Nov. 29, 2011
Complete Weekly Release
Video: Romar Tuesday Press Conference
SEATTLE - The Husky men's basketball team (4-1) embarks on their longest forray outside of Seattle to date this year when they hit the road for three games, starting with Nevada (4-3) on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. PT. Friday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon calling the action. KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM will broadcast the game on radio in Seattle with Bob Rondeau providing play-by-play and Jason Hamilton supplying color analysis. Fans can also follow the game on the GoHuskies.com live chat.
Pack Your Bags Husky Hoopsters
Washington begins its coast-to-coast tour this week that will see them travel 5,946 miles over a span of 10 days. The Huskies practice this Thursday before hopping on a plane to make the 572 mile flight to Reno. On Saturday morning, the team flies back to Seattle and on Sunday afternoon heads right back to the Sea-Tac airport for the 2,401 mile flight to Newark, N.J. The Huskies will spend 6 days in New York City and play Marquette at 6:00 p.m. PT as part of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Duke as part of the CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Washington heads home on Saturday afternoon after the Duke game.
Next Win No. 200 For Romar
Lorenzo Romar will join Hec Edmundson and Marv Harshman as the only Husky head coaches to reach 200 wins with his next victory. Romar has coached 302 games in his 10-year career at Washington and has compiled a 199-103 (.659) record. He can become the second fastest Husky coach to reach the milestone. Edmundson won No. 200 in his 258th career game during the first game of his 13th season. Harshman reached 200 in the last game of his 12th season, his 329th overall game. The next big milestone for Romar is that the Feb. 2 contest at home vs. UCLA will be the 500th game of Romar's 16-year coaching career. He is 292-191 (.604) all-time.
Did You Know ... ???
UW has won 31 straight non-conference games at Hec Edmundson Pavilion breaking the previous long streak of home non-conference wins of 30 set from 2004-2008. The last non-conference loss at Alaska Airlines Arena versus a non-conference foe was to Valparaiso, 71-72, on March 14, 2008 in the post-season CBI Tournament.
UW and Nevada will meet for the eighth time in their histories in the second game of a 2-for-1 series between the two programs. Last season, Washington beat Nevada 90-60 and next year, the Wolfpack will once again travel north to face the Huskies. The Huskies are leading the series 6-1. The Huskies are 2-0 all-time at Nevada with an 80-76 win on Dec. 5, 1986 and 61-60 on Dec. 11, 1990. Last year was the first time Lorenzo Romar had ever faced the Wolfpack and vice versa for Nevada Coach David Carter.
Last Year Vs. Nevada
Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points, and Washington looked sharp in its last warmup before beginning Pac-10 play with a 90-60 blowout of Nevada. Thomas did a little of everything, as the Huskies finished out almost all of their non-conference slate at 8-3. Thomas, the Huskies leading scorer, got plenty of help. Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 16 points and could have scored a lot more if not for a number of close misses. Washington led by as many as 37 in the second half. Dario Hunt led Nevada (3-9) with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Nevada enters Friday's game with a 4-3 record, but are winners in four of its last five games. The Wolfpack last played in Chicago as part of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. They lost on Friday, 76-55, to BYU but rebounded with a 64-59 win over Bradley. Nevada is led by 6-foot-5, 225-pound guard Malik Story, who was named the Western Athletic Conference's Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 19.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals per game in three contests. Overall, he is averaging 15.3 ppg and is shooting 53.5% (23x43) from 3-point range. Backcourt mate Deonte Burton is second on the team with 11.0 ppg and is dishing out 4.4 apg. Olek Czyz, who began his career at Duke, is averaging 9.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Dario Hunt is scoring 7.6 ppg and 8. 90 rpg.
Huskies' Last Time Out
AP - C.J. Wilcox made five 3-pointers on his way to 19 points, and Washington bounced back from a bad road debut with an 88-65 win Friday over Houston Baptist. Terrence Ross added 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Washington (5-1). Washington slogged through a sloppy first 10 minutes before using a 21-1 run late in the first half to start pulling away. Wilcox scored 11 in the first half, then let his teammates help out in the final 20 minutes. Tony Wroten scored 14 off the bench, including a fastbreak layup where he faked passing behind his back before a finger roll off the glass. Coming off a five-point win over Cal State-Fullerton on Saturday, Houston Baptist (2-4) struggled against Washington's athleticism and defensive pressure. Washington forced 21 turnovers and held HBU to 32 percent shooting. Marcus Davis led HBU with a career-high 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Washington came into the season with one of the top-rated backcourts in the nation and early on, the Huskies are living up to the billing. The team's top-four leading scorer are guards led by 16.2 ppg from C.J. Wilcox. Terrence Ross is not far behind at 15.8 ppg and freshman point guard Tony Wroten comes off the bench and contributes 12.8 ppg. The group is doing more than just scoring, exemplified by Abdul Gaddy, who is the calming influence on the court. He is 4th among Huskies with 9.6 ppg and is dishing out a Pac-10 leading 5.2 apg. Wilcox leads the Pac-12 in 3-point FG percentage & makes per game and is also 5th in steals. Ross pulls down an impressive 7.0 rebounds per game to rank 7th in the Pac-12 and Wroten is third in the conference with 2.2 steals per game and 6th with 3.8 apg.
Remembering Andrew Moritz
On Saturday, Nov. 26 the Husky basketball family lost one of their own when Andrew Moritz succumbed to his three-year battle with cancer. Moritz, 33, was a walk-on player from 1996-99 who played on two NCAA tournament teams. He was diagnosed in 2008 with desmoplastic round cell tumor and only given a few months to live. Moritz spent the past three years fighting the disease with the same spirit he showed on the basketball court and inspired friends and family to the end.
Husky Quick hitters...
Through Monday's action, Washington is leading the Pac-12 in scoring (82.6 ppg), 3-point FG PCT (.461), total rebounds (43.0 rpg), offensive rebounds (14.4 pg), blocked shots (5.8 bpg) and 3-point FG's made (8.2 pg).
The Huskies are shooting 46.1% from 3-point range, which is way higher than the UW single-season record of 40.1% in 1989.
Huskies that lead the Pac-12 in stat categories are: Aziz N'Diaye - blocked shots per game (2.0 bpg); Abdul Gaddy - assists (5.2) and assist/turnover ratio (2.9); C.J. Wilcox - 3-point FG made per game (3.2).
Tony Wroten had 6 steals vs. Houston Baptist, the 11th Husky with 6+ in a game. He was one shy of the freshman record set by Joel Smith.
Washington has won a school record 31 straight non-conference home games with the last loss coming at the hands of Valparaiso, 71-72, on March 14, 2008 in the post-season CBI Tournament.
The Huskies have 864 wins inside Hec Edmundson Pavilion, more than any other program in their current arena.
After the loss at Saint Louis, Washington is 1-9 under Romar in its first away contest of the season. The Huskies have fared better in the second road game, going 5-4 in those contests.
The Nov. 14 game vs. Portland was the 300th at UW for Lorenzo Romar. His next win will be the 200th of his Husky career.
UW began its 110th season with three victories to win the World Vision Classic. C.J. Wilcox earned MVP honors, while Ross and Abdul Gaddy each were named to the All-Tournament team.
Wilcox earned the very first Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week honors after earning the award .
Washington returns 42.2 percent of its scoring and 43.2 percent of its rebounding from last year's team that went 24-11 overall, won the Pac-10 Conference Tournament and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Washington lost three starters (Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas) from last season but returns six players that started at least four games and combined for 69 starts.
Wilcox is Washington's top returning scorer. The 2011 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team member averaged 8.1 ppg. Ross is next on the team with 8.0 ppg.
The average combined height of the Huskies this season is 6-foot-6 and 1/2 inches.