UW Men's Basketball Team Visits 19th-Ranked Stanford
Jan. 18, 2002
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 --
UW at #14 Stanford, 7:00 p.m. PST
Maples Pavilion (7,391), Stanford, Calif.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 --
UW vs. Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (7-10, 1-6) conclude their two-game Bay Area road trip on Saturday, Jan. 19 against 19th-ranked Stanford (10-4, 3-2). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. Stanford's current eight-game winning streak against the Huskies is the longest in the history of the series that dates back to 1916. Washington lost its last eight games at Maples Pavilion, last winning 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993. The Huskies led at halftime Thursday before scoring a season-low 17 points in the second half en route to a 62-50 loss at California. Stanford defeated Washington State 83-50 on Thursday. UW lost its last two games after defeating Arizona State 81-68 (Jan. 10) for its first Pac-10 win. The youthful Huskies have a roster that includes seven freshman, five sophomores, one junior and three seniors. Ten of 16 UW athletes had never played a game at Washington before this season.
Washington's schedule was rated the nation's third most difficult in the Jan. 17 Sagarin Ratings published by USA Today. Seven of the 10 Husky losses came against teams that are currently ranked. Six teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including ninth-ranked UCLA, Gonzaga (#13), Arizona (#15), USC (#18), Stanford (#19) and Oregon (#23). A seventh opponent, Butler, is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Washington is the only team to defeat Bowling Green (13-1) which has wins over Mississippi and Michigan to its credit. Seven of the Huskies' first eight conference games are against teams predicted to finish in the top five in the annual preseason Pac-10 media poll.
Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn scored 19 points Thursday, falling one point short of the 20-point plateau. He had topped 20 points in his prevous three outings, the first time a Husky has had three consecutive 20-point efforts since Todd MacCulloch did it three years ago (Feb. 6-13, 1999). The 29-point outburst at USC (Jan. 6) by Wrenn was the highest scoring output by a Husky since Deon Luton tallied 30 points against Boise State on Dec. 23, 1999. Wrenn has six 20-point outings this season after the entire roster combined for only eight 20-point individual games last year. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 12 games. He posted his second double-double at Cal (19 points/12 rebounds).
Saturday's Washington-Stanford game will NOT be televised locally this week in the Northwest. The next UW telecast is Saturday, Jan. 26 against Oregon State. The game airs live at 7 p.m. 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/
Fan balloting has begun the process of selecting the Washington men's basketball All Century Team. The voting is part of this year's 'Celebrating 100 Seasons of Husky Hoops.' Ballots are available at home games or on-line at www.gohuskies.com The voting deadline is Feb. 1 and the All Century Team will be announced at halftime of the Huskies' Feb. 16 home game with California. Numerous former UW standouts will be in attendance and available for autographs prior to the game. Fans also have an opportunity to vote on the all-time top Husky games that are included on the same ballot.
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.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 61-180 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in four meetings this season, at home against No. 25 Gonzaga (47-67), No. 19 UCLA (79-85) and No. 20 Arizona (69-74) 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.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 59-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the last four season series over Washington.
> Stanford won the last eight meetings and 14 of the last 16 against the Huskies. The Cardinal's current eight-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford won five straight against UW from 1990-92.
> Stanford has a 41-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last eight visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> Stanford's Maples Pavilion and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion are the only two Pac-10 arenas at which eighth-year Washington coach Bob Bender has not won.
> 16th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 23-8 mark against UW.
> Ninth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 2-14 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
(#1) Stanford 99, UW 79 (Feb. 24, 2001, Stanford, Calif.) --
Jason Collins scored a career-high 33 points and hit 13-of-14 shots from the field, leading top-ranked Stanford to a 99-79 victory over Washington. Stanford (25-1, 13-1) won its eighth straight game against the Huskies (9-18, 3-12) and the ninth straight at Maples Pavilion. Collins hit his first 13 shots, including four 3-pointers, before missing a trey late in the game. He also grabbed eight rebounds to lead a 35-21 Cardinal advantage on the boards. Stanford opened the game with eight unanswered points en route to a 53-38 halftime lead. Collins scored 10 straight second-half points to give Stanford its largest lead at 92-62 with 3:57 left to play. Casey Jacobsen tallied 21 points for the Cardinal which also got 12 from Jarron Collins and 11 from Michael McDonald. Five Huskies scored in double figures including 14 apiece from Will Perkins, Curtis Allen and Michael Johnson. Thalo Green had 12 points for UW and Grant Leep had 10 in his first start. Stanford shot 62 percent from the field (38-61) to offset the 52-percent accuracy of UW which hit 10-of-19 shots from 3-point range.
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' 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. As a write-in candidate, Erickson won an on-line vote in the fall in which fans were asked who they would like to have portrayed by a bobblehead doll. He received more votes than current Husky head coaches Bob Bender, Rick Neuheisel and June Daugherty. Bobbleheads bearing his likeness will be distributed to the first 2,500 spectators at the Feb. 16 men's basketball game against California.
The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in 12 games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington blocked 89 shots this season, an average of 5.24 blocks per game that leads all Pac-10 teams. The 1993 Husky squad averaged 4.37 blocks en route to the school's season record of 118. Senior David Dixon has 37 blocks to lead the Pac-10 and rank second among conference competitors with 2.18 blocks per game. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and sixth in the conference with 25 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. Washington blocked 10 Arizona State shots (Jan. 10).
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.
David Dixon has 37 blocked shots, the eighth highest single-season total in UW history. He needs three blocks to move into the No. 4 spot ahead of Will Perkins who had 39 blocks in 2000 ... Washington lost all seven games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage and is 7-3 when outshooting its foes ... Senior Grant Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point accuracy, converting 61 percent (22-36) of his trey tries... UW players have registered 10 games of 20-or-more points, eclipsing last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings ... Curtis Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16. Allen has 86 assists, 21 more than the 65 he registered last season ... The Huskies' 60-percent performance (30-50) from the field Jan. 10 was their best effort in 83 games, dating to Feb. 6, 1999 when they shot 67 percent also against Arizona State ... The Huskies are shooting 69.6 percent from the free throw line (268-385), 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 (88.4%) and C.J. Massingale is fifth (85.0%) ... 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). Dixon leads all Pac-10 players with 37 blocked shots and ranks second with 2.18 blocks per game.
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 17.7 points per game, including a season-high 29-point performance at USC (Jan. 6). Wrenn had a streak of three straight 20-point performances (Jan. 6-12). 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 12 occasions. He posted 13 double-figure scoring games, including six 20-point outings. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted 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.
'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 voted 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. Allen 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 14 of 17 games with a total of 86, an average of 5.1 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 (62-139), including 39 percent from 3-point range (25-64). Those numbers are up from his 39-percent and 25-percent figures from last year. He has already surpassed by two last season's total of 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).
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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 27.9 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 7.8 rebounds per game while ranking sixth with a 7.5-point scoring average. Dixon has 37 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. He 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 had six blocks against Arizona State (Jan. 10). He tallied double-figure points seven times and has three points/rebounds double-doubles, against Butler (15/13), at New Mexico State (12/15) and against Arizona (11/14). Dixon's 133 rebounds are 36 more than the 97 he grabbed all last season. He had double-figure rebounds his last two games.
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.
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, who has not yet played in a game, gives UW 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.
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 15 of 17 games this season. He ranks fourth on the team with a 7.8-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.
Last Husky Game
California 62, UW 50 (Jan. 17, 2002, Berkeley, Calif.) --
Joe Shipp scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half as California rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Washington 62-50 and remain undefeated at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (12-3, 3-2) won all 11 of their home games. Washington (7-10, 1-6) led by as many as eight points before settling on a 33-31 halftime edge. After UW's Doug Wrenn opened the second half with a pair of free throws, California staged a 13-4 run to go ahead for good at 44-39 with 13:19 left to play. The Huskies helped the Cal run, committing five of their 21 turnovers during the five-minute span. The Bears scored the final six points of the game to finish with their largest margin of the game at 12 points. UW made only five field goals and scored a season-low 17 points in the second half, shooting 17 percent (5-30) after intermission. Freshman Jamal Sampson had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Bears. Wrenn notched his second double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds for the Huskies who also got 11 rebounds from David Dixon. Curtis Allen chipped in 11 points for UW.
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. UW lost 74-69 to No. 20 Arizona in its last outing (Jan. 12). The Huskies scored a season-low 17 second-half points and lost 62-50 at California (Jan. 17) in their last outing.
UW senior Grant Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 61 percent of his treys (22-36). He leads a Husky team that is shooting 37.9 percent (103-272) from 3-point range, an improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure.
Curtis Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... 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 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton 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 who was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib ... UW'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.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 171-95 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 100-33 advantage against the Ducks in Seattle.
> The two teams split the last two season series, each winning on the other's home court both years. The Huskies posted a 72-71 overtime decision on Jan. 18, 2001 in Eugene and the Ducks were 85-73 victors in Seattle on Feb. 17, 2001.
> Fifth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 4-4 coaching record against UW.
> Ninth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 7-10 record against Oregon, the only Pac-10 school he met during his initial head coaching assignment at Illinois State. His inaugural Redbird squad lost 81-79 on Dec. 29, 1989.
> Bob Bender was recruited by then-Oregon head coach Dick Harter and took a recruiting visit to Eugene in 1975 while he was a high school senior. Ernie Kent was a UO player at that time. Bender eventually signed with Indiana University.
> For the first time since 1996, the Huskies do not have a player on their roster from the state of Oregon.
The Last Meeting
Oregon 85, UW 73 (Feb. 17, 2001, Seattle) --
Freshman Luke Jackson registered a triple-double and Frederick Jones led five double-figure scorers with 22 points as Oregon defeated Washington 85-73 at Bank of America Arena. Jackson had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to post the first triple-double by a Duck since Ron Lee in 1972. The Huskies (9-16, 3-10) lost their fourth straight game. Oregon (13-10, 4-9) extended a 36-33 halftime lead with a 23-10 run midway through the second half that featured five 3-pointers. The largest UO lead was 19 points, at 72-52 with 8:17 left in the game. Washington made a late run, closing to within 79-73 on two C.J. Massingale free throws with 1:53 remaining. Oregon conv