UW Takes No. 1 Seed into NCAA Tournament
March 14, 2005
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Taco Bell Arena (13,000); Boise, Idaho
THURSDAY, MARCH 17 --
(1) Washington vs. (16) Montana; appr. 1:10 p.m. MST (12:10 p.m. PST)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 --
Winner vs. (8) Pacific or (9) Pittsburgh; 1:20 p.m. MST (12:20 p.m. PST)
Pac-10 Tournament champion Washington (27-5) makes its 12th foray into the NCAA Tournament this week, its first as the No. 1 seed. The Huskies meet No. 16 seed Montana (18-12) on Thursday, Mar. 17. The Albuquerque Region first-round matchup takes place at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Tip off is approximately 1:10 p.m. Mountain Time (12:10 Pacific) as the game is scheduled to start 30 minutes following the clash between No. 8 Pacific and No. 9 Pittsburgh that tips off at 10:40 a.m. Mountain Time (9:40 Pacific). The Washington/Montana winner meets the Pacific/Pittsburgh winner on Saturday, Mar. 19 at 1:20 p.m. MST (12:20 Pacific). The winner of that second-round clash moves to the Sweet 16, into the regional that takes place in Albuquerque, N.M. Washington and Montana have played on 48 previous occasions with the Huskies holding a 39-9 series advantage. The Grizzlies won the last three encounters, including a 67-56 decision on Nov. 28, 1994 in Seattle during the most recent meeting.
Hard Luck Huskies
The Huskies lost their last three NCAA Tournament games, falling by a combined margin of only four points. UW lost 102-100 to UAB last season in Columbus, Ohio, losing despite posting its first 100-point postseason performance. The Huskies were edged 59-58 by Miami (Ohio) in the 1999 playoffs in New Orleans, a game notable for the 43-point performance of the Redhawks' Wally Szczerbiak. The most memorable hard-luck setback came in the Sweet 16 of the 1998 tournament in Greensboro, N.C. UW's postseason run was ended by a 75-74 loss to Connecticut on a last-second putback by Richard Hamilton.
Every NCAA Tournament game will be televised live on CBS (KIRO, channel 7 in Seattle). Tim Brando and Mike Gminski describe the action.
Thursday's UW-Montana 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 in the NCAAs
In its 12th appearance, Washington has a 10-12 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play. The Huskies lost 102-100 to UAB in the first round last season. Washington advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1984 and 1998. The Huskies reached the final eight in 1943, 1948 and 1951 before finishing third in 1953 in its only Final Four berth.
UW vs. the Field
The Huskies played eight teams this season from the 65-team NCAA field, posting a 9-4 record. The Huskies played Arizona (2-1), Stanford (2-1), Alabama (1-0), Oklahoma (1-0), North Carolina State (1-0), Utah (1-0), UCLA (1-1) and Gonzaga (0-1).
The Montana Series
> Washington holds a 39-9 lead in the all-time series that began in 1924.
> The Grizzlies won the last three and five of the last six meetings. Montana posted a 67-56 decision on Nov. 28, 1994 in Seattle during the most recent meeting.
> This year marks the first neutral-court encounter between Montana and the Huskies who have a 27-4 advantage in Seattle and a 12-5 edge in Missoula.
> First-year Montana coach Larry Krystkowiak has never coached against UW.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Grizzlies.
The Last Meeting
Montana 67, UW 56 (Nov. 28, 1994/Missoula, Mont.)
Matt Kempfert scored 15 points and Montana scored the final 10 points of the first half to take a decisive lead during a 67-56 victory over Washington at Dahlberg Arena. The loss was the Huskies' third straight against Montana and the fifth in their last six meetings. The Grizzlies stretched a 23-21 lead to 33-21 by halftime with 10 unanswered points over the final 4:10. UW never drew closer than five points after halftime despite the then career-high 22 points from guard Bryant Boston who was the only Husky in double figures. Shane Belnap added 12 points and Jeremy Lake 11 for Montana which outrebounded Washington 35-29 led by Chris Spoja's 10 boards. The Grizzlies outscored UW 26-10 at the free throw line with 31 attempts to 14 for the Huskies.
One constant in all five Washington losses this season was a large disparity in fouls and free throws. The Huskies have attempted 93 less free throws than their opponents in the five defeats combined, an average of 18.6 fewer per game. The most drastic example of this disparity came at Stanford (Mar. 5) when the Cardinal attempted 40 free throws to only six for UW. The Huskies have been whistled for 49 more fouls than their foes in losses, nearly 10 more per game.
The Huskies' have won all six of their neutral site games en route to championships at the Great Alaska Shootout and the Pac-10 Tournament. Washington is the fourth different Pac-10 Tournament winner in as many seasons, joining Arizona (2002), Oregon (2003) and Stanford (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 86.5-point clip. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 89.2 points per game.
Senior Will Conroy became the 29th 1,000-point scorer in school history Feb. 10 and his current career total of 1,081 ranks 22nd. Teammate Nate Robinson ranks 18th among all-time Huskies with 1,243 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.
Defense is the Difference
The Huskies' offense has been extremely consistent with just over a seven-point difference between their output in wins and losses. Defense has keyed Washington's victories. UW has a 24-1 record when holding its foes under 90 points. The five opponents that defeated the Huskies averaged 90.4 points, over 20 more than the 70.2 points the Huskies surrendered in their 27 wins. Washington has a 24-1 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 53.1 percent in the five losses.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 19 nationally and currently leads the Pac-10 with 6.39 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 198 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 19.0 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 (19.7).
Will Conroy distributed a personal-best 14 assists at California (Mar. 3) to become Washington's career assist leader. His current mark of 494 career assists surpassed the previous standard of 466 established by Chester Dorsey from 1974-77. Conroy's 14 assists at Cal marked 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.
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 19.0 assists per game (trailing only North Carolina's 19.7). Will Conroy (6.4) and Nate Robinson (4.7) rank first and fourth, respectively, among Pac-10 assist leaders. Their totals rank Nos. 1 and 3 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. Ten different 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.
The No. 1 seed is the highest the Huskies have ever received. Previously, UW's best seed was No. 5 in 1985 ... Washington is undefeated at home (15-0) and neutral (6-0) sites this season ... The Huskies' 27-win total is their best since the 1953 squad finished 28-3 after making the school's only Final Four appearance. The school record is 29 wins, set in 1938 ... The Huskies have a 24-1 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 21 of the 30 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 a 12-0 record when scoring 90 or more points and a 24-1 mark when holding opponents under 90 points ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 86.3 points per game, 6.6 more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 79.7 ... Will Conroy (6.5) and Nate Robinson (4.6) rank first and fourth, respectively among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 198 assists and Robinson has 148. 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.
Four players are averaging double-figure points for Washington. A fifth (Jamaal Williams) averages 9.6 points and a sixth (Will Conroy) is at 9.2 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 finished a season in double figures was in 1975.
UW's Last Game
#14 UW 81, Arizona 72 (Mar. 12, 2005/Los Angeles, Calif.)
Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons each scored six points during the 17-2 game-closing run that lifted 14th-ranked Washington to its first Pac-10 Tournament championship with an 81-72 triumph over No. 8 Arizona at Staples Center. The No. 2 seeded Huskies (27-5) posted their fifth win in the last six meetings with top-seeded Arizona (27-6). Robinson and Simmons both finished with 18 points to lead UW which also got 16 from Jamaal Williams. The Wildcats were ahead 41-33 at halftime, limiting UW to 36 percent shooting, including 3-of-16 on 3-pointers. Salim Stoudamire netted 23 of his 37 points and made all four 3-point tries in the first half. Stoudamire hit two free throws with 5:01 left in the game to put Arizona ahead 70-64. Simmons scored four straight points to ignite the late UW run. The Huskies took the lead for good at 73-72 on a long trey by Will Conroy with 2:11 remaining. Conroy's fourth 3-pointer of the second half started UW's 11-0 game-ending run. The UW reserves outscored their Arizona counterparts 26-5.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 288 points (1330-1042) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-33 for UW which built a double-digit lead in 16 of 18 Pac-10 games. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 115-point count (1404-1289). The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several games. They held Houston scoreless for the opening 6:53, USC for 5:30, Oregon for 3:54, Stanford for 3:25, California for 3:02, Oregon State for 2:28 and Washington State for 2:16. UW trailed at halftime just six times, by one point against Gonzaga and North Carolina State, two at Stanford, four at Oregon, seven at Oregon State and eight versus Arizona.
Washington, which is averaging 86.3 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.
2004 NCAA Recap
UAB 102, UW 100 (Mar. 19, 2004/Columbus, Ohio)
Demario Eddins scored a career-high 26 points and made the decisive plays in the closing seconds, leading UAB to a 102-100 NCAA first-round victory over Washington at Nationwide Arena. Eddins took a charge that negated a basket, hit two free throws with 16.2 seconds left and blocked a shot, sending the Blazers (21-9) to their first tournament victory since 1986. Maurice Finley hit a free throw with 1.3 seconds left for the final margin, then missed his second attempt. Brandon Roy got the rebound and made a full-court heave that bounced off the top of the backboard. Finley added 20 points. Nate Robinson led Washington with 27 points. Washington got an idea of what was in store during the first seven minutes. Six Blazers scored in an opening 19-9 spurt fed by four turnovers. UAB held a single-digit lead for most of the half as the teams traded baskets. Finally, the Huskies found their stride - full-speed, that is. Washington likes to push the pace and averages 81.4 points, among the best in the country. Robinson led the surge that gave Washington its first lead late in the half. He missed only one shot in the half, going 5-of-6 for 15 points. Finley asserted himself in the opening moments of the second half, hitting a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc. Finley also had a short jumper and a lay-in during a 16-1 spurt that gave UAB a 72-61 lead with 12:03 to go. Washington crept back behind Robinson, whose driving layup cut it to 90-89 with 1:53 left. He and Eddins then were involved in a pivotal play that kept Washington playing catch-up. Robinson drove and scored with 38.4 seconds left, but Eddins took a charge and the basket was waved off, leaving UAB up 94-91. Finley missed a pair of free throws, allowing Washington to close within 98-97 on Robinson's lay-in with 18.7 seconds left. Eddins made two free throws with 16.2 seconds left, then blocked Will Conroy's driving layup attempt.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who have amassed a school-record 233 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 48.3 percent from the field and 38.6 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. All three received All-Pac-10 acclaim. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 19 games this season. Last year UW had four former Garfield players, including Anthony Washington who transferred to Portland State prior to the 2004-05 season. Their Garfield team also featured recent USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback on the Husky football team.
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 vaulted six spots to No. 8 in this week's AP poll and are No. 7 in the ESPN rankings. This mark's their highest AP ranking in 20 years, since being listed No. 7 on Dec. 18, 1984. 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. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Gonzaga, No. 17 Oklahoma, No. 18 Utah and No. 20 Alabama.
Washington has a 41-9 record in its last 50 games after going 18-32 in its previous 50 outings ... The Huskies have amassed a school-record 2,762 points, surpassing the previous mark of 2,624 registered in 1987 ... Will Conroy leads all Pac-10 playmakers with 198 assists (6.4 apg). The last Husky to lead the conference in assists was Chester Dorsey in 1975 ... The Huskies hit a school-record 16 treys at California (Mar. 3) and have a UW season record 233 ... 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 posted more wins that the current total of 27. The Huskies won 28 games in 1953 and 29 in 1938.
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 27-of-56 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 Pac-10's 16th-leading rebounder with 5.5 boards per game.
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.
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 27 of the last 29 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 27 of 30 games this season and has 16 multiple trey outings. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Simmons was named the Feb. 28 Conference Player of the Week after leading UW to a home sweep of the Arizona schools. He was voted to the All-Pac-10 Tournament team. Simmons leads UW with 72 treys this season, three shy of the school single-season record of 75 set in 1998 by Deon Luton. He ranks No. 7 among Pac-10 players with a 41.6-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 12 times. Simmons is the Huskies' second-leading scorer (16.3), ranking No. 7 among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high 12 games. Simmons registered his only double-double on Jan. 13 against Oregon with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Brandon Roy is still somewhat slowed by a knee injury, but has played in the last 15 games 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.
Junior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranks third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (55.4%), 18th in scoring (12.4) and 18th in rebounding (5.2). He posted a pair of 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). Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His 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.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in both 2004 and 2005. He is Washington's leading scorer with a 16.7-point average that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. The 5-foot-9 Robinson ranks No. 4 among Pac-10 players with 4.6 assists per game and leads UW with 57 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 13 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 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, 2004. That effort helped him receive the Feb. 2, 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Week award. The 5-9 guard tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17, 2004), 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.
The pivotal point in Washington's 2004 season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 5-8 overall, 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. Since that pivotal win at Oregon State, UW has a 41-9 record.
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 ranks second among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.3 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 9.6-point scoring average.
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.
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 currently has 56 wins, ranking seventh in all-time UW coaching victories. His next win will move him into a sixth-place tie with John Grayson who registered 57 victories at UW from 1960-63.
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.
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.
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