Feb. 5, 2013
UW-UCLA Game Notes
SEATTLE - Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12) will start the second half of Pac-12 play the same way they began the first first half -- on the road. They are hoping to duplicate the perfect road record back in January to start the conference slate, but will have a tough haul ahead with games at UCLA (16-6, 6-3) and USC (9-13, 4-5). The Huskies will get their first look at newly renovated Pauley Pavilion first, when they take on the Bruins on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (ESPN).
The Huskies finished the first half of Pac-12 play 5-4. Oddly enough with UW's recent success, it is only the 6th time in 11 years under Romar that the Huskies reached the conference midway point with an above .500 record. Four out of the previous five times, UW would go on to make the NCAA tournament.
Thursday's game will be carried on ESPN with Dave Pasch and UCLA legend Bill Walton on the call. 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 123, OSU broadcast). In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Dawg Bites - Team
Washington finished the first half of Conference action above .500 for the sixth time in 11 years under Lorenzo Romar. In four of the previous five seasons, the Huskies would go on to the NCAA tournament. The only year the missed the Big Dance? 2012.
The Huskies followed up a season low 53 points vs. AZ with a season-high 96 vs. ASU. The 43 point discrepancy in back-to-back games is the most since they scored 102 in a win over OSU in 2011 followed by 56 in a loss at Stanford (46 pts).
UW leads the Pac-12 with 12.8 offensive rebounds per game, thanks to Aziz N'Diaye's Pac-12 best 3.5 per game. Conversely, the Huskies are last with 23.1 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is last in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .435.
The Huskies are giving up 67.3 ppg which ranks 10th overall among league teams but would be UW's best mark since the 2000 team allowed 65.1 ppg. The previous low watermark in Romar's tenure is 69.5 in 2009.
The Huskies are 2-2 at home in Pac-12 play. Only twice previously under Romar have the Huskies dropped more than two home game (2003 and 2008) during conference action.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
Shawn Kemp (18) and Aziz N'Diaye (16) both set career highs for points on Saturday vs. Arizona State. Add in Desmond Simmons' 10 points and the UW frontcourt accounted for a season-high 44 points. Previous frontcourt high was 34 at Seattle U.
Kemp is averaging 12.3 ppg over the last three games (37 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
Abdul Gaddy moved into the top-five all-time in UW history for career assists (395) on Saturday. He is trying to become the fifth Husky with 400 assists and can pass Justin Dentmon (401) for fourth all-time in UW history. Isaiah Thomas is third all-time with 415.
C.J. Wilcox scored 20 or more points in 9 of the first 10 home games, but has not done so in the last three games at Alaska Airlines Arena. He is averaging a team-best 19.5 ppg at home. In 9 games away from home, Wilcox is averaging 16.3 ppg and scored 20+ just twice.
Wilcox ranks 28th all-time in UW history with 1,124 points. Up next on the list is Donald Watts (1,158).
Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 191 3-point makes. Next up on the list is Deon Luton, who made 212. Scott Suggs is 9th all-time on UW's top-10 career 3-point list with 121. Next up on the list is Nate Robinson (127).
Aziz N'Diaye currently leads the Pac-12 shooting .634 from the field. His FG% is the fifth best single-season average in UW history. The last Husky to lead the Conference in shooting accuracy was Todd MacCulloch, who happens to hold the top four spots on the list of best single-season FG percentages (.676, 1997; .675, 1996; .662, 1999; .650, 1998).
N'Diaye's career field goal percentage of .573 is the second among all Huskies, trailing MacCulloch's .664.
N'Diaye became the fourth Husky with 100 career blocks after swatting away three shots on Thursday. He now has 102 for his career.
Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 191 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 183), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 395 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 279).
Washington vs. UCLA
Before UCLA defeated Washington 75-69 in the Pac-12 regular season finale last year, the Huskies had won four straight between the two teams, the longest Husky winning streak since they won five in a row at the very inception of the series. Overall, UCLA holds a 90-42 advantage in the series, including 60-7 in Pauley Pavilion. UW is 2-8 at UCLA under Lorenzo Romar, winning in 2011 and 2006. The series started in 1937 when the Huskies beat the Bruins but the teams would have to wait until 1951 before facing each other. The Dawgs won two games that year and followed up with two more wins in 1952 before losing to UCLA in the first of three 1952 Pacific Coast Championship games. UW has won eight-straight in Seattle against the Bruins and is 32-31 all-time at home. Lorenzo Romar is 11-10 all-time against UCLA, while Ben Howland is 7-12 against UW. Romar was an assistant four seasons at UCLA from 1993-96 under Jim Harrick. The Bruins were 97-28 in those four years, won two Pac-10 titles, made the NCAA tournament four times and won the 1995 NCAA championship, hosted in Seattle.
Last Time Vs. UCLA
AP (3/3/12) - Lazeric Jones scored 20 points, twice hitting go-ahead baskets in the final 8:39, and UCLA defeated Washington 75-69 on Saturday to prevent the Huskies from clinching the Pac-12 regular-season title outright. Travis Wear had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyler Lamb added 14 points for the Bruins (18-13, 11-7), who were picked to win the league title but have stumbled through a disappointing season. C.J. Wilcox scored 22 points and Terrence Ross added 14 for the Huskies (21-9, 14-4).
Last Time Out: UW 96, ASU 92 (2/2)
AP - Aziz N'Diaye converted a three-point play off an offensive rebound with 34 seconds left, Andrew Andrews led Washington with 20 points off the bench and the Huskies held off Arizona State 96-92 on Saturday night despite 32 points from Sun Devils' freshman Jahii Carson. The duo of N'Diaye and Shawn Kemp Jr. dominated the interior for Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), but no rebound or basket was bigger than N'Diaye tapping Scott Suggs' miss to keep the play alive and scoring while being fouled by Jordan Bachynski. The 45 percent free-throw shooter then converted the three-point play. C.J. Wilcox added a pair of free throws after Carrick Felix missed a 3-pointer, but Carson hit a 3-pointer for Arizona State (17-4, 6-3) and Washington committed a turnover on the inbound with 13 seconds left. Carson drove to the rim but his shot was altered by N'Diaye and came up short. Wilcox added two more free throws to clinch the victory that snapped Washington's four-game losing streak.
Odd But True Tidbits
For the first time in UW's history they lost four-straight league games after winning the previous four contests. They have done the streak in reverse before, winning five-straight Pac-10 games in 2004 after starting with five-straight losses.
The Huskies game vs. No. 8 Arizona was its first against a ranked opponent since 12/22/09 vs. #23 Texas A&M.
The Dawgs came into the Utah game allowing Pac-12 opponents to shoot .374 from the field. The Utes shot 60.4%, the highest FG% vs. the Huskies since Arizona shot 65.3% on Jan. 4, 2007.
The Huskies started Conference play 4-0 for the 2nd time in Lorenzo Romar's 11 seasons - also 2011 - and just the 4th times in the last 35 years.
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 times since 1912 they only won all three.