Desmond Simmons has averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg over the last four games.
Dec. 30, 2011
TV: ESPN2 (David Flemming and Sean Farnham)
ONLINE VIDEO: ESPN3.com
RADIO: Sport Radio 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
SEATTLE - Washington is coming off a season-high 95 points in their 15-point victory over Oregon State on Thursday night, while Oregon also scored a season-best 92 points in their 92-75 win over Washington State, setting up what could be a scorekeeper's nightmare on Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies (7-5, 1-0) and Ducks (10-3, 1-0) will pop the corks early for New Year's Eve in a 7:00 p.m. showdown that will be telecast nationally on ESPN2.
Both teams are looking at a chance to gain a big advantage in Pac-12 play by starting the conference season 2-0. UW has swept OSU-Oregon at home 7 times in Lorenzo Romar's 9 previous years as head coach.
David Fleming and Sean Farnham will call the action on TV, while Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will provide home radio coverage on KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM and the Washington IMG College Sports throughout the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Gregg Bell will host an exclusive live chat on GoHuskies.com.
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 and 9-1 over the last 10 games. Romar is 13-7 overall vs. the Ducks. Dana Altman is 1-2 in his career against Washington.
The Ducks are off to a fast start this year, getting out of the gates 10-3 and claiming victories in four-straight games, including a 92-75 win over Washington State on Thursday. Oregon shot a blistering 69% from the field to steam-roll the Cougars at the Spokane Sports Arena. Olu Ashaolu scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Ducks. Minnesota transfer added Devoe Joseph added 17 points as the Ducks shot 71% from the field in the first half to take an insurmountable 20-point lead into the locker room at half ... Joseph joined the Ducks six game into the year and has paid dividends by scoring a team-best 14.7 ppg. Garrett Sim (12.8) and E.J. Singler (12.2) are the only other Ducks scoring in double-figures ... The Ducks' three losses this season have come against strong foes in Vanderbilt, Brigham Young and Virginia ... Oregon ranks second in the Pac-12 with 6.8 3-pointers per game and is second best by allowing opponents to only shoot 31.5% from 3-point range ... E.J. Singler leads the conference in FT shooting at 90.9%.
Last Time Out Vs. Oregon
Washington withstood a second-half charge from Oregon and finished strong, closing out a 69-51 win over the Ducks in the semifinal round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. Washington earned its spot with a strong defensive effort, holding the Ducks to their second-lowest scoring output this season. Oregon shot 32.1 percent for the game after a slow start in which they scored just four points in almost seven minutes. On the offensive end, it was a team effort for Washington. Eight players scored for the Huskies. Four players ended up in double figures including CJ Wilcox with 14 points and Terrence Ross with 13 points. Isaiah Thomas and Scott Suggs added 10 each. Thomas finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists, which tied the tournament record. Washington led Oregon 30-21 at the half despite the fact that the teams were nearly even in field-goals made and rebounds. But the Huskies were 7 of 10 from the line and that was the difference. Oregon, a No. 7 seed that made a great tournament run, closed the gap to 44-40, but the Huskies were able to hold Oregon to just 11 points over the final 10 minutes and pull away. Wilcox had 11 of his points in the second half.
UW's Last Time Out
AP - Tony Wroten powered Washington past Oregon State 95-80 with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the Pac-12 opener for both teams Thursday night. After controlling the start of the game, things became tight toward the end for Washington (7-5, 1-0). Oregon State's Ahmad Starks cut Washington's lead to 83-80 when he hit a deep 3-pointer. Following an Oregon State (10-3, 0-1) miss, Wroten baited a defender into thinking he was just walking the ball up the court. Instead, he blew past one defender and scored while being fouled by Cunningham. His free throw put Washington up 88-80 with 2:12 to go. Wilcox and Simmons made four consecutive free throws to put Washington up 93-80 with 51.4 to go. C.J. Wilcox added 15 points for Washington. Joe Burton scored 18 points for the Beavers. Jared Cunningham, the Pac-12's leading scorer, finished with 15 points.