Host Huskies Host Stanford Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2005
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 --
#13 Washington vs. Stanford; 12:30 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 --
#13 Washington at USC; 7:30 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - No TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Off to their best start in 29 years, the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies (11-1, 1-1) start the New Year with a Sunday, Jan. 2 contest against Stanford (6-5, 0-1). Tip-off is 12:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus for the game that will be televised live on FSN Northwest. The Huskies, who defeated California 81-67 Friday, seek to complete a home sweep of the Bay Area schools for the second straight season. Stanford, which lost 60-51 Friday at WSU, has not been swept in a two-game road trip to the state of Washington since 1993. The Cardinal won two of last year's three meetings with the Huskies, but lost 75-62 in their last visit to UW. That loss, in the regular-season finale, snapped the top-ranked Cardinal's 26-game unbeaten streak. Next week, Washington takes its first Pac-10 road trip, visiting USC on Thursday (Jan. 6) and UCLA Saturday (Jan. 8).
A year ago, Washington lost its Pac-10 opener 76-62 at California, the first of five consecutive conference defeats. The Huskies salvaged the season, winning 14 of their next 16 games to earn an NCAA berth.
Sunday's UW-Stanford 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. Sunday's game against Stanford will be broadcast live at 12:30 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Jim Watson provides the play-by-play with color commentary from Donald Watts.
The Huskies have reached the 11-win plateau faster than any season since the 1975-76 team opened the season with 14 consecutive wins. That fast starting UW team didn't face the difficult schedule the current unit was confronted with. This year's 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 on Nov. 29 by ESPN.com. The only blemish on the Huskies' ledger was a 99-87 setback at Gonzaga (Dec. 1). They reeled off seven straight victories since then, including a 68-64 win over then 12th-ranked North Carolina State and Friday's 81-67 win over Cal.
The current 14-game home winning streak ties for the 10th-longest in UW history. It is the longest since a 14-game stretch from Feb. 12, 1998 to Feb. 6, 1999. The last time UW had a longer streak was an 18-game skein from Mar. 12, 1983 to Jan. 3, 1985. Washington is in the midst of a seven-game overall winning streak, their most successful stretch since the 1990-91 Huskies opened the 1990-91 season with seven straight wins.
With a win Sunday, the Huskies will have gone an entire calendar year without losing at home. The Huskies, whose last home loss was Jan. 10, 2004 vs. UCLA, don't play at home again until Jan. 13.
UW won its last seven games, the longest winning streak since a similar seven-game skein in 1990-91. The last UW team with a longer winning streak was the 1984 squad that won eight straight games. The next longer streak was 10 games in 1981-82.
Washington's offense scored 100 points in three of its last five outings, including a combined 224 in back-to-back games. UW ranks second nationally, scoring at a 90.8-point clip. North Carolina leads the NCAA with 91.7 points per game.
Washington hoped to be at full strength this weekend with the return of senior center Hakeem Rollins, but Brandon Roy sat out Friday while still recovering from knee surgery. Roy is questionable for Sunday. Rollins played 10 minutes Friday after missing the previous three games. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Dec. 14 to clean up the area around his right knee. The Huskies have only been at full strength for one half of one game this season, the first half of the Nov. 26 game against Oklahoma. That didn't last long as Roy played only 12 minutes before injuring his right knee. Roy had surgery Nov. 30 and was sidelined five games before returning Dec. 19 against North Carolina State. He played in two of the last four games while still rehabilitating the injury that was supposed to keep him out of action from four to six weeks.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 64-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 13 of the last 15 meetings.
> Washington has a 40-18 advantage over Stanford at home, including wins in each of the last two games played in Seattle.
> The Cardinal won the most recent meeting, a 77-66 victory on Mar. 13 in Los Angeles during the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament.
> The Huskies dealt Stanford its only regular-season loss last year, a 75-62 victory Mar. 6 in Seattle. The Cardinal won the first meeting 85-72 on Jan. 4 in Palo Alto.
> First-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson has never competed against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Third-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-3 record against Stanford.
Last Season in Seattle
UW 75, #1 Stanford 62 (Mar. 6, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 16 points, including three straight 3-pointers that opened the game up for Washington which dealt No. 1 Stanford its first defeat, 75-62 before a record crowd of 10,086 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (17-10, 12-6) clinched sole possession of second place with just their second victory over a top-ranked team in 28 all-time meetings. Stanford (26-1, 17-1) led by four points early before Simmons gave UW the lead for good on a trey at 12:39. The Huskies led 35-25 at halftime, but failed to score in the opening six minutes of the second half. The Cardinal cut the deficit to one during the drought and trailed 39-38 with 11 minutes remaining before Simmons' trio of triples forged a 48-40 advantage with 7:59 to play. The Cardinal, who had 18 turnovers and shot 39 percent (27-69) never drew closer than four. Five Huskies netted double figures, including Mike Jensen and Nate Robinson with 13 along with Brandon Roy and Will Conroy with 12. Chris Hernandez paced Stanford with 21 points and Josh Childress had 15.
The Last Meeting
#2 Stanford 77, UW 66 (Mar. 13, 2004/Los Angeles)
Matt Lottich had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, helping second-ranked Stanford defeat Washington 77-66 at Staples Center to win its first Pac-10 tournament title. A week earlier, Washington (19-11) spoiled Stanford's bid for a perfect season with a 75-62 victory in Seattle. The Huskies outscored Stanford 9-6 to start the second half and get within three points after trailing by six at the break. The Cardinal ran off eight unanswered points for a 59-48 lead. UW never got closer than five points after that. Stanford (29-1) controlled the boards 42-33 and held a 48-26 scoring edge in the paint. Josh Childress added 14 points and nine rebounds for Stanford which also got 13 points from Justin Davis. Nate Robinson led the Huskies with 16 points and five assists. Bobby Jones and Mike Jensen added 11 points each. UW made 12 of its first 17 shots before cooling to 40 percent shooting for the game. Stanford, which trailed by six points six minutes into the game, took its first lead of the game on a 12-0 run capped by Lottich's 3-pointer that made it 38-31 with 3:14 remaining. Davis scored five points in the spurt, while Washington committed four turnovers. The Huskies outscored Stanford 8-7 to end the half trailing 45-39.
Husky fans hoping to catch the Washington men's basketball team in person this year can still purchase tickets for home games. Fans can order tickets online at Husky Basketball Tickets or purchase in person through the Husky Ticket Office, or order by phone at 206-543-2200. For all remaining home games, a limited number of tickets, currently on hold for departmental use, will be released the Monday prior to each home game. Inventory will be available on gohuskies.com as soon as it is released for sale to the public. The Husky Ticket Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Game day sales windows open 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
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 783 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 7-0 at home this season.
Six players are averaging double-figure points for Washington. An unprecedented eight Huskies tallied double-figure points in the win over Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). UW boasted a balanced offense last season 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. Six different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five turned in a 20-point performance.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 7.1 treys 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. Seven Huskies have had multiple 3-point games this season, including Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons who each posted a five-trey performance. UW is shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 44.5 percent on 3-pointers.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in three of its last five games. The 114-point outburst against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) tied for the fourth-highest total in school history and was the most points scored by a UW team since 1991. That was followed by a 110-point performance against Houston (Dec. 24), giving UW a school-record for points in consecutive games with 224. Washington netted 100 points at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). The Huskies have reached the 100-point mark six times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's six 100-point outings are more than UW accumulated in the previous 26 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. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17, 2004) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. The last time a Husky team had more than three 100-point games in a season was 1975 when they reached the century mark four times.
Washington ranks No. 2 in the nation with a 90.8-point scoring average. The Huskies averaged 82.0 points per game last season, their 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 and No. 6 among NCAA Division I teams in team 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.
UW's Last Game
#13 UW 81, California 67 (Dec. 31, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 18 points, including five straight that capped 13th-ranked Washington's decisive surge in an 81-67 win over California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-1, 1-0) won their Pac-10 opener for the first time since 2000. UW held California scoreless for the opening three minutes and led by as many as 16 points en route to a 41-32 halftime advantage. The Golden Bears (7-4, 0-1) rallied to claim a three-point lead on three occasions, the last on a basket by Marquise Kately with 9:35 remaining. UW regained control with a run of 10 consecutive points that resulted in a 70-61 lead with 4:56 left to play. Simmons had a pair of free throws and a three-point play to finish the run. UW's full-court pressure defense forced 26 turnovers. Bobby Jones had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies. Richard Midgley paced the Bears with 18 points while Kately finished with 15.
Did You Know?
The Huskies registered 10 non-conference victories, their highest regular-season total since they won 13 such games in 1975-76. That was when a 14-game Pac-8 Conference schedule was in effect.
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.
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. The Huskies dropped one spot to No. 13 in this week's AP rankings and rose one place to No. 16 in the ESPN poll. Last week's No. 12 position was the highest UW had been ranked in the AP poll since the last week of December in 1984 when they were 11th. 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 Gonzaga, No. 14 Arizona, No. 17 North Carolina State and No. 18 Alabama.
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.'
Junior forward Bobby Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. Against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22), he posted his fourth career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in just 23 minutes. Jones has dramatically improved his long-distance shooting, hitting 7-of-15 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.
Getting Up Early
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 531-398 tally in the first half. In the second half of games, they are outscoring foes by a 558-475 count. Washington's average halftime score is 44-33. The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in their last two games, holding California scoreless for the opening 3:02 and keeping Houston off the scoreboard for 6:53. UW trailed just twice at halftime, by one point at Gonzaga and one point against N.C. State.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson leads Washington with an 18.3-point scoring average that ranks second among Pac-10 players. Robinson also leads UW in steals (24) while ranking second in assists (66). 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.
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. Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) is currently starting at the point at Oregon. 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).
Senior point guard Will Conroy ranks sixth nationally and No. 1 among Pac-10 players with an average of 7.55 assists per game. Conroy has distributed 379 career assists, including a career-high 13 twice this season. He had 13 assists against Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12) and Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). That tied for the fourth-best single-game performance in school history. Rafael Stone established the UW record of 16 assists in 1970. Conroy currently ranks No. 2 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs 87 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.
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.
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 20 treys this season. 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.
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.
Washington junior Brandon Roy made a triumphant return Dec. 19, playing 18 productive minutes as a reserve in the 68-64 win over North Carolina State. Roy scored all 10 of his points in the second half. His return was a week earlier than expected. Roy underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was projected to miss from four to six weeks. The 6-foot-6 guard suffered the knee injury Nov. 26 in the first half of the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma on Nov. 26. Since returning against N.C. State, Roy has missed two of the last three games for precautionary reasons. He did not play in UW's Pac-10 opener against California and is questionable for Sunday's game with Stanford.
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. Roy returned to the lineup Dec. 19 after missing five games. 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.
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.
The USC Series
> USC holds a 62-58 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The teams split the season series last year with the road team winning both contests. The Trojans won the first matchup 88-80 in Seattle and UW won 93-82 at USC.
> USC owns a 35-23 series advantage over UW during games played in Los Angeles. The Huskies won in their last two visits to USC after losing the previous four. That marked the Huskies first consecutive wins at USC since 1986 and 1987.
> In his first year at USC, Jim Saia has never competed against Washington as a head coach.
> USC sophomore Lodrick Stewart was a teammate of UW junior Nate Robinson at Seattle's Rainier Beach High School which won the 2002 state title.
> Third-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 2-2 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
UW 93, USC 82 (Feb. 5, 2004/Los Angeles)
Brandon Roy led five double-figure scorers with 17 points as Washington extended its winning streak to five games with a 93-82 victory over USC. The Huskies (10-8, 5-5) won back-to-back games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena for the first time since 1986 and 1987. USC (9-10, 4-6) went ahead early and took a 33-22 lead on a Derrick Craven layin with 5:06 left in the first half. Washington closed the half with a 21-4 run to claim a 43-37 advantage. Roy, Mike Jensen and Tre Simmons each scored five points during the surge during which UW scored 15 points off USC turnovers. The Huskies shot 54 percent (13-24) in the second half while hitting 21-of-30 free throws to maintain the lead. UW scored its last 14 points over the final five minutes from the free throw line. Jensen and Will Conroy each scored 16 points for the Huskies, Simmons had 14 and Nate Robinson 10. Desmon Farmer paced the Trojans with 31 points while reserve Rory O'Neil added 12.