UW Men Seek to Cap Two-Game Road Sweep Saturday at Oregon State
Jan. 19, 2001
Sat., Jan. 20 -
UW at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net Northwest)
Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.
Thurs., Jan. 25 -
UW vs. (#1) Stanford, 7:30 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (8-9, 2-3) seek to even their overall and Pac-10 records on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Oregon State (7-9, 1-3). Tip-off if 7 p.m. for the game at Gill Coliseum that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The game features a clash between Washington coach Bob Bender and one of his former assistant coaches, Ritchie McKay who is in his first season as head coach of the Beavers. McKay was a Husky assistant in Bender's first two years, the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. This is only the second time Bender has squared off with a former assistant, the first time was when McKay brought his Portland State team to Seattle on Nov. 30, 1996 and lost to Bender's Huskies 83-70. The OSU staff also includes former UW player Scott Didrickson (1992-95). Last year Oregon State handily swept the season series from UW for the first time since 1992, winning by 17 points in Seattle (74-57) and 24 in Corvallis (71-47). The Huskies return to Seattle next week to host the Bay Area schools, beginning Thursday, Jan. 25 against top-ranked Stanford at 7:30 p.m. California invades Bank of America Arena on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.
Saturday's game at OSU will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/
Washington has a 6-1 record in games decided by four or fewer points and is 3-0 in overtime contests this season ... Will Perkins leads the Pac-10 with seven double-doubles. No UW player registered a double-double last season ... C.J. Massingale scored 25 points at UCLA on Jan. 4, the highest total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points vs. Arizona State on March 2, 1995 ... Will Perkins (7) and Marlon Shelton (2) have combined for nine double-digit rebound games, eclipsing last year's entire UW team season total of seven ... Each of Washington's last three wins were overtime decisions ... The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0 ... Washington, which won 67-58 at Oregon in 2000, posted back-to-back wins at McArthur Court for the first time since the 1981 & 1982 seasons ... UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season, from Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18) ... Senior forward Will Perkins is one of four players to rank among the top-10 Pac-10 players in both scoring and rebounding.
Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (8-9, 2-3 in Pac-10)
Pos.-No. Name Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown Points Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 14.6 7.8
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.6 4.8
C - 44 Marlon Shelton 6-10 260 Jr. Rochester, Mich. 5.4 5.2
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 160 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 4.6 1.6
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 8.1 3.6
This week's road trip is a homecoming of sorts for a pair of Huskies. Senior Thalo Green and sophomore Ben Coffee both hail from the state of Oregon. Both started on Thursday at Oregon. Green was named the 1996 Oregon player of the year after leading South Salem High School to the state championship. He tallied a career-high 22 points in Thursday's 72-71 overtime win at Oregon. Coffee played at Portland's Benson Tech High School which won the 1999 Interscholastic League title and was ranked No. 1 in the state for a month during his senior season. The Techmen placed third in the state in 1999 after finishing as runners-up during Coffee's junior year in 1998.
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in seven of the 16 games he's played to lead all Pac-10 players. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10), Arizona State (13/10) and Arizona (21/13). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounds (7.8 rpg), ranking ninth and fourth, respectively among Pac-10 players as of Jan. 15. Perkins is shooting 53 percent (92-175). He led UW last year in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).
Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Probable- Greg Clark, Sprained right ankle in the second half vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed four games. Played 28 minutes Thursday at Oregon.
o Probable- Bryan Brown, Strained left foot in the second half at Oregon on Thursday, but returned inside the final minute. Won't practice Friday, but should play at OSU.
o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition opener with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.
The Oregon State Series:
> Washington has a 138-129 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies had a seven-game series winning streak snapped on Jan. 23, 2000 with a 74-57 Beaver win in Seattle. The seven-game winning streak was Washington's longest in the series since 1953.
> Oregon State swept the season series last year for the first time since 1992. The Beavers won 74-57 on Jan. 23 at KeyArena in Seattle and 71-47 on Feb. 17 in Corvallis.
> The Huskies won in their three of their last four visits to Gill Coliseum, but still trail 91-42 in the all-time series in Corvallis.
> First-year Oregon State Coach Ritchie McKay is the only former assistant to play against Bob Bender. His Portland State team lost to Washington 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996 in Seattle in the only previous meeting between Bender and McKay.
> McKay was a graduate assistant coach at Washington during the 1988-89 season under Andy Russo and returned to serve as an assistant during Bender's first two years at UW, the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. McKay left Washington to become the head coach at Portland State. He then went to Colorado State before his arrival at Oregon State.
> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 10-4 record against OSU and is 1-0 against McKay.
The Last Meeting:
Oregon State 71, UW 47 (Feb. 17, 2000, Corvallis, Ore.)- Brian Jackson scored seven of his 13 points during the final 2:01 of the first half, helping Oregon State take control of the game in a 71-47 victory over Washington at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (11-12, 3-9) swept the season series from Washington (8-16, 3-9) for the first time since 1992. The Huskies took their only lead of the game at 5-4 on a layup by Thalo Green at 17:21 of the first half. Oregon State responded with 10 unanswered points, claiming a 14-5 advantage with 15:11 left in the first half. The Beavers later extended a 29-22 lead with a 13-2 run over the final 2:45 of the half. Jackson had seven points along with an assist, steal and rebound during the surge to help push the margin to 42-24 at halftime. The lead grew to as many as 32 points after intermission. Will Perkins scored eight of his 10 points inside the final four minutes, sparking a 10-2 game-closing run for the Huskies. Green led Washington with 13 points. Josh Steinthal paced OSU with 16 points while Jason Heide had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Deaundra Tanner was held to five points, but contributed eight assists and six rebounds. The Beavers shot 52 percent (27-52) while limiting UW to 33-percent field goal shooting (20-61). The Huskies hit only one of 11 shots from 3-point range and Oregon State converted 7-of-19 treys.
Shooting Tells the Story:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 7-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-8 when being outshot. Recent shooting woes have led to five losses in the last seven UW games. Washington was outshot in six straight games prior to Thursday's win at Oregon in which UW had a 42 percent to 35 percent advantage. During that six-game span prior to Thursday, the Huskies' field goal percentage dropped nearly 10 percent. UW shot 45 percent (266-598) from the field in its first 10 games and 36 percent (135-374) in those six outings. The 32-percent 3-point accuracy (57-180) of the opening 10 games dropped to 25 percent (26-104) in those six games. Washington hit just 29-percent of its field goals on Saturday against Arizona, the lowest shooting figure since a 27-percent effort against Oregon State on Jan. 11, 1995.
Washington has implemented seven different starting lineups this season with nine players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized six different rotations in the last 12 outings due to a recent rash of injuries. Senior guard Bryan Brown is the only player to start every UW game this season.
Last UW Game:
UW 72, Oregon 71 ot (Jan. 18, 2001, Eugene, Ore.) - Curtis Allen made a spinning shot in the lane with six seconds left in overtime, lifting Washington to a 72-71 triumph over Oregon at McArthur Court. The Huskies (8-9, 2-3), who won 67-58 last year, posted back-to-back road wins at Oregon for the first time since 1981-82. Washington led by as many as 13 points in the first half en route to a 34-26 halftime margin. A 15-4 Oregon run ended with 9:09 remaining, forging the first of five second-half ties. The Ducks (10-4, 1-3) claimed their first lead at 62-61 on two Bryan Bracey free throws with 0:47 left in regulation. Bracey added another free throw at 0:18 before Allen forced overtime with a driving layup with 0:11 remaining. Bracey hit a layup at 0:50 of overtime, putting UO ahead 71-70. Thalo Green stole the ball on Oregon's next possession, setting up Allen's game-winner. Luke Ridnour made a potential winning jumper, but it was ruled to be after the buzzer by the officials. Bracey scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime for Oregon which also got 15 points from Luke Jackson and 10 from Frederick Jones. Bracey (11) and Jackson (7) combined for 18 free throws, leading a 30-15 Duck scoring advantage from the charity stripe. Thalo Green tallied a career-high 22 points for the Huskies and Allen had a career-high 12.
The Season So Far:
The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks ... Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale ... Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) ... UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson ... The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21) ... Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20) ... UW began a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (Dec. 5) ... Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) ... UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games ... The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77 ... Washington played all of its home games last season, and this year's season opener, at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) ... The Huskies won both of their exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime win at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).
Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. 'I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program,' Green explains. 'I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause.' Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven.
Freshman guard C.J. Massingale raised his level of play once the Pac-10 season began. He ranks second on the team in scoring during conference games, averaging 11.0 points per outing on 47-percent shooting from the field (18-38). Massingale hit 56-percent (9-16) of his 3-point shots against Pac-10 foes. In the 10 non-conference games he played, Massingale averaged 2.4 points on 37-percent shooting (10-27) and was just 1-of-4 from 3-point range. He did not register double figures in the first 12 games. Massingale tallied double-figure points in three of the last five games, beginning with a 25-point performance at UCLA (Jan. 4) that was the highest point total by a Husky this season. He entered the UCLA game with 24 total points before posting the highest single-game outburst by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against Arizona State on March 2, 1995.
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 103-113 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 103 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 163-170. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.
A five-man senior class is the nucleus around which eighth-year coach Bob Bender seeks to form a winning unit. Washington finished with a 10-20 record last season, snapping a string of four consecutive winning seasons that culminated in postseason berths. The Huskies tied for eighth place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 5-13 record. In addition to the five seniors, who collectively have played 317 career games, the roster includes four other returning lettermen (9 total), four scholarship newcomers and two walk-ons. Two primary starters return, seniors Will Perkins and Michael Johnson along with senior forward Thalo Green who has been a part-time starter for three seasons. No returning player averaged double-figure points last season. Johnson is the leading returning scorer with a 9.9-point average last year while Perkins averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. Green averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 1999-2000. Highlighting the season is the return to the on-campus arena that has Husky hopes hovering. The 17,072-seat KeyArena in downtown Seattle never really felt like home despite an average attendance of 7,851. As a result, UW had with a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) for only the third time in school history.
Huskies vs. No. 1 Opponents:
For the second straight season Washington hosts a top-ranked Stanford team. The Cardinal won 77-52 last year on Feb. 26 at KeyArena in Seattle. Thursday's game marks the 15th time the Huskies have hosted a No. 1 opponent. They have a 1-13 record in previous home games against top-ranked foes. Prior to Stanford's visit last season, the last top-ranked opponent to visit Seattle was a Duke team featuring Bob Bender as an assistant coach. The Blue Devils defeated UW 87-61 on Jan. 3, 1989. Stanford is the fifth different No. 1 team to visit Seattle, joining a list that includes (with UW record against): Duke (0-1), Kansas (0-2), Oregon State (0-1), Stanford (0-1) and UCLA (1-8). The Huskies have a 1-23 all-time record against top-ranked opponents. Their lone triumph was a 69-68 upset of No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979 in Seattle.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes:
The Huskies have a 60-173 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in three meetings this season, against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60), at No. 20 USC (87-61) and versus No. 21 Arizona (89-64). Washington lost its last seven encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-64 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. Washington has a 24-100 all-time record against top-10 foes. The last Husky victory over a top-10 opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 in Seattle. Four teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including top-ranked Stanford, Alabama (#15), Arizona (#17) and USC (#24).
The Stanford Series:
> Stanford holds a 57-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the last three season series over Washington. They won 92-62 on Jan. 27, 2000 at home and 77-52 on Feb. 26, 2000 at KeyArena in Seattle.
> Stanford won the last six meetings and 12 of the last 14 against UW.
> The Cardinal's current six-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford won five straight against UW from 1990-92.
> Despite losing its last three home games against Stanford, the Huskies have a 38-16 advantage over the Cardinal during games played in Seattle.
> 15th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 21-8 mark against Washington.
> Eighth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 2-12 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting:
#1 Stanford 77, UW 52 (Feb. 26, 2000, Seattle)- Mark Madsen scored 16 points and collected a career-high 20 rebounds, lifting top-ranked Stanford to a 77-52 victory over Washington at KeyArena. The Cardinal (24-1, 13-1) completed their third straight season sweep against Washington for the first time ever in series history. The Huskies (9-18, 4-11) have a 1-24 all-time record in meetings with No. 1 teams, including a 1-13 mark in Seattle. Stanford scored 15 unanswered points early in the game. Michael McDonald scored all seven of his points during the five-minute run that netted a 17-2 lead with 13:55 left in the first half. Stanford led 39-21 at halftime. The Huskies staged a 12-3 surge early in the second half, drawing within 46-35 with 13:54 left in the game. The Cardinal outscored UW 21-7 over the next 10 minutes to repel the rally. Stanford posted a 49-35 rebounding advantage led by Madsen who had the 10th 20-rebound game ever by a Husky opponent, the first since 1982. David Moseley scored 13 points for Stanford which also got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Jarron Collins. Chris Walcott was the lone Washington double-figure scorer with 10 points. The Huskies were limited to 32-percent (20-63) shooting by Stanford which entered the game as the national leader in field goal percentage defense at 34 percent.
Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 749 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 103 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.
Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials 'CW' to honor Williams who is in a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center.
Puerto Rico Recap:
Washington completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile trip in December with a 3-1 record. UW capped the road trip in fine fashion with a 77-76 overtime triumph over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson that secured the third-place trophy in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. The Huskies defeated host American University-Puerto Rico 67-47 (Dec. 20) in the opening round before falling 69-60 to then 17th-ranked Alabama in the semifinals. Washington led the Tide for much of the game despite playing without leading scorer and rebounder Will Perkins.
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. New this season is the Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $16 while general admission seats are $6 for adults and $3 for high school students, senior citizens and children. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information.
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for 'Husky Talk,' a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.