UW Men Meet Oregon for 267th Time in Men's Basketball
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 -
UW vs. #19 Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 -
UW vs. Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (7-11, 1-7) seek to end a three-game losing streak this week when they host their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. Washington entertains 19th-ranked and first-place Oregon (14-4, 6-1) on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. The Huskies and Ducks split their last four meetings with the visiting team winning all four games. On Saturday, Jan. 26 the Huskies host Oregon State (8-9, 1-6) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The Beavers won the last four meetings with Washington. The Huskies were swept last week on their visit to the Bay Area, losing 62-50 at California (Jan. 17) and 105-60 at then 19th-ranked Stanford (Jan. 19). The youthful Huskies have a roster that includes seven freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and three seniors. Ten of 16 UW athletes had never played a game at Washington before this season. The predominantly local roster includes 13 of 16 players from the state of Washington.
Washington's schedule was rated the nation's third most difficult in the Jan. 21 Sagarin Ratings published by USA Today. Seven of the 11 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 10th-ranked Arizona, UCLA (#13), Gonzaga (#16), Stanford (#17), Oregon (#19) and USC (#23). Seven of the Huskies eight conference games were against teams predicted to finish in the top five in the annual preseason Pac-10 media poll. Oregon is the fifth team among Washington's last seven opponents that is currently ranked in the A.P. poll.
Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn led all Washington scorers in each of the last five games, averaging 22.4 points during that span. He had topped the 20-point plateau in three straight outings between Jan. 6-12, the first time a Husky has had three consecutive 20-point efforts since Todd MacCulloch did it three years ago (Feb. 6-13, 1999). Wrenn's 29-point outburst at USC (Jan. 6) 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 performances this season after the entire roster combined for only eight 20-point individual games last year. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 13 games. He posted his second double-double at Cal (Jan. 17) with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Thursday's Washington-Oregon game will NOT be televised in Seattle. Saturday's (Jan. 26) UW-Oregon State game will be televised 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 61-181 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in five 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) and No. 19 Stanford (60-105). 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 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 3-5 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 at Oregon 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.
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 converted all six of its free throws inside the final minute to seal the victory. Bryan Bracey scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for the Ducks who outrebounded UW 43-33. Luke Ridnour added 14 points and Julius Hicks had 12 for Oregon. Massingale finished with 18 points to lead the Huskies who also got 17 from Will Perkins and 14 from Curtis Allen.
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 did. 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 13 games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington blocked 94 shots this season, an average of 5.22 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 42 blocks to lead the Pac-10 and rank No. 4 among all-time Husky single-season leaders. He ranks second among conference competitors with 2.33 blocks per game. Dixon's 73 career blocks ranks No. 6 among in the UW record book. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and seventh 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).
UW senior Grant Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 56 percent of his treys (22-39). He missed all four of his trey tries last week in the Bay Area. Leep leads a Husky team that is shooting 36.3 percent (107-295) from 3-point range, an improvement from last season's 30.6-percent figure.
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.
Point guard Curtis Allen has 89 assists, 24 more than the 65 he registered last season. He is poised to become the 21st player in Husky history to record 100 assists in a season ... Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 ... Washington players have registered 10 games of 20-or-more points, eclipsing last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings ... The 105-60 defeat at Stanford (Jan. 19) was the third-largest loss in Husky history ... The Cardinal became the first team to reach the 100-point plateau against UW in 109 games, dating to Feb. 5, 1998 when Arizona won 112-81 in Tucson ... Washington lost all eight 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 56 percent (22-39) of his trey tries ... The Huskies are shooting 68.5 percent from the free throw line (278-406), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10. Allen ranks third among Pac-10 players (88.9%) in free throw accuracy.
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 28.2 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 and ranking third among Pac-10 players with 8.3 rebounds per game. His 7.8-point scoring average is the fourth best on the team. Dixon tallied double-figure points seven times and has four double-doubles, including a 13-point, 16-rebound performance at Stanford (Jan. 19) in his last outing. Dixon's 149 rebounds are 52 more than the 97 he grabbed all last season.
Return to Sender
David Dixon has 42 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. His 42 blocked shots are the fourth highest single-season total in Washington history. He needs six blocks to move into the No. 3 spot ahead of Todd MacCulloch who had 47 blocks in 1999. Dixon's 73 career blocked shots rank No. 6 on the school's all-time list. He needs three blocks to surpass Petur Gudmundsson who rejected 75 shots between 1978-80. Dixon boasts the top two blocked shot games in Husky history. 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). Dixon leads all Pac-10 players with 42 blocked shots and ranks second with 2.33 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 17.6 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 13 occasions. He posted 14 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.
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 three 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 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 15 of 18 games with a total of 89, an average of 4.9 per game. Last year, Allen distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. Allen needs 11 to become the 21st Husky to post a 100-assist season. He had 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy 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 (67-149), including 39 percent from 3-point range (27-70). 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).
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 16 of 18 games this season. He ranks fifth on the team with a 7.6-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
#19 Stanford 105, UW 60 (Jan. 19, 2002, Palo Alto, Calif.)
Casey Jacobsen scored 21 points and Curtis Borchardt added 19 as 19th-ranked Stanford dealt Washington its third-worst defeat ever, a 105-60 decision at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (11-4, 4-2) extended their winning streak over Washington (7-11, 1-7) to nine straight, the longest in the series. David Dixon blocked five shots for the Huskies and had his fourth double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Doug Wrenn and Curtis Allen each had 13 points for UW which allowed 100 points for the first time since Feb. 5, 1998. The Huskies led 10-8 five minutes into the game before Stanford took control with a 25-12 run. Julius Barnes scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as Stanford opened a 49-29 halftime margin. The Cardinal went on a 27-7 run in the opening eight minutes of the second half and led by as many as 48 points. Stanford shot 56 percent (38-68) while limiting the Huskies to 31-percent shooting (23-74) from the field.
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 were swept in the Bay Area. They scored a season-low 17 second-half points and lost 62-50 at California (Jan. 17). UW suffered its third-worst defeat, a 105-60 loss at No. 19 Stanford (Jan. 19).
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.
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' 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 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.
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 a nine-year record of 112-135 with the Huskies. The UW tied for ninth place in the Pac-10 with a 4-4 record in 2001 and had a 10-20 overall record. In 2000, the Huskies 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 112 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 13-year career record of 172-192. 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.
Ninth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20, 2000 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 112 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the head coach at Washington.
Bender is Back
Men's basketball coach Bob Bender returned to the Washington bench Nov. 17 against Bowling Green and has been patrolling the sidelines ever since then. He missed the Nov. 15 regular-season opener at Alaska Fairbanks due to a bruised rib that kept him in Seattle. Bender arrived in Fairbanks on Nov. 16, during an off-day for the Huskies. Bender was scheduled to fly to Fairbanks with the team on Nov. 14 morning, but was at University of Washington Medical Center instead undergoing tests. He slipped and fell outside his house on Nov. 12 and developed severe back pain. Bender was diagnosed with a bruised rib on Nov. 14 and released that afternoon, while the team was arriving in Fairbanks. Bender spoke to the team via speakerphone on the afternoon of the opener (Nov. 15) and expressed his regrets about missing the game.
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his seventh season on the staff, his third as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire eight-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, is in his second season.
'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 current 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.
'No school did a more thorough job of addressing its overall weakness and building for the future.'
-- Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
Washington's 2001 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).
Good seats are available for all Washington home games. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack offers 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 and $3 for current UW students. 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
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.
The newest member of the UW squad if 6-10 walk-on center Ben Devoe who joined the team on Dec. 31. He suited up for the first time Thursday (Jan. 10) against Arizona State, but has not played. He might red-shirt this season, preserving four seasons of eligibility. Devoe averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior in 2000 at Olympia (Wash.) High School. He attended the Air Force Prep Academy in Colorado Springs for one semester before serving a Mormon mission in Pennsylvania. The mission was cut short by a back injury that forced him to return to Olympia this fall.
The Oregon State Series
Washington has a 138-131 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> Oregon State won the last four meetings, sweeping the last two season series in the process. OSU's current four-game winning streak is the longest in its series with Washington since a five-game skein from 1991-93.
> The Huskies have a 93-38 advantage over OSU during games played in Seattle despite losing the last two meetings.
> Second-year Oregon State Coach Ritchie McKay is the only former assistant to coach against Bob Bender. He has a 2-1 all-time record against Washington. McKay's Portland State team lost to the Huskies 83-70 on Nov. 30, 1996 in Seattle before his OSU team swept the season series last year from the Huskies, winning 63-56 on Jan. 20 in Corvallis and 83-69 on Feb. 15 in Seattle.
> 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.
> Ninth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 10-6 record against Oregon State and is 1-2 against McKay.
The Last Meeting
Oregon State 83, UW 69 (Feb. 15, 2001, Seattle)
Six of Oregon State's seven players posted double-figure points as the Beavers won their fourth straight game over Washington, 83-69 at Bank of America Arena. The Beavers (9-15, 3-9) halted a six-game losing streak, winning for the first time since a Jan. 20 victory over UW in Corvallis. Jason Heide paced OSU with 16 points, Adam Masten had 15, Josh Steinthal 14, Jimmie Haywood 13, Brian Jackson 12 and Deaundra Tanner 11. Will Perkins scored 16 points to lead the Huskies (9-15, 3-9) who also got 14 from Curtis Allen, 12 from Thalo Green and 10 from David Dixon. Green grabbed nine rebounds, leading a 35-25 UW advantage on the boards. The Beavers led 47-34 at halftime on the strength of 14 points from Masten who hit 3-of-4 treys. Washington never drew closer than nine points, despite serious foul trouble for OSU. Brian Jackson fouled out with 13:52 to play and Jason Heide played nine minutes in the second half with four fouls. Oregon State hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 2:44 to seal the win.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 14-21) from two prep standouts, both from Seattle's Garfield High School. Brandon Roy, a 6-5 wing player, is one of the premier prep players in the nation and Anthony Washington is a 6-9 rising power forward prospect who initially signed last year with the Huskies, but returned to Garfield to complete some coursework. Those two will join the team in the fall of 2002 and be reunited with former prep teammate Will Conroy who is currently a freshman point guard at UW. The Huskies have one scholarship to offer during the late letter of intent period that begins April 15.
6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The No. 2-ranked small forward in the West by Prep-West Hoops ... Rated No. 47 nationally among all positions by CNN/SI ... Averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last year at Garfield High School ... A first-team 2001 All-Washington state selection in the 4A classification ... The 2001 KingCo Conference MVP.
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The ninth-rated power forward in the West last year by Prep-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News last year... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions of 2000 ... Averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as senior at Garfield High in 2001 ... Blocked 21 shots in four games to set a new state tournament record ... Had more blocks than the previous tournament team record of 20.