Second-Ranked Arizona Up Next for UW Men's Basketball Team
Jan. 14, 2000
Sat., Jan. 15- UW at #2 Arizona, 6:00 p.m. MST (5:00 p.m. PST)
McKale Center (14,489), Tucson, Ariz. (Fox Sports Northwest TV)
Thurs., Jan. 20- UW vs. Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST
KeyArena (17,072), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (6-9, 1-2) continue their first Pacific-10 Conference road trip of the new millennium, making the annual visit to Tucson's McKale Center to play second-ranked Arizona (14-2, 3-0). Tip-off is Saturday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Mountain Time (5 p.m. PST). The Wildcats are coming off an impressive road win over top-ranked Stanford last Saturday and an 80-75 home victory over Washington State on Thursday. The Huskies lost 90-80 at Arizona State in their last outing. Washington won only once (1996) in Tucson since 1985. The Huskies are getting healthier after losing five players to injuries during their two-game road trip to New Mexico. Nine of the 15 Husky games to date were played on the road, a hectic travel schedule that included over 14,000 air miles. After the Arizona road trip, Washington returns home to entertain the Oregon schools at KeyArena.
Desert Drought: Arizona has traditionally been the most difficult trip for the Huskies. Washington was swept last year in the desert for the ninth time in its last 11 visits. Since 1989, the Huskies have a 2-22 combined record at Arizona and Arizona State. Washington lost 90-80 at Arizona State on Thursday, the 12th loss in its last 13 visits to Tempe. The Huskies won only once in their last 15 visits to Tucson dating to 1985. They posted an 80-79 overtime upset at Arizona in 1996 to snap an 11-game losing skid at McKale Center.
TV/Radio Coverage: Washington's game at Arizona on Saturday will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. 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/
Notable: The Huskies last win over a non-Arizona Top-10 team was a 55-48 home victory over No. 6 Missouri (55-48) on Dec. 23, 1982 ... Deon Luton averages 23.0 points at home, shooting 53-percent from the field (49-93) and 49% (18-37) on 3-pointers. Away from home the figures drop to 11.0 points, 32% shooting (31-98) and 25% on treys (10-40) ... Senque Carey distributed 11 assist against UCLA and 10 at Alaska Anchorage, the 28th and 29th double-digit assist performances in Husky history. Carey has two of the eight double-digit assist games by a Husky during the 1990s ... The Jan. 6 game against UCLA marked the only time in seven games that the Huskies have overcome a halftime deficit to win the game ... Oklahoma State (60 %) and New Mexico (55 %) are the only teams to reach the 50-percent plateau against Washington which shot 50-percent twice ... Newcomer Will Perkins, a junior transfer, leads UW in field goal shooting (49%), rebounds (7.0) and blocked shots (19) ... Washington has 20 turnovers in each of its last two outings (USC & Arizona State) ... Marlon Shelton, who made his first collegiate state on Thursday at Arizona State, is the brother of Arizona Cardinals' offensive lineman L.J. Shelton who will be in attendance at Saturday's game.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes: Washington has a 60-166 record in all-time meetings with ranked opponents, including a 16-51 mark during the 1990s. The Huskies are 1-2 against ranked opponents this season, all in Seattle. Washington lost 76-66 to 22nd-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 13) and 84-72 to No. 11 Oklahoma State (Dec. 21) before beating No. 24 UCLA 63-62 (Jan. 6). Washington has a 24-96 all-time record against Top-10 foes and is 4-23 during the '90s. The last Husky victory over a Top-10 opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 at Edmundson Pavilion. Three teams on the UW schedule are ranked among the current Associated Press poll, including Arizona (#1), Stanford (#3) and Oklahoma State (#14).
Upsetting Arizona: Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-12 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (9) and California (6) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Six of the Huskies' last 15 wins over ranked opponents came against Arizona. Washington has a 4-23 record during the 1990s against Top-10 opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. During the 1996 season, UW defeated a 14th-ranked Wildcat team 80-79 for its first win in Tucson since 1984. Last year, the Huskies beat No. 10 Arizona 90-84 in Seattle.
The Arizona Series:
• Arizona has a 28-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
• Each team defended its home court in last year's meetings. The Wildcats won 88-86 on Jan. 9 in Tucson and Washington won 90-84 on Feb. 4 in Seattle.
• Arizona boasts a 17-4 record against Washington in Tucson, including an 88-86 win last year. The Huskies won 80-79 in overtime on Feb. 1, 1996 to halt an 11-game losing streak at McKale Center that dated back to 1984.
• 17th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 23-9 all-time record against the Huskies while seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender is 4-8 against the Wildcats. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 Hoosier victory at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).
The Last Meeting: UW 90, #10 Arizona 84 (Feb. 4, 1999, Seattle) -Donald Watts' team-high 24 points led a 61-point performance from the Washington trio of starting guards that fueled a 90-84 upset of 10th-ranked Arizona at Edmundson Pavilion. Washington (13-7, 6-4) defeated a Top-10 opponent for the first time in its last 12 tries, dating to a 92-88 win over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 2, 1997. Washington, which defeated No. 11 UCLA in its last outing, posted its third win over a ranked opponent. The Huskies never trailed as Senque Carey tallied nine of his 17 points inside the opening four minutes before sitting out the final 14 minutes of the half with two fouls. Washington led by as many as 11 points before Jason Terry cut the margin to 45-39 with a half-court heave at the buzzer. Watts scored 16 second-half points, helping the Huskies push the lead to as many as 17 points on two occasions. Arizona (15-4, 7-3) staged a 13-3 run and later closed the gap to 85-82 on a Terry 3-pointer with 0:33 remaining, but Carey hit 3-of-4 free throws and Watts got a fastbreak dunk to subdue the rally. Deon Luton scored 20 points for Washington, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. The UW hit 9-of-18 treys as a team. Terry finished with 28 points to lead the Wildcats who also got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Michael Wright. A.J. Bramlett added 12 points and 16 boards for Arizona which had a 49-39 rebounding advantage. Todd MacCulloch recorded a double-double for the Huskies with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Last Meeting in Tucson: Arizona 88, Washington 86 (Jan. 9, 1999, Tucson, Ariz.) -All five Arizona starters tallied double-figure points, including Richard Jefferson whose tip-in at the buzzer lifted the eighth-ranked Wildcats to an 88-86 win over Washington at McKale Center. Jason Terry led all scorers with 30 points, but it was his missed 3-point attempt that was caught just short of the rim and put back by Jefferson. Washington (7-6, 0-3) led by as many as 14 points in the first half before the Wildcats (11-1, 3-1) closed to 47-45 by halftime capped by a Terry trey. The lead changed hands seven times in the second half before UW freshman Senque Carey hit one of two free throws to tie the score 86-86 with 28.2 seconds remaining and set up the decisive possession. Carey scored 19 points for the Huskies who also got 18 points and 10 assists from Donald Watts. A.J. Bramlett had 16 points for Arizona while Michael Wright matched Jefferson's 13-point total. Ruben Douglas finished with 11 points for the Wildcats who won for the 14th time in Washington's last 15 visits to McKale. Deon Luton added 13 points for UW and Todd MacCulloch had 12 rebounds, but only eight points. Arizona hit 32 of 38 free throws, including a school-record 12-of-12 by Terry. The Wildcats outscored UW 32-13 at the line.
The 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 at New Mexico (78-52) to cap the non-conference season with a 5-7 record. The Huskies upset No. 24 UCLA (63-62) in the Pac-10 opener, their third straight home victory over the Bruins. USC posted an 81-79 overtime win over the Huskies. Washington lost 90-80 on Thursday in its last outing.
Last UW Game - Arizona State 90, UW 80 (Jan. 13, 2000, Tempe, Ariz.): Eddie House tallied 29 points in his first game since tying the Pac-10 record with 61 at California on Jan. 8, and Shawn Redhage scored 22 as Arizona State defeated Washington 90-80 at Wells Fargo Arena. House also contributed seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, helping the Sun Devils (10-4, 2-1) beat UW for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings in Tempe. House scored 16 first-half points and ASU capitalized on 15 UW turnovers en route to a 41-31 halftime advantage. Senque Carey scored five straight points as Washington (6-9, 1-2) trimmed the margin to 43-37 with 17:22 left in the game. The Sun Devils responded with a 13-1 run and led by as many as 18 points. Washington never drew within single digits. Carey finished with 25 points for the Huskies who also got 22 from Michael Johnson and 13 from Deon Luton. Chad Prewitt scored 10 ASU points. Awvee Storey grabbed 14 rebounds for Arizona State which had a 52-43 advantage on the boards. Washington was led by the 10 rebounds of Thalo Green. House shot 13-for-30 from the field and did not attempt a free throw. Against Cal, House was 18-for-30 and 18-of-19 from the line.
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 1,273 points to rank 17th among UW career scorers. He needs 22 points to surpass Andra Griffin (1978-81) and move into the No. 16 position.
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 previous four seasons. The UW has a 6-3 record in home games contested away from Edmundson Pavilion since that 1927 season, including a 3-3 mark at KeyArena this year. The Huskies upset 11th-ranked New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24 last season in their only prior 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.
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.
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.
Shuffling Starters: Washington has implemented four different starting lineups this season. The Huskies used 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 five games. Junior Thalo Green, who had 17 career starts entering the season, replaced Walcott in the lineup. Only two players have started every UW game, guards Senque Carey and 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.
The Oregon Series:
• Washington has a 169-93 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. Washington has a 100-31 advantage against the Ducks in Seattle.
• The Huskies won three of the last four meetings. Washington won last year in Seattle, an 86-76 overtime triumph on Jan. 16 that marked the 100th UW win over Oregon in Seattle.
• Third-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent is 1-3 coaching against the UW.
• Seventh-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 5-8 record against Oregon, the only Pac-10 school he met during his initial head coaching assignment at Illinois State. His inaugural Redbird squad lost 81-79 on Dec. 29, 1989.
• Washington Coach Bob Bender was recruited by then-Oregon head coach Dick Harter and took a recruiting visit to Oregon in 1975 while he was a high school senior. Bender signed with Indiana University.
• Husky sophomore forward Thalo Green was the 1996 Oregon Player of the Year from state champion South Salem High School.
The Last Meeting: Oregon 94, UW 81 (Feb. 13, 1999, Eugene) -Darius Wright led five double-figure scorers with 17 points, including two straight fastbreak baskets that keyed Oregon's 94-81 win over Washington at McArthur Court. Washington (15-8, 8-5) had its five-game winning streak stopped despite the 26-point, 12-rebound performance of Todd MacCulloch. The Ducks (13-9, 5-8) raced out to an 11-2 lead inside the opening three minutes. Washington took only one brief first-half lead and trailed 44-42 at halftime. The Huskies scored the first four points after halftime and claimed its final lead at 53-52 with 17:12 remaining. Oregon staged a 15-3 surge, sparked by six points from Wright who had back-to-back layups off the break, to take a 68-56 margin with 13:20 left to play. Washington never drew closer than seven points the rest of the game. Smith grabbed 10 boards to lead a 42-37 Duck rebound advantage. Smith hit both of his trey attempts for Oregon which shot 10-for-20 from 3-point range. Terik Brown tallied 14 points, Yasir Rosemond added 11 and Mike Carson had 10 for the Ducks. Donald Watts and Senque each scored 18 points for Washington which shot only 40 percent (24-60) and registered a season-low nine assists.
The Last Meeting in Seattle: UW 86, Oregon 76 ot (Jan. 16, 1999, Seattle) -Deon Luton scored 10 of his 23 points during overtime, lifting Washington to an 86-76 victory over Oregon at Edmundson Pavilion. Todd MacCulloch led the Huskies (9-6, 2-3) with 27 points and 12 rebounds, but fouled out with 52.6 second left in regulation. Oregon's Mike Carson converted one of two free throws and tied the score at 65-65 with a dunk on an inbounds play with 48.8 seconds remaining. Luton opened the overtime with a 3-pointer and assisted on the go-ahead basket, a long pass for a Senque Carey layin that put the Huskies ahead 74-73 with 1:17 left in the extra session. Luton tallied the final seven points on two dunks and three free throws. Oregon (10-5, 2-4) led by as many as nine points in the first half before the Huskies staged a 20-4 run en route to a 41-38 halftime edge. Washington led the entire second half until Carson's dunk forced overtime. Terik Brown scored 15 points to lead five Duck double-digit scorers. Alex Scales added 13 points and Carson had 12. Donald Watts scored 14 points and Carey added 13.
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.
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 leads the teim in field goal shooting (49%) and ranks second in rebounds (4.9 rpg) and is fourth in scoring (9.5 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 led the team in assists during 10 games, topped all Husky scorers on five occasions and was the top UW rebounder three times. Carey 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. Against UCLA he distributed 11 assists, the highest total for a Husky since 1993. He had 10 assists at Alaska Anchorage, giving him two of the 29 double-digit assist efforts 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. Carey was a catalyst for a vastly improved offense that averaged eight more points a game with him at the helm. He 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 freshmen, trailing only the 103-assist total of Eldridge Recasner (1987). Carey had a double-double at Oregon State on Feb. 11 (18 points/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 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
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.