Top-Seed UW Meets 8th Seed Pacific Saturday
March 18, 2005
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Taco Bell Arena (13,000); Boise, Idaho
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 --
(1) Washington vs. (8) Pacific; 1:20 p.m. MST (12:20 p.m. PST)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The top two teams on the West Coast clash Saturday, Mar. 19 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Top-seeded and Pac-10 Tournament champion Washington (28-5) is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll while No. 8 seed and Big West winner Pacific (27-3) is ranked 22nd. Tip-off is 1:20 p.m. Mountain Time (12:20 Pacific Time) at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho for the game that will be televised live on CBS. The Huskies defeated No. 16 seed Montana 88-77 on Thursday, halting a three-game NCAA losing streak to advance past the first round for the first time since 1998. That was UW's fifth opening-round victory in 12 all-time Tournament appearances. Pacific defeated No. 9 seed Pittsburgh by a 79-71 tally. The Huskies have a 4-1 record against ranked foes. The Washington/Pacific winner advances to the Albuquerque Regional for a Sweet 16 matchup with the winning team from a four-team group that begins play Friday in Nashville, Tenn. That quartet of potential opponents includes No. 4 seed Louisville, No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 12 George Washington and No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette. Washington and Pacific have played on five previous occasions with the Huskies holding a 4-1 series advantage with wins in the last four meetings.
A March 19 date. A No. 1 seed. A second-round game in Boise, Idaho. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and assistant Cameron Dollar have seen this scenario before. One of the most historic plays in NCAA Tournament history occurred exactly 10 years ago when UCLA's Tyus Edney raced the length of the floor in 4.8 seconds to hit the winning shot in a 75-74 win over No. 8 seed Missouri. The top-seeded Bruins went on to win the national championship in Seattle, where Romar and Dollar now reside. A sophomore guard at UCLA, Dollar inbounded the ball to start Edney's dramatic dash. Romar was a assistant with the Bruins on Jim Harrick's staff.
Every NCAA Tournament game will be televised live on CBS (KIRO, channel 7 in Seattle). Tim Brando and Mike Gminski describe the action for the UW games.
Saturday's UW-Pacific 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 an 11-12 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play. The Huskies won their opening NCAA game for the fifth time. UW snapped a three-game postseason losing streak dating to 1998. 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.
The Huskies have participated in the NCAA Tournament on 11 previous occasions, six since the seeding process began. This is their first No. 1 seed. Previously, Washington's best seed was a No. 5 in 1985.
UW vs. the Field
During the regular season, the Huskies played eight teams 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).
Coach Lorenzo Romar posted his 150th career win Thursday, his first in NCAA Tourney play ... Washington is undefeated at home (15-0) and neutral (7-0) sites this season. UW's current 22-game home win streak is the nation's fourth longest ... The 28-win total matches the 1953 squad (28-3) for the second best in UW history. The school record is 29 wins, set in 1938 (29-7) ... Senior Tre Simmons tied the UW single-season 3-point record Thursday with his 75th trey. His next 3-pointer will place him alone in the No. 1 spot ahead of Deon Luton who established the record in 1998 ... The Huskies have distributed 628 assists and need five more to surpass the school single-season record of 632 set in 1976 ... Junior forward Mike Jensen won the opening tip for Washington in 22 of the 31 games in which he jumped center this season ... 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 ... UW has a 12-0 record when scoring 90 or more points and a 25-1 mark when holding opponents under 90 points.
Hard Luck Huskies
Prior to Thursday'a 11-point win over Montana, the Huskies lost their last three NCAA Tournament games 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.
The Pacific Series
> Washington owns a 4-1 series lead against Pacific, including wins in the last four meetings.
> The Tigers won the first meeting in the all-time series 86-71 during 1972 in Stockton, Calif. Washington won the next four encounters, including a 57-45 victory on Dec. 29, 1993 in the most recent meeting.
> The Huskies and Tigers did not have any common opponents this season.
> In his 17th year at Pacific, Coach Bob Thomason has an 0-2 record against the Huskies.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against the Tigers, both losses coming while he was at Pepperdine.
The Last Meeting
UW 57, Pacific 45 (Dec. 29, 1993/Seattle, Wash.)
Sam Allen scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half as Washington rallied for its first home win under Bob Bender, a 57-45 decision over Pacific in the U S West Cellular Air Time Tournament at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies claimed third place in the tournament that was won by Pennsylvania, an 81-79 winner over Georgia. Washington tallied only four points in the first 11 minutes of the game and trailed 24-21 at halftime. The Huskies overtook the Tigers and held a slim 41-40 lead before scoring eight straight points, including six from Allen. That surge gave UW a commanding 49-40 advantage with 1:51 left in the game. Maurice Woods also scored 12 points for the Huskies and Michael McClain added 10. Michael Jackson led Pacific with 14 points.
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 seven 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, and scores at an 86.4-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 1,093 ranks 22nd. Teammate Nate Robinson ranks 18th among all-time Huskies with 1,252 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 eight -point difference between their output in wins and losses. Defense has keyed Washington's victories. UW has a 25-1 record when holding its foes under 90 points. The five opponents that defeated the Huskies averaged 90.4 points, 20 more than the 70.4 points the Huskies surrendered in their 28 wins. Washington has a 24-1 record when holding opponents to 50 percent or less shooting from the field. UW limited foes to 43.8 percent accuracy in wins, a figure that vaults to 53.1 percent in the five losses.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 305 points (1373-1068) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-32 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 109-point count (1449-1340). The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several games. They held Montana scoreless for the opening 3:13, Houston for 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.
UW's Last Game
#8 UW 88, Montana 77 (Mar. 17, 2005/Boise, Id.)
Brandon Roy scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, helping top-seed Washington repel numerous challenges from No. 16 Montana in an 88-77 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. The Huskies (28-5) won their first NCAA game since 1998. UW scored the game's first 13 points before the Grizzlies (18-13) finally got on the board 3:13 into the contest. The lead grew to as many as 19 points and UW was ahead 43-26 at halftime. Montana made 10 consecutive shots to draw within 72-63 on a Kamarr Davis layup with 6:11 left to play. Roy answered with a basket that ignited a 9-2 run that put the game out of reach. Tre Simmons scored 15 points for UW which also got 12 from Will Conroy. Davis finished with 24 points for the Grizzlies who shot 62 percent (21-34) in the second half. Matt Martin added 15 points for Montana on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. The Huskies shot 62 percent (16-26) after halftime and 55 percent (32-58) for the game.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 19 nationally and currently leads the Pac-10 with 6.28 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 201 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 497 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 (6.3) and Nate Robinson (4.6) 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.
Four players are averaging double-figure points for Washington. A fifth (Jamaal Williams) averages 9.6 points and a sixth (Will Conroy) is at 9.3 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 finished a season in double figures was in 1975.
Washington, which is averaging 86.4 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 242 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 48.5 percent from the field and 38.9 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, Simmons as a first-team selection and Conroy and Roy as honorable mention picks. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 20 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.
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 28-of-57 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 28 of the last 30 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 28 of 31 games this season and has 17 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 75 treys this season, a figure that ties him for the school single-season record set in 1998 by Deon Luton. He ranks No. 7 among Pac-10 players with a 41.7-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 16 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 (55.7%), 18th in scoring (12.6) and 18th in rebounding (5.1). 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 paced the Huskies with 17 points in their NCAA first-round win over Montana (Mar. 17). He 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.
Senior point guard Will Conroy needs three assists to become the 23rd player in Pac-10 history to reach the 500-career assist plateau ... Conroy will become the 18th all-time Pac-10 player to register 500 assists and 1,000 points ... Conroy leads all Pac-10 playmakers with 201 assists (6.3 apg). The last Husky to lead the conference in assists was Chester Dorsey in 1975 ... Washington has a 42-9 record in its last 51 games after going 18-32 in its previous 50 outings ... The Huskies have amassed a school-record 2,850 points, surpassing the previous mark of 2,624 registered in 1987 ... The Huskies hit a school-record 16 treys at California (Mar. 3) and have a UW season record 242 ... 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 as many wins that the current total of 28. The Huskies won 28 games in 1953 and 29 in 1938.
Senior Will Conroy has over 121 more career assists (497) than any of Washington's other 1,000-point scorers. He has played a part in 2,087 points as a Husky, including 1,093 scored and 994 created via assists. Following is a chart that lists the top-10 Huskies in points created (assists x 2 + points scored). Please note that this formula does not account for the third point on assisted 3-pointers and does not include any players prior to 1976.
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 16.5-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 58 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 42-9 record.
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.
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 55.8 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.
Historic Husky Coaches
Lorenzo Romar recorded his 57th win at Washington on Thursday, moving into a tie for sixth place with John Grayson (1960-63) on the school's all-time coaching victories list. Romar became the fifth fastest coach to reach the 50-win plateau at UW on Feb. 19 at Washington State. He reached the 50-win total in his 83rd game.
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.
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).
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