Two-Game Road Trips Caps Regular Season for UW Men
Feb. 28, 2006
THURSDAY, MARCH 2 --
(#14) Washington at Arizona State, 6:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 MST (No TV)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141) / Tempe, Ariz.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, MARCH 4 --
(#14) Washington at Arizona, 3:00 p.m. PST / 4:00 MST (FSN TV)
McKale Center (14,545) / Tucson, Ariz.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 14th-ranked Washington Huskies (22-5, 11-5) complete their regular-season schedule this week with a two-game road trip to the state of Arizona. The Huskies play Thursday, Mar. 2 at Arizona State (10-15, 4-12) at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Mountain). The Huskies won the last six meetings with ASU. On Saturday, Mar. 4, Washington visits Arizona (17-10, 10-6) for a game that will be televised live at 3 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Mountain) on FSN. The Huskies won just twice in their last 21 visits to McKale Center.
Washington is tied with California for second place and still harbors Pac-10 championship aspirations. If the Huskies win both games in Arizona this week and first-place UCLA loses a game on its Bay Area trip, they will clinch at least a co-title. UW is vying for its first conference championship since tying for back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 1984 (Oregon State) and 1985 (USC).
Washington is seeking a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for only the second time in school history (1984-86). The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 22-5 this season. The 70 combined wins are the highest three-year total since a 77-win run from 1951-53 that marks the best three-year stretch in school history.
Thursday's Washington-Arizona State game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
At least 19 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-Arizona regular-season finalé airs live at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Barry Tompkins describes the action alongside Dan Belluomini.
You would be hard-pressed to make a case that any player does more for his team than Washington's Brandon Roy. In the weekly Pac-10 statistics that include all games, Roy is ranked among the league leaders in nine of the 13 categories listed. That is three more than any other Pac-10 player (ASU's Kevin Kruger ranks in six categories). Roy is the Pac-10 scoring leader (19.9) and ranks among the league leaders in assist/turnover ratio (2nd-1.76), assists (5th-4.1), field goal percent (5th-51.0%), 3-point percentage (5th-40.5%), free throw percentage (6th-81.4%), steals (7th-1.4), blocked shots (9th-0.9) and rebounds (11th-5.5). UW's 6-foot-6 swingman does all that in less playing time than other marquee players as he is not ranked among league leaders in minutes played.
Senior guard Brandon Roy is in contention to become Washington's first Pac-10 Player of the Year since Chris Welp in 1986 ... Roy leads all Pac-10 players in scoring at 19.93 points per game that is just ahead of the 19.86 clip of California's Leon Powe ... Washington is the only member school to never have a Pac-10 scoring champion. The last Husky to lead the conference in scoring was Louie Nelson whose 21.9-point average led the Pac-8 in 1973 ... Forward Jon Brockman should be in line for freshman honors as he leads all Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (52.7%), ranks No. 4 in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and is No. 3 among freshman scorers (8.9) ... Another freshman honors candidate is guard Justin Dentmon who leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists (3.8) and free throw percentage (83.0%).
Brandon Roy's current streak of nine straight 20-point games is the longest listed in the UW record book that dates to 1960.
Roy made his last 32 free throw attempts, moving within one of the school-record of 33 established in 1989 by Eldridge Recasner.
Player of the Week
Brandon Roy was named the Pac-10 player Jan. 27, tying the record with his third consecutive award. He joins Arizona State's Eddie House (2000) as the only individuals to receive three consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week awards. This is the fourth overall Player of the Week award for Roy who previously was recognized Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 of this year and as a sophomore on Feb. 28, 2004. He has received the Pac-10's weekly accolade more than any other Husky, eclipsing three-time honorees Chris Welp (1986-87) and Todd MacCulloch (1998-99). Roy averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists last week. He shot 62 percent (16-of-26) from the field.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-26 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last six meetings, including a three-game sweep of the 2005 season series that was capped by a 95-90 overtime win in the Pac-10 Tournament.
> Washington won this season's first meeting, a 91-67 decision on Dec. 29 in Seattle.
> The Sun Devils won 20 of 28 meetings with UW in Tempe.
> UW won its last two games at ASU after losing 15 of the previous 16 trips to Tempe.
> Eighth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 7-9 record against Washington.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
#7 UW 91, Arizona State 67 (Dec. 29, 2005; Seattle)
Brandon Roy poured in a career-high 35 points, including five during an early second-half run that sent No. 7 Washington to a 91-67 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 opener at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-0, 1-0) missed their first 10 shots, enabling ASU (6-4, 0-1) to take a 9-2 lead. Roy hit a three-point play and 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run that put UW ahead 10-9 en route to a 40-38 halftime lead. The Huskies scored the first 10 points of the second half to break open the contest. Roy's output was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn had 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy, who hit 5-of-5 shots from 3-point range, became the 31st Husky to surpass the 1,000-point career mark. The Huskies offset a sub-par shooting effort (33 percent in the first half, 43 percent for the game) with a school-record low three turnovers. Kevin Kruger paced the Sun Devils with 18 points and Bryson Krueger added 13. Jamaal Williams tallied 12 points for UW, which got 11 apiece from Jones and Justin Dentmon. ASU, which shot 48 percent in the first half, netted just 29 second-half points on 29 percent shooting.
The Huskies climbed three spots to No. 14 in this week's (Feb. 27) 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 holds down the No. 16 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.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 264 points (1104-840) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 41-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 21 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 118-point margin (1116-998). UW has scored 12 more combined points in the second half of games compared to the first half, but has allowed 158 more points after halftime than before. UW trailed just three times at halftime.
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have a 19-1 record when outrebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of nearly nine rebounds (38.1-29.7) in wins while being outboarded (36.6-36.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (37.9) and rebounding margin (+6.8).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 58 of UW's 174 treys, 28 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but five games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26) and Oregon State (Feb. 18). Appleby netted 56 of his 66 field goals from beyond the arc. 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 is the Pac-10 leader and ranks No. 4 nationally in team scoring at 82.9 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.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Four of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.5 percent that ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10. Freshman Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 52.7. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Brandon Roy (51.0%) at No. 5 and Jamaal Williams (49.7%) at No. 6. Forwards Artem Wallace (57.1%) and Hans Gasser (50.8%) 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 nine games. 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%).
In the last game, Jon Brockman was out of the starting lineup for the first time all season as he yielded his spot to senior Jamaal Williams for the final home game. Brockman is expected back into the lineup that won all six games after senior forward Mike Jensen made his first starts of the season, giving him 94 for his career. Jensen replaced Williams who had started UW's first 21 games. Previously, the primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Williams, Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started 20 of the first 21 games. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only other lineup. Jones and Roy have started every game this season. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies won their last six games since Mike Jensen was inserted into the starting lineup Feb. 9. The 6-foot-8 senior forward started in place of Jamaal Williams. A three-year starter, Jensen returned to action Dec. 23 against Lehigh. He played the last 17 games after missing the season's first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 38 percent of his career 3-pointers (71-186). Jensen hit six treys against Stanford (Feb. 23) in a career-high 18-point performance.
Washington welcomed new members to the 1,000-point club in consecutive games earlier 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 12th among all-time UW scorers with 1,349 points and Jones is No. 21 with 1,171.
The Huskies have a 65-15 record in the last 80 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 and posted a 29-6 record in 2005.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 38-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> Washington won five of the last seven meetings as the teams met three times in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Those five wins equal the total of UW wins over Arizona in the previous 12 years combined.
> The Wildcats won this season's first meeting in double overtime, a 96-95 decision on Dec. 31 in Seattle.
> UW won 81-72 on Mar. 12 in the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament championship game.
> The Wildcats own a 22-5 record against UW in Tucson, including a 91-82 win last season in which they hit 38-of-40 free throws and had 38-15 scoring advantage at the line.
> Arizona won eight of the last nine and 19 of the last 21 meetings at McKale Center. The only Husky wins in the last 21 years came in 1996 and 2004.
> 23rd-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 32-16 all-time record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-4 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
Arizona 96, #7 UW 95, 2ot (Dec. 31, 2005; Seattle)
Arizona rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to post a 96-95 double-overtime win over Washington despite the second straight 35-point effort of Brandon Roy. The loss ended a school-record 32-game homecourt winning streak for the Huskies (11-1, 1-1). Trailing 64-54 midway through the second half, Arizona (9-3, 2-0) staged a 23-6 run to go ahead 77-70 with 1:47 left in regulation. UW went on an 11-4 run, capped by a Roy 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to force overtime. He caused the second overtime with a step-under trey at the buzzer. By the time Kirk Walters sank the decisive free throw with five seconds left in the second overtime, four UW starters had fouled out while the Wildcats were at full strength. Ryan Appleby, who hit four first-half treys, missed the potential winning 3-pointer as time expired. Arizona, which shot only 1-of-15 on first-half 3-pointers, hit 8-of-14 treys after halftime. Hassan Adams scored 32 points to pace the Wildcats and Mustafa Shakur added 23. Jamaal Williams scored 22 points for the Huskies. Roy shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range and had a double-double, leading all rebounders with 11.
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 21 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He ranks No. 6 among Pac-10 field goal shooters (49.7%) and No. 14 in scoring (13.3 ppg).
Did You Know?
The Huskies posted the 23rd 20-win season in school history. They have back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1984-1985 and only the second time since 1953.
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 eighth among Pac-10 playmakers with 3.81 assists per game. He has 103 assists, tying him for the all-time UW freshman record established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.37 assist/turnover ratio (103/75) ranks eighth in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (83.0%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
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 8.9 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the leading field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 52.7 percent. He has seven double-figure rebound games, surpassing the total of the entire Husky team last season. Brockman was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
The Last Game
#17 UW 73, California 62 (Feb. 26, 2006; Seattle)
Brandon Roy registered his ninth straight 20-point game, scoring 19 of his 27 points in the second half of 17th-ranked Washington's 73-62 victory over California in the final home game at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (22-5, 11-5) moved into a second-place tie with their school-record tying 17th home win. Roy won the dual with the other Pac-10 player of the year candidate Leon Powe who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. The UW guard hit 9-of-13 shots, including 3-of-6 treys. Roy also excelled on defense, holding Cal's Ayinde Ubaka to six points that snapped a 14-game double-figure streak. The Golden Bears (17-8, 11-5) drew within 33-29 at halftime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Theo Robertson. Roy tallied 10 of the team's 12 points during a six-minute span en route to a 67-58 lead with 2:15 remaining. UW shot 56 percent (24-43) from the field while limiting the Bears to 41 percent (21-51). The Huskies hit 10-of-20 shots from 3-point range, including 2-for-3 efforts from Justin Dentmon and Ryan Appleby who each finished with 10 points. Jamaal Williams scored 13 points for the Huskies who got eight rebounds from Jon Brockman. Richard Midgley paced Cal with 15 points and Robertson finished with 13.
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 on Jan. 14, 2006.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus in 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 808 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.