March 18, 2013
UW-BYU Game Notes
SEATTLE - UW will be making its sixth-consecutive post-season appearance, second-straight NIT tournament and seventh overall NIT when they face No. 3 seed BYU (21-11) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Provo, Utah at the Marriott Center. Washington (18-15) earned the sixth-seed a year after earning a No. 1 seed and making it all the way to the NIT semifinals in New York City. The winner will play Tennessee or Mercer.
UW-BYU have NIT history dating back to 1982 when the Huskies traveled to Provo and beat the Cougars 66-63. It was Washington's first-ever NIT win.
ESPN will broadcast Tuesday's game at the Marriott Center with Roxy Bernstein and Sean Farnham calling the action. 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. BYU History
Washington owns a 10-8 series lead over the Cougars since the teams first met in 1951 in the NCAA Regional Third-Place game. The #15 Huskies won that contest 80-67 over #11 BYU in Kansas City, Mo. That meeting was the lone neutral site game of the series. Washington is 4-4 all-time in Provo (5-4 in Seattle). The Huskies won the last time the two teams met, 83-68 on Dec. 9, 1997 at the Marriott Center. Deon Luton had 18 points to counter 31 points from BYU's Wesley Mekeli. The Huskies have won the last three meetings between the two teams. They swept a home-and-home series in 1997 & 1998, plus won at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in 1986. The last time BYU beat the Huskies was Dec. 22, 1984 when the Cougars knocked off 7th-ranked UW 84-75 in Provo. That Husky team featured current UW assistant Paul Fortier and would go on to the NCAA tournament. Lorenzo Romar is 0-1 all-time against BYU, with a lone loss coming as head coach of Pepperdine during the 1998 season. Dave Rose has never faced the Huskies. UW junior C.J. Wilcox played his high school ball in nearby Pleasant Grove, Utah and was AAU teammates with BYU standout Tyler Haws.
Last Time Vs. BYU (12/9/97)
Deon Luton sparked a Husky surge with 8 of his 18 points to help Washington defeat BYU 83-68 at the Marriott Center. The Huskies trailed 9-7 before Luton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 14-2 run that put UW ahead for good at 21-11 with 9:16 left in the first half. Patrick Femerling totaled 11 of his 13 points in the 2nd half and Thalo Green added 10 points for UW. Wesley Mekeli poured in 31 to pace BYU which also got 16 from Justin Weidauer and 11 from Danny Bower. Those three combined for 58 of BYU's 68 points. Washington shot 55 percent (31-56) from the field, including 8-of-15 from 3-pt range.
UW Against NCAA/NIT Tournament Teams
Washington played nine teams that made the NCAA tournament and two teams that are in the NIT tournament. The Huskies were 3-10 against NCAA teams, with a win over No. 4 seed Saint Louis being the highest seeded team they defeated. They also beat Colorado and California. The highest seeded team they faced this year was No. 2 Ohio State, who beat UW 77-66 in the Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament. The Huskies fared much better against NIT teams ASU and Stanford. The Huskies swept the Sun Devils and beat Stanford in Palo Alto.
Dawg Bites - Team
The Huskies went 1-1 in the 2013 Pac-12 tournament, beating Washington St. before losing in overtime to eventual champion Oregon in the quarterfinals. Scott Suggs led UW with 18.5 ppg, while C.J. Wilcox chipped in 15 ppg.
Since the Pac-10 formed in 1979, Washington has finished 9-9 in Conference action three times. UW finished the 1996 and 1980 seasons .500 in league action and also went to the NIT tournament both those 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. This year, 3 of the .500 teams (UW, ASU, Stanford) went to the NIT. USC was left home.
UCLA's win over Washington on March 9 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 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, 2-2 in neutral site games. The Huskies average 67.0 ppg away from Alaska Airlines Arena; their opponents 67.4. It marked the seventh time in 11 seasons under Romar that the Huskies have won five road games.
UW is 13-1 when shooting above 70% from the free throw line, but 5-14 when under 70%. Also, UW is 14-3 when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
Getting off to a good start is imperative for the Huskies. They are 13-3 when leading at halftime, 2-1 when tied and 3-11 when trailing.
UW leads the Pac-12 with 13.0 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 last in the conference in field goal PCT defense at .431.
The Huskies are giving up 66.5 ppg which ranks 7th 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 had 11 assists vs. Washington State, the second highest game total he's had in his career. He is up to 460 for his career and needs 7 more to move to second all-time in UW history and 2 to become the first Husky with 150 assists in two seasons.
Over the last 6 games Scott Suggs has averaged 18.0 ppg, shot .606 (40x66) from the field and .513 (20x39) from 3-point range. The rest of the team is 17x55 (.309) from 3-point range during that same stretch.
Lorenzo Romar is 14-7 (.667) all-time as a coach in the Pac-12 Tournament. His win total trails only Lute Olson (16). The Huskies are 17-12 all-time in the tourney and trail only Arizona's 19 wins.
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 207. Scott Suggs is 6th all-time on UW's top-10 career 3-point list with 143.
Aziz N'Diaye has 305 rebounds, making him the 4th different player in the last 40 years with 300 in a season. Jon Brockman (2007-09), Todd MacCulloch (1999) and Chris Welp (1987) are the others.
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 1,273. His 550 points are the 18th most in team history.
Andrew Andrews is definitely a weekend warrior. The freshman has scored in double figures eight times, six coming on the weekend. Over the last 8 weeknight contests he has averaged 3.9 ppg.
Suggs would lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (.867), if he had enough attempts to qualify. His percent is the 5th best in UW history.
Among active Pac-12 players, Abdul Gaddy leads in assists with 465 (2nd, Joe Burton, OSU) while C.J. Wilcox (207) leads in career 3-point field goals ahead of Cal's Allen Crabbe (206).
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 Out: Oregon 80, UW 77 ot (3/14)
AP - Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 of his 14 points in overtime, helping Oregon outlast Washington 80-77 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament. The Ducks stopped Washington from getting off a shot in the closing seconds of regulation and held on in overtime to reach the semifinals. Damyean Dotson had 17 points and E.J. Singler added 16 for the Ducks. C.J. Wilcox led Washington with 19 points, Scott Suggs added 18 and Abdul Gaddy had 14 with five rebounds and five assists. Wilcox put Washington up 64-62 on a turnaround with 50 seconds left in regulation, and Oregon's Johnathan Loyd hit two free throws to tie it. Washington had a final chance in regulation but fumbled the ball away without getting a shot. In overtime, Kazemi scored six straight points, with his two-handed slam on the break putting the Ducks up 72-65. He then followed a basket by Suggs with a three-point play that made it an eight-point game.