Nov. 30, 2012
||WASHINGTON vs. CAL-STATE FULLERTON
Sunday, Dec. 2 | 4:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Network | Radio: KJR (Affiliates)
UW-CS-Fullerton Game Notes
SEATTLE -- Washington continues its march through an extended Seattle stay with a matchup on Sunday, Dec. 2 against Cal-State Fullerton at 4:00 p.m. PT. The clash with the high-scoring Titans is the third of eight games the Huskies will play inside the Seattle city limits. UW snapped a two-game home losing streak despite playing just seven guys against Saint Louis on Wednesday. The Titans will test the Huskies depth on Sunday with an up-and-down game. Fullerton is the second-highest scoring team in the nation.
Sunday's game will be on the Pac-12 Network with Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf calling the action. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio airwaves on KJR Sports Radio 950 AM and 102.9 FM by Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live exclusively on GoHuskies.com.
C.J. Wilcox has definitely diversified his game this year. Entering the season, 56% of his field goal makes came from behind the 3-point arc, and 61% of his FG attempts were 3-pointers. This year, just 32% of his field goal makes have come from beyond 3-point range and 38% of his attempts are 3-pointers.
Wilcox has scored 55 points in the last two games, including a career high 28 points vs. Colorado State and 27 vs. Saint Louis. Against Colorado St. he was 11-of-28 from the field; both numbers were half of the team's totals for the game. Versus SLU, he was an efficient 11-of-13 from the field.
Aziz N'Diaye leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.667) and ranks second in rebounds per game (10.5 rpg). N'Diaye is ranked 18th nationally in FG percentage and 20th in rebounding (through Thursday).
Wilcox is currently tied for 4th all-time in UW history with Curtis Allen for 3-point makes (151). He needs 13 more to tie third-place Isaiah Thomas.
In UW's win over Saint Louis, Wilcox (27), N'Diaye (14) and Abdul Gaddy (16) accounted for 57 of the Huskies 66 points.
The Huskies bench was outscored 27-0 by Saint Louis on Wednesday.
Washington improved to 3-0 when shooting over 50%. Conversely, they are 0-3 when shooting below 50%.
Overall, three Husky regulars are shooting over 50% this year: N'Diaye (.667), Wilcox (.523) and Scott Suggs (.516).
The Huskies have an RPI ranking of 24th, third-highest among Pac-12 schools.
The last time the Huskies dropped back-to-back non-conference home games happened almost a decade ago. They lost the last non-conference game of the 2001-02 season to Gonzaga on Dec. 11, 2001 and then lost the first game of the 2002-03 season at home to Montana State on Nov. 24, 2002.
UW vs. Cal-State Fullerton/Big West
Sunday's meeting marks just the second time the two schools have ever faced each other. The only other time the two squads met was Dec. 19, 1986 when Cal-State Fullerton topped Washington 75-55 at Titan Gym. Washington is 24-3 all-time against the Big West Conference. The Huskies have won 10 straight games vs. the Big West with the last loss coming vs. Boise State on Dec. 5, 1998. Lorenzo Romar is 1-2 all-time against CS-Fullerton; all three previous meetings coming while coach of Pepperdine.
Scouting Cal State Fullerton
The Titans are a high-scoring team that ranks No. 2 nationally in scoring (91.2 ppg), assists (19.8), field goal percentage (53.8) and 3-point field goal percentage (47.3). They are also third in 3-point makes per game (10.6) ... Coach Andy Newman is in his first season as interim head coach at CS-Fullerton after severing the past five years as associate head coach for Bob Burton, who was let go in June ... Seniors Kwame Vaughn (18.4) and D.J. Seeley (18.2) are the Titans leading scorers. Seeley is a transfer from California ... Sammy Yeager (17.0) is the only other Titans player to average double-figures. He also leads the team in rebounds, despite standing just 6-4 ... Twelve players on CS-Fullerton's roster began their career with different college programs.
Last Time Out
AP - C.J. Wilcox finished 27 points, just off his career-high, Aziz N'Diaye scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Washington snapped a two-game home losing streak by holding on for a 66-61 win over Saint Louis on Wednesday night. Thinned by injuries, the Huskies (3-3) went just seven players deep, but had enough to overcome the Billikens (3-3) and avenge a 13-point loss last season in St. Louis. Wilcox had one of the most efficient games in Washington history, hitting 11 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers. He just missed his career high of 28 set in Saturday's home loss to Colorado State. The Huskies avoided their first three-game home non-conference losing streak since 1994. Cody Ellis led the Billikens with 14 points off the bench. It was Saint Louis' last game away from home before conference play begins in early January.
Wilcox Diversifying His Game
Everyone knows C.J. Wilcox can shoot from the outside. Entering the season, statistically speaking, it was easy to tell he prefered to fire away from outside the 3-point line. Entering the year, 56% of his field goal makes came from behind the 3-point arc, while 61% of his FG attempts were 3-pointers. He has diversified his game this year, according to the stats. So far in his junior season, of Wilcox's field goal makes, just 32% have come from beyond 3-point range and 38% of his attempts are 3-pointers. Despite moving closer to the rim, his scoring average has gone up and not surprisingly, so has his field goal percentage. He is shooting 52.3% and ranks 13th in the Pac-12 Conference for field goal percentage.