Huskies Host WSU in Men's Basketball on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25, 2002
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 -
UW vs. Washington State, 7:30 p.m. PST
(Fox Sports Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (10-17, 4-13) close out the regular season at home on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against cross-state rival Washington State (5-20, 1-16). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. The Cougars won the last two meetings with UW, both in Pullman. WSU claimed an 81-79 decision over the Huskies on Jan. 31. Washington won 68-63 on Thursday at Oregon State to gain the inside track on the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies then lost a hard-fought 90-84 decision Saturday at 15th-ranked Oregon where the Ducks had beaten opponents by an average margin of 26.4 points en route to a perfect 16-0 home record.
Wednesday's Washington-Washington State game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. Scott Lynn and Dave Harshman will call the action. 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/
The top eight finishers in the final regular-season standings will compete March 7-9 in the Pac-10 Tournament at Los Angeles' Staples Center. This is the fifth Pac-10 Tournament, but the first since the conference stopped hosting the post-season event following the 1990 season. In the four previous Pac-10 events, between 1987-90, all 10 conference teams participated. The top seven teams in the current Pac-10 standings have clinched tournament berths. UW and Oregon State are vying for the final tournament berth.
Despite trailing Oregon State (4-12) by 1/2 game in the standings, Washington (4-13) owns the inside track for eighth place by virtue of Thursday's win at OSU. If Washington wins Wednesday, Oregon State would need to sweep its final two games to keep the Huskies out of the Pac-10 Tournament. With a loss to WSU, UW still advances to the conference tournament if the Beavers lose their final two games. The Huskies and Beavers are tied with four conference wins and UW holds the tiebreaker advantage over OSU. The Pac-10's No. 1 tiebreaker, head-to-head record, doesn't apply as the teams split the season series. The second tiebreaker is each team's respective record against the conference leaders in descending order. UW has a win over Pac-10 leader Oregon to its credit while OSU's best victory is over seventh-place Arizona State. In order to over-take the Huskies, Oregon State needs to finish ahead of UW in the standings. The Beavers have a tough road trip, playing at UCLA on Thursday and USC on Saturday. Washington hosts Washington State on Wednesday. Any combination of UW wins and OSU losses totaling two will clinch a Pac-10 Tournament berth for the Huskies.
Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn's 20.0-point scoring average is the eighth-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all Washington scorers in 12 of the last 14 games. In those 14 games, Wrenn averaged 23.8 points and scored 33 percent of the Huskies' points (333 of 1011) despite being held to 6 points against Cal and 14 at Oregon State. He topped the 30-point barrier four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He has 12 games with at least 20 points and led all Husky scorers on 20 occasions. Wrenn has three double-doubles and is second on the team with 51 assists.
Washington has started nine different lineups this year after implementing 15 unique lineups last season. The lineup of Wrenn/Leep/Dixon/Allen/Knight started 15 of the Huskies' 26 games, posting a 6-9 record. The seven other starting units combined for a 4-7 record. After using the same lineup for 15 of the first 19 games, the Huskies have utilized different sets of starters in six of the last eight outings. The rotating lineups have seen nine different players drawing at least one starting assignment. Senior center David Dixon is the only player to start every game this season.
The Washington State Series
> Washington won eight of the last 11 meetings and owns a 161-90 advantage in the series that began in 1910. WSU won the last two meetings with the Huskies, both in Pullman.
> The Cougars won this season's first meeting by an 81-79 margin on Jan. 31 in Pullman. WSU has not swept a season series from the Huskies since 1994.
> Washington owns a 93-31 advantage over the Cougars during games played in Seattle, including seven straight home victories. The last WSU win in Seattle was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994.
> Third-year Washington State coach Paul Graham has a 2-3 record against UW.
> Ninth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 10-7 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
Washington State 81, UW 79 (Jan. 31, 2002, Pullman, Wash.)
Marcus Moore scored 18 of his 28 points inside the final 10 minutes, helping Washington State snap a 12-game losing streak with an 81-79 win over Washington at Friel Court. Moore tallied nine of the final 11 points for the Cougars (5-14, 1-10) who won their first Pac-10 game. The Huskies (8-13, 2-9) lost despite the career-high 34 points of Doug Wrenn who scored 22 in the second half, including 11 straight UW points during one five-minute stretch. The Huskies scored 11 unanswered points to take a nine-point lead before WSU closed within 38-37 at halftime. Curtis Allen had 18 points and gave UW its final lead at 76-74 on a 3-pointer with 2:31 left to play. Moore answered with a layup and Mike Bush gave WSU the lead for good on a dunk with 1:40 remaining. Washington had a chance to send the game into overtime when Will Conroy was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 0:01 left. He made the first, but missed the second and third free throws. Jerry McNair scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half for the Cougars. David Dixon tied his own UW single-game record with seven blocked shots.
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.
Washington's schedule was rated the nation's second most difficult in the Feb. 25 Sagarin Ratings published by USA Today. Twelve of UW's 17 defeats were dealt by teams that were ranked at some point this season. Six teams on the UW schedule were listed in this week's (Feb. 25) Associated Press top-25 poll, including seventh-ranked Gonzaga, Oregon (#13), Arizona (#14), Stanford (#17), USC (#19) and California (#21). Nine Husky losses came against teams that are currently ranked.
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 list of athletes includes 13 of 16 players from high schools in the state of Washington.
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 and ranks third among Pac-10 players with an average of 20.0 points per game, including a career-high 35-point performance at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). Wrenn 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. He topped all Husky scorers on 20 occasions and posted 22 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points. Wrenn has three double doubles and ranks second on the team with 51 assists. 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 rejected a school single-season record 131 shots this season, an average of 4.85 blocks per game that leads all Pac-10 teams. The Huskies surpassed the school record of 118 established by the 1993 UW squad that averaged 4.37 blocks per game. The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in 16 games this season after reaching the five-block plateau only five times all last season. Senior David Dixon has 62 blocks to rank second among Pac-10 players with an average of 2.30 per game. He ranks No. 3 among all-time Husky single-season leaders. Dixon's 93 career blocks rank No. 3 in the UW record book. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and seventh in the conference with 30 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. Dixon matched his single-game record with seven blocks at WSU (Jan. 31).
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 and ranking third among Pac-10 players with 7.7 rebounds per game. His 8.1-point scoring average is third best on the team. Dixon tallied double-figure points 12 times and has five double-doubles. Dixon's 207 rebounds are 110 more than the 97 he grabbed all last season.
Return to Sender
David Dixon has 62 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. His 62 blocks are the third-highest single-season total in Washington history. He needs two blocks to move into the No. 2 spot ahead of Chris Welp who had 63 blocks in 1987. Dixon's 93 career blocked shots rank No. 3 on the school's all-time list, trailing only Chris Welp (186) and Todd MacCulloch (142) who each played four seasons to just three for Dixon. Dixon boasts the top three blocked shot games in Husky history. He denied 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 equaled his own school record with seven blocks at Washington State (Jan. 31). He had six rejections against Arizona State (Jan. 10). Dixon ranks second among all Pac-10 players with 62 blocked shots, an average of 2.30 blocks per game.
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 were distributed to the first 2,500 spectators at the Feb. 16 men's basketball game against California and his family was recognized during pre-game ceremonies.
'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 UW's 77-64 win 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 20 of 27 games with a total of 121, an average of 4.48 per game. He is the 21st Husky to post a 100-assist season and currently ranks No. 8 among all-time UW playmakers. Last year, 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 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 3-point shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc (45-110) after shooting 3-pointers at a 25-percent clip last year. He has 45 treys, 25 more than last season's total of 20. Last season, Allen had one of the finest campaigns for a Husky rookie, ranking third among all-time freshmen in steals (29) and No. 4 in assists (65).
The Huskies out-rebounded each of their last three opponents by a combined 28 boards (Cal-11, OSU-12 & Oregon-5) immediately after being soundly out-rebounded by their previous two opponents (ASU-14 & Stanford-16) ... Washington has an 8-7 record when its reserves equal or outscore their counterpart's point total while suffering a 2-10 record when the opponents lead the bench-scoring category ... UW lost all 12 games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage and is 10-5 when out shooting its foes ... Jeffrey Day has 30 blocked shots, just two away from Todd MacCulloch's Washington freshman record of 32 established in 1996 ... Curtis Allen ranks second among Pac-10 players (87.9%) in free throw accuracy. He converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26 ... Allen hit all 12 of his free throws against Oregon (Jan. 24), tying the school's single-game percentage record. Six players have been perfect on 12 of more throws in all-time UW games led by the 14-for-14 effort of Bill Hanson against Idaho on March 10, 1961 ... The Huskies are shooting 67.6 percent from the free throw line (417-617), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10 ... The Huskies' 97-92 win over Oregon (Jan. 24) marked the first time they trailed with 5:00 remaining and won the game. UW has a 1-15 record in games when trailing at the 5:00 mark ... UW players posted 17 games of 20-or-more points, more than doubling last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings.
Washington senior Grant Leep ranks second among all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, having converted 51.5 percent (35-68) of his trey tries. After leading the conference for most of the season, he now trails Oregon's Anthony Lever (53.7%). Leep leads a Husky team that is shooting 35.9 percent (163-454) on 3-pointers, an improvement from last year's 30.6-percent figure.
Freshman guard Erroll 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. Knight started 19 of 27 games this season. He ranks fifth on the team with a 6.8-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
#15 Oregon 90, UW 84 (Feb. 23, 2002, Eugene, Ore.)
Frederick Jones scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half as 15th-ranked Oregon took control early and held off a late Washington surge en route to a 90-84 victory at McArthur Court. The Ducks (20-7, 12-4) gained sole possession of first place in the Pac-10. They clinched their first perfect home record (16-0) since 1938. Oregon reeled off 12 unanswered points to go ahead 12-4. The lead was 21-9 before Washington (10-17, 4-13) rallied behind reserve guard Curtis Allen who amassed 15 points during a 7 1/2-minute stretch. Allen hit his fourth 3-pointer and was fouled, hitting the subsequent free throw to put the Huskies ahead 35-34 with 4:16 left in the first half. Oregon reclaimed the lead 51-45 at halftime and extended it to as many as 13 points at 76-63 with 6:51 remaining. The Huskies made one final run, drawing within 82-79 on a three-point play by Doug Wrenn at 1:26. Jones answered with his fifth 3-pointer at 0:57 and the Ducks converted 5-of-6 free throws inside the final 40 seconds to secure the victory. Luke Jackson scored 23 points for Oregon which also got 11 from Anthony Lever. Wrenn finished with 27 points for the Huskies and Allen had 18. The Huskies shot 54 percent from the field (32-59), including 9-of-14 accuracy from 3-point range. Oregon countered with 12-of-19 shooting from 3-point range and forced 25 UW turnovers.
Doug Wrenn tallied a career-high 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7), the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch scored 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996 ... Wrenn's four 30-point outings are the third-best single-season total by a Husky and are the most since Louie Nelson had five during the 1972-73 campaign ... Curtis Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26 ... 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 ... 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.
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.
Home Sweet Home
For the first time in two years, the Huskies is playing 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies won 756 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 season opener last year at different venues before playing the remaining games in The Pavilion.
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.
Freshmen Jeffrey Day and Will Conroy have already made their mark on the Washington record book. Both are climbing the charts among all-time Husky freshmen. Day has 30 blocked shots, the second-highest single-season total ever for a UW freshman. He needs three blocks to eclipse the school's frosh record of 32 established in 1996 by Todd MacCulloch. Conroy distributed 43 assists to tie for eighth among all-time Husky rookie playmakers. Conroy needs two assists to move into the No. 7 spot ahead of Thalo Green who had 44 assists in 1998.
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 has played five 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 a 14.6-yard average, including an 87-yard TD return against Idaho (Sept. 22). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America pick. Frederick was a top-50 national recruit in 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.
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
Washington's inside corps was bolstered by the addition of 6-10 walk-on center Ben Devoe who began practicing with the team on Dec. 31. Devoe, who has not participated 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, but has not played. He will likely 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 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 UW for the winter quarter that began January 7.
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.
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.