UW Men Meet 20th-Ranked Arizona in Basketball
Jan. 11, 2002
Sat., Jan. 12 -
UW vs. #20 Arizona, 7:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Thurs., Jan. 17 -
UW at California, 7:30 p.m. PST
Haas Pavilion (12,172), Berkeley, Calif.
The Washington Huskies (7-8, 1-4) seek to put together back-to-back wins for the first time in over a month when they host 20th-ranked Arizona (10-4, 3-2) on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The Wildcats won the last four meetings with Washington whose last win in the series was a 90-84 decision on Feb. 4, 1999 in Seattle. The Huskies defeated Arizona State 81-68 on Thursday to halt a six-game losing streak. The last consecutive wins for UW were Nov. 28 vs. UNLV and Dec. 1 at San Diego. The Wildcats won 92-85 at Washington State on Thursday. Following Saturday's game the Huskies embark on their annual Bay Area trip.
Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-16 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (10) and California (7) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Since 1991, Washington has a 4-29 record against top-10 ranked opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. Seven of the Huskies' last 19 wins over teams ranked in the top 25 came against Arizona.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 61-179 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in three meetings this season, at home against No. 25 Gonzaga (47-67) and No. 19 UCLA (79-85) and on the road at No. 14 UCLA (62-74). Washington's last win over a ranked opponent was a 96-94 upset of No. 13 UCLA on March 10 in the final game of the 2001 regular season.
Saturday's Washington-Arizona game will be televised live on Fox Sports 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's schedule was rated the nation's fourth toughest in the Sagarin rankings published Jan. 11 by USA Today. The combined record of the five teams UW lost to is 65-26 ... Curtis Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State on Thursday, just one shy of the school single-game record of 16. Allen has 78 assists, 13 more than the 65 he registered last season ... David Dixon has 31 blocked shots this year, equaling the total from his first two seasons combined ... Doug Wrenn topped 20 points in his last two outings, the first back-to-back 20-point efforts by a Husky since Deon Luton on Jan. 6 & 8, 2000. The last time a UW player had three consecutive 20-point performances was Feb. 6-13, 1999 when Todd MacCulloch accomplished the feat ... The 29-point outburst at USC (Jan. 6) by Doug Wrenn was the highest scoring output by a Husky since Deon Luton tallied 30 points against Boise State on Dec. 23, 1999 ... The Huskies' 60-percent performance (30-50) from the field Thursday was their best effort in 83 games, dating to Feb. 6, 1999 when they shot 67 percent also against Arizona State... In 272 career games as a head coach Rob Evans' teams have allowed an opponent to shoot 60 percent only three times, two of them by the Huskies against his Arizona State squads ... Senior Grant Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point accuracy, converting 61 percent (20-33) of his trey attempts ... UW players have registered nine 20-point scoring games, eclipsing last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings ... Washington lost all five games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage and is 7-3 when outshooting its foes ... The Huskies are shooting 70.6 percent from the free throw line (252-357), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10. Sophomore Curtis Allen ranks fourth among Pac-10 players, hitting 88.4-percent of his free throws (61-69) ... David Dixon boasts the top two blocked shot games in UW history with a school-record seven blocks against Santa Clara (Nov. 28) and six against Arizona State on Thursday (Jan. 10).
Forward Doug Wrenn suffered a small fracture of his orbital bone after being elbowed in the right eye during the first half at Saint Louis (Dec. 29). He suffered severe swelling and did not practice until Wednesday (Jan. 3). Wrenn played in all three games since the injury ... 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.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 32-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965 and won the last four games against UW.
> The Wildcats won eight of the last nine meetings against Washington, including a sweep of the last two season series. UA won 89-64 last season in Seattle followed by an 82-62 win in Tucson.
> Arizona won in its last two visits to Seattle to take a 12-11 series lead on the Huskies' homecourts.
> 19th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 26-11 all-time record against the Huskies.
> Ninth-year Washington coach Bob Bender is 4-12 against Arizona. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 win at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).
The Last Meeting
(#11) Arizona 82, UW 62 (Feb. 3, 2001, Seattle) -
Michael Wright grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half as 11th-ranked Arizona took control early en route to an 82-62 win over Washington at McKale Center. The Wildcats (16-6, 8-2) beat UW (9-13, 3-7) in Tucson for the 16th time in the last 17 meetings. Arizona amassed 15 steals and parlayed a season-high 29 Husky turnovers into 35 points. The Huskies rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit, drawing within 24-23 on a 3-pointer by Michael Johnson 3:40 before halftime. The Wildcats outscored UW 13-3 the rest of the half to claim a 37-26 advantage at intermission. Arizona opened the second half with a 10-2 run and led by as many as 24 points in the second half. Gilbert Arenas tallied 12 of his 17 points in the second half for the Wildcats who also got 10 points apiece from Loren Woods and Eugene Edgerson. Curtis Allen paced the Huskies with 16 points. UW's C.J. Massingale scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Thalo Green posted his entire 10-point total in the first. The Huskies had a 40-34 rebound edge and limited Arizona to 1-for-14 shooting from 3-point range. The Wildcats hit just 1-of-12 treys in the first meeting.
Freshman Charles Frederick, who began practicing with the basketball team on Dec. 31, suited up for the first time on Jan. 4 at UCLA. He saw his first game action on Jan. 6 at USC, an eight-minute stint during which he had two points, two assists and one steal. He played two games. Frederick is a scholarship receiver on the Husky football team that 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 Idaho (Sept. 22). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America special team selection. Frederick was a top-50 national recruit in both football and basketball. He averaged 19 points and eight steals from his point guard position as a senior in 2001 at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla.
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 17.1 points per game, including a season-high 29-point performance at USC (Jan. 6) followed by a 23-point effort against Arizona State (Jan. 10) in his last outing. 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 10 occasions. He posted 11 double-figure scoring games, including five 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.
The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in 10 games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington blocked 77 shots this season, an average of 5.13 blocks per game. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118. Senior David Dixon leads the team and is second among Pac-10 players with 31 blocks. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and sixth in the conference with 23 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 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. UW blocked 10 Arizona State shots (Jan. 10).
'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
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 12 of 15 games with a total of 78, an average of 5.2 per game. Last season Allen distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. He had 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in Husky history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one short of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone at California on Feb. 20, 1970. His shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 45 percent from the field (52-116), including 39 percent from 3-point range (20-51). Those numbers are up from his 39-percent and 25-percent figures from last year. He has already equaled his total of 3-pointers from last season with 20 treys. 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).
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 27.2 minutes per game. Last season, Dixon played 14.7 minutes per contest and averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. He has been more effective this year, leading the team with 7.2 rebounds per game while ranking sixth with a 7.4-point scoring average. Dixon has 31 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. He had six blocks against Arizona State (Jan. 10). Dixon tallied double-figure points six 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).
Washington's inside corps was bolstered by the recent addition of 6-10 walk-on center Ben Devoe who began practicing with the team on Dec. 31. Devoe gives the Huskies a much-needed big body after the season-ending injuries of Marlon Shelton (left knee) and Mike Jensen (left shoulder). He suited up for the first time Thursday (Jan. 10) against Arizona State. Devoe averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior in 2000 at Olympia (Wash.) High School. He attended the Air Force Prepatory Academy in Colorado Springs for one semester before beginning a Mormon mission in Pennsylvania. His mission was cut short by a back injury that forced Devoe to return to Olympia this fall. His availability was made known to the Husky coaching staff in December and late in the month he was accepted into Washington for the winter quarter that began January 7.
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.
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 fifth on the team with an 8.4-point scoring average. Knight scored 19 points and led the team with eight rebounds against Arizona State (Jan. 10). 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.
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.
Last Husky Game
UW 81, Arizona State 68 (Jan. 10, 2002, Seattle) -
Doug Wrenn tallied 12 of his 23 points inside the opening six minutes, helping Washington claim an early lead en route to an 81-68 victory over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. Curtis Allen distributed 15 assists for UW, just one shy of Rafael Stone's school record. The Huskies (7-8, 1-4) stopped a six-game losing streak on the strength of 60 percent shooting from the field (30-of-50) that marked their best shooting effort in 83 games. ASU (9-5, 2-3) struggled offensively, turning the ball over 19 times while shooting 32 percent from the field and hitting only 17 of 32 free throws. Wrenn netted the first two, and four of the first five, baskets for the Huskies who raced out to a 13-2 lead and never trailed. The Sun Devils drew within 69-65 on a 3-pointer by Chad Prewitt, but they couldn't get any closer. Erroll Knight scored 19 points for Washington and Grant Leep added 17. Prewitt paced ASU with 24 points while Curtis Millage had 15 and Kyle Dodd 10. The Sun Devils lost despite attempting 21 more shots (71-50), posting a 41-33 rebound advantage and forcing 25 UW turnovers.
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). The Huskies suffered a 71-70 setback at Saint Louis (Dec. 29) on a 3-pointer with 15.6 seconds left. UCLA completed a season sweep with a 74-62 win (Jan. 4), its 16th straight win over UW at Pauley Pavilion. USC won 94-74 (Jan. 6) at The Forum to cap its third consecutive season sweep over UW en route to a series record seventh straight victory. The Huskies snapped a six-game losing streak with an 81-68 win over Arizona State (Jan. 10) in Seattle, shooting 60 percent for the first time in 83 games.
The Huskies are shooting 40.0 percent (92-230) from 3-point range, a drastic improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure. The school's single-season 3-point shooting record is 40.1 percent, established by the 1988-89 UW squad. Senior Grant Leep leads the team and all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 61 percent of his treys (20-33). Junior Josh Barnard leads the Huskies in total 3-pointers with 24 treys, including six at UCLA (Jan. 4).
Sophomore Doug Wrenn scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half at USC (Jan. 6). That was the highest scoring output for a UW player since Deon Luton tallied 30 points against Boise State on Dec. 23, 1999 ... The Huskies tied their single-game record with 29 attempts from 3-point range at UCLA (Jan. 4). UW tried 29 treys against Fresno State on Dec. 8, 1992. Josh Barnard's 15 trey attempts were a record for a Husky, topping the previous record of 14 3-point shots by Deon Luton against Saint Mary's on Nov. 23, 1997 ... 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 conference honor since Deon Luton was honored on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Ten of the 16 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.
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.
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.
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 754 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.
'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. Ten 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.
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. UW 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 California Series
> Washington owns a 67-65 lead in the all-time series despite losing the last three meetings with California.
> The Golden Bears swept the season series last year for the first time since 1997, winning 79-64 on Jan. 27, 2001 in Seattle and 82-66 on Feb. 22, 2001 in Berkeley.
> Cal owns a 41-24 series advantage over the Huskies at home despite falling in two of the Huskies' last three visits to the Bay Area. Washington won 84-67 in 1999 and 54-52 in 2000.
> Sixth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 6-4 record against the Huskies.
> Ninth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-10 record against California.
> Ninth-year UW assistant coach Eric Hughes, a 1983 Oakland High School graduate, served on the staff at Cal in 1992 and 1993. He helped the Golden Bears advance to the Sweet 16 his final season as Todd Bozeman's lone assistant coach.
The Last Meeting
California 82, UW 66 (Feb. 22, 2001, Berkeley, Calif.) -
Sean Lampley hit all eight of his shots from the field, scoring 29 points and adding 17 rebounds in California's 82-66 win over Washington at Haas Pavilion. Lampley tallied 21 first-half points, capped by a 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave the Golden Bears (18-7, 9-4) a 47-29 halftime advantage. The Cal lead grew to as many as 31 points, at 80-49 with 3:07 left to play, before Washington reeled of 14 unanswered points to narrow the final margin. The Huskies (9-17, 3-11) hit 8-of-17 shots from 3-point range, shooting better beyond the arc (47%) than from the field (37%). Cal shot 55 percent from the field (29-53). C.J. Massingale scored 13 points to lead UW which also got 10 from both Curtis Allen and Michael Johnson. Solomon Hughes tallied 12 points for Cal while Joe Shipp had 11 and Brian Wethers 10.