UW Hosts Northwestern In NIT Second Round Showdown
March 15, 2012
SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies (22-10, 14-4) earned their first National Invitation Tournament win in 25 years with an 82-72 victory over UT Arlington on Tuesday.
Up next for the regular season Pac-12 champs is Northwestern, who are making their fourth consecutive NIT appearance. The state of Washington has not been kind to he Wildcats' over the last calendar year as their 2011 season came to an end in a quarterfinals loss in Pullman. The winner will advance to face either Oregon or Iowa in the quarterfinals on March 20 or 21.
Washington is making its first appearance in the NIT since 1997 and its sixth overall trip to the post-season tournament. The Huskies also played in the 1996, 1987, 1982 and 1980 NIT and have compiled a 4-5 overall record. A total of 4 teams from the Pac-12 Conference earned spots in the tournament: No. 1 seed Arizona and No. 3's Stanford and Oregon.
Friday's game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Mark Adams calling the action. 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 a LIVE chat on GoHuskies.com.
UW NIT History
Post-Seasons Under Romar
How The Huskies Got Here
The Huskies won the regular season Pac-12 championship after posting a 14-4 record, just the fourth time they have had that many conference wins since the Pac-10 started in 1979. Despite the great stretch, UW was denied an NCAA tourney bid. It's the first time a "power" conference regular season champion has been denied an invite to the Big Dance and just the first time since 1954 that the Pacific Coast Conference/Pac-10/Pac-12 regular-season champ was left home.
Husky Quick hitters...
Abdul Gaddy has 290 career assists and will become the 10th Husky with 300 in their career. His needs 4 more this season to pass Chester Dorsey for 3rd on the single-season list.
Darnell Gant set a new UW record for games played (137) after the first round of the NIT.
Terrence Ross and Washington State's Brock Motum are the only two Pac-12 player to be ranked in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding.
C.J. Wilcox is the 10th player in UW history with 100 or more career 3-pointers. He is tied for 6th all-time in UW history with 128.
Wroten is one of five Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year candidates. He joins Kentucky teammates Anthony Davis & Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Indiana's Cody Zeller and Duke's Austin Rivers on the list.
Wroten and Detlef Schrempf (1985) are the only Huskies with 500 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists in a season.
Wroten owns the UW freshman record for steals and his total is 2nd on the UW single season list. He is also second on UW's all-time freshman scoring and assists lists.
Desmond Simmons is 5th all-time among UW freshmen with 162 rebounds, while Wroten is sixth with 156.
Wroten has attempted 34% of the Huskies free throws this season and made 32% of the teams' total. His 247 attempts are 4th most in team history
Wroten leads all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring, steals and assists. He ranks 4th among all freshmen nationally in scoring and 2nd among all BCS conference freshmen.
Wroten set a new UW freshman record with 29 points vs. Oregon St. in the Pac-12 Tournament, eclipsing the previous high of 27 that he shared with several other players.
In 10 years with Romar at the helm, UW is 145-27 (.843) overall at home, 74-6 (.925) in non-Pac-12 games.
Dating back to 1911, UW has won 23 conference titles. Eighteen of those crowns are outright, but only two of those have come in the last 58 years (2009 & 2012).
Washington was 14-4 in conference play, the 9th time they have achieved as many league wins since 1931 and just the 4th time since Pac-10 play began in 1979.
The Huskies are the first "power" conference regular-season champ to not earn an NCAA tourney bid and are the first Pac-12/10/PCC regular-season champ since 1954 to be left out of the dance.
UW has won 20 or more games in four-straight seasons for the first time in school history.
UW leads the Pac-12 in total rebounds (39.9) and rank 5th nationally. They have led the conference in rebounding three straight seasons and will become the first team to lead the conference in rebounding four-straight years since UCLA did it 9 times from 1966-74.