Ranked Pac-10 & ACC Foes Clash in Seattle
Dec. 16, 2004
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 --
#18 Washington vs. #12 North Carolina State; 5:00 p.m. PST (8 EST)
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. -- FSN TV
TGIP Night - Free purple t-shirts to first 4,000 fans
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22 --
#18 Washington vs. Sacred Heart; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. -- No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKNW (AM 1150) in Puget Sound Area
Washington (7-1) encounters arguably its biggest intersectional home game ever when 12th-ranked North Carolina State (8-0) visits on Sunday, Dec. 19. Tip-off is 5 p.m. Pacific Time (8 p.m. Eastern) at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised nationally on FSN. Ranked non-conference opponents have visited Seattle before, most recently No. 8 Cincinnati on Feb. 10. 1997. The Huskies have even entertained a top-ranked non-conference opponent in Duke on Jan. 3, 1989. UW defeated No. 3 Houston 87-78 on Jan. 28, 1967. What makes Sunday's clash bigger is the fact the Huskies are ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll (No. 20 in ESPN/USA Today). This marks the first time ever that a ranked UW team will host a ranked non-conference opponent. N.C. State won 77-72 last season in Raleigh during the first meeting ever with the Huskies. Sunday's game starts a five-game homestand for Washington.
The UW-North Carolina State game on Sunday, Dec. 19 is TGIP Night. Purple t-shirts will be distributed to the first 4,000 fans in attendance at the game that tips-off at 5 p.m.
The Huskies are off to their best start in seven years. They had a similar 7-1 record to open the 1997 season, but lost their ninth outing. The current Huskies hope to improve to 8-1 and match the stellar start of the 1991 UW team. Neither of those other fast starting Husky teams faced the difficult schedule the current unit was confronted with. The Huskies were victorious in their opening four games for the first time since the start of the 1998-99 campaign, capped by a 79-76 victory over No. 19 Alabama (Nov. 27) in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Huskies, who also defeated Utah and Oklahoma in Anchorage, were declared the national Team of the Week by ESPN.com and collegeinsider.com. The only blemish on Washington's ledger came on the road, a 99-87 setback at Gonzaga on Dec. 1. UW reeled off three straight victories since that loss, defeating Eastern Washington and San Diego State at home before winning at Loyola Marymount.
Sunday's UW-North Carolina State game airs on the Husky Radio Network. The game will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton call the action.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on FSN. The Huskies' game against North Carolina State on Sunday, Dec. 19 airs live nationally at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (8 p.m. EST) on FSN. Steve Physioc provides the play-by-play with color commentary from Marques Johnson.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average nearly eight 3-pointers per game. That is an increase from last season's squad that accumulated a school-record 201 treys at a 6.5-per-game clip. Six Huskies have had multiple 3-point games this season, including Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons who each registered a five-trey game. UW is shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 46.6 percent from 3-point range.
Getting Up Early
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 357-278 tally in the first half. In the second half of games, they are outscoring foes by a 359-348 count. Washington's average halftime score is 45-35. UW trailed just once at halftime, by one point at Gonzaga.
Washington is one of just six participants from the 2004 NCAA Tournament that return all five starting players in 2005. Also returning its entire starting lineup from last year are Illinois, 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.
The last time a ranked Washington team met a ranked non-conference foe was Dec. 1, 1998 in Chicago when the 15th-ranked Huskies lost 69-48 to No. 1 Connecticut.
Nate Robinson has registered six 20-point games this year, eclipsing his 2004 total.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in 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 779 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. Washington is 3-0 at home this season.
Washington junior Brandon Roy was diagnosed Nov. 29 with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was projected to miss from four to six weeks. He was sidelined the last five UW games. Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair his right knee. 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 (Nov. 26). Roy sat out the entire second half and missed all of the Nov. 27 championship game win over Alabama. Roy ranks second on the team with an 18.0-point scoring average. He was shooting 62 percent from the field (24-of-39).
The North Carolina State Series
> Sunday marks the first visit to UW for the Wolfpack of North Carolina State.
> N.C. State won the only previous meeting by a 77-72 score last season in Raleigh.
> Ninth-year Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek has a 1-0 record against Washington.
> In his third season at UW, Coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-1 record against NC State.
The Last Meeting
#13 North Carolina State 77, UW 72 (Feb. 22, 2004/Raleigh, N.C.)
Ilian Evtimov scored nine of his 12 points in the second half, including consecutive 3-pointers that gave 13th-ranked North Carolina State the lead for good in a 77-72 win over Washington. The Wolfpack (17-6) remained undefeated at home with a 14-0 record and a 41-4 all-time record at the RBC Center. After losing a 34-31 halftime lead, Washington (13-10) scored 10 unanswered points to go ahead 47-39 with 16:17 left to play. NC State went on a 14-3 surge, taking a 64-60 advantage. UW hit only one of nine shots during the five-minute run. Brandon Roy tied the game 64-64 on a 3-pointer and free throw before Evtimov hit the go-ahead trey at 3:07. The Wolfpack tallied its last five points in the final 1:12 from the free throw line. Roy missed a potential go-ahead jumper at 0:22 and UW's Nate Robinson's tying trey attempt hit off the front rim at 0:09. Bobby Jones scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the Huskies who also got 13 from Robinson, 11 from Will Conroy and 10 from Roy. Marcus Melvin led five NC State double-figure scorers with 16 points. Scooter Sherrill added 13 points for the Wolfpack while Julius Hodge had 11 and Jordan Collins 10. UW shot 54 percent (15-28) in the first half, but just 38 percent (14-37) in the second. Over half of the Wolfpack's 61 shots came on threes as they hit 11-of-31 treys.
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).
Washington scored 100 points in Sunday's win at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). That was the fourth time the Huskies reached the 100-point plateau in Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's four 100-point outings are more than UW accumulated in the previous 21 seasons combined. Only Marv Harshman, who team's posted 14 such efforts from 1972-85, coached more 100-point games for the Huskies than Romar. UW's 100-point NCAA Tournament outburst against UAB (Mar. 19, 2004) was its highest scoring total in a postseason game. The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau three times last season for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17, 2004) 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.
Washington currently ranks third nationally with an 89.5-point scoring average. The Huskies averaged 82.0 points per game last season, the highest scoring output since the 1972 squad finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW finished the 2004 season ranked second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and was listed No. 6 among NCAA Division I teams in scoring average. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau 11 times last season, a figure they reached only once in 2003. That was the most 90-point performances for a Washington team since the 1972 squad registered 12.
Five players are averaging double-figure points for Washington, which is scoring at an 89.5-point clip. UW's school-record final season average of 84.8 points was established in 1972. Six Huskies tallied double-figure points in the win over San Diego State (Dec. 7). UW featured a balanced offense in 2004 with five players averaging double-figure points. All five return this season. Previously, 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.
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.
Washington was finally at full strength 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 injuring his right knee. Roy did not play the last five games and is projected to be out another one to three weeks. 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 unsanctioned games.
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 dropped two spots to No. 18 in this week's AP rankings and rose one place to No. 20 in the ESPN poll. Arizona, ranked 15th in the AP poll and No. 16 by the coaches, is the only higher ranked Pac-10 team. This year marked 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 was 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 in the Associated Press poll; No. 12 North Carolina State, No. 15 Arizona, No. 17 Alabama and No. 22 Gonzaga.
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,' Washington coach Lorenzo Romar explains. '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.'
UW's Last Game
#16 UW 100, Loyola Marymount 93 (Dec. 12, 2004/Los Angeles)
Nate Robinson scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half when 16th-ranked Washington took control for a 100-93 win over Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. The Huskies (7-1) led by as many as eight in the first half before the Lions scored 10 unanswered points to surge ahead. Will Conroy's layup at the end of the half forged a 46-46 tie. LMU (5-2) scored the first five points after halftime to claim a 51-46 margin with 19:23 left to play. The Huskies responded with a 13-2 run, fueled by eight points from Tre Simmons who finished with a career-high 26. The Lions rallied to take a 60-59 edge on a 3-pointer by Daryl Pegram with 14:55 remaining. Robinson put UW ahead for good with a trey that ignited an 18-2 run and resulted in a 77-62 advantage with 9:31 remaining. Bobby Jones was UW's third 20-point scorer with 21. Brandon Worthy and Dustin Brown led five LMU double-figure scorers with 18 points apiece. The Lions' bench outscored the UW reserved 35-7.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson leads Washington in points (22.5 ppg) and steals (19) while ranking second in assists (45). He distributed a career-high eight assists in a win over Oklahoma (Nov. 26) and matched that figure at Gonzaga (Dec. 1). Robinson has posted six 20-point games after reaching the 20-point plateau five times all of last season. He was named the Nov. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week after being voted 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 against 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.
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.
Senior point guard Will Conroy ranks 13th nationally with 6.7 assists per game. He has distributed 343 career assists, including a career-high 13 Sunday at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). That tied for the fourth-best performance in school history. Rafael Stone established the UW single-game record of 16 assists in 1970. Conroy is currently tied with Kim Stewart (1975-78) at No. 4 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs 123 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.
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.
Junior forward Bobby Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. Jones has dramatically improved his long-distance shooting, hitting 5-of-10 shots from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones placed 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, 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 ranks second on the team with 16 treys this season, including nine during the last two games. He hit five 3-pointers against San Diego State (Dec. 7) and four at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). 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 in 2004, 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.
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 nine of the 12 remaining home games are already sold out. Occasionally tickets are returned the Monday of game week for previously sold out games. The only games with tickets left are against 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 Husky Basketball Tickets or purchase in person through the Husky Ticket Office. The telephone number to order tickets is 206-543-2200.
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.
The Sacred Heart Series
> Wednesday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Sacred Heart.
> Located in Fairfield, Conn., Sacred Heart is a member of the Northeast Conference.
> The Huskies won the only previous meeting against a Northeast Conference member, defeating Long Island 98-75 on Jan. 29, 1971 in Seattle.
> In his 27th year with the Pioneers, Dave Bike has never coached against Washington.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has never competed against Sacred Heart.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Nate Robinson has been selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2005 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player. A 5-foot-9 guard, Robinson is the first UW player on the Wooden Award preseason watch list since Todd MacCulloch in 1999. In mid-January, the Wooden Award committee will release the mid-season top 30 list, an announcement that will be televised on CBS Sports. On March 29, 2005 the 10-player Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced on CBS. The 2005 awards ceremony, which will include the presentation of the men's and women's Wooden Award, the Wooden All-America Team and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9, 2005 and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast. The top five male and female finalists will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund in their name to the university's general scholarship fund. The Wooden Award scholarship fund was established in 2002 to honor legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden's dedication as an educator and mentor. Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan (1984), Larry Bird (1979), Tim Duncan (1997) and last year's recipient, Jameer Nelson (2004). Robinson is one of six Pac-10 players on the Wooden Award list, including Arizona State's Ike Diogu, California's Leon Powe and Stanford's Chris Hernandez along with Arizona's Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire.