March 11, 2013
||WASHINGTON STATE vs. WASHINGTON
Wednesday, March 13 | 8:30 pm (PT) | MGM Grand Garden Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Network | Radio: KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM (Affiliates)
Pac-12 Notes: Vs. WSU
- The No. 6 seed Huskies (17-13, 9-9 Pac-12) will meet for a third time this season against the No. 11 seed Washington State Cougars (13-18, 4-14 Pac-12), this time on a neutral floor in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. The Huskies will be going for its sixth straight over WSU at 8:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday. UW is trying to replicate Colorado's efforts from last year when they won the 2012 tournament as the sixth seed. USC also won the tournament from the sixth spot in 2009.
The Pac-12 Network will broadcast Wednesday's game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ted Robinson and Bill Walton will call the action, while Yogi Roth and Ashley Adamson will provide sideline reports. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radiowaves by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. In addition, UW Director of Writing Gregg Bell will chat live from press row for GoHuskies.com.
Washington vs. Washington State
Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 176-100 advantage over their cross-state rivals, with a record of 101-35 at home, 73-62 away and 2-3 at neutral sites. This season, the Huskies earned their fourth sweep in the last last five years and their sixth overall in 11 seasons under Lorenzo Romar. C.J. Wilcox averaged 20.5 ppg and Scott Suggs 17.0 in the two games. Washington has won the last five overall in the series and 9 of the last 11. The Cougars were 7-0 during the previous three-year stretch from 2006-08. Washington and Washington State last met up in the tournament on March 10, 2011 where the Huskies would erase an 8-point halftime deficit and win 89-87 despite 43 points from Klay Thompson. Wilcox, Suggs and Aziz N'Diaye all played in that game, with Wilcox scoring 16, including a UW tournament record five 3-pointers. Suggs added 3 points in 20 minutes and N'Diaye had 2 in 12 minutes. The Huskies would go on to win the Pac-10 tournament that year on Isaiah Thomas' cold-blooded shot to beat Arizona. In the only other Pac-10 Tournament meeting, 11th- ranked WSU won 74-64 in the 2007 quarterfinals. Romar is 15-10 in all games vs. WSU (7-4 in Seattle, 6-5 in Pullman and 1-1 in the Pac-12 Tournament) and Ken Bone is 2-10 all-time against UW, including an 0-3 record as head coach of Portland State.
Romar Among Best In Tournament History
Lorenzo Romar is 13-6 (.684) all-time as a coach in the Pac-12 Tournament. His win total trails only former Arizona coach Lute Olson (16) and his percentage trails former UCLA coach Walt Hazzard (.750) and Olson (.727). Hazzard only coached in the tournament twice, compiling a 3-1 record. Olson was 16-6 all-time. Romar has won the tournament three times, which once again only trails Olson (4).
Huskies Tough In The Tournament
The Huskies have the second best record in Pac-12 Tournament history. Washington is 16-11 (.693) in 15 tournament appearances. The 16 wins trails only Arizona (19) and the three tournament titles is tied for second with UCLA and trails only Arizona's 4.
Dawg Bites - Team
Since the Pac-10 formed in 1979, Washington has finished 9-9 in Conference action twice previously. UW finished the 1996 and 1980 seasons .500 in league action and went to the NIT tournament both years.
This year a Conference record four teams finished 9-9 in Pac-12 play. Since 1979, Conference teams have previously finished .500 21 times. Only three of those teams went on to the NCAA tournament and 11 would go on to the NIT.
UCLA's win over Washington on Saturday snapped an 8-game home win streak by the Huskies over the Bruins. The streak equaled the longest ever by a UCLA opponent on that team's home court.
Historically, the Huskies have finished strong in the last four regular-season conference games during the Romar era. Over the last five seasons they have a combined record of 16-4 down the home stretch, twice going 4-0 and 3-1 and going 2-2 once. In fact in 11 years under Romar, UW has only finished under .500 once in the final four game (2008) and is 32-12 (.727) overall.
Washington had not been swept in a two-game regular season series by a Pac-12 team since USC in 2010 and had not been swept by two schools in the same season since 2007 when Arizona and Washington State pulled it off. This year, Arizona, Oregon and UCLA swept the Huskies. The last time UW was swept by three Pac-12 teams was 2003 when ASU, Ariz, Cal, UCLA and OSU all swept the Huskies.
UW's 11-7 home record is unusual in that the loss total is more than the combined last three seasons when they went 49-6 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The seven home losses under Romar equals 2008 (12-7) & 2003 (8-7).
The Huskies were 5-4 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.
The Huskies have scored under 60 points seven times this season. The last time they had done that as many times was in 2000.
UW 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 is 5-6 in true road games, 1-1 in neutral site games. The Huskies average 66.5 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 66.8. It marked the seventh time in 11 seasons under Romar that the Huskies have won five road games.
UW is 12-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 5-13 when under 70%. Also, UW is 13-3 when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 12-3 when leading at halftime, 2-1 when tied and 3-10 when trailing.
UW leads the Pac-12 with 13.2 offensive rebounds per game but conversely, the Huskies are 11th with 23.4 defensive rebounds per game. Perhaps the correlating stat is that UW is 11th in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .431.
The Huskies are giving up 66.2 ppg which ranks 10th 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
Scott Suggs is averaging 17.8 points on 27-of-43 FG's (.628) including 13-of-26 3-pointers over the last 4 games. In the previous 3 games, he was averaging 4.0 ppg and was 5-of-22 from the field (0-for-7 from 3-point range).
C.J. Wilcox was named second-team All-Pac-12. He was honorable mention in 2011 and was on the All-Freshman team in 2010.
Wilcox is the third Husky to make 200 3-pointers and is third on the all-time list with 202. Scott Suggs is 6th all-time on UW's top-10 career 3-point list with 136.
Abdul Gaddy has 132 assists, which is 12th most in UW single-season history. For his career, he has 444 to rank third all-time in UW history.
Wilcox has scored 20+ points 13 times this season to equal the ninth most in UW single-season history. He has done it 11 times at home (18.3 ppg home) and twice in 11 games away from Alaska Airlines Arena (14.7 ppg). He is the 37th Husky to reach 1,000 points and is currently 24th all-time with 1,243. His 520 points are the tied for 26th most in team history.
Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has scored in double figures seven times, six coming on the weekend. Over the last 6 weeknight contests he has averaged 2.8 ppg.
Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.873), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percentage is the fourth best in team history (89.7 is the record).
Among active Pac-12 players, Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 444 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU, 310, while C.J. Wilcox is second (202) behind Cal's Allen Crabbe (204) in career 3-point field goals.
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.
Last Time Vs. WSU (3/3/13)
AP - Scott Suggs hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4 minutes remaining and finished with 23 points, and Washington beat rival Washington State 72-68, handing the Cougars their ninth straight loss. Suggs' 3 from the top of the key snapped a 57-all tie. It was his fifth 3-pointer, tying his career high, and he added four more free throws as the Huskies (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) took a 65-57 lead with 2:28 remaining. Washington won consecutive games for the first time since early January when the Huskies started conference play 4-0 before losing eight of nine. Washington won its fifth straight over the Cougars. Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge led Washington State (11-18, 2-14) with 18 points each, but the Cougars' worst slide since the 2002-03 season continued.
Last Time Out: UCLA 61, UW 54 (3/9)
AP - Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Larry Drew II came up with another huge shot against Washington, and No. 23 UCLA clinched the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title with a 61-54 win over the Huskies on Saturday. Muhammad scored 14 in the second half and helped UCLA (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12) rally from a four-point deficit with 5 minutes remaining. He took over when the Bruins needed their freshman to be a star. Jordan Adams added 17 points and Travis Wear had 10 for the Bruins, who avoided being swept in the state of Washington for the first time since 1993. Scott Suggs had 14 points, but Washington (17-14, 9-9 leading scorer C.J. Wilcox was just 3 of 13 shooting for eight points.
Wilcox Named 2nd Team All-Pac-12
C.J. Wilcox, who was honorable mention in 2012 as a sophomore and was a member of the 2011 All-Freshman team, was named 2nd Team All-Pac-12. He led UW in scoring, minutes played and 3-point makes. The junior was also second in blocks and third in assists. His 16.8 points per game ranked sixth in the Pac-12 and his 2.1 3-point makes per game was third. The Pleasant Grove, Utah native also ranked 7th in the conference averaging 34.7 minutes per game, 12th with 1.1 blocks and 8th in free throw percentage (.804). Wilcox also made his mark in UW single season history. He scored 20 or more points 13 times - tying for ninth in UW history. Wilcox is the 16th Husky to earn first- or second-team all-conference honors during Lorenzo Romar's 11 years as Washington head coach.
Nate Rob Joins Pac-12 Hall Of Honor
Nate Robinson is the 2012-13 Washington representative in the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. The induction will occur on Saturday, March 16, during a ceremony prior to the championship Game at the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Robinson ranks 23rd on the UW's all-time scoring list with 1,283 points (14.4 ppg) despite playing just three years. He also ranks in UW's top-five career list for steals. He helped UW to it's most successful season ever that saw them earn its first No. 1 NCAA see.
The Huskies honored three players and manager Nick Matranga as part of senior day ceremonies on Saturday. Abdul Gaddy, Aziz N'Diaye and Scott Suggs played in their last regular season game at Alaska Airlines Arena. Each player has been part of their fair share of winning during their careers; the team is 77-38 (.670) in games played by Gaddy, Suggs is 77-35 (.688) and N'Diaye is 64-35 (.646). Each has been on either a conference regular season or tournament champion every year of their careers.