Jan. 15, 2013
||COLORADO AT WASHINGTON
Wednesday, Jan. 16 | 8:30 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Network | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
UW-Colorado Game Notes
SEATTLE - After a 3-3 start to the season, Washington has won 9 of its last 11 games, including a 3-0 record to begin Pac-12 play. The Huskies return home on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. to face Colorado after 26 days away from Alaska Airlines Arena. UW will try to run its Pac-12 record to 4-0; a Conference start they have done just three times since 1982.
Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens will call Wednesday's action on the Pac-12 Network. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action (Satellite radio Sirius 132, XM 191). In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
The Huskies have started conference play 3-0 three times (2013, 2011 & 2005) in Lorenzo Romar's 11 seasons, but have only started 4-0 once - in 2011. In the last 35 years, the only other times UW started 4-0 were 1982 and 1984.
Dating back to the 2011 Pac-10 tournament, Washington is 20-5 versus other Conference teams.
Washington has an RPI of 58 to rank 5th among Pac-12 schools.
UW is defintely getting more and more defensive in league play. They are allowing a Pac-12 best 56.7 ppg in conference action after ranking 10th in non-conference play giving up 67.6 ppg. UW also ranks tops in conference play in 3-point FG pct defense (.209) and second in field goal pct defense (.379). They were 11th and 12th, respectively, during non-conference action. UW is also tied for 1st with a +8.0 rebound margin in league after a ranking 10th in non-conference play at +2.8.
The Huskies went down to the Bay Area and earned their first road sweep of Cal and Stanford since 1985. That year they went on to win a share of the Pac-10 championship.
Since Washington's first season in 1896, this year marked the sixth time that UW opened conference play with three road games (1911, 1912, 1943, 1993 and 1999) and the first time since 1912 they only won all three.
C.J. Wilcox was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 23.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks. Wilcox shot 53.1% from the field, including 50% from 3-point range. Wilcox scored 27 points and grabbed a career high 9 rebounds vs. Stanford on the way to winning his 2nd career weekly honor.
Since going 0 for 3 from the field at Connecticut, Aziz N'Diaye has made 18 of 23 field goals to shoot 78.3% in Pac-12 action. He leads the conference overall at 64.6%, which represents the 5th best shooting season all-time in UW history. Todd MacCulloch holds the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
N'Diaye has moved up to 3rd all-time in UW history with a .570 career field goal percentage.
The Huskies are 10-2 in games in which N'Diaye records a double-double.
Wilcox ranks 36th all-time in UW history with 1,027 points. Next up on the list are Gordy Harris (35th, 1054), Dion Brown (34th, 1056) and Mike Hayward (33rd, 1058).
Wilcox averages 21.8 ppg in nine home games, 15.7 ppg in seven games away from Alaska Airlines Arena.
Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 178 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 171), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 371 (2nd, Solomon Hill, Ariz, 249).
Gaddy needs six assists to move past Eldridge Recasner into sixth all-time in UW history.
Lorenzo Romar has 112 conference wins and is tied with UCLA's Ben Howland for 12 all-time. Howard Dallmar is 13th all-time with 132. Cal's Mike Montgomery leads all active coaches with 262 conference wins and is fifth in league history.
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. Colorado
Wednesday's game will be the 15th all-time meeting between the two schools. Washington and Colorado are tied 7-7 after Colorado beat Washington in their only matchup, 87-69, last year. The two teams first met on Dec. 30, 1953 at the Big Seven Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. UW is 5-1 all-time in Seattle. The last time the two teams met in Seattle was Jan. 2, 1996 when UW won 76-68. The Buffs lone win at UW came on Dec. 22, 1956. Lorenzo Romar is 0-2 all-time vs. Colorado, dropping a 1999 decision while head coach of Pepperdine.
Last Time Vs. Colorado
AP (1/5/12) - Tony Wroten led Washington with 21 points. C.J. Wilcox had 19 and Terrence Ross 13 for the Huskies, but Carlon Brown poured in 18 points and Colorado used balanced scoring to defeat Washington 87-69 on January 5, 2012. Buffaloes Spencer Dinwiddie and Austin Dufault had 13 points each, Colorado had five players in double figures. The Huskies made a minor dent in a 10-point halftime deficit when Ross made two layups in the first two minutes to cut the lead to 42-36. The Buffaloes regained a double-digit edge, 48-37, on a fast-break basket by Nate Tomlinson and a free throw by Dinwiddie with 16:46 left, and Washington never threatened again.
Last Time Out: UW 65, Stanford 60 (Jan. 12)
AP - C.J. Wilcox scored 27 points and made a pair of crucial 3-pointers as Washington held off Stanford 65-60 Saturday night. Aziz N'Diaye added 14 points as the Huskies (11-5, 3-0 Pac-12) opened conference play with three straight wins on the road for the first time since 1912. Desmond Simmons added 13 rebounds. Dwight Powell scored 19 points to lead the Cardinal (10-7, 1-3), who have lost three of four. The lead changed hands 15 times and was tied on nine occasions before the Huskies gained a foothold early in the second half.
The Huskies are averaging 69.8 points per game this year, the lowest total during Lorenzo Romar's 11 seasons at Washington. The Huskies have led the Pac-12 in scoring in five of the last eight seasons, but are 7th in the Conference this season. The last time UW averaged less than 70 points per season was 2001 when they scored 67.6 points per game. The previous low during Romar's tenure was 73.2 ppg in 2008.