Top Seed UW Meets No. 4 Louisville in Sweet 16
March 22, 2005
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Albuquerque Region CBS TV
University Arena; Albuquerque, N.M.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 --
(1) Washington vs. (4) Louisville; 5:10 p.m. MST (4:10 p.m. PST)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The top two remaining seeds in the Albuquerque Region square off Thursday when No. 1 Washington (29-5) and No. 4 Louisville (31-4) clash, Thursday, Mar. 24 at 5:10 p.m. Mountain Time (4:10 Pacific Time) at New Mexico's University Arena. The regional semifinal game will be televised live on CBS. Pac-10 Tournament champion Washington is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll while Louisville is No. 4. The Huskies have a 5-1 record this season against ranked opponents, including Saturday's 97-79 second-round victory over No. 22 Pacific. The Cardinals advanced to the Sweet 16 by virtue of a 76-54 win over fifth-seeded Georgia Tech. The Washington/Louisville victor meets the winner of Thursday's Texas Tech/West Virginia contest, Saturday for the opportunity to advance to the Final Four. Washington's only Final Four appearance came in 1953. In the 52 years since then, UW's furthest advancements were Sweet 16 berths in 1984, 1998 and now 2005.
Going for 30
The Huskies' hope to win Thursday and reach the 30-win plateau for the first time in school history. Washington ranks 16th among all-time NCAA Division I programs with 1,503 all-time victories. The only schools with more all-time victories that have not registered a 30-win season are Penn (1592), Oregon State (1546) and Princeton (1515).
All NCAA Tournament games are televised live on CBS (KIRO, channel 7 in Seattle). Gus Johnson, Len Elmore and Tracy Wolfson call the action for UW's region.
Thursday's UW-Louisville 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 high-powered Huskies have generated 185 points in their two NCAA Tournament games, the second-leading total among this year's field behind North Carolina's 188. Washington had five double-figure scorers in both games, helping produce an average of 92.5 points per outing. UW's 97-point total Saturday against Pacific was the highest figure during regulation play in this year's tournament. The Huskies amassed 100 points in last year's first-round loss to UAB, giving them a 95.0 average in their last three NCAA games.
UW in the NCAAs
In its 12th appearance, Washington has a 12-12 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play. The Huskies won their opening NCAA game for the fifth time, snapping a three-game postseason losing streak dating to 1998. Washington previously 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 their 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.
Junior forward Jamaal Williams returns to Albuquerque where he played for New Mexico in 2002 and 2003 before transferring to Washington. He red-shirted last year and now averages 9.6 points, ranking No. 2 in the Pac-10 with 56.5 field goal percent.
Did You Know?
Four former Washington assistant coaches directed teams into the 2005 NCAA Tournament as head coaches: Mark Fox (Nevada), Ray Giacoletti (Utah), Trent Johnson (Stanford) and Ritchie McKay (New Mexico).
2005 Husky Highlights
The 29 wins tie for the school single-season record established in 1938.
Washington advances to Sweet 16 for first time since 1998, the third time since 1954.
Huskies claim first Pac-10 Tournament championship.
Great Alaska Shootout champions.
Perfect 15-0 home record is 11th undefeated home mark in UW history, the first since 1984.
Current 22-game home winning streak is the fourth-longest in the nation.
Senior Will Conroy breaks school assists records with 507 for his career and 211 this season.
Conroy becomes the 23rd player in Pac-10 history with 500 assists, the 18th to also register 1,000 points.
UW posts highest back-to-back scoring total (224) in its history with 114 vs. Sacred Heart & 110 vs. Houston.
School single-season scoring record of 2,947 points shatters 18-year-old mark of 2,624 set in 1987.
The Louisville Series
> The all-time series between Washington and Louisville is tied at 1-1.
> Both previous meetings were neutral-site encounters, taking place in the semifinal round of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.
> The Cardinals defeated UW 58-47 on Nov. 27, 1982 in the series' first meeting.
> The Huskies were victorious in the most recent meeting, a 69-54 decision over defending NCAA champion Louisville on Nov. 29, 1986.
> The two schools had a pair of common opponents this season. Louisville won 82-67 against Stanford which UW had a 2-1 record against. The Huskies routed Houston 110-63 while the Cardinals lost 70-67 to the Cougars.
> In his fourth year at Louisville, Rick Pitino has never coached against the Huskies. He is 0-2 coaching against Romar, losing twice in 2002 to Saint Louis.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-1 record against Louisville, all meetings coming while he was at Saint Louis. Romar's Billikens won their last four games against Louisville.
Hard Luck Huskies
Washington was eliminated in its last three NCAA Tournament appearances 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 Huskies have a 4-1 record this season against this year's Sweet 16 qualifiers ... Washington is undefeated at home (15-0) and neutral (8-0) sites this season. UW's current 22-game home win streak is the nation's fourth longest ... UW's 29-win total matches the single-season schoolrecord established in 1938 (29-7) ... Senior Tre Simmons hit three treys Saturday, pushing his total to a UW single-season record 78. He surpassed the record of 75 set in 1998 by Deon Luton ... The Huskies have distributed 645 assists, surpassing the school single-season record of 632 set in 1976 ... Junior forward Mike Jensen won the opening tip for Washington in 23 of the 32 games in which he jumped center this season ... The Huskies have a 25-1 record in games when they hold their opponent to 50-percent or less field goal shooting and are 20-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their foes ... UW has a 13-0 record when scoring 90 or more points and a 26-1 mark when holding opponents under 90 points.
UW vs. the Field
In the regular season, the Huskies played eight teams from the 65-team NCAA field, posting a 9-4 record. UW played Arizona (2-1), Stanford (2-1), Alabama (1-0), Oklahoma (1-0), N.C. State (1-0), Utah (1-0), UCLA (1-1) and Gonzaga (0-1).
The Huskies' have won all eight of their neutral site games en route to championships at the Great Alaska Shootout and Pac-10 Tournament and two NCAA Tournament wins. 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 86.7-point clip. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 89.1 points per game.
Senior Will Conroy became the 29th 1,000-point scorer in school history Feb. 10 and his current career total of 1,099 ranks 22nd. Teammate Nate Robinson ranks 18th among all-time Huskies with 1,275 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 26-1 record when holding its foes under 90 points. The five opponents that defeated the Huskies averaged 90.4 points, nearly 20 more than the 70.7 points the Huskies surrendered in their 29 wins. Washington has a 25-1 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 312 points (1414-1102) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in 27 of 34 games. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 120-point count (1505-1385). 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 97, #22 Pacific 79 (Mar. 19, 2005/Boise, Id.)
Bobby Jones scored 10 points in the opening five minutes as eighth-ranked Washington led the entire game en route to a 97-79 win over No. 22 Pacific in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Taco Bell Arena. The Huskies (29-5) tied the school record for victories in a season and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998. Jones, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, helped the Huskies take a 41-34 halftime lead. Nate Robinson scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime as UW stretched the lead to as many as 26 points. Pacific (27-4) missed its final six shots of the first half and first four of the second. The Huskies shot 61 percent (19-31) in the second half and 56 percent (36-64) for the game. The Tigers were paced by the 17 points and 10 rebounds of Guillaume Yango. Christian Maraker added 12 points, all in the first half. Will Conroy distributed 10 assists for UW, becoming the 23rd player in Pac-10 history to reach the 500 career assist plateau. Tre Simmons scored 15 points for UW and Brandon Roy added 14.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 18 nationally and currently leads the Pac-10 with 6.39 assists per game. That figure is well 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 211 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 507 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 embracing 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 (4.6) rank first and fifth, 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 have 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.
Prolific in Postseason
Three Huskies are shooting better than 60 percent in career NCAA Tournament appearances, including a first-round game in 2004. Bobby Jones is shooting 67 percent (14-21) in the postseason, Brandon Roy 65 percent (15-23) and Nate Robinson 61 percent (22-36). Robinson averages 19.7 points in three career NCAA Tournament games.
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 features a bevy of sharpshooters who have amassed a school-record 251 treys, hitting 7.4 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 48.7 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.
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.
Junior forward Bobby Jones hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones has dramatically improved his 3-point shooting this season. 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 30-of-59 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 15th-leading rebounder with 5.5 boards per game.
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 29 of the last 31 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 29 of 32 games this season and has 18 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 a school-record 78 treys, a figure that eclipsed the previous single-season standard of 75 set in 1998 by Deon Luton. Simmons ranks No. 7 among Pac-10 players with a 41.5-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 (16.2), 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 17 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 (56.4%) and 17th in scoring (12.7). 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.
The Pac-10 produced two Sweet 16 teams for the sixth time in the last 11 years ... On Saturday (Mar. 19) senior point guard Will Conroy became the 23rd player in Pac-10 history to reach the 500-career assist plateau ... Conroy is the 18th all-time Pac-10 player to register 500 assists and 1,000 points ... Conroy leads all Pac-10 playmakers with 211 assists (6.4 apg). The last Husky to lead the conference in assists was Chester Dorsey in 1975 ... Washington has a 43-9 record in its last 52 games after going 18-32 in its previous 50 outings ... The Huskies have amassed a school-record 2,947 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 251 ... UW posted 14 Pac-10 wins, the most since the 1984 squad was 15-3.
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 16.6-point average that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. The 5-foot-9 Robinson ranks No. 5 among Pac-10 players with 4.6 assists per game and leads UW with 59 steals. Robinson led all Huskies with 23 points in the NCAA second-round win over Pacific (Mar. 19). 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 14 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 third-team All-America acclaim from the NABC (coaches' association). 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.
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 56.5 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.
Historic Husky Coaches
Lorenzo Romar recorded his 58th win at Washington on Saturday, moving ahead of John Grayson (1960-63) into sixth place 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. UW was one of only 11 NCAA teams to go undefeated at home this season. 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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