UW Men One Win From Pac-10 Basketball Championship
March 4, 2005
SATURDAY, MARCH 5 --
#10 Washington at Stanford; 1:00 p.m. PST
Maples Pavilion (7,233); Palo Alto, Calif. - CBS TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The 10th-ranked and first-place Washington Huskies (24-4, 14-3) seek to stop a pair of 20-year droughts when they conclude the regular season, Saturday, March 5 at Stanford (16-11, 10-7). The game, which airs live at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on CBS, takes place at Maples Pavilion where UW lost in its last 11 visits. The Huskies, who defeated California 106-73 on Thursday, have not swept the Bay Area road trip since 1985. That is also the last time Washington won a Pac-10 championship, parlaying a 67-47 win at Stanford to a share of the 1985 title along with USC. UW can secure at least a share of the 2005 conference title with a win over the Cardinal. With a win and an Arizona loss at Arizona State, UW would capture its first outright conference championship since 1953. The Cardinal will be looking to avenge losses in the last two regular-season meetings with UW, including a 76-73 setback Jan. 2 in Seattle. In last year's regular-season finale, the Huskies dealt top-ranked Stanford its first loss. Despite the two recent losses, the Cardinal won 13 of the last 16 meetings with UW. The Huskies' last win at Stanford came in 1993. UW's 14-3 mark is its best 17-game record in conference play since the 1984 team was 14-3. Overall, the Huskies have their best record in 52 years, dating to the 1953 squad that started the season 26-2 en route to the school's only Final Four appearance. Only two teams in the 103-year history of UW basketball had a better 28-game record than the current 24-4.
Washington is tied with Arizona for first place in the Pac-10 standings. UW is vying for its first conference championship since tying for back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 1984 (Oregon State) and 1985 (USC). The last time UW won a conference title outright was in 1952-53 when the Huskies won the Northern Division crown and swept California in a best-of-three playoff en route to the school's only Final Four appearance.
If Arizona and Washington finish with matching conference records, they will be declared Pac-10 co-champions and a tiebreaker format will determine the No. 1 seed for next week's Pac-10 Tournament. Since they split the season series, the top seed goes to the team that had a better record against the team that finishes third in the final standings.
At least 21 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, including Saturday's game at Stanford that airs on CBS at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel provide the commentary.
Saturday'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 calls the action with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
UW's 24-win total is its highest since the 1984 squad finished 24-7 and won a co-Pac-10 title en route to the Sweet 16. The last team with more wins was the 1953 squad that was 28-3 and went to the Final Four ... Will Conroy had 14 assists at Cal to push his career total to a school-record 476. Chester Dorsey (1974-77) set the previous mark of 466 ... Nate Robinson has 12 games with 20-or-more points, 7 more than he had last season ... UW has 14 Pac-10 wins, the most since the 1984 squad finished with a 15-3 record ... Will Conroy leads all Pac-10 playmakers with 180 assists (6.7 apg). The last Husky to lead the conference in assists was Chester Dorsey in 1975 ... Thursday's 106-73 win at California marked Washington's highest scoring output ever at an opponent's arena ... The Huskies hit a school-record 16 treys at Cal and have a UW single-season record 204.
Senior Will Conroy became the 29th 1,000-point scorer in school history Feb. 10 and his current career total of 1,046 ranks 28th. Teammate Nate Robinson ranks 19th among all-time Huskies with 1,171 career points. Robinson is vying to become the first player to lead UW in scoring over three straight seasons since Eldridge Recasner from 1988-90. Robinson led the Huskies with a 13.0-point average in 2003 and 13.2 in 2004.
Player of the Week
Senior guard Tre Simmons, who averaged 26.5 points to lead Washington to a home sweep of the Arizona schools, was named the Pac-10 men's basketball Player of the Week Monday (Feb. 28). A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Simmons hit 11-of-17 shots from 3-point range (65%) last week. He tied his career high with 29 points against Arizona State and had 24 versus No. 9 Arizona. Simmons is the second Husky to win the Pac-10 honor this season, joining Nate Robinson (Nov. 29)
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 64-56 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 13 of the last 16 meetings.
> Washington won the last two regular-season encounters with the Cardinal, both of them in Seattle. UW won 76-73 on Jan. 2, 2005. Stanford won 77-66 in the championship game of the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles.
> 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.
> Stanford has a 44-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last 11 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 during 2002 at Maples, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.
> First-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 0-1 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 3-3 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 76, Stanford 73 (Jan. 2, 2005/Seattle)
Mike Jensen scored a career-high 17 points, including two free throws with 12 seconds remaining that secured 13th-ranked Washington's 76-73 victory over Stanford at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (12-1, 2-0) won their opening two Pac-10 games for the first time since 1998. UW jumped out to leads of 6-0 and 17-6 before the Cardinal closed within 36-33 by halftime. The Huskies opened another 11-point lead in the second half before Stanford scored 11 unanswered points to tie the score 60-60 with 6:13 left to play. The Cardinal went ahead 71-69 on a jumper by Tim Morris with 2:27 remaining. Will Conroy hit three-of-four free throws, helping UW take the lead for good at 72-71 at 1:48. Bobby Jones pushed the lead to three with a layup at 1:03 and, following a Rob Little tip-in that cut the margin to one, Jensen sank two free throws to cap the scoring. Nick Robinson's potential tying 3-pointer rimmed off at the final buzzer. Tre Simmons scored 17 points for UW and Nate Robinson added 10. Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld paced five Cardinal double-figure scorers with 15 points apiece.
Thursday's 33-point win was the Huskies' largest in 140 all-time meetings with California ... The 106-point output at Cal was UW's largest ever at an opposing arena ... Washington built a double-digit lead at some point in 16 of 17 Pac-10 games. The largest lead Feb. 13 at Oregon State was only seven points ... UW's 108-68 home victory over Oregon State on Jan. 15 marked the highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent and 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.
Defense is the Difference
The Huskies' offense has been extremely consistent with only six points difference between their output in wins and losses. Defense has keyed Washington's victories. UW has a 22-0 record when holding its foes under 90 points. The four opponents that defeated the Huskies averaged 93.8 points, over 24 more than the 69.6 points the Huskies surrendered in their 24 wins. Washington has a 21-0 record when holding opponents to 50 percent or less shooting from the field. UW limited foes to 43.5 percent accuracy in wins, a figure that vaults to 55.7 percent in the four losses.
Washington's recent run of success can be traced to the players buying into the team concept and sharing the ball. The Huskies rank second nationally with 19.8 assists per game (trailing only North Carolina's 20.4). Will Conroy (6.7) and Nate Robinson (5.0) rank first and third, respectively, among Pac-10 assist leaders. Their totals rank No. 1 and No. 5 among all-time UW single-season assisters. Several Huskies are capable of putting up huge statistical numbers. Three players posted a 30-point game at UW (Conroy, Robinson, Brandon Roy), but none have done it this season. Nine Huskies have registered a double-figure scoring game this year, seven have led the team in scoring during at least one game and five have posted a 20-point game.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 21 nationally and currently leads the Pac-10 with 6.67 assists per game. That figure is ahead of the school-record pace of 5.8 that led to the previous single-season record 163 assists for Chester Dorsey in 1976. Conroy has distributed 180 assists this season to become the first player in UW history to post three 100-assist seasons. He delivered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers in 2004 with 4.58 assists per game. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 19.8 assists per game, their best mark since the 1976 squad averaged 22.6 en route to a school-record total of 632. Washington leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 2 nationally in assists per game behind only North Carolina (20.4).
Conroy distributed a personal-best 14 assists Thursday (Mar. 3) at California to become Washington's career assist leader. His current mark of 176 career assists surpassed the previous standard of 163 established by Chester Dorsey from 1974-77. Conroy's 14 assists at Cal were the fourth-best single-game performance in school history. Rafael Stone established the UW record of 16 assists in 1970. Only five other Huskies have posted back-to-back 100-assist seasons and Conroy is the first to reach the century mark three times.
The Huskies have a 21-0 record in games when they hold their opponent to 50-percent or less field goal shooting and are 19-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their foes ... Junior forward Mike Jensen won the opening tip for Washington in 19 of the 27 games in which he jumped center this season ... On Feb. 10, the Huskies were whistled for a school-record 36 fouls at Oregon which attempted 54 free throws, five more than any UW opponent ever ... UW has an 11-0 record when scoring 90 or more points and a 21-0 mark when holding opponents under 90 points ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 87.6 points per game, 8.0 more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 79.6 ... Will Conroy (6.7) and Nate Robinson (5.0) rank first and third, respectively among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 180 assists and Robinson has 139. They are the fifth pair of Huskies to reach the 100-assist plateau during the same season, joining a list that includes Conroy (142) and Brandon Roy (102) in 2004.
Washington's offense scored 100 points a school-record five times this season to eclipse the four 100-point outings of the 1972 and 1975 teams. 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 this week ranked second nationally, scoring at an 86.9-point clip, a figure that is currently 87.6. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 89.7 points per game.
Five players are averaging double-figure points for Washington. A sixth (Will Conroy) averages 9.3 points. An unprecedented eight Huskies tallied double-figure points in the win over Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Seven different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five turned in a 20-point performance. UW boasted a balanced offense last season with five players averaging double-figure points. All five returned this season. Previously, the last time five Huskies had finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign.
UW's Last Game
#10 UW 106, California 73 (Mar. 3, 2005/Berkeley, Calif.)
Bobby Jones tied his career-high with 22 points, including five of the team's school-record 16 3-pointers, as 10th-ranked Washington defeated California 106-73 at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies (24-4, 14-3) posted their largest win in the series with Cal and tallied their most points ever at an opposing arena. UW's 16 treys came from five different players, including five from Nate Robinson and four from Tre Simmons. The Golden Bears (12-15, 5-12) took their final lead at 17-16 on an Ayinde Ubaka jumper with 13:15 left in the first half. UW took control with a 34-12 run, scoring 24 of the points on eight 3-pointers. The Huskies hit 11-of-17 trey attempts en route to a 55-38 halftime advantage. The lead grew to as many as 37 points in the second half. Will Conroy distributed a career-high 14 assists and broke the UW career assist record. Robinson finished with 21 points and Simmons added 20. Rod Benson scored 17 points to pace the Bears who also got 13 from Ubaka and Marquise Kately.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 280 points (1186-906) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in 16 of 17 Pac-10 games. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 121-point count (1251-1130). The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several games. They held Oregon State scoreless for the opening 2:28, Arizona for 1:53, Washington State for 2:16, Oregon for 3:54, USC for 5:30, Stanford for 1:59, California for 3:02 and Houston for 6:53. UW trailed at halftime just four times, by one point at Gonzaga, one point against North Carolina State, four points at Oregon and seven points at Oregon State.
Washington, which is averaging 87.6 points per game, entered this week ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring. 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.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who have amassed a school-record 204 treys, hitting 7.3 per game. The previous single-season record of 201 was set last year. The Huskies hit a school single-game record 16 treys at California (Mar. 3) to better the previous record of 14 established in 1998 at USC. Seven Huskies have had multiple 3-point games this season, including Tre Simmons who has three six-trey efforts to his credit; against Oregon State (Jan. 15), USC (Feb. 3) and Arizona State (Feb. 24). Nate Robinson has two five-trey performances; against Utah (Nov. 25) and at California (Mar. 3). UW is shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 39.6 percent on 3-pointers.
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. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 19 games in 2004. Their Garfield team also featured recent USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback on the Husky football team.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in five games, breaking the single-season school record of four 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 No. 2 total against a Pac-10 team was also posted this year with 106 points at California (Mar. 3) that also marked the Huskies' highest total in an enemy arena. 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 eight times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's eight 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.
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 poll and are also No. 10 in the ESPN rankings. UW spent two weeks earlier this season (Jan. 17 & 24) at the No. 10 spot, it's first top-10 appearances since Dec. 18, 1984. 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 AP polls. They remained ranked for five weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 7, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until this season. That five-week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 1, 1985. Five opponents on the UW schedule are currently ranked in the Associated Press poll; No. 11 Arizona, No. 12 Gonzaga, No. 16 Utah, No. 20 Oklahoma and No. 21 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 has dramatically improved his 3-point shooting. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones is 23-of-48 from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones was questionable for the Feb. 10 game at Oregon while battling a fever and sore throat. Despite the illness he played 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. He has five career double-doubles, two this season. He amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (Jan. 27) and 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Jones is the league's 13th-leading rebounder with 5.5 boards per game. In 2003, Jones ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.2 points in 2004.
Junior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. Roy ranks fourth among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (55.8%), 16th in scoring (13.1) and 15th in rebounding (5.4). He posted a pair of recent double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 19 and scored 25 points in the 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.
Junior Brandon Roy played in the last 11 games and 16 of the last 20 outings after returning from surgery. He made a triumphant return Dec. 19, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes as a reserve in a win over North Carolina State. Roy, who missed the previous five games, returned a week earlier than expected. He 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.
Washington is one of just six participants from the 2004 NCAA Tournament that return all five starters in 2005. Also returning its entire starting lineup from last year are Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Washington has started five different lineups. The most recent unit started 23 of the last 25 games, featuring two seniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons) and three juniors (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson). Robinson is the only player to start 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.
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons made a 3-pointer in 24 of 26 games this season and has 13 multiple trey outings. Simmons was named the Feb. 28 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UW to a home sweep of the Arizona schools. He leads the team with 67 treys this season and is No. 5 among Pac-10 players with a 43.2-percent 3-point accuracy. Simmons hit six 3-pointers against Oregon State (Jan. 15), six against USC (Feb. 3), six against Arizona State (Feb. 24) and five against both San Diego State (Dec. 7) and Arizona (Feb. 26). He led all Washington scorers 11 times. Simmons is the Huskies' leading scorer (17.1) and third-leading rebounder (5.0), ranking No. 5 and No. 19, respectively among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high 10 games. Simmons registered his only double-double on 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.
Washington was victorious in its 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 nine consecutive games from Dec. 5-Jan. 6, including a 68-64 win over then No. 12 North Carolina State.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson is Washington's second leading scorer with a 16.5-point average that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. The 5-foot-9 Robinson ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players with 5.0 assists per game and leads UW with 50 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 12 games of 20 or more points 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 sessions.
Junior forward Jamaal Williams has paid immediate dividends in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted last year after transferring from New Mexico. Williams' 6-foot-5 frame belies that fact that he is a sensational interior scorer. He leads all Pac-10 players by converting 57.9 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). Williams tallied 21 points in only 16 minutes off the bench against the Trojans. That was the third 20-point game for the Corona, Calif. native who prepped at Centennial High School. Williams ranks fifth among Huskies with an 10.0-point scoring average.
Fastest to Fifty
Lorenzo Romar recorded his 50th win at Washington on Feb. 19 at Washington State, a victory total nine other coaches have reached with the Huskies. He is the fifth fastest UW coach to 50 wins, reaching that standard in his 83rd game. Romar has 53 wins, tying him for seventh in all-time UW coaching victories along with Art McLarney (1948-50) and Mac Duckworth (1964-68).
Home Sweet Home
Washington plays all of its home games in 77-year-old Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies have won 791 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington finished the 2005 Seattle schedule with a 15-0 record, the 11th undefeated home mark in school history and the first since the 1984 squad went 12-0. The Huskies' current 22-game home winning streak is the sixth longest in school history and the 16-game Pac-10 home winning streak is a school record. 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.
Washington sold out 10 of its 15 home games this season, including all nine Pac-10 contests. That is six more sellouts than the previous single-season record of four established in 1999. UW's total home attendance of 148,201 is the highest in school history, surpassing the 1953 squad's record of 147,959. The final 2005 home attendance average of 9,880 is the second-highest in school history, trailing only the mark of 9,954 from 1953.
Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Ryan Appleby, a 6-2 guard is red-shirting this season after transferring from Florida. He played 23 games as a freshman for the Gators, scoring 24 points with 27 assists. Appleby was a 2003 first-team all-state selection at Stanwood (Wash.) High School. Freshman Zach Johnson came to UW from Natomas High School in Sacramento, Calif. where he averaged 14.9 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior in 2003. Johnson is red-shirting this season while rehabilitating from surgeries on both knees last year.