Jan. 8, 2013
||WASHINGTON AT CALIFORNIA
Wednesday, Jan. 9 | 8:00 pm (PT) | Haas Pavilion
Live Stats | TV: ESPN2 | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
UW-Cal Game Notes
SEATTLE - There is no rest for the road weary Huskies as they continue their Pac-12 schedule with a Wednesday night tilt at Cal in front of a national television audience at Haas Pavilion (8:00 p.m. PT/ESPN2). The Huskies are playing their third of four straight games away from Seattle, but maintain a 3-2 record away from the friendly confines of Alaska Airlines Arena. The last time the Huskies played their first two conference games on the road, they swept USC and UCLA in 2011. This year marks just the FOURTH time in the last 70 years that Washington will open conference play with three road games (1943, 1993 and 1999).
Dave Flemming and Bill Walton will call Wednesday's action on ESPN2. Locally, the game will be broadcast across the IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. In addition, Gregg Bell will host a live chat for GoHuskies.com from courtside at Haas Pavilion.
UW improved to 7-4 in conference openers under Lorenzo Romar and have won its last five. The Huskies have started 2-0 four times in Romar's previous 10 seasons, including each of the last two years.
UW ranks 8th in the Pac-12 with 70.7 ppg. That total represents the UW's lowest during the Romar era (72.4, 2003) and the lowest since 2001 when they scored 67.6 ppg.
UW's is 7th among Pac-12 teams with a RPI of 73, while Cal has a RPI of 70 to rank 6th in the conference.
C.J. Wilcox needs 19 points to become the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 for their career. In the Pac-12, Oregon's E.J. Singler (1,238), Cal's Allen Crabbe (1,229), WSU's Brock Motum (1,204) and Arizona's Solomon Hill (1,148) are the only other active players with more career points.
Aziz N'Diaye recorded the 11th double-double of his career on Saturday at Washington State. The Huskies are 9-2 in games in which he goes for at least 10 rebounds and 10 points.
Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 173 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 169), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 365 (2nd, Solomon Hill, Ariz, 247).
Lorenzo Romar and Ben Howland each have 110 conference wins and are tied with former Cal Coach Ben Braun for 14th all-time in conference history. Howard Dallmar is 13th all-time with 132. Cal's Mike Montgomery leads all active coaches with 261 conference wins and is fifth in league history.
Wilcox averages 21.8 ppg in nine home games, 12.8 ppg in five games away from Alaska Airlines Arena.
Wilcox has scored 20+ points in seven of the last 10 games.
Scott Suggs lead the Huskies with 15.2 ppg in five contests away from Alaska Airlines Arena.
Aziz N'Diaye has moved up to 3rd all-time in UW history with a .563 career field goal percentage.
UW is 7-0 when they shoot 50% from the field, 2-5 when under 50%. So far this season, none of their opponents have shot over 50%. UW is 0-4 when its opponents shoots higher than 45%, 5-0 when their opponents shoot under 40%.
The Huskies shot 27.7% from the field at UConn, their lowest field goal percentage since shooting 29.2% vs. Kansas on Nov. 24, 2008 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. They bounced back by shooting 54.2% at Washington State, the Huskies second best shooting night of the season.
UW's 53 points at UConn were their fewest since scoring 51 at Arizona State on Jan. 1, 2010.
The Huskies have three losses at home surpassing the season total in each of the last four years. UW was 12-7 in 2008 at home.
UW vs. California
Cal leads the all-time series versus UW by the slimmest of margins, 78-77, after beating the Huskies 69-66 in Seattle in their only matchup last Jan. 19. Washington is 3-9 in Berkeley under Lorenzo Romar and won the last time the two teams met at Haas Pavilion, 92-71 on Jan. 16, 2011. Washington is 27-48 all-time in Berkeley. Romar is 10-11 against Cal since he took over at UW and was 1-1 against the Golden Bears as coach at St. Louis.
Last Time Vs. Cal
AP (1/19/12) - Allen Crabbe scored 16 points, unheralded walk-on Robert Thurman added a career-high 16 off the bench, and California left Seattle with a 69-66 win over Washington. Justin Cobbs added 14 points, including a key 3-pointer from the corner in front of his own bench with 2:28 left that gave California (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) a 66-58 lead. He later split a pair of free throws with 8.2 seconds left to put the Golden Bears up by three. After a timeout, Washington's Darnell Gant got an open look at a 3-pointer to tie the game, but missed off the front rim. It capped a tough night for Gant, who was 0 for 9 from the field, including six misses from behind the arc. Terrence Ross led Washington (11-7, 4-2) with 15 points, including a pair of late 3s.
Last Time Out: UW 68-WSU 63 (Jan. 5)
AP - C.J. Wilcox scored 18 points and Washington beat poor-shooting Washington State 68-63 on Saturday night. Scott Suggs scored three late baskets to help Washington (9-5, 1-0 Pac-12) successfully begin its defense of last year's Pac-12 regular season title. Mike Ladd scored 15 points to lead Washington State (9-5, 0-1), which has lost four straight to its cross-state rival. The Huskies jumped to a big early lead and poor shooting plagued Washington State much of the game. Washington State was scoreless in the first five minutes of the game to fall behind 9-0. Consecutive 3-pointers by Suggs and Wilcox pushed Washington's lead to 17-4 and the Cougars had trouble even attempting shots on several of their possessions. Shawn Kemp Jr. made back-to-back dunks as Washington built a 21-4 lead and the Cougars were just 2 of 13 from the field at that point.
UW is full strength with all 10 scholarship players finally healthy, but for the first 10 games at least one player was out of each game. Shawn Kemp missed the first 7 games due to a knee injury (losses to Albany, Ohio State and Colorado State during that span). Scott Suggs played only 2 minutes vs. Albany after suffering a concussion, leaving the Huskies shorthanded and missed 3 games with a sprained right foot (loss to Colorado St). Andrew Andrews missed 3 games with a sprained ankle (loss vs. Nevada).
The Huskies have a pair of long-range bombers that are assaulting the Huskies' record books. C.J. Wilcox is steadily climbing the UW three-point charts and is up to third all-time in UW history with 173. Next up is Deon Luton with 212. Scott Suggs is nearing the all-time list too and has 110. Tenth on the list is Terrence Ross with 116. When it comes to accuracy, Suggs is 4th all-time in UW history at 41.4% (110-266). Wilcox is 8th in UW history making 40.1% of his career attempts.
Reverse Trend in Rebounding
Washington has finished first in the conference in rebounding four-straight years, six of the last eight and has finished first or second in each of the last eight seasons. If they are going to continue that trend, the Huskies are going to have to hit the glass in monumental proportions. So far this season, they are 10th in the Pac-12 in rebounding with 35.9 per game, which currently represents their lowest average since 2004. The biggest culprit in the reverse trend is that UW is last in the league with 23.4 defensive rebounds per game and they are only grabbing 65% of the rebounds when the other team is on offense.