on 52.9-percent shooting (426-805) during that span. The Bruins reached the 50-percent plateau in 10 of the last 13 games and twice shot better than 62 %.
o Fourth-year UCLA Coach Steve Lavin has a 4-2 record against UW.
o In his seventh season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 2-10 coaching record against UCLA.
The Last Meeting: #15 UCLA 79, UW 62 (Feb. 27, 1999, Los Angeles) -- Earl Watson led five double-figure scorers with 18 points and JaRon Rush added 12 points and 15 rebounds for 15th-ranked UCLA in a 79-62 win over Washington at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins (21-7, 11-5) led the entire game, extending a 12-11 edge with a nine-point run. The Huskies (16-11, 9-8) were held scoreless for nearly four minutes, enabling UCLA to take a 21-11 lead with eight minutes left until halftime. Watson scored 11 first-half points and Rush added nine en route to a 36-25 halftime margin. The lead grew to as many as 21 points before Washington rallied to within 59-51 on a 3-pointer by Bryan Brown with 5:46 left in the game. UCLA scored seven straight to repel the rally. Donald Watts scored 14 points to lead the Huskies who also got 10 each from Todd MacCulloch and Deon Luton. MacCulloch, who attempted only five shots and made four, grabbed 13 rebounds. Baron Davis tallied 14 points for the Bruins while Jerome Moiso had 11 and Travis Reed 10. The Bruins converted a season-high 29 Washington turnovers into 25 points. The Huskies shot 40 percent (21-53), but limited UCLA to 39-percent shooting (29-74), including 1-of-13 on treys.
The Last Meeting in Seattle: UW 93, #11 UCLA 83 (Jan. 31, 1999, Seattle) -- Todd MacCulloch posted a 26-point, 21-rebound performance and Deon Luton added 21 points in Washington's 93-83 upset of 11-ranked UCLA at Edmundson Pavilion. MacCulloch recorded the third 20-20 game of his career for Washington (12-7, 5-4) which won consecutive games against the Bruins (15-5, 6-3) for the first time since 1987. Baron Davis tallied 16 of his 20 points in the first half, helping UCLA to a 44-36 halftime advantage. The Bruins led 59-53 with 13:34 left to play before an 11-point run over the next three minutes put Washington ahead 64-59. With the Huskies ahead 77-70, Luton had a fastbreak with 4:34 remaining that drew the fifth foul on Davis who then received a technical foul. Bruin Coach Steve Lavin stormed the floor and was whistled for a pair of technicals, resulting in his ejection and eight straight free throws by Luton. He hit five of them to give the Huskies an 82-70 cushion. UCLA drew within 88-83 on a Jerome Moiso jumper at 0:49, but those were his team's final points. The Bruins forced 23 turnovers with 13 steals, including five from Davis. Washington shot 55 percent (30-55) and had a 43-28 rebound advantage. Earl Watson scored 24 points to lead UCLA and Moiso had 20.
Home Away From Home: The Huskies will play all of their home games in KeyArena at Seattle Center this season while Hec Edmundson Pavilion is being renovated. The Huskies won 746 games in The Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more than any other school in its current arena. Washington tallied a 49-9 record on its home court the past four seasons. The UW has a 5-2 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 2-2 mark at KeyArena this year. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only game at KeyArena. Washington also played two games in the Kingdome, beating Notre Dame 63-61 in double overtime on Jan. 9, 1984 and Old Dominion 71-61 on Dec. 22, 1995. Washington's on-campus venue, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, is scheduled to re-open next season with a seating capacity of 10,000.
Last UW Game - New Mexico 78, UW 52 (Jan. 2, 2000, Albuquerque, N.M.): Kevin Henry scored 11 of his 17 points during a five-minute stretch in the first half when New Mexico took control en route to a 78-52 win over Washington at The Pit. Washington (5-7) enters Pac-10 play with a losing non-conference record for the first time since 1995. The Huskies had registered seven non-conference victories each of the last four seasons. The Lobos (8-7) trailed 18-17 eight minutes into the game before Henry scored eight points to fuel a 19-6 run. Henry, who shot 5-for-6 from 3-point range for the game, hit three treys during the surge that netted a 36-24 lead with 5:01 left in the first half. New Mexico had two 11-point runs to go ahead by as many as 33 points in the second half. Will Perkins scored 16 points to lead Washington (5-7) which also got 11 from Senque Carey. Wayland White tallied 14 points for UNM while Lamont Long had 13 and Tim Lightfoot 12. The Lobos shot 55 percent (29-53) from the floor, including 8-of-15 accuracy from 3-point range. The Huskies had 18 turnovers and shot 37 percent (21-57) and hit only 2-of-15 treys.
Century Club: Last year Deon Luton became the 27th player in Washington history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring plateau. He currently has 1,213 points to rank 17th among UW career scorers. He needs 82 points to surpass Andra Griffin (1978-81) and move into the No. 16 position.
Notable: Only one Washington game (79-75 overtime loss at New Mexico State) was decided by fewer than eight points and nine of 12 games were double-digit margins ... Sophomore center Marlon Shelton had career highs in points (8) and rebounds (5) at New Mexico State ... Oklahoma State (60 %) and New Mexico (55 %) are the only two opponents to reach the 50-percent plateau this season against Washington which has a 5-1 record when outshooting its foes... Thursday's game at New Mexico State marked the first time in six games that the Huskies relinquished a halftime lead ... Six teams have staged runs of 11 unanswered points against UW this season (Saint Mary's, Georgia Tech, UNC Wilmington, Gonzaga, Oklahoma State and New Mexico twice) ... The UW has a 36-14 all-time record during games in which senior guard Deon Luton hits multiple 3-pointers ... Senque Carey distributed 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th double-digit assist performance in Husky history. It was only the seventh double-digit assist effort by a UW player during the 1990s ... The Huskies have won three road games, matching their total last season when they had a 3-9 road record.
Non-Conference Season Ends: Washington completed its 12-game non-conference slate with a 5-7 record, their first losing non-conference campaign since a 4-5 mark in 1995. The Huskies posted winning non-conference ledgers in each of the last four seasons, going 7-3 last year after 7-2 records in 1996, 1997 & 1998.
Three-Peat?: Three starters return for Washington, seniors Deon Luton and Chris Walcott along with sophomore point guard Senque Carey. That trio looks to lead the Huskies to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament trip. Only once (1984-86) has Washington participated in three straight NCAA Tournaments. Luton, who owns every school 3-point scoring record, ranked second on the team in 1999 with a 14.3-point scoring average. Carey was a 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection after averaging 8.7 points and 3.2 assists despite playing a reserve role during the first 11 games. One area of concern is rebounding as Carey is the team's leading returning board man with 3.1 caroms per game. Walcott started 12 games last year at forward, a position also manned by Thalo Green and Greg Clark, who started 11 and eight games, respectively.
Returning Talent: Three starters and 10 lettermen from last year's team return. The leader is senior guard Deon Luton, Washington's all-time record holder in every 3-point scoring category, including marks for career (158), season (75 in 1998) and single-game (seven at USC on Jan. 29, 1998) treys. All-Pac-10 Freshman Team member Senque Carey joins Luton to form one of the Pac-10's finest backcourt tandems. Carey was thrust into the starting point guard spot, in place of an injured Dan Dickau, midway through last season and registered double-figure points in 11 of the next 13 games. Eight-game starter Greg Clark, a junior forward, returns in his role as Washington's defensive stopper. Senior Chris Walcott, a 6-9 forward, and 6-7 junior forward Thalo Green, provide leadership for an otherwise inexperienced frontcourt. Walcott started 12 games in 1999 and is the Huskies' top returning field goal shooting (.518) and steals leader (28). Green started 11 games last season, providing an uncanny knack for interior passing and scoring around the basket. Junior guard Michael Johnson is slated to fill the third guard role vacated by the graduation of Donald Watts. Johnson seeks to display at the collegiate level the scoring skills he showed while amassing a state prep Class AA record 2,271 points at Seattle's Ballard High School. Long-distance shooting specialist Bryan Brown, a junior, has 3-point range reminiscent of his father, "Downtown" Fred Brown. Sophomore Grant Leep will battle for increased playing time with a solid inside game and range out to the 3-point line. Sophomore center Marlon Shelton teams with newcomer David Dixon to fill the post position vacated by NBA draftee Todd MacCulloch. Guard Andrew Moritz, a three-year walk-on, was granted a scholarship for his senior season. Walk-ons Jon DeWolfe and Travis Duty provide depth for the guard corps.
Newcomers: The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of three scholarship recruits and one walk-on. The lone scholarship freshman is Ben Coffee who joins sophomore David Dixon and junior Will Perkins in the 1999 recruiting class. All three are capable rebounders and should help a group of returners that looks to fill the void left by the departure of Todd MacCulloch whose 11.9 rebounds per game ranked second in the nation. Perkins, a 6-8 forward, comes to Washington from Iowa Western JC where he was selected by Blue Ribbon Yearbook as an honorable mention All-American selection. He averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds during his sophomore season. The 6-11 Dixon is the likely candidate to fill the starting center spot. Also named as an honorable mention junior college All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Dixon averaged 10 points and nine rebounds in 1999 for a fine Tyler (Texas) Junior College program that has produced NBA standouts Robert Pack, Sam Mack and David Benoit. Coffee is a product of Benson Tech High School in Portland, Ore. who is highly regarded for his athleticism and rebounding abilities. He was a second-team selection in the Fab 15 published by the Orange County Register, receiving the 28th most votes among West Coast prep players. Coffee averaged 13.9 points per game for the Techmen who won the 1999 Portland Interscholastic league title and placed third in the Oregon state tournament. The fourth newcomer is invited walk-on Jon DeWolfe, a 6-3 guard from Walla Walla, Wash. who completed his prep career last spring at Walla Walla High School.
Departures: Only three players from last year's team will not return but they leave big shoes to fill. The biggest loss is 7-0 center Todd MacCulloch, a three-time national field goal percentage leader and two-time All-Pac-10 member who was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. The Huskies lose his team-leading 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. The backcourt must absorb the loss of two 1999 opening day starters in Donald Watts and Dan Dickau. Washington played the second half of last season without Dickau who suffered a season ending heel injury and has since transferred to Gonzaga. Watts averaged 13.1 points per game, including a career-high 28-points in the NCAA first round match-up with Miami (Ohio).
Shuffling Starters: Washington implemented the same starting lineup for nine of the first 10 games of the season before a knee injury to senior forward Chris Walcott forced a change for the last two games. Junior Thalo Green, who had 17 career starts entering the season, replaced Walcott in the lineup. Three players have started every UW game, forward Will Perkins, guard Senque Carey and guard Michael Johnson. Senior guard Deon Luton, who started all 29 games last season and all 30 games the previous year, had a string of 64 consecutive starts snapped at Old Dominion when Greg Clark started in his place because of a coaches' decision.
Frequent Flyers: The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles the last few seasons. They covered over 13,000 air miles during eight non-conference road games this year. Washington traveled nearly 10,000 air miles during a two-week span from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5. The Huskies flew from Seattle to Moraga, Calif. (782 miles), from Moraga to Anchorage, Ak. (2,227) and from Alaska back to Seattle (1,445). After two days at home, the Huskies boarded a plane for Wilmington, N.C. (2,460) where they took a bus to Norfolk, Va. and flew back to Seattle (2,585). In 1998, Washington traveled to South Alabama for a single game. Later that year the Huskies criss-crossed the country twice during the 1998 NCAA Tournament. UW flew from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for the first two rounds, returned to Seattle for one day and flew to Greensboro, N.C. for the Sweet 16. In 1999, UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle. The
o The all-time series, that began in 1925 is tied at 55-55.
o The Huskies won seven of the last nine meetings with USC.
o The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on its home court. Washington won 85-83 on Jan. 28 in Seattle and the Trojans claimed a 70-57 decision on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.
o Washington boasts a 32-23 advantage over the Trojans in Seattle.
o Fifth-year USC Coach Henry Bibby has a 2-5 record against Washington.
o Washington's Bob Bender has an 8-4 coaching record against USC.
The Last Meeting: USC 70, UW 57 (Feb. 25, 1999, Los Angeles) -- Jeff Trepagnier had a 22-points, 10-rebound performance and Washington was held scoreless for a seven-minute span late in USC's 70-57 win at the Sports Arena. The Trojans (13-11, 5-10) scored the final seven points of the first half en route to a 35-30 advantage. Washington (16-10, 9-7) drew within 52-51 on a Deon Luton jumper with 9:30 left in the game. The Huskies did not score again until Todd MacCulloch hit a free throw with 2:18 remaining. USC capitalized on the UW drought with 13 unanswered points. The Trojans forced 24 turnovers while committing only nine miscues. MacCulloch tallied 20 points and led a 46-33 Washington rebound advantage with 15 boards. Luton finished with 13 points for the Huskies who also got 11 from Donald Watts. Trepagnier was the only double-figure scorer for the balanced USC attack that included nine points from Sam Clancy and eight apiece from Brian Scalabrine and Greg Lakey. The UW struggled offensively, shooting only 39 percent (20-52) from the field.
The Last Meeting in Seattle: UW 85, USC 83 (Jan. 28, 1999, Seattle) -- All five starters tallied double-figure points, including Todd MacCulloch who had 17 and blocked the potential game-tying shot in the final second as Washington edged USC 85-83 at Edmundson Pavilion. MacCulloch rebounded an Adam Spanich miss with 6.6 seconds left in the game, was fouled and converted 1-of-2 free throws to cap the scoring. USC's Brandon Granville drove the lane and had his layup attempt denied by MacCulloch who blocked four shots. Washington (11-7, 4-4) claimed a 42-39 halftime advantage as MacCulloch scored 14 first-half points and Senque Carey netted 13 of his team-high 19 before intermission. The lead grew to 76-64 with 5:55 remaining. USC (10-7, 2-6) outscored the Huskies 19-9 the rest of the way, keyed by Elias Ayuso who tallied the final 11 Trojan points inside the final three minutes. Ayuso hit consecutive 3-pointers to draw USC within 84-83 with 1:05 to play and set up the dramatic finish. Spanich scored 23 points and Ayuso added 19 to lead the Trojans. Deon Luton totaled 18 points for the UW, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Chris Walcott and Donald Watts each had 10 points for the Huskies who shot 60 percent (30-50) from the field and 50 percent (8-16) on 3-pointers. The Trojans hit 10-of-18 treys.
Hair Raising Experience: Thalo Green realizes his hair is getting a little out of control. Green, who had a nearly shaven look last season, now possesses long, curly red locks. The Husky junior plans to go without a haircut until the end of the current season, at which time he will shave it off and donate it to the American Cancer Society which uses such donations to make wigs for cancer victims.
Wonderful Walk-On: Senior forward Chris Walcott has worked his way from former walk-on into the starting lineup for the Huskies. He is the only player among the 50 full-time starters in the Pacific-10 Conference who joined his team as a walk-on. Walcott ranks second on the team in rebounds (5.4) and field goal shooting (49%) and is fourth in scoring (10.3 ppg). He poured in a career-high 22 points at Alaska-Anchorage. As a senior as Sammamish High School he earned all-state honors and scored 29 points during his team's loss in the 1995 Washington state championship game. His only scholarship offers came from small division I schools, including New Hampshire, and division II schools like Seattle Pacific. Husky coach Bob Bender convinced him to walk-on at Washington and he was granted a scholarship following his first season. "When you evaluate a player's career, any player, you like to look back and see that they made progress and improved every year," Bender explains. "Chris has done exactly that. He started as a walk-on, became a role player, was a significant contributor last year and now he is one of the key players on the team."
Carey the Catalyst: Sophomore point guard Senque Carey is a versatile player who is clearly the catalyst of the Husky offense. He set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range at Old Dominion. He broke the single-game 3-point percentage mark and tied Deon Luton's single-game trey standard of seven. At Alaska Anchorage he put his offense aside (four points) and got his teammates involved by distributing 10 assists against only one turnover. That was his first double-digit assist effort and the 28th in Husky history. Carey thrived under difficult circumstances last season, culminating in his selection to the 1999 All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team. He was thrust into the starting point guard role for the final 17 games due to the season-ending foot injury to Dan Dickau. Carey responded with double-figure points in 11 of those games, including a season-high 19-point total at Arizona (Jan. 9) that he matched against USC (Jan. 28). He averaged 11.2 points during Pac-10 play, including 12.1 as a starter. Carey was a catalyst for a vastly improved offense that averaged eight more points a game with him at the helm. Carey led the Huskies in scoring three times and was the team's top assister on 11 occasions in 1999. His 94 assists placed him second among all-time UW freshman players, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987). Carey had a double-double at Oregon State (Feb. 11) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Sonics & Sons: Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 1999-2000 Washington basketball roster. The list of former NBA players (and sons) includes, Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown is the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Lonnie Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 15 NBA seasons and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the team last year, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) transferred after his freshman year to Bellevue (Wash.) Community College.
Husky Tickets: All Washington men's basketball games during the 1999-2000 season will be played at Seattle Center's KeyArena. Good seats are available for Washington home games on a season and individual game basis. All seating for Husky basketball games at KeyArena is reserved. Reserved seating for all regular-season games are $14 and $6. Seating is subject to availability within the reserved areas. The first 500 UW students are allowed in free. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call at (206) 543-2200 for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets and phone centers. Fans will have access to purchase Husky tickets at 90 locations throughout Washington. Seattle-area locations include Tower Records, The Wherehouse and Payless Drugs. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling TicketMaster at (206) 628-0888 or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.
Husky Talk: Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau.
Chat With Bob Bender: The Husky Fever web site features Coach Bob Bender for a live chat on two occasions this season. The final live chat session with Bender is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. To participate in these sessions, see the Husky Fever web site at: www.huskyfever.com