Jan. 23, 2012
Video: Romar Tuesday Press Conference
- The Huskies weathered the storm in snowy Seattle this past weekend to help Lorenzo Romar
earn his 300th career win & 100th conference victory and escape with a split versus the Bay Area schools. They find themselves 1/2 games out of first place in Pac-12 play as they head to warmer climates this week. Washington travels to Arizona to face the Sun Devils and Wildcats, a road trip that will mark the halfway point of conference play upon its completion.
First up is a Thursday, Jan. 26 matchup against Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. PT, followed by a Saturday nationally televised grudge contest against Arizona that ESPN College Basketball Gameday will be visiting. ROOT Sports will televise Thursday's game with Tom Glasgow and Francis Williams traveling down from the Northwest to call 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 join the fray in AZ and host a live chat on GoHuskies.com.
Washington-Arizona State History
Since their first meeting in 1978, UW and ASU have split their 72 games, each winning 36. ASU holds a 21-13 advantage over the Huskies in games played in Tempe but UW has lost only once on the road against the Sun Devils in their last eight tries, including a 79-62 win in their last visit to Wells Fargo Arena behind 22 points from Matthew Bryan-Amaning. UW's recent dominance in this series has resulted in a 16-3 record in the teams' last 19 meetings that included a run of 11 straight Husky wins from 2004 to 2008. Lorenzo Romar is 16-5 (.761) against ASU since taking over at UW -- his best winning percentage against any Pac-12 team.
Scouting Arizona State
Herb Sendek's sixth season at Arizona State is proving to be a trying one as they are 6-13 overall and 2-5 in conference action. Injuries and defections have hindered ASU this season. Keala King, had been the team's starting point guard before being dismissed earlier this month ... The Sun Devils are led by junior Trent Lockett who is leading the team in scoring with 13.9 ppg and rebounding with 6.4 rpg. Lockett also leads ASU in steals with over 1.5 per game, but sat out the last two games with a sprained ankle ... Junior Carrick Felix is second on the team in scoring with 10.7 ppg and is the only player to start all 19 games for the Sun Devils ... Sophomore forward Kyle Cain is leading the team in rebounding with 6.4 rpg and is adding 8.7 ppg as well.
Last Time Out Vs. Arizona State
AP - Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Washington to a 79-62 victory against Arizona State on Feb. 17, 2011. C.J. Wilcox added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and eight rebounds for UW. The conference's third-leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas, had 11 points, six below his average, and six assists. Ty Abbott had 15 points for the Sun Devils (9-16, 1-12), who have lost nine straight games. The Huskies had a 10-point halftime lead but allowed Arizona State to get within 49-42 with 17:13 left. After a Washington timeout, the Huskies scored 10 straight points, the last six on 3-pointers by Justin Holiday and Wilcox. Washington lost Scott Suggs, the Pac-10's second-best 3-point shooter, to a knee injury just 3:13 into the game. Trent Lockett added nine points for Arizona State, who has won just once since Jan. 6, against Tulsa. Washington went on an 11-1 run late in the first half to break a 27-27 tie and lead 43-33 at the break. The Huskies beat the Sun Devils 88-75 in Seattle on Jan. 22 and have won 16 of the last 19 meetings.
UW's Last Game - vs. Stanford (1/21)
AP - Tony Wroten scored 21 points and Terrence Ross added 18 as Washington overwhelmed Stanford in the second half, pulling away for a 76-63 win on Saturday. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar earned his 300th career victory and 100th conference win at Washington. The Huskies (12-7, 5-2 Pac-12), who bounced back from Thursday's three-point home loss to California, remained one of four teams with two conference losses. The Golden Bears lost to Washington State on Saturday, helping the other conference contenders. UW ran away midway through the second half on the strength of a 20-3 run that included 13 straight points. Stanford never figured out how to stop Wroten from going to his strong hand, and the freshman exploited the Cardinal defense. He made five straight shots in the second half. Josh Owens led Stanford (15-5, 5-3) with 14 points.
Upcoming Vs. Arizona: ESPN College Gameday & Coaches vs. Cancer
Saturday's game vs. Arizona will be the first time the two teams have played since their memorable Pac-10 Tournament Championship match up on March 10, 2011 that the Huskies won in overtime, 77-75, on a last second shot from Isaiah Thomas. ESPN long ago decided that they would telecast their popular College Gameday from the McKale Center on Saturday and then broadcast the game for a national audience on ESPN. Expected in the house for the telecast are Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Bobby Knight, plus on-site studio analysis from Rece Davis, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps. The last time UW was on College Gameday was Feb. 20, 2010 when they hosted UCLA. That game started the Huskies on a nine-game win streak that ran until West Virginia beat them in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Also, the coaching staffs for both teams will be wearing sneakers with their suits as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer ® Suits and Sneakers weekend.
Did You Know ... ???
Austin Seferian-Jenkins can be the 18th Husky to letter in both basketball and football at UW? The last player to letter in both sports was Nate Robinson (2002 FB, 2003-05 BB). Prior to him, Charles Frederick played both sports in 2001, but did not earn a letter. Some of the other prominent names to play both sports are Reggie Rogers, who was the 7th pick in the 1987 NFL Draft and Doug McClary, who was a starting forward on UW's 1953 Final Four team and lettered 3 years in football.
Husky Quick hitters...
Lorenzo Romar joins Cal's Mike Montgomery and UCLA's Ben Howland with 100 conference victories each. The last time three or more coaches had 100 league wins at the same time was 1964 - OSU's Slats Gill (276), UCLA's John Wooden (171) and USC's Forrest Twogood (121).
Romar has reached the following milestone victories this season: 200 wins at UW (12/16 vs. UC-Santa Barb.), 300 overall wins and 100 conference wins (both 1/21 vs. Stanford).
The Feb. 2 game vs. UCLA will be Romar's 500th overall as a head coach. The Nov. 14 game vs. Portland was his 300th at UW.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the 19th known Husky to play both football and basketball at Washington, the first since Nate Robinson (2002 FB, 2003-05 BB).
Terrence Ross became the 3rd different Husky to win Pac-12 Player of the Week on Jan. 16, joining C.J. Wilcox and Tony Wroten as the first UW trio to win the award in the same season.
UW is the only Pac-12 team that has 3 players ranked among the conference's top-10 in scoring or top-15 in rebounding. Tony Wroten is 2nd in scoring (16.8), C.J. Wilcox is 5th (15.5) and Terrence Ross is 7th (15.2). Aziz N'Diaye ranks 2nd in rebounding (8.1 rpg), Ross 6th (6.5 rpg) and Desmond Simmons 15th (5.9).
Terrence Ross is the only Pac-12 player to be ranked in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding.
Huskies that lead the Pac-12 in statistical categories are: C.J. Wilcox - FT% (.900, 36-40) and Wilcox - 3-pt FG makes per game (2.8).
UW leads the Pac-12 in total rebounds and ranks 8th nationally and is second with 78.0 points per game to rank 25th nationally.
Tony Wroten has shot 33% of the Huskies free throws this season. He has 144 of the teams 434 attempts.
C.J. Wilcox is the 10th player in UW history with 100 or more career 3-pointers. He ranks 9th all-time in UW history with 107.
Tony Wroten leads all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring, steals and assists. He ranks 3rd among all freshmen nationally in scoring and leads all BCS conference freshmen.
Wroten would set a new UW freshman scoring and steals record if he maintains his averages over 34 games.
Romar Reaching Some Milestones
Lorenzo Romar earned victory No. 300 overall in his 16-year career and No. 100 in Pac-10/12 action on Jan. 21 vs. Stanford. On Dec. 16 he reached 200 wins as the Huskies' head man. It took Romar 306 games over 10 years to reach win No. 200. He is the second fastest Husky coach to reach the milestone. Romar has several other milestone numbers upcoming: the Feb. 2 contest at home vs. UCLA will be the 500th game of Romar's 16-year coaching career. With three more losses he will reach 200 in his overall career.
Dual Sport Delight
Through a comparison of the UW's all-time letterwinners in basketball and football, it has been determined Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the 19th Husky to play both basketball and football at UW. Seferian-Jenkins joined the team on Jan. 9 after earning Freshman All-American recognition as a tight end for the Husky football team. ASJ, as he is known, caught 41 passes for 531 yards and six touchdowns during the season. His reception yards were the second most by any UW freshman pass catcher and third most by a tight end regarless of class. The last player to letter in both sports was Nate Robinson (2002 FB, 2003-05 BB). Prior to him, Charles Frederick played both sports in 2001, but did not earn a letter in basketball. Some of the other prominent names to play both sports are Reggie Rogers, who was the 7th pick in the 1987 NFL Draft and Doug McClary, who was a starting forward on UW's 1953 Final Four team and lettered three years in football.