Huskies-Ducks Clash For First-Place Berth
Jan. 20, 2006
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 --
Oregon vs. (#10) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 --
(#10) Washington at California, 7:30 p.m. (No TV)
Haas Pavilion (11,877) / Berkeley, Calif.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KKOL (AM 1300) in the Puget Sound area
A key early-season Pac-10 matchup takes place Saturday, Jan. 21 at Bank of America Arena when 10th-ranked Washington (15-2, 4-2) and Oregon (10-8, 4-2) clash at 5 p.m. The Northwest rivals enter the game tied for second place behind UCLA (5-2). The Huskies were victorious in the last three meetings with Oregon, but have not won four consecutive games in the series since 1983-85. The Ducks lost in each of their last four visits to Seattle. Saturday's winner moves into a first-place tie with the Bruins who don't have another Pac-10 game this weekend. The conference standings are congested as the top four Pac-10 teams already have two losses and the next three schools have three defeats.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-Oregon game airs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Paul Sunderland describes the action alongside analyst Larry Farmer.
The Washington-Oregon game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Washington, the national scoring leader, is proving it can win lower-scoring games. The Huskies are averaging 87.3 points per game overall. They averaged 12 points under that figure in their last three games, winning all three despite scoring 74.9 points. In its last two wins, at UCLA and vs. Oregon State, UW was held to 69 points. That marked the first back-to-back sub-70-point games for the Huskies in 88 games, since Feb. 13 & 15, 2003. UW's 24-of-72 shooting Thursday marked its lowest field goal percentage effort (33.3%) since Dec. 3, 2003 when Gonzaga held UW to 31.1 percent (19-of-61).
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 204 points (737-533) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 43-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead all, but two games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a smaller 92-point count (733-641). UW trailed just twice at halftime this season (vs. Air Force and at UCLA) and was tied once (vs. American).
The Huskies won their last two games by matching 69-65 scores. That marked the eighth time in history Washington had back-to-back games with the exact same score, the first time since Feb. 9 & 11, 1978 when UW lost 64-60 to Oregon State and Oregon.
Oregon has lost 65 all-time games at Edmundson Pavilion since it opened in 1927. That is the second-highest opponent loss total. Oregon State lost 69-65 Thursday, its 67th defeat at the Pavilion.
Player of the Week
Senior Bobby Jones, who averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in UW's first sweep in Los Angeles in 19 years, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week Monday. Jones registered a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds on Jan. 14 as the Huskies defeated No. 11 UCLA 69-65 for their first win at Pauley Pavilion since 1987. On Jan. 12, Jones had 22 points and nine rebounds in Washington's 86-77 victory at USC.
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 17 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (3rd-18.2), 3-point percentage (5th-45.2%), field goal percentage (7th-50.9%), assist/turnover ratio (7th-1.58), assists (9th-3.7), blocked shots (9th-1.0), steals (10th-1.4) and rebounds (11th-5.4).
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 176-99 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies won the last three meetings.
> The Huskies have not won four consecutive games against Oregon since 1983-1985.
> The Huskies swept the season series last year for the first time since 1998. UW won 77-56 in Seattle followed by a 95-88 overtime victory in Eugene.
> The Huskies have a 104-33 series lead against Oregon over games played in Seattle, including victories in the Ducks' last four visits to Bank of America Arena.
> Ninth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 7-10 coaching record against UW.
> Fourth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 4-2 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#11 UW 95, Oregon 88 ot (Feb. 10, 2005/Eugene, Ore.)
Will Conroy scored seven of his 17 points in the final 1:14 of regulation, including a 3-pointer that forced overtime in 11th-ranked Washington's 95-88 triumph at Oregon's McArthur Court. The Huskies (20-3, 10-2) won despite being whistled for a school-record 36 fouls and having four players foul out. Oregon (11-9, 3-8) hit 33-of-54 free throws, attempting five more than any UW opponent ever. The Ducks led 37-33 at halftime and took a 77-72 margin on two Brandon Lincoln free throws with 1:23 left in the second half. Conroy scored all seven UW points during a 7-2 run, including a 3-pointer with 26 second left that tied the score 79-79. Conroy put the Huskies ahead for good with a layup 21 seconds into overtime, two of his five points in the extra session. The Huskies outscored Oregon 13-3 to start the overtime and secure their first win in Eugene since 2001. Nate Robinson scored 24 points to pace UW which also got 18 from Brandon Roy and 16 from Bobby Jones whose status was questionable due to a fever and sore throat. Jordan amassed 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Ducks. Oregon's Aaron Brooks scored all 15 of his points in the second half. UW swept the season series for the first time since 1998.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
#14 UW 77, Oregon 56 (Jan. 13, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored six of his 15 points in the opening four minutes as 12th-ranked Washington jumped out early en route to a 77-56 triumph over Oregon at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (14-2, 4-1) held Oregon scoreless for the first 3:54, taking a 12-0 lead in the process. Simmons had two dunks and capped the run with a steal and layin at 16:28. UW held leads of 19-2 and 25-5 before the Ducks (10-3, 2-2) closed within 40-29 at halftime. Oregon scored the first seven points of the second half, closing the deficit to 40-36 with 19:02 remaining. Bobby Jones banked in a 3-pointer at 18:48, starting a 15-2 surge that enabled the Huskies to take control. Jones scored 13 of his 15 points after halftime. Nate Robinson and Jamaal Williams each netted 14 points for UW. Simmons completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. Bryce Taylor was the only Duck in double figures with 16 points. Seattle native Aaron Brooks scored nine points, but fouled out with 8:55 left.
The Huskies rose three places to No. 10 in this week's (Jan. 16) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington also holds down the No. 10 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Washington posted its 13th victory Jan. 12 at USC by finally overcoming the curse of the 13-point halftime lead. In both of their losses (Arizona, Washington State), the Huskies wasted a 13-point advantage at halftime. On Jan. 12, USC cut a 45-32 halftime deficit to three points, but UW held on for a nine-point victory.
Senior Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 23.0 points on 53-percent shooting (48-of-90). He hit 14-of-23 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,120 points to rank 21st among all-time Husky scorers.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 48.6-percent clip as a team. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 55.1. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (51.6%) at No. 36 and Brandon Roy (50.9%) at No. 7. Freshman Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (56.1%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in eight games. The season's lowest figure was 33.3 percent against Oregon State on Jan. 19. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Washington is the national leader in team scoring at 87.3 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 38 of UW's 105 treys, 19 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but three games this season and hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Washington has utilized its primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon to start 16 of 17 games this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only different lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 58-12 record in the last 70 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 15-2 to start the 2006 campaign.
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks second among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.71 assists per game. He is already listed No. 4 among all-time UW freshman with 80 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.74 assist/turnover ratio (80/46) is the second best in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (84.8%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average last season. He ranked third 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, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 14 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (14.2 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg).
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last eight games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 37 percent of his career 3-pointers (58-157).
The Last Game
#10 UW 69, Oregon State 65 (Jan. 19, 2006; Seattle)
Bobby Jones scored six of his game-high 16 points in the final 2:19 of 10th-ranked Washington's 69-65 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (15-2, 4-2) won despite shooting 33 percent (24-72) from the field. UW missed its first 11 shots and did not make a field goal until the 14:21 mark while OSU built a 7-1 lead. The Huskies closed with a 5-0 run to claim a 28-27 halftime lead. The Beavers (9-8, 2-4) led 52-51 before UW surged ahead for good with eight unanswered points, capped by a Justin Dentmon three-point play with 5:36 remaining. OSU drew within 66-65 on a Wesley Washington three-point play with 1:15 left to play. Jones converted two free throws at 0:16 and Brandon Roy hit one-of-two at 0:02 to secure the win. Marcel Jones scored 14 points to lead the Beavers and Nick DeWitz added 12. Jon Brockman had 11 points for UW, which overcame its poorest shooting game in two years with 15 steals that forced 28 turnovers.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. 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 2005 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 has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC (Jan. 14).
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 10.2 points per game. He leads the team with an average of 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 55.1 percent. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games this season, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 21st among all-time UW scorers with 1,120 points and Jones is No. 24 with a total of 1,081.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington completed the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with an 87-71 win over Cornell on Jan. 2. The 11-0 mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins.