Dec. 6, 2012
||WASHINGTON vs. NEVADA
Saturday, Dec. 8 | 5:00 pm (PT) | Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stats | TV: Pac-12 Network | Radio: KJR (Affiliates)
SEATTLE - The Huskies play their fourth straight at home on Saturday when they host Nevada on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW will have revenge on its mind, as last season the Wolfpack rallied from five points down in the last 34 seconds to force overtime, where they eventually won 76-73. UW had to rally on Sunday for a 74-72 win over Cal-State Fullerton to start its first win streak of the season. Saturday'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, 102.9 FM, Sirius 94 and XM Radio 198 by Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton. In addition, Gregg Bell will chat live exclusively on GoHuskies.com.
The Huskies 14 point halftime rally vs. Cal-State Fullerton was the team's largest comeback at the half since Dec. 29, 2007 at LSU. They trailed that game 41-27 and eventually won 74-65.
The 18 rebounds by Desmond Simmons against CSF were the most by a Husky since Jon Brockman pulled down the same amount on March 21, 2009 vs. Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
C.J. Wilcox has scored 76 points over the last three games and has reached 20-plus in three-straight for the first time in his career.
Washington has finished 1st in the conference in rebounding four-straight years and has finished first or second in each of the last 8 years. So far, they are last in the Pac-12 in rebounding this year with 33.7 per game, which currently represents their lowest average since 1995.
A couple of Huskies are first or second in Pac-12 categories this season. Wilcox leads the conference in minutes per game (35.9), is second in scoring (19.7) and second in 3-point makes per game (2.4). Aziz N'Diaye ranks second in field goal percentage (.659) and is 3rd in rebounding (9.6).
UW had three losses in November for just the second time under Lorenzo Romar in 11 seasons. The last time: 2009 when the Huskies went on to win the Pac-10 regular season crown.
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 is 4th all-time in UW history with 153 3-point makes. He needs 11 more to tie third-place Isaiah Thomas.
Andrew Andrews leads all Pac-12 freshmen in assist to turnover ratio. So far, he has 23 assists and 11 turnovers for a 2.1 ratio. He is fifth overall in the category among all players.
UW vs. Nevada/Mountain West
UW and Nevada will meet for the ninth time in their histories in the final game of a 2-for-1 series between the two programs. In 2010, Washington beat Nevada 90-60 and last year, the Wolf Pack rallied from a five point deficit with 34 second left and eventually beat the Huskies, 76-73, in overtime. The Huskies are leading the series 6-2. UW is 3-1 all-time in Seattle against the Wolf Pack with Nevada's lone win coming during the 1989 season. Lorenzo Romar and Nevada Coach David Carter have only faced each other twice. The game will mark the second time the Huskies have played a Big West foe, with Nevada entering its first season in the conference. UW lost earlier this season to Colorado State.
The Wolf Pack, in their first year of play in the Mountain West Conference, have started the season 4-4 ... Nevada boasts a pair of 1,000 point scorers in junior point guard Deonte Burton and senior shooting guard Malik Story. Burton scored his 1,000 career point on Nov. 17 against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later Story joined the club, scoring his 1,000 point on Nov. 18 versus Southern Utah. The duo became the 23rd and 24th players in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau at Nevada ... Nevada's bench is averaging 20.9 points per game and has outscored its opponents bench in four-of-seven games this season ... David Carter is 66-43 in his fourth season leading the program.
Last Time Vs. Nevada
AP - Deonte Burton scored 31 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation and eight of Nevada's 10 points in overtime, as the Wolf Pack defeated Washington 76-73. Nevada trailed 65-60 with 34 seconds remaining in regulation. Malik Story, who finished with 13 points, hit a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left and, after a Washington free throw, Burton made his shot behind the arc with 4.3 seconds to go. Terrance Ross, who led Washington with 18 points, scored the first four points in overtime before Burton registered a three-point play and hit a 3-pointer to put the Wolf Pack ahead 72-70 with 1:39 left. Nevada led 74-71 with 45 seconds left when Ross cut the lead to a point with a short jumper. Burton fed Kevin Panzer for a baseline jumper with 18.9 seconds remaining to seal the win. Tony Wroten and C.J. Wilcox had 14 each for the Huskies.
Last Time Out
AP - C.J. Wilcox made a pair of free throws with 3.6 seconds left to help give the Washington Huskies a comeback 74-72 victory over Cal-State Fullerton on Sunday night. Wilcox, who had a team-high 21 points, was fouled by Alex Harris, just after Harris made a 3-pointer from the right baseline to tie the game at 72. Husky guard Andrew Andrews also made three free throws inside of 22 seconds to keep the Huskies (4-3) ahead. He finished with 13 points. D. J. Seeley scored 24 points for the Titans (3-3). The Huskies trailed by 14 points at halftime, 43-29.
Reverse Trend in Rebounding
Washington has finished first in the conference in rebounding four-straight years, six of the last eight and has finished first or second in each of the last eight seasons. If they are going to continue that trend, the Huskies are going to have to hit the glass in monumental proportions. So far this season, they are last in the Pac-12 in rebounding with 33.7 per game, which currently represents their lowest average since 1995. They are the only Pac-12 team with a negative rebounding margin (-0.4). The biggest culprit in the reverse trend is that UW is last in the league with 22.9 defensive rebounds per game and they are only grabbing 62% of the rebounds when the other team is on offense.