March 5, 2001
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Thurs., March 8 -
UW vs. USC, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Sat., March 10 -
UW vs. (#13) UCLA, 3:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (9-19, 3-13) close out the 2001 season at home this week, hosting their conference rivals from Los Angeles. Washington entertains USC (19-9, 9-7) on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. The Trojans won the last four meetings with UW, including an 87-61 decision on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles. On Saturday, March 10 the Huskies conclude their campaign against 13th-ranked UCLA (20-7, 13-3). Tip-off is 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The Bruins, who won 86-64 on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles, were victorious in 24 of the last 29 meetings with Washington. The Huskies won the last matchup in Seattle, a 63-62 decision over then 24th-ranked UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 at KeyArena. That was UW's only win over a ranked opponent in its last 15 tries. Washington lost all five six meetings this season with ranked opponents. The Huskies are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, their longest since a nine-game slide from Jan. 2-Feb. 3, 1994. The last UW victory was a 78-72 win over Washington State on Feb. 3 in Seattle.
Thursday's game will NOT be televised. Saturday's Husky game against UCLA will be televised live by Fox Sports Net. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/
The Huskies shot better from 3-point range during the last three games combined than on shots inside the arc. UW is shooting 42 percent (74-175) from the field during the last three games, 45 percent (23-51) on 3-pointers and 41 percent (51-124) on two-point tries ... During its current seven-game losing streak, UW opponents are averaging 85.6 points per game while shooting 54 percent (222-415) from the field ... The Huskies rank second among Pac-10 teams in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 30.6-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, UW ranked ninth when foes shot 36% on treys ... Washington has implemented 13 different starting lineups. Eleven of UW's 12 active players started at least once and no Husky has started every game.
Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (9-19, 3-13 in Pac-10)
Pos.-No. Name Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown Points Rebs
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 12.8 7.2
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 10.9 5.0
C - 50 David Dixon 6-11 300 Jr. Houston, Texas 4.6 3.2
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 160 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 7.2 2.0
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 8.1 2.7
Washington limited non-conference foes to 67.9 points per game on 41.6-percent shooting from the field. Pac-10 opponents have had much greater success, averaging 81.8 points per game on 50.1-percent accuracy. In contrast, the Huskies' 68.0-point and 43.6-percent figures against non-conference foes dropped to 66.2 points and 40.3 percent against Pac-10 opponents.
The Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players from Tacoma in 21 years, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Allen ranks third on the team in scoring during conference action (9.2 ppg) and Massingale is fourth (8.1 ppg). Massingale leads the team in 3-point percentage against Pac-10 foes at 44 percent (15-34). He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995.
Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Probable- Greg Clark, Played 19 minutes on Saturday at Washington State after missing the previous four games. Sprained right ankle vs. Alabama (Dec. 21), missed four game and played hurt in seven games before being sidelined four more games.
o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition games with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.
The USC Series:
> USC holds a slim 58-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Trojans won the last four meetings. They swept UW last season for the first time since 1992. USC had an 81-79 overtime triumph on Jan. 8, 2000 at Seattle's KeyArena and won 90-71 on March 9, 2000 in Los Angeles.
> USC won this season's first meeting, an 87-61 decision on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles.
> USC's current four-game series winning streak is its longest against Washington since a similar four-game streak from 1970-72. The last time the Trojans had a longer winning streak against UW was 1967-69 when they defeated the Huskies six straight times.
> Prior to losing the last four meetings, Washington had won seven of the previous eight games against USC.
> The Huskies hold a 32-24 series advantage over USC during games played in Seattle.
> Sixth-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 5-5 record against Washington.
> Washington's Bob Bender has an 8-7 coaching record against USC.
The Last Meeting:
(#20) USC 87, UW 61 (Jan. 6, 2001, Los Angeles) - David Bluthenthal scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half when 20th-ranked USC took control en route to an 87-61 win over Washington at the Sports Arena. The Trojans (12-2, 2-0) hit their first seven and 17 of their first 18 shots from the field. They took a 55-34 halftime lead on the strength of 75-percent shooting (24-32). Bluthenthal hit his first eight shots, including five 3-pointers, before a 40-foot heave missed at the halftime buzzer. Washington (6-8, 0-2) lost their fourth straight game. The Huskies kept the game from getting farther out of hand by shooting 50 percent in the first half (14-28) and reeling off 12 unanswered points near the end of the first half. Will Perkins tallied 12 points and nine rebounds for UW which also got 10 points and five assists from C.J. Massingale. Brian Scalabrine and Sam Clancy each scored 15 points for the Trojans and Brandon Granville added 13. Those three did not make their usual starts as a disciplinary measure for breaking a team rule. USC cooled off in the second half, shooting 35 percent to finish the game at a 57% clip (33-58). Bluthenthal finished 10-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-7 treys. Granville hit 3-of-4 treys, helping USC shoot 10-for-22 from beyond the arc.
The Huskies won their close games this season, posting a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points. Three of Washington's last four wins were overtime decisions. The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0. UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18).
Washington has implemented 13 different starting lineups this season, including three different lineups in the last four games. After using the same lineup for the first five games of the season, the Huskies have utilized 12 different starting units during the last 23 games. The rotating lineups have seen 11 of the team's 12 active players drawing at least one starting assignment. Freshman walk-on Sterling Brown is the only player who has not started a game. No Husky player has started every game this season.
Senior forward Will Perkins registered nine double-doubles to rank second among Pac-10 players behind Arizona State's Awvee Storey who has 10. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had a 14-point, 12-rebound performance at Washington State on Saturday to half an eight-game drought without a double-double. He had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10), Arizona (21/13), Stanford (12/11) and Washington State (14/12). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounds (7.2 rpg), ranking 18th and fifth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 49 percent from the field (141-291).
Last UW Game:
Washington State 79, UW 61 (March 3, 2001, Pullman, Wash.) - Marcus Moore and J Locklier each registered double-doubles, leading Washington State to a 79-61 win over Washington at Friel Court. Moore tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds while Locklier had 16 points and 12 boards. The game was the final road outing for the Huskies (9-19, 3-13) who dropped their seventh straight game, their longest losing streak since 1994. Washington State (12-14, 5-11) expanded a 29-27 halftime edge to as many as 21 points, outscoring UW 50-34 while shooting 70 percent (16-23) after intermission. The Cougars made their first five shots in the second half capped by David Adams' 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 44-34 with 14:39 left to play. Adams finished with 10 points and reserve Jerry McNair scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. Will Perkins had a double-double for the Huskies with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Johnson led UW with 18 points. The Cougars played without leading scorer Mike Bush who had an Achilles' tendon injury. UW's Curtis Allen had only three points and David Dixon was scoreless. They had 18 and 16 points, respectively, in the season's first meeting.
The Season in Review:
Last week, the Huskies lost their seventh straight game, 79-61 at Washington State (Mar. 3) ... They lost a pair of games in the Bay Area, falling 99-79 to No. 1 Stanford (Feb. 24) and 82-66 at California (Feb. 22) ... UW was swept at home by the Oregon schools, falling 85-73 to the Ducks (Feb. 17) and losing to Oregon State (Feb. 15) for the fourth straight time 83-69 in Seattle ... The Huskies sustained their largest loss of the season, an 89-57 setback at Arizona State (Feb. 10) ... Washington lost 82-62 to No. 11 Arizona (Feb. 8) for its 16th loss in the last 17 visits to McKale Center ... The Huskies stopped a three-game losing streak with a 78-72 win over Washington State (Feb. 3) that was the eighth win in their last nine meetings with the Cougars ... UW was swept at home by the Bay Area schools, losing 79-64 against California (Jan. 27) and 94-63 against No. 1 (Jan. 25) Stanford which tied a school record with its 18th consecutive victory ... Washington lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) to first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former Husky assistant coach ... The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) ... UW snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale ... Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) ... UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson ... The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21) ... Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20) ... UW began a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (Dec. 5) ... Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) ... UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games ... The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77 ... UW played the season opener at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) .
"Washington freshman point guard Curtis Allen is the latest technology in Pac-10 point guards. He's got a microchip that Earl Watson and Mike McDonald and Jason Gardner don't have. Hit the mouse and see nothing but blur."
-- Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star
Pac-10 freshman of the year candidate Curtis Allen boasts a team-leading 12.1-point scoring average since becoming a full-time starter for the last nine games. He averaged 4.9 points per game in his first 19 games. Allen hit two spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and winning the game at 0:06 with the second. He tallied double-figure points in nine of the last 12 games, including a career-high 18 against Washington State (Feb. 3). The lightning quick point guard is among Washington's all-time freshman leaders in several statistical categories. Allen ranks third among UW freshmen with 28 steals and needs four more to surpass the school-record total of 31 held by Eldridge Recasner (1987) and James French (1991). Allen is listed fourth among freshman playmakers with 60 assists and is poised to move onto the top-10 scoring chart. He has 203 points, just nine shy of the 212-point total of Jason Hartman (1995) who currently ranks 10th.
Shoot to Win:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 8-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-18 when being outshot. Opponents combined to shoot 50.4 percent in UW's 19 defeats. The Huskies are shooting nearly 10 percent better from the field in their victories (48.1% - 38.9%) and nearly eight percent better from 3-point range (36.2% - 28.3%). UW shot 50 percent from the field just twice in the last 21 games, matching 52-percent efforts (31-60) at Stanford (Feb. 24) and against Washington State (Feb. 3).
Hair Raising Experience
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. "I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program," Green explains. "I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause." Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven. Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg) and rebounds (5.0 rpg) and has a team-high three 20-point outings this season.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including special ticket packages. New this season is the Pepsi "Fun for Four" Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 and $16 while general admission seats are $6. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information.
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 750 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.
Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.
Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials "CW" to honor Williams who moved on Feb. 15 from a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center into his brother David's house in Fresno, Calif.
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 104-123 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 104 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 164-180. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes:
The Huskies have a 60-176 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in six meetings this season, at home against No. 1 Stanford (94-63) and No. 21 Arizona (89-64), on the road against No. 20 USC (87-61), No. 11 Arizona (82-62) and No. 1 Stanford (99-79) and at a neutral court against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60). Washington lost its last 10 encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-62 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. That upset was the only UW win in its last 15 matchups with ranked opponents. The Huskies haven't defeated a team ranked as high as No. 13 UCLA since Feb. 4, 1999 when they beat No. 10 Arizona 90-84 in Seattle.
The UCLA Series:
> UCLA owns an 80-28 series lead and won 24 of the last 29 meetings with UW.
> Washington won the last meeting in Seattle, defeating then 24th-ranked UCLA 63-62 on Jan. 6, 2000 at KeyArena.
> The Bruins won the last two meetings, both in Los Angeles. UCLA won 86-64 on Jan. 4 and 90-64 last season on March 11.
> UCLA owns a 28-23 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Seattle.
> Fifth-year UCLA Coach Steve Lavin has a 6-3 record against the Huskies.
> In his eighth season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 3-12 coaching record against UCLA.
The Last Meeting:
UCLA 86, UW 64 (Jan. 4, 2001, Los Angeles) - Center Dan Gadzuric amassed 19 points and 16 rebounds as UCLA led the entire game in an 86-64 win over Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. UCLA (6-4, 1-0) beat the Huskies (6-7, 0-1) at Pauley Pavilion for the 15th straight time. Gadzuric scored seven points during an 11-0 game-opening run. The Bruins did not surrender a point for 6:05 en route to an 18-2 run. Washington hit only 5 of 29 first-half shots, none by a starter, to fall behind 49-16 at halftime. The Bruin lead grew to as many as 35 points in the second half before UW rallied to within 70-50 on a 3-pointer by C.J. Massingale with 5:43 remaining. The Huskies would draw no closer. Massingle finished with 25 points, the highest scoring output by a Husky freshman since Mark Sanford had a 26-point outing in 1995. Jason Kapono tallied 18 points for the Bruins who also got 15 from Earl Watson and 13 from T.J. Cummings. UW's Will Perkins scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half. UCLA posted a 50-34 rebounding advantage, including 11 from Matt Barnes.
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 104 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for "Husky Talk," a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.
Wait 'til Next Year:
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state Player of the Year Doug Wrenn is red-shirting this season after transferring from Connecticut prior to the 2000-01 campaign. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, will be a red-shirt sophomore in 2001-02. True freshman DeMarcus Williams has battled foot (plantar fascia) and back injuries and will apply to the NCAA for a red-shirt season. The 6-9 Upland (Calif.) High School product played a combined five minutes in the Huskies' two exhibition games.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. "We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way," said Coach Bob Bender. "We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special." The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.