Feb. 18, 2013
||WASHINGTON at No. 12 ARIZONA
Wednesday, Feb. 20 | 8:00 pm (PT) | McKale Center
Live Stats | TV: ESPN2 | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
- Washington (14-12, 6-7 Pac-12) wraps up its regular-season road schedule with a pair of games this week in the desert. The Huskies will be the first Conference team done with their road schedule as they wrap up their season with three home games over the final two weeks of the season. First up is No. 12 Arizona (12-4, 9-4 Pac-12) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. PT. So far this year, UW is 0-4 against ranked foes.
Wednesday's game will be carried on ESPN2 nationally with Dave Pasch and 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 and XM 91 will also carry the game. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live from press row on GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. Arizona
Arizona has dominated the all-time series against UW, holding a 45-28 advantage over the Huskies, but Washington has won five of the last seven games. The Huskies are 7-27 all-time in Tucson and earned one of those wins, 69-67, the last time the teams met in McKale Center on Jan. 28, 2012. Tony Wroten blocked Josiah Turner's layup to secure the Huskies win in Tuscon since 2006. It was one of 3 last-second wins in the last five meetings between the teams. The year before in 2011, junior Isaiah Thomas hit a game-winning jumper as time expired against the Wildcats for the Pac-10 Tournament championship. UW is trying to win back-to-back games in Tucson for the first time since they won 3 in a row from 1982-84. The last time UW beat a ranked AZ team in Tucson was 2004. Conversely, the Huskies are trying to avoid a sweep by Arizona, something the Wilcats have done just twice against Lorenzo Romar (2003 & 2007). Since Romar has been at UW the Huskies have been able to hold their own, managing to go 13-11 against the Wildcats. Romar holds the 5-3 advantage against Wildcats' coach Sean Miller.
Dawg Bites - Team
The Huskies are 0-4 vs. ranked teams this year, including 0-2 at home, 0-1 on the road and 0-1 on neutral courts. UW has dropped their last 8 games vs. ranked opponents. Their last win came on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot vs. #16 Arizona to clinch the 2011 Pac-10 tournament. In all, Washington has lost 12 of their last 13 vs. ranked opponents dating back to 2010. UW's last win over a ranked team on the road was Jan. 31, 2009 when they beat No. 14 ASU, 73-70 in overtime.
Washington is trying to win back-to-back games in Tucson for the first time since they won three-straight from 1982-84. They are also looking to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Wildcats, who have done it twice vs. Romar (2003 & `07).
UW is 4-5 in true road games, 1-1 in neutral site games. The Huskies average 67.6 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 67.3.
Washington entered this year having won 20-plus games in a school record 4-straight years -- which is the longest active streak in the conference. The Huskies have 20+ wins in six of Lorenzo Romar's previous 10 seasons.
UW's 9-6 home record is unusual in that the loss total equals the combined last three seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The only seasons which the Huskies had more home losses under Romar were 2008 (12-7) and 2003 (8-7).
UW is 10-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 4-11 when under 70%.
Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 10-2 when leading at halftime, 1-1 when tied and 3-9 when trailing.
The Huskies are 3-3 at home in Pac-12 play. Only twice previously under Romar have the Huskies dropped more than two home games -- 2003 and 2008 when they dropped five during conference action.
UW leads the Pac-12 with 12.8 offensive rebounds per game, thanks to Aziz N'Diaye's Pac-12 best 3.6 per game. Conversely, the Huskies are 11th with 23.8 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is 11th in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .429.
The Huskies are giving up 66.8 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.
Dawg Bites - Individuals
Abdul Gaddy has reached 100 assists in a season for the second time and has 109, which is the 27th most in UW single-season history. For his career, he has 421 to rank third all-time in UW history. Over the last 8 games he has averaged 11.4 ppg, 5.5 apg, after averaging 6.8 ppg, 3.3 apg in the previous 6 games.
C.J. Wilcox has scored 20+ points 12 times this season -- 10 times at home (19.1 ppg home), twice in 11 games away from Alaska Airlines Arena (15.5 ppg, away). If he can reach 20 again, he will enter UW's top-10 single-season list. He is the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 points and is currently 26th all-time with 1,180.
Aziz N'Diaye has 10-plus rebounds in 10 of the last 13 games, including 11.0 rpg over the last 6. He leads the Pac-12 with 11 double-doubles and 3.6 offensive rebounds per game. He also lead the conference in field goal percentage (.613) and be the first Husky to lead the conference since Todd MacCulloch in 1999. Additionally, his career shooting percentage of .569 ranks third all-time in UW history.
Huskies have won four of the last eight NBA Slam Dunk championships. Terrence Ross won the 2013 title while Nate Robinson was champion in 2010, 2009 and 2006.
Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has averaged 14.0 ppg over the last five weekend games, but 2.3 ppg in the last 4 weeknight contests.
Shawn Kemp, Jr. is averaging 9.9 ppg over the last seven games (69 points) after scoring 41 points and averaging 3.4 ppg in his first 12 contests.
Jenard Jarreau. is coming off a career high 8 points (4 of 5 FG's), 7 rebounds vs. Oregon State and played 21 minutes, the first time he passed 20+ minutes since vs. Saint Louis on Nov. 28. The freshman started the first seven games and avg 21.3 minutes (has played a high of 20 minutes just once since).
Scott Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in FT percentage (88.0%), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percentage is the fourth best in team history (89.7 is the record).
Wilcox is third all-time in UW history with 197 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 123. Next up on the list is Nate Robinson (127).
Among active Pac-12 players, Wilcox leads everyone with 197 career 3-point field goals (2nd, Allen Crabbe, Cal, 196), while Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 421 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 294).
Last Time Vs. Arizona (1/31/13)
AP - Nick Johnson had 15 points, five in the final 2 minutes, and No. 8 Arizona rallied from an early deficit for a 57-53 victory over Washington, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Huskies. Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill both added 10 points for the Wildcats. Johnson held C.J. Wilcox to 11 points. Arizona trailed 48-46 with 4:34 left after Wilcox hit Washington's first 3-pointer of the game. The Wildcats then closed on an 11-5 run -- that featured big shots from Johnson and Hill -- and got plenty of help from the careless Huskies. Scott Suggs also scored 11 points, which has lost four straight for the first time since 2008. Wilcox sat for a large chunk of the second half after picking up his fourth foul, but was hounded all game by Johnson and finished nine points below his average in conference play.
Last Time Out: UW 72, OSU 62 (2/16)
AP - C.J. Wilcox broke out of a shooting slump with 24 points, Shawn Kemp Jr., added all 10 of his points in the second half, and Washington pulled away late for a 72-62 win over Oregon State on Saturday night. The Huskies (14-12, 6-7 Pac-12) had lost three straight and dropped seven of eight overall, coinciding with Wilcox's slump. The Huskies' leading scorer had scored more than 20 points just once in the previous eight games. He finally reached that plateau again on Saturday by hitting 7 of 14 shots. Wilcox has been bothered by a left foot injury that has limited his practice time. Kemp's points gave Washington an inside presence, but just as important was the season-high eight points and seven rebounds off the bench by Jernard Jarreau. Roberto Nelson led Oregon State (13-13, 3-10) with 19 points. Joe Burton added 10 points but was shut out in the second half.