Terrence Ross and the Huskies exploded in the second half the first time Washington and Washington met on Jan. 15.
Feb. 21, 2012
TV: ROOT Sports (Tom Glasgow, Lenny Wilkens & Jen Mueller
RADIO: Washington IMG College Sports (Bob Rondeau & Jason Hamilton)
Romar Press Conference Video
SEATTLE - Saturday's game at Washington State (5:00 p.m./ROOT Sports) has many storylines that add to the intrigue of the Apple Cup of hoops. Washington enters the week tied for a dead-heat in the Pac-12 race with California at 12-3 atop the conference. Not only will a win keep the Huskies in the thick of the race, but it will give UW its fourth-consecutive 20 win season -- a first for the school. The streaking Dawgs have won eight of nine, 11 of 13, and 14 of 17.
Saturday's game will be broadcast by ROOT Sports with Tom Glasgow and Lenny Wilkens calling the action and Jen Mueller providing sideline reports from Friel Court. 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.
The next win by the Huskies will give them fourth-straight seasons with 20 or more victories. It would mark the longest streak of 20+ wins in team history. Washington has won 20-plus in three consecutive seasons two times previously: 1951-53 and 1943-45. In 2011 the Huskies won 20 games for the fifth time under Lorenzo Romar and for the 26th time overall in team history. The only other Husky coach with more 20-win seasons is Hec Edmundson, who accomplished the feat 11 times from 1928-1945. Washington has also won 95 games during a four-season span from 2009-12 (26 in 2009, 26 in 2010, 24 in 2011, 19 in 2012), one win shy of equaling the best four-year stretch in team history: 96 wins from 1950-53 under Art McClarey (19) & Tippy Dye (77).
Washington-Washington State History
Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 173-100 advantage over their cross-state rivals, with a record of 100-35 at home, 71-62 away and 2-3 at neutral sites. Washington is 6-2 over the last eight against WSU, but the Cougars were 7-0 during the previous three-year stretch from 2006-08. The Cougars won 87-80 the last time the two teams played at Friel Court in 2011, but UW had won back-to-back games in Pullman previously. Overall, Washington is 4-6 under Romar in Pullman. Romar is 11-10 in all games vs. WSU and Ken Bone is 2-7 all-time against UW, including an 0-3 record as head coach of Portland State. The Huskies won the teams' first meeting of the season 75-65 on Jan. 15. UW used a 26-6 run to overcome a 10-point deficit with 12:16 remaining in the game. Terrence Ross scored 26 of his career-high 30 points in the second half. The Huskies played without C.J. Wilcox.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State is 14-13 overall, including 10-3 at home. They are 3-7 in away games and 1-3 at neutral sites ... Head Coach Ken Bone is 52-40 (.562) in three seasons at WSU and is 387-206 (.653) in his 20th year as a head coach. Bone was an assistant at Washington from 2002-05 ... The Cougars lost their second leading scorer Faisel Aden seven games ago for the year and are 3-4 since ... Brock Motum has emerged as one of the Pac-12's top players, leading the Cougars and ranking 2nd in the Pac-12 in scoring (17.8 ppg) and 6th in rebounds (6.5). He is also 4th in FG percentage at 56.7% ... Reggie Moore leads the Pac-12 in assists with 150 (5.6 apg). He also ranks fourth in assist/turnover ratio at 2.3 ... Freshman DaVonte Lacy is the cousin of Isaiah Thomas. He is averaging 9.3 ppg and is the teams top 3-point shooter with 49 makes in 132 attempts.
Last Time Out Vs. Washington St. (1/15/12)
AP -Terrence Ross overcame an awful first half of shooting to score 26 of his career-high 30 points in the second half, Darnell Gant added 10 of his 13 during Washington's decisive second-half run, and the Huskies rallied from 10 points down in the second half to beat rival Washington State 75-65 on Jan. 15. Ross was the catalyst behind the Huskies' 26-6 run that erased a 47-37 deficit with 12:16 left and gave Washington its biggest lead at 63-53 on Ross' fifth 3-pointer of the night with 5:15 remaining. Ross scored eight points during the run, and then for good measure added a step-back 3-pointer and an alley-oop dunk three-point play to give the Huskies an 11-point lead with 3:09 left. Faisal Aden led WSU with 18 points, but the Cougars went eight minutes of the second half with just one field goal.
Last Game: Vs. Arizona (2/18/12)
AP - Terrence Ross scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half, Tony Wroten added 22 and Washington pulled away in the final five minutes for a 79-70 win over Arizona on Saturday to cling to a share of first place in the Pac-12. Ross was nearly perfect inside the 3-point line, hitting 10 of the 11 shots he took inside the arc.
Did You Know ... ???
UW finished the regular season 15-2 at home, the sixth time during Lorenzo Romar's tenure that they have reached 15 home victories. In all, UW has won 15 or more at home 18 times, but over the last 60 years have done it just twice outside of Romar's tenure. Andy Russo was 15-3 at home in 1987, while Tippy Dye led the 1953 Huskies to a 15-3 record.
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 (12-3): @WSU, @USC, @UCLA
California (12-3): @Utah, @Colo, @Stan
Colorado (10-4): Stan, Cal, @Ore, @OSU
Arizona (10-5): USC, UCLA, @ASU
Oregon (10-5): @OSU, Colo, Utah