UW Has Men's Basketball Rematch with Los Angeles Schools

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Fri., Jan. 4 -
UW at #14 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PST

Pauley Pavilion (12,800), Los Angeles, Calif.

Sun., Jan. 6 -
UW at USC, 6:00 p.m. PST

The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.

The Washington Huskies (6-6, 0-2) return to conference competition exclusively, making their first Pac-10 road trip this weekend. Washington's trip to Los Angeles begins with a game against 14th-ranked UCLA (9-2, 2-0) on Friday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where UW has not won in 15 years. The Huskies lost their last 15 games at Pauley Pavilion, last winning on Jan. 29, 1987. The two-game UW road trip concludes on Sunday, Jan. 6 at USC (10-2, 2-0). Tip-off is 6 p.m. at The Forum. The Trojans won their last six meetings with Washington, matching their longest winning streak in the series. This weekend completes UW's season series with the Los Angeles schools. The Huskies are in the midst of a four-game losing streak that included losses to UCLA (85-79) and USC (87-65) in Seattle. UW suffered a 71-70 setback at Saint Louis on Saturday (Dec. 29).

TV/Radio Coverage
Friday's Washington-UCLA game will NOT be televised locally in the 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/

Quick Facts
o Washington's schedule was rated the nation's 14th toughest in the Dec. 30 Sagarin rankings published by USA Today. The combined record of the five teams UW lost to is 54-20.

o The Huskies lost their last 15 games at Pauley Pavilion, last winning on Jan. 29, 1987. UCLA owns a 51-5 record vs. UW in Los Angeles with a 36-2 mark at Pauley.

o UW has a 60-178 all-time record vs. ranked teams with an 0-2 mark this year. The last win was a 96-94 decision over No. 13 UCLA, March 10, 2001 in Seattle.

Two-Sport Player
Freshman Charles Frederick, who began practicing with the basketball team on Monday (Dec. 31), will suit up for the first time this weekend. Frederick is a scholarship receiver on the Husky football team which concluded its season Dec. 28 with a 47-43 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Frederick was the leading punt returner for the Huskies with an average of 14.6 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown return against Michigan (Sept. 8). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America special team selection. A top-50 basketball recruit out of Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla., Frederick averaged 19 points and eight steals from his point guard position in 2001.

Devoe Debuts
Washington's inside corps was bolstered by the recent addition of 6-10 center Ben Devoe who began practicing with the team on Monday (Dec. 31). A product of Olympia (Wash.) High School, Devoe is enrolled for the winter quarter at UW that begins in January. He gives the Huskies a much-needed big body after the season-ending injuries of Marlon Shelton (left knee) and Mike Jensen (left shoulder).

Projected Husky Starting Lineup
Washington Huskies (6-6, 0-2 in Pac-10)

Pos.-No. Name          Hgt. Wgt. Yr.  Hometown      Points   Rebs. 
F - 24 Doug Wrenn 6-8 220 So. Seattle, Wash. 16.5 6.5
F - 31 Grant Leep 6-7 230 Sr. Mount Vernon, Wash. 8.0 4.3
C - 50 David Dixon 6-11 270 Sr. Houston, Texas 8.2 8.0
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 170 So. Tacoma, Wash. 12.8 *4.3
G - 21 Erroll Knight 6-7 205 Fr. Seattle, Wash. 8.5 3.3


* = assist average

Injury Report
Forward Doug Wrenn suffered severe swelling in his right eye after being elbowed in the first half at Saint Louis (Dec. 29). Wrenn missed practice Monday, but is not expected to miss any games ... Freshman forward Mike Jensen, who dislocated his left shoulder during practice on Dec. 3, underwent surgery on Dec. 10 and will miss the rest of the season. Jensen suffered a torn labrum. He is the second Husky big man to suffer a season-ending injury, joining 6-10 center Marlon Shelton who had left knee surgery on Oct. 16.

Notable
Despite an active roster that includes 13 of 16 players from the state of Washington, the Huskies have played better on the road. UW has a 4-3 road record on the strength of vastly superior shooting in enemy arenas. The Huskies shoot 48 percent from the field and 52 percent on 3-pointers on the road, figures that drop to 39 percent and 34 percent at home where UW has a 2-3 record ... Senior center David Dixon has not tallied double figure points during the four-game losing streak, averaging 4.3 points. Dixon averaged 10.1 points with five double-figure outings in the Huskies' first eight games ... Dixon's play has been critical for the Huskies. He averaged 10.3 points on 61-percent shooting in UW wins and 6.0 points on 38-percent shooting in UW defeats ... After holding their first nine opponents under 48 percent from the field, the Huskies allowed their first two Pac-10 opponents UCLA (54%) and USC (55%) to top the 50-percent plateau ... UW reached the 50-percent field goal shooting plateau in four games this season after shooting 50 percent on only five occasions all last season ... Washington reached the 80-point barrier in three games this season, equaling last season's team that scored 80 points on three occasions ... The Huskies are shooting 70.8 percent from the free throw line (204-288), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10. Sophomore Curtis Allen leads all Pac-10 players, hitting 90-percent of his free throws (47-52) ... UW players have registered six 20-point games after Huskies reached the 20-point plateau only eight times all last year.

The UCLA Series
> UCLA owns an 81-29 series lead and won 25 of the last 31 meetings with UW.

> The Bruins won the most recent matchup, claiming an 85-79 decision on Dec. 20 to halt a four-game road losing streak against the Huskies in Seattle.

> UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and Stanford's Maples Pavilion are the only two Pac-10 arenas at which UW Coach Bob Bender has never won.

> The Bruins boast a 51-5 advantage over Washington in Los Angeles, including a 36-2 record since UCLA moved into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.

> Washington lost its last 15 visits to Pauley, last winning 95-87 on Jan. 29, 1987.

> The Huskies and Bruins split the season series in each of the last four seasons with the home team winning eight of the last nine meetings.

> Sixth -year UCLA Coach Steve Lavin has a 7-4 record against the Huskies.

> In his ninth season at UW, Bob Bender has a 4-13 coaching record against UCLA.

The Last Meeting
#19 UCLA 85, UW 79 (Dec. 20, 2001, Seattle) -

Dan Gadzuric tallied 15 of his career-high 23 points in the second half as 19th-ranked UCLA rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Washington 85-79 at Bank of America Arena. The Bruins (6-2, 1-0) won in Seattle for the first time since 1997, halting a four-game road losing streak at Washington. Gadzuric also finished with 13 rebounds, dominating the inside while Husky centers David Dixon and Jeffrey Day each fouled out after each playing 12 minutes. The Huskies (6-4, 0-1) scored eight straight points before Dijon Thompson made a jumper at the buzzer to draw UCLA within 37-30 at halftime. The Bruins opened the second half with a 13-4 run fueled by six Gadzuric points. Jason Kapono scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, including a 10-footer with 14:27 left in the game that put UCLA ahead for good at 49-47. The Bruins extended the lead to as many as 11 points. Doug Wrenn came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points for UW. He was held out of the starting lineup due to a violation of team policy. Josh Barnard scored 14 points for the Huskies who also got 13 from Curtis Allen and 10 from Grant Leep. Billy Knight contributed 17 points for UCLA while Matt Barnes had 12 and T.J. Cummings 10. The Bruins shot 54 percent (30-56) from the field.

Non-Conference Conquests
Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-4 record, its first winning record since the 1998-99 team posted a 7-3 record. UW had a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 last season.

Block Party
The Huskies have blocked at least five shots in eight games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington has 60 blocked shots this season, an average of 5.0 blocks per game. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118. Senior center David Dixon leads the team with a Pac-10-leading 23 blocks. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies with 21 blocked shots. Nearly one in every four shots Santa Clara attempted on Nov. 24 was rejected as Washington shattered its school single-game record with 14 blocked shots. The Huskies bettered their record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 against Chico State. The leading shot blocker was senior center David Dixon whose seven blocks broke the individual UW record of six blocks accomplished twice by Chris Welp in 1986. Five different Huskies had blocks against Santa Clara.

Less is More
Fans will be seeing a lot less of 6-foot-11 senior center David Dixon this season. He shed 40 pounds from last year and his current 270-pound weight enables him to be more active and average 28.3 minutes per game. Last season, Dixon played 14.7 minutes per contest and averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. He has been more effective this year, leading the team with 8.0 rebounds per game while ranking fourth with an 8.2-point scoring average. Dixon has 23 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. Dixon blocked a school-record seven shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering the single-game mark of six set by Chris Welp during the 1986 season. Dixon tallied double-figure points five times. He has two double-doubles with a 15-point, 13-rebound performance against Butler (Nov. 18) and a 12-point, 15-rebound effort at New Mexico State (Dec. 8).

Doug's Debut
One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in Husky history was that of sophomore Doug Wrenn, a supremely athletic 6-8 forward who red-shirted last season after transferring from Connecticut. Wrenn fulfilled expectations with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn leads the team with an average of 16.5 points per game, including a season-high 23-point effort against UCLA on Dec. 20. He hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with six seconds left. Wrenn topped all Husky scorers on eight occasions. He posted nine double-figure scoring games, including three 20-point outings. He did not participate in the Nov. 15 regular-season opener against Alaska-Fairbanks while serving a one-game suspension due to a minor NCAA rules violation. Wrenn played in an unsanctioned competition during May in violation of an NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from participating in outside competition during the academic year. He played three minutes in the Emerald City All-Star Tournament at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School. Three players from other NCAA Division I schools participated in the same tournament and were held out of one game as well. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn sat out last season at UW after transferring from Connecticut. He was projected by Basketball News as the Pac-10's top newcomer. Wrenn, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, attended two East Coast prep schools in 1998-99 and played at UConn in 1999-2000.

Dynamic Debut
Freshman guard Erroll Knight's collegiate debut was delayed, but it was worth the wait. Knight amassed a team-high 23 points at Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 15, the highest point total for a freshman in a debut game at Washington. He eclipsed the record of 22 points set by Deon Luton against Brigham Young on Nov. 26, 1996. Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left knee on Nov. 2. He had swelling in his knee during preseason practice and underwent an MRI on Oct. 30 that revealed a loose fragment of cartilage. The projected rehabilitation time was approximately three weeks, but Knight returned to practice just 10 days later (Nov. 12). He played 28 minutes in his inaugural collegiate outing, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the field that included 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. That was the collegiate debut for Knight who did not play in either of UW's exhibition games. Knight started the next nine UW games before a left ankle injury forced him to play the USC game (Dec. 27) as a reserve. He ranks third on the team with an 8.5-point scoring average. He was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team. Knight was one of the nation's premier prep shooting guards last year. The athletic 6-7 swingman averaged 19.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He was a consensus top-100 national prep pick by the recruiting services, including Prep-West Hoops which ranked him as the No. 2 shooting guard in the West.

'Washington freshman point guard Curtis Allen is the latest technology in Pac-10 point guards. He's got a microchip that Earl Watson and Mike McDonald and Jason Gardner don't have. Hit the mouse and see nothing but blur.'
-- Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star

Amazing Allen
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, sophomore point guard Curtis Allen is improving upon last season's performance when he was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. He posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in Washington's 77-64 home victory over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. His playmaking skills have improved dramatically. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 10 of 12 games with a total of 52, an average of 4.3 per game. Last season he distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. His shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 46 percent from the field (44-96), including 42 percent from 3-point range (18-43). Those numbers are up from his 39-percent and 25-percent figures from last year. His 18 made 3-pointers are just two fewer than the 20 he had all last season. Last season, Allen had one of the finest campaigns for a Husky rookie, ranking third among all-time UW freshmen in steals (29) and No. 4 in assists (65).

Last Husky Game
Saint Louis 71, UW 70 (Dec. 29, 2001, St. Louis) -

Reserve Ross Varner scored all 12 of his points in the second half, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 15.6 seconds left in a 71-70 Saint Louis victory over Washington at the Savvis Center. The Huskies (6-6) finished their non-conference season with a 6-4 record. The Billikens (6-6) held a 34-30 halftime lead before Washington opened the second half with 12 unanswered points. The UW lead grew to as many as 13 points at 61-48 on a 3-pointer by Josh Barnard with 7:51 left to play. Saint Louis utilized a full-court press to fuel a 17-2 surge over the next 3:51 that netted a 65-63 lead. Doug Wrenn gave the Huskies their final lead at 70-68 on a jumper with 25 seconds remaining and Varner netted the decisive trey from the right baseline on the next SLU possession. UW had three chances at a game winner, but Curtis Allen's jumper was errant and Erroll Knight and David Dixon missed tip-ins. Wrenn and Allen had 17 points apiece for UW which also got 12 from Grant Leep and 11 from Knight. Marque Perry scored 20 points for SLU while Jason Edwin and Chris Braun each had 10.

Recapping the Current Campaign
The Huskies finished second at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Ak. They defeated host Alaska Fairbanks 82-70 and Bowling Green 81-74 before losing in the championship game to Butler by a 67-64 count. Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation. UW won its home opener 69-49 over Santa Clara (Nov. 24) and blocked a school-record 14 shots in the process. The Huskies beat UNLV 7-64 in Seattle (Nov. 28) behind the career-high 21 point, eight-assist effort of Curtis Allen. Allen increased that career-high total to 27 points in the next outing, a 98-94 win at San Diego (Dec. 1) in which UW hit 37-of-43 free throws. UW drew a split on a road trip to the Southwest, losing 74-62 at UTEP (Dec. 6) before edging New Mexico State 75-74 (Dec. 8) on a Doug Wrenn basket with 0:06 remaining. The Huskies shot a season-low 28 percent in losing 67-47 to No. 25 Gonzaga (Dec. 11) in front of a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bank of America Arena. UW lost 85-79 at home to No. 19 UCLA in the Pac-10 opener. That was the Bruins first win in Seattle since 1997. USC matched its longest winning streak against UW, claiming its sixth straight victory by an 87-65 count in Seattle (Dec. 27). That loss dropped the Huskies' Pac-10 record to 0-2. A 71-70 loss at Saint Louis (Dec. 29), a game in which UW had a 13-point second-half lead, extended the current losing streak to four games.

Husky Highlights
The Huskies won their home opener on Nov. 24, defeating Santa Clara 69-49. That improved their all-time record in home openers to 81-18. It was the 99th all-time home opener for UW which did not play any home games during the 1905 season ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... On Nov. 15 Erroll Knight scored a UW freshman debut record 23 points. He topped the mark of 22 points set by Deon Luton on Nov. 26, 1996 in his collegiate debut against BYU ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Sophomore point guard Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the weekly conference honor since Deon Luton was honored on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Nine of the 15 players on the roster had never played a game at Washington prior to this season ... Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender or sophomore forward Doug Wrenn. During that Nov. 15 opening game, Bender was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib while Wrenn was serving a one-game suspension for a minor NCAA violation ... Washington's Dec. 11 home game against Gonzaga was a sellout, the second sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened in November 2000 with a new 10,000-seat configuration. The first sellout was on Jan. 13, 2001 against Arizona.

Triple Threats
The Huskies are shooting 42.1 percent (75-178) from 3-point range, a drastic improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure. Senior Grant Leep leads the 3-point parade, having converted 16-of-26 treys (62%). The school's single-season 3-point shooting record is 40.1 percent, established by the 1988-89 UW squad.

Home Sweet Home
For the first time in two years, the Huskies will play all of their home games on campus, in newly renovated Bank of America Arena at 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 is more intimate with a basketball-only configuration. Washington has won 753 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. UW played two exhibitions and the regular-season opener last year at different venues before playing the remaining games in The Pavilion.

Hoopsters Honor Erickson
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' They are wearing those in remembrance of Dick Erickson, a friend of the basketball program who died in July. Erickson was involved for nearly 50 years with UW athletics. He participated as an athlete then a coach with the Husky rowing team before serving as the Facilities Manager for the athletic department. Erickson was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on two occasions, in 1984 as part of the 1958 national championship crew and in 1994 as the head coach of the men's crew from 1968-82.

'We have the most athletic team that we've ever had at Washington. It's an athletic team that is more than capable of competing in the Pac-10 where athleticism has always been a necessity.'
-- Bob Bender, Washington head coach

A young team represents an old basketball program during the upcoming 2001-02 season. The Washington Huskies celebrate their 100th season of men's basketball competition this year with a collection of players the majority of which have never before worn a UW jersey. Nine new players fill the Husky roster, including a recruiting class that was ranked among the best in the nation. Only five athletes will play who were on last year's team that finished with a 10-20 record for the second straight season. The Huskies tied for ninth place in the Pac-10 Conference standings with a 4-14 record.

Season Preview
An infusion of talent that rivals any in Washington's history provides the spark that ninth-year Coach Bob Bender hopes will ignite a winning campaign. The Huskies are coming off back-to-back 10-20 seasons, but are just two years removed from a string of four consecutive postseason appearances. Two starters return for Washington, senior center David Dixon (4.7 ppg/3.2 rpg) and sophomore point guard Curtis Allen (7.0 ppg). Dixon, who has dropped more than 30 pounds from last season, now weighs 270. The lightning-quick Allen was an All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team selection in 2001. Sophomore C.J. Massingale, an honorable mention freshmen team pick, displayed his scoring ability in a 25-point outburst at UCLA. Sharpshooting senior forward Grant Leep is the team captain. Sophomore walk-on Sterling Brown is a capable scorer who will see more time.

Returning Talent
Two starters and six total lettermen return from last year's team, including All-Pac-10 freshmen team guards Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale. Allen started at point guard last season and is the top returning scorer with a 7.0-point average in 2001. Massingale will move to shooting guard full-time this season after backing up Allen at the point at times last season. He averaged 5.9 points per game, topped by a 25-point outburst at UCLA. Senior David Dixon returns in the starting center role in which he averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 2001. He should be more effective this season while carrying 30 less pounds. Senior forward Grant Leep is arguably the team's best outside shooter. Another outstanding outside marksman is sophomore walk-on Sterling Brown who joined the team last season as a walk-on. Brown hit 38-percent of his 3-point shots in spot duty and should thrive with additional playing time.

'No school did a more thorough job of addressing its overall weakness and building for the future.'
-- Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News

Newcomers
Washington's recruiting class was ranked among the nation's best. Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News ranked the Husky class as the nation's best recruiting haul with one of his primary criteria being 'which teams got the players they needed.' The celebrated class features three players who were among the 100 national finalists for the 2001 McDonald's All-American Game -- Charles Frederick, Mike Jensen and Erroll Knight. The signing class also includes junior college sharpshooter Josh Barnard (Tacoma CC) and 6-9 forward Jeffrey Day from 2000 state champion Seattle Prep. Jensen was rated the top power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops which selected Knight as the No. 2 shooting guard. 'We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way,' said Coach Bob Bender. 'We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special.' A consensus top-50 prep basketball player, Frederick signed a football scholarship and will join the basketball team after football season. He returns punts, including an 87-yard return for a touchdown against Michigan. Also joining the team is freshman point guard Will Conroy, a product of Seattle's Garfield High School. Conroy intended to walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship when one became available on Oct. 1. Rounding out the roster is sophomore walk-on Ian Gibbs (Sehome HS).

Tacoma Trio
The Husky roster features three players from Tacoma, Washington. Junior guard Josh Barnard (Bethel HS), a transfer from Tacoma Community College, joins sophomore guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having three players from Tacoma is remarkable considering UW went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) who lettered from 1977-80.

Husky Talk
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.

Husky Tickets
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack is perfect 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. 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. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available on-line via the athletic department website: www.gohuskies.com

The USC Series
> USC holds a 60-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.

> The Trojans won the last six meetings, matching the their longest winning streak against Washington. USC also won six straight over the Huskies from 1967-69.

> The last UW win in the series was an 85-83 decision on Jan. 28, 1999 in Seattle.

> USC swept the last two season series from the Huskies. Last year, the Trojans won 87-61 on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles and 85-56 on March 8 in Seattle.

> Prior to losing the last six meetings, Washington had won seven of the previous eight games against USC.

> The Trojans own a 34-21 series advantage over Washington during games played in Los Angeles, including three straight home wins.

> Seventh-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 6-6 record against Washington.

> Ninth-year UW Coach Bob Bender has an 8-9 coaching record against USC.

The Last Meeting
USC 87, UW 65 (Dec. 27, 2001, Seattle) -

Brandon Granville scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the first half as USC took control early en route to an 87-65 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The win was USC's sixth straight over the Huskies, matching the longest streak in the series. The Trojans also registered six consecutive wins against UW between 1967-69. Granville scored seven early points, sparking a 13-4 Trojan surge during the opening 3:09. USC (9-2, 1-0) extended the lead to as many as 19 points before settling on a 48-32 halftime advantage. The Trojans, whose biggest lead of the game was 26 points, converted 25 Washington turnovers into 28 points. Sam Clancy scored 25 points for USC which also got 14 from David Bluthenthal and 12 from Errick Craven. Washington (6-5, 0-2) was led by the 13 points of Erroll Knight who didn't start due to an injured ankle that limited him to 21 minutes. Josh Barnard started in place of Knight and tallied 10 points.

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