Feb. 6, 2012
Tuesday Press Conference Video
- Washington survived a tough home test with wins vs. UCLA and USC to remain in first place atop the Pac-12 standings, but now must step up their game on the road with an always tough swing through Oregon and Oregon State. UW wraps up the regular season with five of seven on the road. UW has won five-straight games, eight of nine, and 11 of 13. The Dawgs have won three-straight on the road. The Huskies are 9-2 in conference action for the first time since starting Pac-10 play 10-2 during the 2005 season.
Up first for the Huskies is a Thursday night game (8:00 p.m. PT) on FSN with Kevin Calabro and Marques Johnson calling the action from Matthew Knight Arena. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will provide home radio coverage on KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM and the Washington IMG College Sports Network throughout the Pacific Northwest. UW Director of Writing Gregg Bell will host a LIVE chat on GoHuskies.com.
Washington owns a commanding 186-104 series lead over the Ducks since the schools first played in 1904. The Huskies dominated the series over the first 19 seasons, losing just four of the first 27 meetings. More recently, Washington has won 14 of the last 20 games, including a 76-60 win in Seattle on 12/31. The two schools split the regular season series last season, each winning on their home courts, before Washington beat Oregon 69-51 in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies are 4-5 in Eugene during Romar's tenure but have won 2 of the last 3 times down in Oregon. UW lost 81-76 on Feb. 5, 2011 in their only appearance in Matthew Knight Arena. Romar is 14-7 overall vs. the Ducks and has swept Oregon in the regular season three times previously in his tenure. Dana Altman is 1-3 in his career against Washington.
The Ducks tied for fourth in the conference at 7-4, 16-7 overall. They are 3-2 at home in league action and 11-3 overall at Matthew Knight Arena ... Oregon split their road swing last week, winning at Utah 79-68, but dropping a late 72-71 decision at Colorado ... Minnesota transfer added Devoe Joseph leads the Ducks in scoring (15.8 ppg) but doesn't qualify in Pac-12 rankings because of playing in just 17 of the team's 23 games. The Huskies held him to a season-low 4 points in the first meeting and it's the only time he has not scored in double figures ... E.J. Singler (13.0) and Garrett Sim (11.7) are the only other Ducks scoring in double-figures ... Olu Ashaolu nabbed 12 rebounds last time the teams met, which stands as his season high ... Oregon ranks second in the Pac-12 with 6.9 3-pointers per game ... E.J. Singler ranks second in the conference in FT shooting at 88.2%, 11th in scoring and 16th in rebounding (5.4 rpg). Tony Woods is 2nd with 1.6 blocks per game.
Last Time Out Vs. Oregon (12/31/11)
AP -C.J. Wilcox came off the bench and scored a career-high 24 points, and the Huskies improved to 2-0 to start the conference season with a 76-60 win over Oregon on New Year's Eve night. Wilcox was shuttled to the bench that week as a way to get freshman Tony Wroten and 7-footer Aziz N'Diaye in the starting lineup together. Wilcox still came through with his highest point total since scoring 24 last season against UCLA. He scored 13 during a key second-half run for Washington after the Ducks had trimmed a double-digit deficit down to four. E.J. Singler led Oregon with 20 points, 13 coming in the first half. But the Ducks shot just 32 percent.
Last Time Out Vs. USC (2/4/12)
AP - Tony Wroten had 13 points eight assists and six rebounds as Washington kept a hold on first place in the Pac-12 with a 69-41 win over USC on Saturday night. Terrence Ross added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies, who won their fifth straight. Wroten played despite a deep thigh bruise that sent him to the bench for the final seven minutes of Thursday's game against UCLA. On Saturday, Wroten played 17 minutes in the first half, then warmed himself back up at halftime by riding a stationary bike in the tunnel next to the Washington bench while his teammates took shots. His second half was mostly filled with feeding his teammates, including a pair of pretty lobs to Ross. Garrett Jackson led the Trojans (6-18, 1-10) with 15 points. USC missed its first 14 3-point attempts, shot only 29 percent and went scoreless for more than six minutes of the second half as Washington ran away.
The Pac-12 Stretch Run
The Huskies are the only team that controls their own destiny in the Pac-12 Conference regular season title race. Win out, and the Huskies can claim their second outright regular season championship since 2009. In all, since 1950, UW has won six conference championships, sharing two Pac-10 titles in 1983 and 1984, and winning four outright: 2009, 1953 (PCC), 1952 (PCC) and 1951(PCC). Here are the remaining Pac-12 schedules of some of the conference contenders:
Washington (9-2): @Ore, @OSU, ASU, Ariz, @WSU, @USC, @UCLA
California (8-3): @USC, @UCLA, Ore, OSU, @Utah, @Colo, @Stan
Colorado (8-3): @Ariz, @ASU, @Utah, Stan, Cal, @Ore, @OSU
Oregon (7-4): Wash, WSU, @Cal, @Stan, @OSU, Colo, Utah
Arizona (7-4): Colo, Utah, @WSU, @Wash, USC, UCLA, @ASU
Stanford (6-5): @UCLA, @USC, OSU, Ore, @Colo, @Utah, Cal
UCLA (6-5): Stan, Cal, USC, @ASU, @Ariz, WSU, Wash
Did You Know ... ???
The Huskies' 9-2 Pac-12 start is up among the top four beginings in conference play they have had since Arizona and ASU joined league play in 1979? In 1982, UW began league play 11-2 before dropping its next five and ended the season in the NIT Tournament. UW was 13-2 in conference play in 1985 and ended that year 15-3, its best record in the 18-game format. In 2005, UW started 10-2 and ended up 14-4, but finished second in the conference behind Arizona.