UW Men Compete in Pac-10 Tourney Semifinal
March 11, 2005
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament
Thurs. - Sat., March 10-12
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11 --
Semifinal: #14 Washington (2) vs. Stanford (3)
8:45 p.m. PST - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / 95.7 KJR FM in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 --
Championship: Winner vs. #9 Arizona (1) or Oregon State (5)
3:10 p.m. PST - CBS
The 14th-ranked and No. 2 seeded Washington Huskies (25-5) compete in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament for the second straight season when they clash with No. 3 seed Stanford (18-11), Friday, Mar. 11 at 8:45 p.m. The game takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where the same two teams met in the 2004 championship game that Stanford won 77-66. The Huskies and Cardinal meet for the second time in less than a week. Stanford won 77-67 on Saturday in Palo Alto, spoiling UW's opportunity to tie for its first Pac-10 regular-season title in 20 years. The Huskies won this year's first meeting with Stanford, a 76-73 decision in Seattle. Friday's semifinal victor meets the winner of the contest between No. 1 seed Arizona and No. 5 Oregon State on Saturday at 3:10 p.m.
The Stanford Series
The Cardinal have a 65-56 lead in the series that began in 1916. The Huskies dealt Stanford its only regular-season loss in 2004, a 75-62 decision in Seattle. The Huskies' Lorenzo Romar has a 3-4 record versus Stanford. Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 1-1 against Washington where he was an assistant on Lynn Nance's staff from 1989-92.
Both Pac-10 semifinal contests on Friday will be televised live on FSN. Steve Physioc, Marques Johnson and Jim Watson provide the commentary for UW's semifinal game. Saturday's championship tilt airs on CBS at 3:10 p.m.
Friday's UW-Stanford game airs on the Husky Radio Network. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 KJR FM throughout the Puget Sound area due to a conflict with KJR AM. Bob Rondeau calls the action with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The conference tournament winner receives the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the eighth Pac-10 Tournament and the fourth since the post-season affair was restored after being terminated following the 1990 season. In the four Pac-10 events between 1987-90, all 10 conference teams participated. Washington has a 6-6 record in Pac-10 Tournament play, including a 2-1 mark last season. The Huskies defeated UCLA and Arizona before falling to Stanford in the 2004 championship game. Washington advanced to the championship game one other time, losing 76-64 to UCLA in 1997.
The Huskies have amassed 2,615 points, just nine shy of the school single-season record of 2,624 registered in 1987 ... UW's 25-win total is its highest since the 1953 squad finished 28-3 after making the school's only Final Four appearance ,,, Tre Simmons has 70 treys this season and needs five more to tie the UW single-season 3-point record of 75 set by Deon Luton in 1998 ... Washington is undefeated at home (15-0) and neutral (4-0) sites ... Only two teams in the 103-year history of UW basketball had a better record than the current 25-5. (28-3 in 1953, 25-3 in 1931) ... Will Conroy leads all Pac-10 playmakers with 190 assists (6.6 apg). The last Husky to lead the conference in assists was Chester Dorsey in 1975 ... The Huskies hit a school-record 16 treys at Cal (Mar. 3) and have a UW season record 219 ... UW posted 14 Pac-10 wins, the most since the 1984 squad finished with a 15-3 record.
Lorenzo Romar, who directed Washington to its best record in 52 years, was announced Monday as the Pac-10 men's basketball Coach of the Year and guards Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were first-team all-conference selections. Romar is the third Husky mentor to be voted the Pac-10's top coach by his peers, the first since Bob Bender in 1996. Marv Harshman, who coached Romar at UW during the 1979 and 1980 seasons, was named the conference Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1984. This is the first time in 18 years that two Huskies have been named to the All-Pac-10 team. Guards Will Conroy and Brandon Roy were recognized as 2005 honorable mention all-conference picks and Joel Smith was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman Team pick.