Terrence Ross and the Huskies are riding high in their return to Madison Square Garden.
March 22, 2012
TV: ESPN (Mike Patrick, Bill Rafferty and Fran Fraschilla
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- For the second time this season, Washington will make the 2,400 mile flight to New York City, this time to play in the NIT semifinals. The Huskies were 0-2 in their first trip to the Big Apple, dropping a pair of games to Marquette and Duke.
This time No. 1 seed Washington will face Minnesota, a No. 6 seed, on Tuesday, March 27 at approximately 6:20 p.m. PT for a chance to play either Stanford or UMass in Thursday's championship game. The Huskies made it to the final four after winning three times at home: beating UT Arlington, Northwestern and Oregon. Minnesota took the long route to get to New York winning road games at LaSalle, Miami and Middle Tennessee State.
This is the first time the Huskies have advanced past the third round in the NIT, so its the first time they will play in the World's Most Famous Arena for the post-season. UW is 1-4 all-time at MSG, with their only win coming in their first appearance: a 72-38 rout of New York University on Dec. 30, 1941.
Tuesday's game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN with Mike Patrick, Fran Fraschilla and Bill Rafferty 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.
The two teams last met in a home-and-away series during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. Minnesota won at home in 1990 and UW won in Seattle in 1991. The Huskies hold the all-time advantage 9-6, including 7-3 at home, 2-2 at Minnesota and 0-1 on a neutral floor. No. 3 ranked Minnesota beat UW 77-76 in the 1964 Los Angeles Classic to earn the only neutral site win. Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Minnesota and Tubby Smith has never played Washington during his 21 year coaching career. The Huskies are 41-28 all-time vs. Big Ten teams.
Minnesota is 22-14 on the season after a 6-12 record in Big Ten play. The Golden Gophers won three road games by an average of 11 points to get to the NIT semifinals. They are 3-2 on a neutral court this season ... Of Minnesota's 14 losses, 13 came to post-season tournament teams. Nine came vs. NCAA tournament teams, including 6 against that made the Sweet 16 ... Tubby Smith is 102-57 (.642) in five seasons at Minnesota and is 489-212 (.698) in his 21-year coaching career ... Forward Rodney Williams leads the team with 12.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg. He is averaging 22 points and shooting 68.4% from the field in 3 NIT games ... Guard Andre Hollins is averaging 17.0 ppg in the NIT, but is only scoring 8.5 ppg over 35 games ... Julian Welch is avg. 10.6 ppg.
Last Time Out Vs. Oregon (3/20/12)
AP - Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Tony Wroten added 22 points and Washington held off a late rally from Pac-12 rival Oregon for a 90-86 victory. Olu Ashaolu led Oregon (24-10) with 20 points and E.J. Singler added 19, although only four came in the second half. Devoe Joseph added 12, but continued his struggles shooting in Seattle, making just 4 of 15 shots. Abdul Gaddy finished with 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. C.J. Wilcox added 17 for the Huskies, including 6-for-6 from the FT line down the stretch. Oregon led by 4 at halftime but UW quickly tied the score after the break. The teams seesawed back and forth until UW went on a 9-0 run midway through the half to take a 10-point lead they would never relinquish.
UW In The NIT So Far
The Huskies have advanced to the NIT semifinals in NYC for the first time in team history.
The Huskies are averaging 82.7 ppg and have won their three games by an average of 11.7 points.
UW is shooting 72.5% from the line (58-for-80) after shooting 61% durving the first 31 games of the year.
Terrence Ross has averaged 26.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg, including a career-high 32 points vs. Northwestern. He is 12-of-30 (.400) from 3-point range and 28-of-54 (.519) overall from the field.
Abdul Gaddy is averaging 7.7 apg and recorded his first career double-double with 11 pts and 10 assts vs. Oregon.
C.J. Wilcox is 2nd in scoring with 17.3 ppg.
UW NIT History
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 6-5 overall. They recorded their first victory in 25 years on March 13 vs. UT Arlington. The Huskies have hosted five games and are 4-1 in those home contests. They had previously hosted a game on March 16, 1987 when the beat Boise State 73-68 before losing on the road in the third round to Nebraska in Lincoln. The only other home game they hosted prior to this year was a 1982 second round contest that they dropped 69-65 to Texas A&M.
Post-Seasons Under Romar
For the fifth-straight year Washington is making a post-season appearance. After playing in the 2008 CBI, UW made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In all, Washington has made 8 post-season tournaments in Lorenzo Romar's 10 years tenure. The Huskies are 11-7 in post-season tournaments, including 8-6 in six NCAA appearances and 0-1 in the 2008 CBI and 3-0 in NIT appearances. This marks the first NIT appearance for Washington under Romar. Romar led his Pepperdine Waves to the 1999 NIT in his last season coaching there and lost in the first round.