In-State Rivals Set for Dogfight Wednesday in Spokane
Nov. 29, 2004
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 --
#14 Washington at Gonzaga; 5:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest TV)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000); Spokane, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKNW (AM 1150) in Puget Sound Area
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5 --
#14 Washington vs. Eastern Washington; 1:00 p.m. PST (No TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Off to their best start in six seasons, the 14th-ranked Washington Huskies (4-0) travel across the state to play Gonzaga (3-1) on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is 5 p.m. at the Bulldogs' new McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest. The Huskies won their opening four games for the first time since the start of the 1998-99 campaign. They won the Great Alaska Shootout championship Saturday with a 79-76 victory over No. 19 Alabama after wins over Utah (78-71) and Oklahoma (96-91) in the first two rounds. The Huskies have been declared the national Team of the Week by ESPN.com and collegeinsider.com, but you won't find them celebrating. They are focused on stopping their longest current losing streak against any opponent. Gonzaga won the last six meetings with UW, including an 86-62 decision last season in Seattle. The trip to Spokane caps a swing of four games away from home for the Huskies who return to Seattle to host Eastern Washington, Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Beginning Sunday, seven of the next eight UW games will be played at home in Bank of America Arena.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on FSN. Wednesday's game between the Huskies and Gonzaga will be televised live on FSN Northwest at 5 p.m.
The UW-Gonzaga game airs on the Husky Radio Network. Due to a scheduling conflict on flagship station KJR, Wednesday's game will air on KKNW (AM 1150) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton call the action.
Tough Trip Continues
Washington's treacherous trek, with four consecutive games on the road, concludes this week at Gonzaga. UW played three games in three days in Anchorage, Ak. The Huskies defeated a pair of teams that received votes in the polls in Utah and Oklahoma before beating then 19th-ranked Alabama.
Washington is one of only six teams that participated in the 2004 NCAA Tournament that return all five starting players in 2005. Among the other five is Illinois which defeated Gonzaga 89-72 on Saturday. Also returning its entire starting lineup from last year's tournament are Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
The Huskies' triumph at the Great Alaska Shootout marked their first tournament championship since November of 1998 when they beat Georgia Tech for the Big Island Invitational title in Hilo, Hi.
Player of the Week
Junior guard Nate Robinson, the Most Outstanding Player at the Great Alaska Shootout, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week Monday (Nov. 29). He led the Huskies to the Shootout championship, averaging 21.3 points, 5.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals in three games. Against Utah in the first round, Robinson scored 29 points. Versus Oklahoma in the semifinals, he scored 19 points on 7-11 shooting and distributed a career-best eight assists. In the championship contest against No. 19 Alabama, Robinson scored 16 points with four rebounds and four assists. For the tournament Robinson shot 59 percent from the field (8-of-14), including 57 percent accuracy (8-of-14) from 3-point range.
Washington junior Brandon Roy was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and is projected to miss from four to six weeks, Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday (Nov. 29). The 6-foot-5 guard suffered the knee injury Nov. 26 in the first half of the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma. He played 12 minutes in that Great Alaska Shootout semifinal. Roy sat out the entire second half and was sidelined for all of Saturday's championship game win over Alabama. Roy will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday, Nov. 30 to repair the knee. Roy currently ranks second on the team with an 18.0-point scoring average. He was shooting 62 percent from the field (24-of-39).
The Gonzaga Series
> Washington owns a 28-12 lead in the all-time series despite losing the last six meetings with Gonzaga.
> The Huskies have an 11-7 record against Gonzaga in Spokane, but were defeated in their last four visits.
> Gonzaga won the last six encounters, including an 86-62 decision last season in Seattle. The Bulldogs defeated UW 95-89 in overtime during 2003 at the Kennel, 67-47 during 2002 in Seattle, 86-74 on Dec. 2, 2000 at the Kennel, 76-66 on Dec. 13, 1999 at Seattle's KeyArena and 82-71 on Dec. 8, 1998 at the Spokane Arena.
> The last UW win in the series was an 88-82 decision on Dec. 30, 1997 in Seattle.
> Prior to the current six-game losing streak against Gonzaga, the Huskies had won 12 of the 13 previous meetings in the series.
> The Bulldog roster includes junior Erroll Knight who red-shirted transferred from Washington following the 2001-02 season. A product of Seattle's Chief Sealth High School, Knight averaged 7.1 points as a freshman at UW in 2002.
> Sixth-year Gonzaga coach Mark Few won his only five meetings against Washington as a head coach.
> In his third year at UW, Lorenzo Romar has a 3-5 record against Gonzaga, including a 3-3 mark between 1997-99 when he was the head coach at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
#17 Gonzaga 86, UW 62 (Dec. 3, 2003/Seattle)
Blake Stepp scored 10 of his 14 points during a 42-10 run that began before halftime and continued into the second half of 17th-ranked Gonzaga's 86-62 win over Washington. A capacity crowd at Bank of America Arena saw Washington (3-1) rally from an early six-point deficit to take an eight-point lead. Bobby Jones' jumper with 7:47 left in the first half put the Huskies ahead 28-20. Gonzaga staged its decisive surge, holding UW without a field goal for the next 15 minutes. By the time Curtis Allen hit a jumper with 12:44 left to play, halting a string of 22 straight UW misses, the Bulldogs owned a commanding 62-40 margin. The Huskies hit 10-of-17 free throws during the drought to account for all of their scoring. Gonzaga shot 61 percent (33-54) for the game and outscored the Huskies 54-16 in the paint. The Bulldogs played a zone defense the entire game, limiting UW to 31 percent shooting (19-61), including 6-of-26 from 3-point range. Richard Fox grabbed 14 rebounds, leading a 48-26 advantage for GU. Cory Violette scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs who also got 14 from Tony Skinner and 12 from Ronny Turiaf. Will Conroy paced UW with 15 points and Brandon Roy had 13.
The Last Meeting in Spokane
Gonzaga 95, UW 89 ot (Dec. 2, 2002/Spokane, Wash.)
Blake Stepp scored 28 of his 33 points after halftime, including eight overtime points that lifted Gonzaga to a 95-89 decision over Washington for its 28th consecutive win at the Kennel. A layup by Anthony Washington gave the Huskies (0-3) their third and final overtime lead with 3:05 left in overtime. Stepp went 8-for-8 at the free throw line to account for all of Gonzaga's points inside the final two minutes. He finished 16-of-20 from the line as the Zags made 32 of 49 attempts to only 17 of 21 for UW. The Bulldogs (3-2), helped by Cory Violette's 17-point, 12-rebound effort, won for the fifth straight time over UW (0-3). Gonzaga led 25-19 before the Huskies closed with a 17-7 run inside the final seven minutes to take a 36-32 halftime lead. The Bulldogs captured the lead with 6:31 left in regulation and held the margin until UW's Will Conroy forced overtime with a 3-pointer at 0:04. Conroy scored a career-high 32 points, including the Huskies final seven second-half points over the final 0:35. Gonzaga shot 56 percent (30-54), including 64 percent (18-28) in the second half. UW shot 47 percent (33-70) despite the 3-for-17 effort of Doug Wrenn who had 11 points.
Washington was finally at full strength Friday (Nov. 26) with the return of sharpshooting senior Tre Simmons who missed the first two games. That didn't last long as Brandon Roy played only 12 minutes before hyper-extending his right knee. Roy did not play Saturday and is questionable for Wednesday's game at Gonzaga. The Huskies had only six scholarship players available for the Nov. 19 home opener as four players were suspended and two others, Ryan Appleby and Zach Johnson, are red-shirting. Will Conroy, Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams and Simmons were held out of the Nov. 19 game after being declared ineligible for a secondary NCAA rules infraction. Simmons missed UW's second game, Nov. 25 against Utah. Those four participated in an organized basketball competition in violation of the NCAA rule prohibiting Division I student-athletes from playing in outside competition during the academic year. They participated in one game during May in a league at a SeaTac area gym. Simmons participated in two games. The Washington coaching staff became aware of their players' participation in the unauthorized competition and immediately reported the incident to the UW compliance office. UW investigated the matter and self-reported the violation to the NCAA. The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff accepted UW's report and self-imposed penalties.
All five Washington starters return from last season's NCAA Tournament team and Pac-10 runner-up. The Huskies' top seven scorers are back, including five players who averaged double-figure points. UW boasts one of the nation's best backcourts, led by Wooden Award candidate Nate Robinson. The athletic 5-9 junior, who led the team with a 13.2-point scoring average, applied for the 2004 NBA Draft. He excelled at the pre-draft camp, but withdrew his application after deciding to return to UW. Also back are junior all-district honoree Brandon Roy and senior point guard Will Conroy. Roy averaged 12.9 points and led the Huskies with 5.3 rebounds per game last year. Conroy distributed 142 assists in 2004, the second-highest single-season total in school history. Sensational sixth-man Tre Simmons led the team with 48 treys. The frontcourt features a trio of players who each contribute in a significant way. Junior Bobby Jones is arguably the best defender in the Pac-10. Junior Mike Jensen is a strong inside force who stepped out to hit a team-high 41 percent from 3-point range. Senior Hakeem Rollins led the Huskies with 38 blocked shots. That nucleus is enhanced by the addition of transfer Jamaal Williams, a strong inside presence who averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 at New Mexico. The roster's lone freshman is athletic swingman Joel Smith who will vie for time in the playing rotation.
Coming off an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, Washington was ranked in the preseason polls for the first time in six years, opening at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. They vaulted to No. 14 in this week's AP rankings and No. 16 in the ESPN poll. Washington is the highest ranked Pac-10 team as Arizona is listed 21st in the A.P. poll. This year marks the Huskies' first mention in the preseason rankings since November of 1998 when they were coming off a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. This is only the second time UW appeared in the preseason national rankings since 1985. The Huskies opened the 1998-99 campaign ranked No. 14 in both the coaches' and Associated Press polls. They remained ranked for four weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 8, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until now. That four-week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 5, 1985. Four opponents on the UW schedule are currently ranked; No. 16 North Carolina State, No. 21 Arizona and No. 22 Alabama. Four other UW opponents, Gonzaga (26), Stanford (34), Oklahoma (35), Utah (39) and Oregon (48), also received votes.
Romar on the Rankings
'I hear coaches ranked No. 1 say that what counts is where you are ranked at the end of the season. I agree with that part, but a lot of times coaches that say that are ranked every year,' third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar explained. 'We have not been ranked since we've been here, so that would be a compliment to our program at this point. It shows that things are moving in the right direction.'
Five Huskies tallied double-figure points in Friday's win over Oklahoma. Washington had five double-figure scorers in seven of the final eight games last season. UW featured a balanced offense in 2004 with five players averaging double-figure points. All five return this season. The last time five Huskies had finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign. Seven different players led UW in scoring during a game and five turned in a 20-point performance a year ago.
Washington averaged 82.0 points per game last season, the highest scoring output since the 1972 Huskies finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW ranked second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and was listed No. 6 among NCAA Division I teams in scoring average. UW's 100-point outburst against UAB (Mar. 19) was its highest total in a postseason game. The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau three times for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau 11 times last season, a figure they reached only once in 2003. That is the most 90-point plus performances for a Washington team since the 1972 squad registered 12.
UW's Last Game
#22 UW 79, #19 Alabama 76 (Nov. 27, 2004/Anchorage, Ak.)
Will Conroy scored 18 points, including four at the end of the first half that fueled a 12-point run for 22nd-ranked Washington which captured the Great Alaska Shootout championship with a 79-76 win over No. 19 Alabama at Sullivan Arena. Alabama (4-1) used a 14-3 surge to take its largest lead of the game at 33-24 with 3:32 left until halftime. The Huskies (4-0) scored the final nine points of the half, including Conroy's quick flip shot in the lane at the buzzer, to take a 36-33 edge. The lead grew to as many as nine points on five occasions for UW, which repelled any Crimson Tide runs with stellar 3-point shooting. The Huskies shot 65 percent from beyond the arc (11-17). Alabama had a chance to tie at he end, but Kennedy Winston's 3-point try fell short. Nate Robinson, the tournament MVP, scored 16 points for UW which also got 15 apiece from Tre Simmons and Bobby Jones. Simmons pulled down nine boards to lead a 29-26 Husky rebounding advantage against the taller Tide. Chuck Davis paced Alabama with 23 points and Earnest Shelton chipped in 17. UW played without second leading-scorer Brandon Roy who was out with a knee injury.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson leads Washington in points (21.5 ppg) and assists (4.8 apg). He distributed a career-high eight assists in a win over Oklahoma (Nov. 26). Robinson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Great Alaska Shootout where he led all UW scorers against Utah (29) and Oklahoma (19). Robinson garnered first-team All-Pac-10 accolades in 2004. He should be in line for even more honors in 2005. Robinson is a Wooden Award nominee and received All-America acclaim in several preseason publications. He led UW and ranked 13th among Pac-10 players in 2004 with 13.2 points per game. Robinson topped the team and was third among the conference leaders in steals (53) and free throw accuracy (85.3%). Robinson amassed a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 home win over No. 9 Arizona on Jan. 29. That effort helped him receive the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award. The 5-9 guard tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. Robinson led all scorers with 27 points in the 2004 NCAA Tournament game against UAB. In his first season, Robinson was named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after leading the Huskies with a 13.0-point scoring average. He joined the basketball team after competing as a freshman in 2002 on the Husky football team. Robinson played in all 13 football games, including the Sun Bowl, and started the final six at cornerback.
Nate Robinson applied to be eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft after his sophomore season, but withdrew on June 17 to preserve his collegiate eligibility. Before withdrawing, he attended the pre-draft camp in Chicago from June 8-10 where he was evaluated by NBA scouts and general managers from whom he received feedback. At the pre-draft camp, Robinson had a 22-point performance on the first day. It was the highest single-game output by any of the 59 participants during the three-day playing sessions.
The pivotal point in Washington's 2004 season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak againt Pac-10 opponents was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Last year marked the Huskies' biggest turnaround in an NCAA Tournament season. They had a 5-8 record before winning 14 of their final 18 games. UW opened 0-5 in Pac-10 play before winning 12 of its final 13 conference games, vaulting from last place to second. Only twice before did a postseason-bound UW team have a losing record at any point in the season. The 1984 and 1986 teams started the season with 1-2 records before maintaining winning ledgers the rest of the way.
Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Two Pac-10 schools will start Seattle natives at the point this season; Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Husky sophomore Ryan Appleby (Stanwood) who will red-shirt after transferring from Florida, Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie) and Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine).
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Three former prep teammates are listed on the UW roster; seniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with junior Brandon Roy. Last year UW had four former Garfield players, including Anthony Washington who transferred to Portland State prior to the 2004-05 season. That quartet of former Bulldogs combined to score 1,204 of UW's 2,543 points, an average of 38.8 points per game. They accounted for 47 percent of the Huskies' total offensive output. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 19 games in 2004. Roy (12.9) and Conroy (12.7) were UW's No. 2 and No. 3 scorers. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback on the Husky football team.
The road had been unkind to Washington ... until last season. The Huskies registered a 6-7 overall record away from home, with a 5-4 conference ledger that marked their first winning Pac-10 road record since 1986 (6-3). The Huskies posted only one Pac-10 road win in each of the prior three seasons: at Oregon (2001), at Oregon State (2002) and at USC (2003). They had a 3-29 record in their previous 32 conference road contests before finishing last season with victories in five of their last six away contests. Last year's two wins at the Arizona schools marked UW's first sweep of a road trip since 1998 and the first sweep at Arizona and ASU since 1984. The 89-84 win at No. 17 Arizona stopped a streak of 24 straight UW road losses against ranked teams. The Arizona trip capped a trying 10-day span from Feb. 20-29 during which the Huskies traveled over 7,500 miles. That journey included a trip to 13th-ranked North Carolina State which rallied to edge UW 77-72 on Feb. 22 in Raleigh. UW matched its longest Pac-10 road winning streak with wins at Oregon State, Washington State and USC. UW had five previous three-game road winning streaks since Pac-10 play began in 1979.
Senior point guard Will Conroy has distributed 309 career assists. He is currently ranked No. 5 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs 157 more assists to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Conroy is the sixth Husky to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons. He registered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.58 assists per game in 2004. He finished third on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game. He is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster.
Junior forward Bobby Jones ranked second among Huskies in rebounds with 4.9 per game in 2004, a figure that ranked 19th among Pac-10 players. He ranked fourth among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 57.0 percent. Jones was third among UW players with 37 steals. He amassed a career-high 22 points, on 10-for-13 shooting, at North Carolina State (Feb. 22). Jones tallied 10 or more points in 21 games last season after reaching double figures just five times in 2003. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.2 points in 2004.
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons led all Washington scorers seven times in 2004, tying Brandon Roy for the team lead. Simmons ranked eighth among Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, hitting 40 percent (48-119) of his attempts beyond the arc. He amassed 14 treys in the final five games, including five during a Pac-10 Tournament semifinal win over Arizona. Simmons broke open a one-point game in the second half of the 75-62 win over No. 1 Stanford with three straight 3-pointers. Simmons hit at least one 3-pointer in nine of the last 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year. He poured in a career-high 22 points at Arizona (Feb. 26), including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 19 and scored 25 points in Washington's win over Utah in the opening round of the Shootout on Thanksgiving. The 6-6 swingman received the March 1, 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a sweep in the state of Arizona. The last time the Huskies had a road sweep in Arizona was during January of 1984, six months before Roy was born. He led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg), figures that both rank No. 15 among Pac-10 players. Roy ranked second on UW in both assists (102) and steals (37). He amassed a career-high 30 points in 29 minutes at UCLA (Feb. 7), eclipsing his previous high of 22 points registered against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. He played 13 games with two starts in 2003, averaging 6.1 points per game. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is one of three UW players from Seattle's Garfield High School.
Did You Know?
The state of Washington had three schools participate in the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time ever. The Huskies from Seattle were joined by Gonzaga (Spokane) and Eastern Washington (Cheney) in the 2004 field. The only division I school in the state that wasn't in last year's tournament was Washington State (Pullman). Only twice before had two teams from the state competed in the Tournament during the same year: 1999 (Gonzaga, UW) and 1953 (Seattle University, UW).
The 2004 Huskies posted a 19-12 record, were the Pac-10 runners-up and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament. The Huskies rebounded from an 0-5 conference start to finish with a 12-6 Pac-10 record. UW vaulted from last place to second over the final month and a half of the season. A 75-62 triumph over No. 1 Stanford on Mar. 6 clinched UW's first second-place finish since 1986. UW won 12 of its final 13 Pac-10 regular-season games, its best streak ever in conference play. Washington turned its season around in miraculous fashion, claiming an NCAA Tournament bid by winning 14 of its last 18 games. The remarkable run was ended by a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAAs.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 777 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered an 11-3 home record last season.
Tickets are rapidly disappearing for Washington home games. All of the ducats designated for season ticket sales have been sold. The Nov. 19 home opener against Seattle Pacific nearly sold out and 9,851 attended the game in 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena. At least 10 of the 14 remaining home games are already sold out. The only games with tickets left are against San Diego State, Sacred Heart, Houston and California. There are less than 900 tickets for each of those five games and less than 100 in some cases. Fans can order tickets online at www.gohuskies.com or purchase in person through the Husky Ticket Office. The telephone number to order tickets is 206-543-2200.
The Eastern Washington Series
> Washington owns a 5-1 advantage in the series with the Eagles, including a 104-91 victory last season in Seattle.
> Eastern Washington won the previous meeting, a 62-58 decision in Seattle during the 2002-03 season that was its first win in the series. UW won the first four meetings.
> The Huskies have a 4-1 record against EWU in Seattle.
> Washington registered an 81-54 win on Dec. 29, 1996 in Seattle. That game was postponed one day due to the death of Eastern guard Rodrick McClure who was involved in an automobile crash, Dec. 26. A small crowd of a few hundred attended the game due to heavy snowfall throughout the Seattle area.
> Washington has a 62-16 all-time record against teams from the Big Sky Conference, including Eastern Washington (5-1), Idaho State (3-0), Montana (39-9), Montana State (8-6), Northern Arizona (1-0), Portland State (5-0) and Sacramento State (1-0).
> First-year Eastern coach Mike Burns, who was an assistant last season at Washington State, has never competed against the Huskies in a head coaching capacity.
> In his third year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 coaching record against EWU.
The Last Meeting
UW 104, Eastern Washington 91 (Nov. 29, 2003/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 11 of his 19 points during the decisive run late in the second half of Washington's 104-91 victory over Eastern Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (3-0) opened the season with three straight wins for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign. UW gained a measure of revenge against the Eagles (1-3) who won last year's meeting 62-58 in Seattle. The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau for the first time in 159 games, dating to Jan. 29, 1998 at USC (101-86). The game featured 20 lead changes and 17 ties. Eastern held its final lead at 76-73 before Simmons sparked a 19-4 surge that put UW ahead for good. Bobby Jones opened the run with two free throws and capped it with a layup off a Simmons assist that gave the Huskies a 92-80 lead with 3:13 remaining. Brandon Roy tallied 19 points for the Huskies while Nate Robinson and Jones added 14 apiece. Alvin Snow scored 19 points for EWU which also got 18 from Marc Axton and former Husky Josh Barnard. Washington enjoyed a huge advantage at the free throw line, making eight more free throws (33) than the Eagles attempted.