Darnell Gant has just two more home games left to play at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Feb. 14, 2012
Complete Release SEATTLE
Romar Tuesday Press Conference
- The first-place Huskies return home for the final time in 2012 after a split in Oregon. Awaiting them are a pair of games vs. Arizona State and Arizona -- both to be televised nationally by FSN. The Huskies, who are tied with Cal atop the Pac-12 standings, will face ASU first at 8:00 p.m. PT on Thursday. The streaking Dawgs have won six of seven, nine of 11, and 12 of 15. Thursday's game will be broadcast by FSN (ROOT Sports regionally) with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson calling the action from Alaska Airlines 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 an exclusive LIVE chat on GoHuskies.com.
Washington-Arizona State History
The two teams first met in 1978 and UW holds a one game advantage over ASU, 37-36, after 73 games. The Huskies took the one game advantage thanks to a 60-54 win in Tempe on Jan. 26. Washington is 20-14 all-time vs. the Sun Devils in Seattle, including a 7-2 record with Lorenzo Romar leading the charge. UW has won three in a row in Seattle, with ASU's last win coming in 2008. UW's recent dominance in this series has resulted in a 17-3 record in the teams' last 20 meetings that included a run of 11 straight Husky wins from 2004 to 2008. Lorenzo Romar is 17-5 (.773) against ASU since taking over at UW -- his best winning percentage against any Pac-12 team. ASU head coach Herb Sendek is 3-9 against Washington as the Sun Devils head coach, 4-10 overall after splitting a pair of games vs. the Huskies as the head man of North Carolina State.
Scouting Arizona State
Herb Sendek's sixth season at Arizona State is proving to be a trying one as they are 8-17 overall and 4-9 in conference action. Injuries, ineligible players and defections have hindered ASU this season ... The Sun Devils are led by junior Trent Lockett who averages team bests in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). Lockett also leads ASU in steals with 1.5 per game. He missed six games, including the last time the two teams met with a sprained ankle, but returned to action two games ago ... Junior Carrick Felix is a former junior college teammate of Aziz N'Diaye and is second on the team in scoring with 10.2 ppg and is the only player to start all 25 games for the Sun Devils ... Freshman Jonathan Gilling had a breakout game last time vs. Washington, scoring a season high 20 points. He is averaging 6.1 ppg on the season ... ASU can run out a pair of 7-footers, and did so often vs. the Huskies, by putting Jordan Bachynski and Rulan Pateev on the floor at the same time. Bachynski had 13 rebounds in the first meeting.
Last Time Out Vs. Arizona State (1/26/12)
AP -Tony Wroten scored 22 points and ended a pair of rallies with three-point plays, lifting Washington to a 60-54 win over Arizona State on Jan. 26. Washington labored offensively in the first half and struggled from the perimeter all night, making just 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Wroten provided the spark by hitting 9 of 12 shots, including a second-half dunk over Jonathan Gilling for a three-point play that put the Huskies up seven and earned him ESPN's top play of the night. He added another three-point play to make it 53-46 with just over a minute left. Arizona State never fully recovered after going scoreless for more than 6 minutes to open the second half. Gilling hit five 3-pointers and had 20 points to lead the Sun Devils, who lost their third straight without leading scorer Trent Lockett, who was out with a right ankle sprain.
Last Time Out Vs. Oregon State (2/12/12)
AP - Terrence Ross had 21 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday to lead Washington to a 75-72 win over Oregon State. C.J. Wilcox added 17 points for the Huskies (17-8, 10-3), who went back into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 with California, which won at UCLA on Saturday. Jared Cunningham had 23 points and seven rebounds for Oregon State (15-10, 5-8). Washington took the lead for good at 61-58 on Abdul Gaddy's 3-pointer with 4:58 left. Tony Wroten grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 4:02 remaining to put the Huskies up five. A 3-pointer by Oregon State's Ahmad Starks with 2:10 left made it 65-63 and another with 22 seconds to go to get the Beavers within 70-68. Washington's Desmond Simmons made two free three throws, and teammate Terrence Ross added two more with 10 seconds left.
Down The (Pac-12) Stretch They Come
The Huskies are in a horse race as they search for 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 (10-3): ASU, Ariz, @WSU, @USC, @UCLA
California (10-3): Ore, OSU, @Utah, @Colo, @Stan
Colorado (9-4): @Utah, Stan, Cal, @Ore, @OSU
Oregon (9-4): @Cal, @Stan, @OSU, Colo, Utah
Arizona (9-4): @WSU, @Wash, USC, UCLA, @ASU
UCLA (7-6): USC, @ASU, @Ariz, WSU, Wash
Stanford (7-6): OSU, Ore, @Colo, @Utah, Cal
Did You Know ... ???
The Huskies are trying to do something they have only done three times previously in team history: win all four regular season games vs. Arizona State and Arizona? The Huskies last did it in 2004. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to the 1984 and 1982 seasons.