Dec. 27, 2011
TV: ROOT Sports (Kevin Calabro, Lenny Wilkens, Jen Mueller - Sidelines)
Radio: KIXI 880 AM (Mike Gastineau and Jason Hamilton)
SEATTLE - Washington and Oregon State will face off for the 289th time in the two school's histories this Thursday, Dec. 29, but it will be the first time the squads have met as members of the Pac-12 Conference. Washington (6-5) will have to beat its longest sustained conference rival in order to get its conference season off on the right foot.
UW started Pac-10 play 7-1 last season and the Beavers (10-2) have visions of stopping the Huskies from getting out of the gate in a similar fashion. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
ROOT Sports will televise the action with Kevin Calabro and Hall of Fame Coach Lenny Wilkens calling the action and Jen Mueller providing sideline reports. The game can be heard on KIXI 880 AM in Seattle and on the Washington IMG College Sports throughout the Pacific Northwest with Mike Gastineau providing play-by-play and Jason Hamilton supplying color analysis. Fans can also follow the game on the GoHuskies.com live chat.
Hoops-Alamo Bowl Coflict & Solution
The 6:00 p.m. tipoff of Husky Men's Basketball vs. Oregon State at Alaska Airlines Arena has left many UW fans in a quandary. Kicking off nearly simultaneously in San Antonio will be the Valero Alamo Bowl that pits the Husky football team vs. Baylor and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin. The Husky Athletic Department has a solution that will satisfy fans hoping to catch both games live. To help fans keep up with the action in San Antonio while attending the basketball game in Seattle, live look-ins of the Alamo Bowl will be shown during selected timeouts and at halftime on the Husky Vision. Following the completion of the basketball game, fans are invited to remain at Alaska Airlines Arena and watch the remainder of the football game on Husky Vision. A concession stand on the concourse will remain open following the basketball game to serve snacks and beverages.
Washington-Oregon State History
UW leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 152-136 margin since the first meeting in 1904. The series is the longest continuous rivalry for the Huskies and the 288 games are the second most UW has played against any opponent. Washington had won eight-straight before losing the last time the two teams met -- 68-56 in Corvallis on Feb. 3, 2011. Lorenzo Romar is 14-5 all-time against the Beavs (including 8-1 in Seattle), all decisions coming during his UW tenure. OSU coach Craig Robinson is 1-6 all-time against UW. The Beavers haven't won in Seattle since the 2003 season, the first of Romar's tenure. Last year, the Huskies won in Seattle by 31 points, 103-72. During UW's 8-game home winning streak over the Beavers, the Huskies have won by an average of 15.9 points.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (10-2) has gotten off to its best start since 1989-90 when the Beavers last advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers are eighth nationally in scoring (83.4), sixth in assists (18.3) and fifth in steals (10.4) and have scored 90 or more points in four consecutive games for just the second time in school history. The Beavers are led by junior Jared Cunningham, who leads the conference in scoring (16.8 ppg) and steals (3.0 spg). Angus Brandt (.667) and Devon Collier (.657) are first and second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage. Collier (1.7) is second and Eric Moreland (1.5) is third in the conference in blocked shots. Ahmad Starks is second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.1), third in three-point field goals made (28) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.4).
Last Time Out Vs. Oregon State
AP - Jared Cunningham had 19 points and the Oregon State Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-56 upset victory over No. 20 Washington. Scott Suggs had a career-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers for Washington which lost its second straight. The Beavers had lost six of seven going into what appeared to be a daunting start to the second half of conference play. But with a focus on rebounding - and the desire to salvage the rest of the Pac-10 season - Oregon State pulled off the upset. It was the Beavers' first win over a ranked team since 2006. Oregon State (9-12, 4-6) took a 58-52 lead on Omari Johnson's layup off an offensive rebound. After Isaiah Thomas made 2 of 3 free throws for the Huskies, Calvin Haynes made one for the Beavers. Haynes' layup and foul shot with 1:48 left extended it to 62-54 and put the Gill Coliseum crowd on its feet. The Beavers made free throws the rest of the way to put it away, snapping an eight-game winning streak for Washington in the series between the two teams. Thomas, Washington's top scorer, was held to nine points and six assists. Matt Bryan-Amaning had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Did You Know???
Thursday's game will mark the 289th meeting between Washington and Oregon State, equaling the Washington-Oregon rivalry for the second longest in the Pac-12 Conference. Obviously, that streak will be topped on Saturday when Oregon-UW play. Oregon-Oregon State have faced each other 335 times to boast the longest continuous rivalry in the conference.
UW's Last Time Out
Four Huskies scored in double figures led by a career-high 13 points from Desmond Simmons and Aziz N'Diaye returned to the Huskies' lineup as Washington beat CS-Northridge 74-51 on Dec. 22.
Washington owns a commanding 185-104 series lead over the Ducks since the schools first played in 1904. The Huskies dominated the series over the first 19 seasons, losing just four of the first 27 meetings. More recently, Washington has won 13 of the last 19 games, including 2-1 during the 2011 season. The two schools split the regular season series last season, each winning on their home courts, before Washington beat Oregon 69-51 in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies are 8-1 at home vs. Oregon during Romar's tenure. Romar is 13-7 overall vs. the Ducks. Dana Altman is 1-2 in his career against Washington.
Husky Quick Hitters...
Three Huskies -- Tony Wroten (3rd, 16.0), Terrence Ross (6th, 15.1) and C.J. Wilcox (8th, 14.5) -- rank among the Pac-12's top-10 scorers.
Last season UW started the Pac-10 schedule with a 7-1 record, their best start since 1986.
UW's five non-conference losses were the most since UW started the 2001 season 6-6.
UW hasn't lost at home to Oregon State since Lorenzo Romar's first season in 2003.
UW had a school record 32 straight non-conference home game winning streak snapped by South Dakota State on Dec. 18. Their previous loss was 71-72, against Valparaiso on March 14, 2008 in the post-season CBI Tournament.
Tony Wroten leads all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring and steals. He ranks 6th among all freshmen nationally in scoring.
Wroten would set a new UW freshman scoring record if he maintained his scoring average over 34 games.
Lorenzo Romar claimed his 200th win as UW's coach vs. UC Santa Barbara and is seven wins shy of 300 overall in his 16 year career.
UW leads the Pac-12 in total rebounds and ranks 13th nationally and is second with 79.7 points per game to rank 18th nationally.
Huskies that lead the Pac-12 in statistical categories are: Aziz N'Diaye - blocked shots per game (2.0 bpg) and Abdul Gaddy - assist/turnover ratio (3.2 - 57 asst/18 to).
The Huskies have 866 wins inside Hec Edmundson Pavilion, more than any other program in their current arena.
UW is 9-18 vs. Associated Press Top-10 ranked teams under Romar's direction.
The Nov. 14 game vs. Portland was the 300th at UW for Lorenzo Romar. The Feb. 2 game vs. UCLA will be his 500th overall as a head coach.
Wilcox earned the very first Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week honors after earning the award.
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.
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.