10th-Ranked Huskies Host WSU Sunday at 1 p.m.
Jan. 18, 2005
SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 --
#10 Washington vs. Washington State; 1:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 --
#10 Washington at Arizona; 5:30 p.m. PST
McKale Center (14,545); Tucson, Ariz. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
Off to their best start in 29 years, the 10th-ranked Washington Huskies (15-2, 5-1) seek to set a new school record for consecutive Pac-10 home victories when they host cross-state rival Washington State (8-7, 3-3), Sunday, Jan. 23. Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena where UW won its last 17 contests. The game will be televised live on FSN. The Cougars lost in their last 10 visits to Seattle. The last Washington State victory at UW was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994. The Huskies defeated Oregon State 108-68 on Sunday (Jan. 15) for their 11th straight Pac-10 win in Seattle, equaling the school record for consecutive home victories established between Mar. 12, 1983 to Jan. 3, 1985. The 15-2 record marks the Huskies' best season start since 1976.
Something's Gotta Give
Sunday's matchup is the classic 'irresistible force against an immovable object.' Washington leads the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally, producing 89.4 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense, yielding 53.9 points. That's a 35.5-point differential between what UW scores versus what WSU surrenders.
The UW-Washington State game on Sunday, Jan. 23 is Autograph Night. Husky team posters will be distributed to fans and UW players will be signing autographs in the concourse of the arena following the game.
Washington vaulted four places to No. 10 in this week's Associated Press poll, its highest ranking in 29 years. UW's last top-10 appearance was Mar. 2, 1976. The Huskies were listed 10th in that poll after a No. 8 ranking the previous week, Feb. 26, 1976.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Sunday's UW-Washington State game airs on FSN at 1 p.m. Barry Tompkins provides the play-by-play with analysis from Dan Belluomini.
Sunday's UW-Washington 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 calls the action with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies have their best 17-game record since the 1975-76 squad had a 16-1 mark. That fast starting UW team did not encounter 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 ESPN.com's national Team of the Week on Nov. 29. UW won 11 of its last 12 games, including a 68-64 win over No. 12 N.C.
Washington leads the Pac-10 with 89.4 points per game, over 10 points more than the No. 2 team, Arizona State at 79.3.
Tre Simmons ranks among the top-10 Pac-10 players in 3-point % (2nd), free throw % (2nd), scoring (4th), steals (6th), total rebounds (8th) and offensive rebounds (10th).
UW has gone a calendar year without losing at home, winning its last 17 in Seattle. The last home loss was Jan. 10, 2004 vs. UCLA.
Washington sold out five home games this year, breaking the previous season record of four in 1999
UW's 108-68 defeat of Oregon State on Sunday (Jan. 15) marked the highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent. The 40-point differential was the Huskies' second largest against a Pac-10 foe, trailing only a 45-point victory (86-41) over Washington State on Mar. 3, 1951
The Huskies have matched the school single-season record with four 100-point performances, tying the 1972 and 1975 UW squads.
Washington junior Brandon Roy missed both games last week and four of the last eight games while rehabilitating after surgery in his right knee. Roy is expected to be available for Sunday's game against Washington State. He made a triumphant return Dec. 19, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes as a reserve in the 68-64 win over North Carolina State. Roy had missed the previous five games. 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 Thursday (Jan. 13), senior point guard Will Conroy became the first player in UW history to post three 100-assist seasons. His season assist total currently stands at 109. Conroy distributed 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. Conroy, who currently averages 6.8 assists, entered the week leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 13 nationally. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 20.0 assists per game, their best mark since the 1976 squad averaged 22.6 en route to a school-record total of 632. UW leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 3 nationally in assists per game.
Washington's offense scored 100 points four times this season, matching he 1972 and 1975 Husky teams for the most 100-point outings in a season. The Huskies amassed an unprecedented combined total of 224 in back-to-back games against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) and Houston (Dec. 24). UW entered the week ranked second nationally, scoring at an 89.4-point clip. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 92.9 points per game.
The Washington State Series
> Washington won 12 of the last 16 meetings and owns a 165-91 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> The Huskies swept the season series last year for the first time since 2000. UW defeated the Cougars 75-62 on Jan. 24, 2004 in Pullman and 71-67 on Feb. 19, 2004 in Seattle.
> Washington boasts a 96-31 home record against WSU, including wins in each of the Cougars' last 10 visits to Seattle. The last Washington State victory at UW was a 67-46 decision on Jan. 29, 1994.
> Second-year Washington State coach Dick Bennett has an 0-2 record against UW.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-1 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
UW 71, Washington State 67 (Feb. 19, 2004/Seattle)
Mike Jensen hit a 3-pointer from the right baseline with 21 seconds remaining for just his second basket of the game, lifting Washington to a 71-67 victory over Washington State. The Huskies (13-9, 8-6) swept the season series and won for the 10th straight time over WSU at Bank of America Arena. Jensen's trey capped a 13-2 rally over the final 1:23. Washington State (11-13, 5-9) overcame a 34-30 halftime deficit to lead by as many as eight points in the second half. The Cougars went ahead 65-58 on a free throw by Marcus Moore with 1:30 left to play before a frenetic full-court press by the Huskies forced six late turnovers. UW's Will Conroy completed a three-point play before Thomas Kelati tallied the final Cougar points at 1:04 on two free throws. Conroy hit a 3-pointer at 0:57, Bobby Jones made a layup and Jensen's triple put UW ahead 69-67. Kelati missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer and Conroy capped the scoring on two free throws with 0:06 remaining. Conroy and Jones paced the Huskies with 15 points while Roy had 13 and Tre Simmons 12. Kelati led WSU with 24 points, including 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range. Moore added 13 points for the Cougars.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered the week ranked 13th nationally and No. 1 among Pac-10 playmakers with an average of 6.81 assists per game. Conroy has distributed 405 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 61 more assists to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Only five other Huskies have posted back-to-back 100-assist seasons and Conroy is the first to reach the century mark three times. 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.
Five 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. Seven different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five turned in a 20-point performance.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in four games, tying the single-season school record established in 1972 and 1975. UW's 108-point effort against Oregon State (Jan. 15) marked its highest total against a Pac-10 opponent. 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 seven times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's seven 100-point outings are more than UW accumulated in the previous 27 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.
Washington entered the week ranked No. 2 in the nation with an 89.4-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
#14 UW 108, Oregon State 68 (Jan. 15, 2005/Seattle)
Jamaal Williams scored six of his 24 points during a 24-point run late in the first half that keyed 14th-ranked Washington's 108-68 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. OSU coach Jay John did not return to the bench after halftime due to hypertension that sent him to nearby UW Medical Center overnight. UW's 108-point total was its highest ever against a Pac-10 opponent and the 40-point differential was the second-widest margin of victory. The Huskies (15-2, 5-1) trailed 20-16 before outscoring the Beavers 35-6 over the final 10:28. UW tallied 24 unanswered points during the run en route to a 51-26 halftime advantage. UW's Tre Simmons scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, including three consecutive 3-pointers. Nate Robinson tallied 15 points and eight assists. He also grabbed eight rebounds, leading a 47-23 UW margin on the boards. Oregon State (10-6, 2-3) was led by the 17 points of Nick DeWitz and 12 from J.S. Nash.
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 786 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 10-0 at home this season. The Huskies' current 17-game home winning streak ties for the ninth longest in school history. The most recent longer winning stretch was an 18-game streak from Mar. 12, 1983 to Jan. 3, 1985.
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 gohuskies.com 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.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 746-547 tally in the first half. The average halftime score is 44-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in every Pac-10 game. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a 774-677 count. The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several of their recent games. They held Oregon scoreless for the opening 3:54, USC for 5:30, Stanford for 1:59, California for 3:02 and Houston for 6:53. UW trailed just twice at halftime, by one point at Gonzaga and one point against N.C. State.
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 rose four spots to No. 10 in this week's AP and ESPN rankings. This is UW's first top-10 appearance since Mar. 2, 1976. 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. That 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 this season. 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. 11 Gonzaga, No. 13 Arizona, No. 18 Oklahoma and No. 22 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.'
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons leads the team with 34 treys this season and is No. 2 among Pac-10 players with a 51.5-percent accuracy. He hit six 3-pointers against Oregon State (Jan. 15) and five against San Diego State (Dec. 7). Simmons tallied double-figure points in each of the last 12 games. He led all Washington scorers seven times. Simmons is the Huskies' top scorer (17.4) and rebounder (6.0), ranking No. 4 and No. 8, respectively among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high eight games. Simmons registered his first double-double Thursday (Jan. 13) against Oregon with 15 points and 12 rebounds. 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 final 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson ranks second at Washington with a 16.9-point scoring average that ranks fifth among Pac-10 players. Robinson ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players with 5.4 assists per game and leads UW with 33 steals. 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 seven 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 was third among the conference leaders in steals (53) and free throw accuracy (85.3%). He 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.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 6.7 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. Simmons also has a six-trey performance to his credit, against Oregon State (Jan. 15). UW is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 42.5 percent on 3-pointers.
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.
Washington has started three different lineups. The most recent unit opened the last 14 games, featuring two seniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons) and three juniors (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson). Jensen and Robinson are the only players who started every game. The experienced lineup is in stark contrast to the last two seasons when there were no regular senior starters and few juniors. Last year, the Huskies implemented six unique lineups and Mike Jensen and Brandon Roy were the only players to start every game.
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).
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 9-of-21 shots from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones ranks seventh among Pac-10 players with a 53-percent field goal accuracy. He is the league's No. 10 rebounder with 5.7 boards per game. A defensive specialist as a freshman, 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.
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.
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 (Nov. 25). 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). Roy's career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. 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 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.
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.
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.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 36-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> The Huskies won the last three meetings, their first such streak in the series with Arizona since winning six straight against the Wildcats from 1982-84.
> UW swept the season series from Arizona last year for the first time since 1984.
> Arizona owns a 21-5 record against the Huskies in Tucson. UW won last season's meeting at Arizona by a 89-84 count. The Wildcats won seven of the last eight and 18 of the last 20 meetings at McKale Center. The only Husky wins in the last 20 years came last season and on Feb. 1, 1996 with an 80-79 overtime decision.
> 22nd-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 32-13 all-time record against UW.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-2 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
UW 90, #21 Arizona 85 (Mar. 12, 2004/Los Angeles)
Nate Robinson scored 11 of his 20 points during the final 6:12 of the Pac-10 Tournament semifinal at Staples Center, helping Washington win 90-85 for its third win of the season over 21st-ranked Arizona. The Huskies (18-11) advanced to the Pac-10 title game for the first time since 1987 on the strength of their bench play. UW reserves outscored their Arizona counterparts 40-6, led by 19 points from Tre Simmons who hit 5-of-8 shots from 3-point range. Six Huskies tallied double-figure points, including Brandon Roy with 12, Curtis Allen with 11 and Bobby Jones and Hakeem Rollins with 10 apiece. Arizona (20-9) held an early nine-point lead in the first half before the Huskies scored eight unanswered points to close the gap. Robinson's first-half buzzer-beater put UW up 42-40 and the Huskies didn't trail again. A Chris Rodgers steal and breakaway lay-in put the Wildcats within three with 0:48 remaining in the game, but Robinson hit a 15-foot jumper to secure UW's date with Stanford in the tournament title game. Robinson also contributed six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Hassan Adams scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Arizona which also got 20 points and eight boards from Channing Frye.
Last Season in Tucson
UW 89, #17 Arizona 84 (Feb. 26, 2004/Tucson, Ariz.)
Tre Simmons scored a career-high 22 points as Washington completed its first season sweep of 17th-ranked Arizona since 1984 with an 89-84 victory. The Huskies (14-10, 9-6) won at McKale Center for only the second time in their last 20 visits and snapped a string of 24 straight road losses against ranked opponents. Arizona (17-8, 9-7) played without Salim Stoudamire who was suspended. The Wildcats took a 42-41 halftime lead on a 3-pointer by Hassan Adams at the buzzer. Arizona led 45-43 before UW went ahead for good with 12 unanswered points. Nate Robinson finished the run with two free throws, putting the Huskies ahead 55-45 with 15:04 remaining. The Wildcats trimmed the deficit to one point on four occasions and each time UW answered with points, including a 3-pointer by Simmons at 2:12 that pushed the margin to 85-81. Hakeem Rollins capped the game with a dunk for his career-high 14th point, all of them coming in the second half. Robinson finished with 18 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Brandon Roy and 10 from Bobby Jones. Channing Frye scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half for Arizona which also got 23 from Adams, 11 from Andre Iguodala and 10 from Chris Rodgers. The Huskies shot 60 percent (18-30) in the second half and 52 percent (33-64) for the game.
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.