UW Men Tip Off Basketball Season in BCA Classic
Nov. 11, 2005
2005 Black Coaches Association Classic Schedule
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, Nov. 13 - Tuesday, Nov. 15
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Game 1 - Northern Arizona vs. Air Force, 12 pm
Game 2 - Texas-Arlington vs. Miami, 2 pm
Game 3 - Morgan State vs. WASHINGTON, 6 pm
Game 4 - UNC Greensboro vs. UW-Green Bay, 8 pm
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Game 5 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 12 pm
Game 6 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 pm
Game 7 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 pm
Game 8 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 8 pm
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Game 9 - Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 12 pm
Game 10 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 2 pm
Game 11 - Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 6 pm
Game 12 - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 8pm
Pacific Times are listed
The earliest start in school history begins for the Washington Huskies who open the 2005-06 men's basketball season by hosting the eight-team Black Coaches Association Classic, Sunday, Nov. 13 through Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies clash with Morgan State, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the first round with the winner advancing to a Monday semifinal matchup with the UNC-Greensboro/UW-Green Bay winner. The other side of the bracket features Northern Arizona against Air Force and Texas-Arlington versus Miami. The championship game is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
All-session passes for the BCA Classic include admission to all 12 games, Nov. 13-15. Great seats are currently available for this event that is not included in the Husky season-ticket packages. Tickets can be purchased from the Husky Ticket Office on-line at BCA Classic Tickets or by telephone (206-543-2200). Individual session tickets are $25 for each two-game evening session and $10 for each two-game afternoon session.
This is the first tournament Washington has hosted since conducting the US West Cellular Tournament four straight years from 1992-95 ... The Huskies won their most recent regular-season tournament, capturing last year's Great Alaska Shootout title.
This is Washington's fourth season under Coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar was honored in 2005 as the Pac-10 Conference and BCA National Coach of the Year.
Home Heavy Schedule
The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. Washington's 22-game home winning streak is the nation's fourth longest active mark. The three BCA dates start a stretch of seven straight home games for UW, its longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They meet New Mexico as part of a Wooden Classic doubleheader on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif.
Washington's Lorenzo Romar received the 2005 BCA National Coach of the Year award after directing the Huskies to a Pac-10 Tournament title, an NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed and a Sweet 16 appearance.
The Huskies earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2004 and 2005 for only the fourth time in school history. They seek to make three consecutive appearances for only the second time (1984-86).
The Morgan State Series
> Sunday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Morgan State, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference from Baltimore, Md.
> The Bears are coached by nine-year NBA veteran Butch Beard who played with the Seattle Sonics during the 1972-73 season.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. 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. 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. They registered a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, extending their home winning streak to 22 games.
The 2005 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 29-6 to tie the 1938 squad for most wins in a season. Washington began the season by winning the Great Alaska Shootout and finished it as champions of the Pac-10 Tournament. UW was selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time ever and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Louisville. Lorenzo Romar was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons were honored as All-Pac-10 first team selections, marking the first time since 1987 that the Huskies featured two all-conference selections.
The Huskies will feature many familiar faces despite the departure of some prominent players from the 2005 Sweet 16 squad. Leading the returners are three-time lettermen and team captains, Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones. A national honors candidate, Roy garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last year after averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He led the Huskies with an average of 15.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. The senior swingman is one of the 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Jones is best known for his defensive intensity on the court, but his shot has continued to improve each season. Last year he ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (51.0) and he also was 31-of-61 from three-point range. He spent the summer playing with the gold medal U.S. National Team at the World University Games. Three-year starter Mike Jensen will miss the beginning of the season as he recovers from arthroscopic shoulder surgery. His absence will allow prep standout Jon Brockman to compete for a starting spot immediately. The 6-foot-8 Snohomish HS grad was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Best of the West poll and No. 15 overall by TheInsiders.com. At point guard, the Huskies will rely upon a pair of newcomers. Ryan Appleby, a sophomore transfer from Florida, and freshman Justin Dentmon will battle for the starting spot while both are expected to play meaningful minutes. Joining those two in the backcourt will be sophomore Joel Smith who was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team honoree last season and freshman Harvey Perry. Senior walk-on Brandon Burmeister should also find time in the guard rotation. Supporting the frontcourt will be senior Jamaal Williams who proved in his first season at UW that he can score with his back to the basket against anyone. He will be joined by junior Hans Gasser and senior Zane Potter. A pair of freshmen big men joined the team in 6-foot-8 Artem Wallace and 7-footer Joe Wolfinger.
After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today rankings. Washington received numerous votes in both polls, equivalent to No. 26 A.P. and No. 28 ESPN listings. UW finished the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today. Four opponents on the UW schedule are ranked by the AP Top-25, including Gonzaga (8), Arizona (10), Stanford (13) and UCLA (19). California also received votes.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004 and is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. 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 a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. 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 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.
UW 114, Simon Fraser 48 (Nov. 6, 2005; Seattle)
Ryan Appleby came off the bench to score 20 points on six 3-pointers in his debut, helping Washington to a 114-48 exhibition win over Simon Fraser at Bank of America Arena. Appleby hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark an early 16-3 run that produced a 23-7 advantage and set the rout in motion. The Huskies shot 67 percent in the first half (24-36) en route to a 54-27 halftime lead. UW forced 42 turnovers with the help of 25 steals. Jamaal Williams led all scorers with 24 points on 12-of-16 shooting for the Huskies who also got 18 from freshman Jon Brockman, 14 from Brandon Burmeister and 13 from Brandon Roy. Raj Mander led the Clan with 10 points.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He 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 dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last 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 was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, 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 last 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 was the Pac-10's 16th-leading rebounder with 5.5 boards per game.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams' 6-foot-5 frame belies that fact that he is a sensational interior scorer. He ranked 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 ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average.