Abdul Gaddy had 12 points on Thursday vs. California.
Jan. 20, 2012
Audio: Romar Friday Media Gathering
SEATTLE - It's back to the drawing board for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies as Washington will try to earn a split with the Bay Area schools on Saturday against Stanford at 3:00 p.m. from Alaska Airlines Arena. Romar is still in search of his 300th win overall during his 16-year coaching career and 100th conference win after the Huskies dropped a close decision on Thursday against California. Romar is 299-197 during in a career and is 99-69 in Pac-12 action. The Huskies and Cardinal are two of five teams that have two conference losses and wil battle to stay in the thick of the Pac-12 race.
ROOT Sports will televise Saturday's game with Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens calling the action. 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.
Since their first meeting in 1916, Stanford holds 70-66 advantage over UW. However, over the last few years UW has gotten the better of the Cardinal, winning seven out of the last eight games between the two since the 2009 season. The only Cardinal victory in that span came last season when the Huskies lost by a score of 56-58 on the road. The last time the Stanford beat UW in Seattle was on Jan. 31, 2008 behind the play of the Lopez twins. The Huskies beat the Cardinal in the Pac-10 tournament in consecutive years in 2009 and 2010. Lorenzo Romar is 13-9 all-time against the Cardinal.
Stanford is 15-4 on the season, 5-2 in conference play, including a 1-2 start on the road in Pac-12 action ... It is Johnny Dawkins fourth year as head coach ... Senior big man Josh Owens leads the Cardinal in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage. He is averaging 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 61.4% from the field. His FG% ranks second in the conference. He is 16th in scoring and 13th in rebounding ... Sophomore guard and Bellevue native Aaron Bright is third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.1 ppg and 8th in the Pac-12 with 3.5 assists per game ... Freshman guard Chasson Randle is the only other Cardinal player averaging double digit points per game, with 12.3, but has led the Cardinal over the last four games with a 17.0 ppg. He is also second on the team in assists behind Bright with 43 on the year ... Stanford is second in the conference right behind the Huskies (40.3) with 37.5 rebounds per game. They lead Pac-12 teams with a +6.9 margin.
Last Time Out Vs. Stanford
Isaiah Thomas scored 14 of his 22 points in the final three minutes of the first half, Venoy Overton had his best game of the season with 12 off the bench, and Washington beat Stanford 87-76 on Feb. 12, 2011. Washington avenged a loss in January at Stanford when the Huskies blew an 11-point lead in the final 9 minutes and suffered their first Pac-10 setback. This time, the Cardinal served as validation that the Huskies have corrected the problems that surfaced a week ago during their three-game losing streak. Thomas missed his first four shots, then caught fire at the end of the first half, helping the Huskies to a 48-31 lead at the break. Jeremy Green scored 24 points for Stanford (13-11, 6-7), his fourth straight game scoring at least 20. The 87 points scored by Washington were the most allowed this season by the Cardinal and just the second time any team topped 80 on Stanford.
UW's Last Game - vs. Cal (1/19)
AP - Allen Crabbe scored 16 points, unheralded walk-on Robert Thurman added a career-high 16 off the bench, and California remained in at least a tie for first place in the Pac-12 with a critical 69-66 win over Washington on Thursday night. 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 miserable 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.