UW Men Meet Arizona in Pac-10 Tournament Title Game
March 12, 2005
Pac-10 Tournament Championship Game
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 --
#14 Washington (2) vs. #8 Arizona (1)
3:10 p.m. PST - CBS TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
They meet again! The top two teams in the conference square off for the sixth time in the last two seasons when eighth-ranked and top-seeded Arizona (27-5) clashes with No. 14 Washington (26-5). CBS will televise the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament, Saturday, Mar. 12 at 3:10 p.m. Pacific Time at the Staples Center. The two teams took different routes to the championship game. Arizona won by an impressive average of 28 points in victories over California and Oregon State. The No. 2 seed Huskies' wins came by an average of only four points with a 95-90 overtime decision over Arizona State and a 66-63 semifinal win over Stanford. The Huskies finished second to Arizona for the regular-season title. They are making their third appearance in the Pac-10 championship game, vying for their first title while the Wildcats won four times, in 2002 and from 1988-90.
The Arizona Series
The Wildcats have a 37-19 lead in the series that began in 1965. The Huskies won four of the last five meetings, including a 90-85 decision in the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. The two teams split the regular-season encounters, each winning at home. Lorenzo Romar has a 4-3 record versus Arizona and Lute Olson is 33-14 versus UW.
Saturday's Pac-10 Tournament championship game will be televised live on CBS at 3:10 p.m. Pacific time. Dick Enberg and Bob Wenzel provide the commentary.
Saturday's UW-Arizona 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 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 7-6 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.
UW seeks to be the fourth different team to win the Pac-10 Tournament title in as many seasons (Stanford, Oregon, Arizona) ... The Huskies' 26-win total is their best 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 (5-0) sites ... The Huskies have amassed a school-record 2,681 points. Friday they surpassed the previous mark of 2,624 registered in 1987 ... Will Conroy leads all Pac-10 playmakers with 194 assists (6.5 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 225 ... UW posted 14 Pac-10 wins, the most since the 1984 squad was 15-3 ... Only two teams in the 103-year history of UW basketball had a better record than the current 26-5. (28-3 in 1953, 25-3 in 1931).
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.