Feb. 9, 2013
||WASHINGTON AT USC
Sunday, Feb. 10 | 7:00 pm (PT) | Galen Center
Live Stats | TV: FSN/Root Sports | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
LOS ANGELES - Washington (13-10, 5-5 Pac-12) and USC (10-13, 5-5) will try to seek some of the L.A. spotlight on Sunday reserved for the Grammy's taking place down the road at LA Live. The two teams are seeking to go over the .500 Pac-12 watermark on Sunday at the Galen Center in a 7:00 p.m. showdown on FSN/Root Sports. The Huskies, losers in four of their last five games, are 3-3 all-time in the Galen Center. They will try to avoid a Los Angeles sweep, something that has happened four times in Lorenzo Romar's previous 10 seasons.
Saturday's game will be carried on FSN nationally and Root Sports in the Pacific Northwest with Justin Kutcher and Marques Johnson 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 and XM 91 will also carry the game with the USC broadcast. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from courtside on GoHuskies.com.
Dawg Bites - Team
Washington is trying to avoid its fourth L.A series sweep under Romar. The Huskies were beat by both UCLA and USC on the road in 2010, 2008 and 2007.
UW rarely loses when they keep opponents under 60 points. In Lorenzo Romar's 11-year tenure at UW, the Huskies have lost just six games when allowing under 60 points. This year the Huskies have lost twice when allowing opponents to score in the 50s (Arizona, @UCLA). The only other time it happened twice in the same season was 2003 -- Romar's first year.
Washington has been 5-5 in conference play twice previously under Romar -- 2010 and 2004 -- and both times the Huskies went on to make the NCAA tournament.
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.
UW leads the Pac-12 with 12.9 offensive rebounds per game, thanks to Aziz N'Diaye's Pac-12 best 3.6 per game. Conversely, the Huskies are last with 23.5 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is last in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .430.
The Huskies are giving up 67.0 ppg which ranks 9th 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 last 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 11.8 ppg over the last four games (47 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
N'Diaye has notched double-doubles in a career best three-straight games. He is tied with Colorado's Andre Roberson with 10 this season.
Abdul Gaddy moved to fourth all-time in UW history for career assists (403) on Thursday. He is the fifth Husky with 400 assists and can pass Isaiah Thomas (415) for third all-time.
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 10 games away from home, Wilcox is averaging 16.2 ppg and scored 20+ points just twice.
Wilcox ranks 28th all-time in UW history with 1,139 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 .630 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 .572 is the second among all Huskies, trailing MacCulloch's .664.
N'Diaye is the fourth Husky with 100 career blocks. He has 102 for his career.
Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 191 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 185), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 403 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 289).
Washington vs. USC
The Huskies and USC first played each other in 1925 and since then are tied 68-68 all time. Sunday's game marks the seventh time Washington will play in the Galen Center with the Huskies 3-3 all-time in the 10,258-seat arena. The Huskies won the last time the two teams played in Los Angeles, 80-58, securing a share of the inaugural Pac-12 regular-season title. Overall, the Huskies are 28-38 on USC's home floor (38-30 in Seattle and 2-0 on a neutral court. Lorenzo Romar is 13-7 overall vs. USC and is 7-3 all-time on the Trojans' home floor.
Last Time Vs. USC
AP (3/1/12) - Terrence Ross scored 18 points and Washington defeated USC 80-58 March 1, 2012 to clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title. The Huskies last won the regular season title outright in 2009. Byron Wesley scored a career-high 23 points and Garrett Jackson added 14 for the Trojans, who lost their eighth in a row and fell to 4-12 at home with one game left before the league tournament.
Last Time Out: UCLA 59, UW 57 (2/7)
AP - Larry Drew II made a jumper at the buzzer, lifting UCLA to a 59-57 victory over Washington on Thursday night. With the Bruins clinging to a 56-55 lead, Shabazz Muhammad made one of two free throws. C.J. Wilcox's lay-up tied the game at 57 with 10 seconds left, before Drew made his shot as time expired over Shawn Kemp. Muhammad had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Bruins (17-6, 7-3 Pac-12). Drew and Travis Wear added nine points each as the Bruins overcame their worst shooting game of the season to win. Aziz N'Diaye had 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to record his 10th double-double of the season for Washington (13-10, 5-5), which has lost six of its last seven games. Wilcox scored 15 points and Abdul Gaddy added 13.