Husky Men Embark on Two-Game Trip to the Desert
Jan. 29, 2007
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 --
Washington at Arizona State, 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 7 p.m. MT (No TV)
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141) / Tempe, Ariz.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 --
Washington at (#20) Arizona, 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time / 11:30 a.m. MT (FSN)
McKale Center (14,545) / Tucson, Ariz.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
Still in search of their first road victory, the Washington Huskies (13-7, 3-6 Pac-10) embark on a two-game trip to the state of Arizona. The Huskies visit Tempe to play Arizona State (6-14, 0-9), Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Mountain). Washington's current eight-game winning streak is its longest in the series with the Sun Devils. UW's last loss to ASU came on Feb. 8, 2003. On Saturday, the Huskies clash with 20th-ranked Arizona (14-6, 5-4) at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 Mountain). UW won 70-67 last season in Tucson, just its third win in the last 22 visits to McKale Center. Next week, the Huskies return home to host the Bay Area schools, beginning Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. against California.
Washington is still pursuing its elusive first win away from home this season, having lost all six road games to date. The Huskies fell at Gonzaga (77-97), at USC (79-86 2ot), at UCLA (74-96), at Stanford (77-78), at California (69-77 ot) and at Washington State (47-75). Three of those road setbacks were close calls, including two overtime games (USC, Cal) and a one-point decision (Stanford). The road woes can be partly attributed to youth as last year's veteran UW unit posted a 6-3 record in Pac-10 away contests. In contrast to this year's 0-6 road mark, the Huskies have a 13-1 home record.
At least 29 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's game will not be televised. Saturday's game at Arizona airs live on FSN. Steve Physioc calls the action with analysis from Marques Johnson.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies have a 3-6 record midway through the conference schedule, their lowest win total since Lorenzo Romar's first UW team was also 3-6. That 2003 squad finished the season in ninth place in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-13 mark. The following season, the 2004 Huskies lost their first five Pac-10 outings before winning 14 of its next 16 games en route to an NCAA berth.
Washington ranks 10th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 82.2 points per game. The Huskies had 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).
Washington leads the Pac-10 and is out-boarding its opponents by nearly 10 rebounds per game (39.9 to 30.2). The Huskies won the board battle in 19 of 20 games, coming up short only at California (Jan. 13). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.5 rebounds per game, including 11 double-digit efforts.
Jon Brockman leads all UW scorers during Pac-10 play, averaging 15.0 points. He averaged 19.5 points in two games last week.
Spencer Hawes has 33 blocked shots, over half of UW's entire team total of 58.
Washington has out-rebounded 19 of 20 opponents, falling short only at Cal (Jan. 13). UW is out-boarding foes by 9.7 rebounds per game.
Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders. Underclassmen account for 80 percent of UW's scoring, 88% of rebounds and 77% of minutes.
Did You Know?
After Thursday, the Huskies play four of their next five games against ranked opponents. Six of UW's final 10 opponents are ranked in the current A.P. poll.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-28 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last eight meetings, their longest streak in the series. Previously, UW's longest winning streak against ASU was a seven-game stretch between 1984 and 1987.
> UW swept the last three season series, including a three-game sweep during the 2005 season that was capped by a 95-90 overtime win in the Pac-10 Tournament.
> The Sun Devils won 20 of 29 meetings with UW in Tempe.
> UW won its last three games at ASU after losing 15 of the previous 16 trips to Tempe.
> First-year Sun Devil Coach Herb Sendek has a 1-2 record against Washington, the first two meetings coming while he was at North Carolina State.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 8-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
#24 UW 64, Arizona State 53 (Jan. 6, 2007; Seattle)
Ryan Appleby hit 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range en route to a 20-point performance as 24th-ranked Washington defeated Arizona State 64-53 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-4, 1-3) posted their first Pac-10 victory despite a season-low point total. The Sun Devils (6-9, 0-4) jumped out to an 8-3 lead that evaporated into a 31-28 UW halftime edge. Jeff Pendergraph drew ASU within 36-35 on a layup with 15:11 left to play, but UW answered with a 14-7 run to steadily pull ahead. Appleby netted two treys in the last five minutes and the Huskies hit 7-of-8 free throws during the final 1:03 to hold off the Sun Devils. ASU was held to 34.7-percent shooting (17-49) from the field. Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for UW. Pendergraph finished with 18 points for ASU, which also got 13 from Derek Glasser.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman 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. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to 'Big Baby's' 48-game double-figure scoring streak. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led last year's Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 9.5 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 13.8 points per game.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes already owns Washington's freshman record for blocked shots with 33. He eclipsed the previous standard of 32 established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Nov. 12 in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. Hawes has 15 double-figure scoring games, including six 20-point performances. He registered a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Hawes' 15.1-point scoring average currently leads the Huskies. He forced the second overtime Dec. 28 at USC, converting his first career 3-point attempt. Hawes missed the Jan. 20 game at Washington State with a sprained left ankle, but to play in a reserve role in the last two games. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising eight of the 12 spots on the active roster. UW has five freshmen on the roster (one of them a 2006 red-shirt) and three sophomores. The four eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season. 'This is the youngest team I've ever coached,' exclaimed Coach Lorenzo Romar. 'We're going to have to get real old, real quick.'
Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He hasn't slowed down since and currently ranks third for UW with an average of 12.4 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 12 double-figure scoring games.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 51 of Washington's 133 three-pointers, 31 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.55 treys per game while shooting 44.3 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 19 games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005) and matched that total three times this season, against Southern Utah (Dec. 4), at USC (Dec. 28) and versus Arizona State (Jan. 6). Appleby netted 126 of his 156 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six blocks against Sacramento State, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. Hawes leads the team and ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players with 33 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 18 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and five have posted at least one 20-point performance.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented their sixth unique set of starters in both games last week, their third different group in four games. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 20 games. Every current player has started at least four games this season, except UW's two seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser). Washington's most-frequently used lineup was comprised entirely of underclassmen. UW started three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon) during eight games. The Huskies utilized four different starting lineups last season.
Washington hit 32-of-61 shots (52.5%) in both games last week ... UW's single-game high point total is 25 points turned in twice by both Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter ... The Jan. 20 win over Oregon was the Huskies' first victory in a game when their opponents shot better than 50 percent from the field ... UW went three consecutive games without a blocked shot (Jan. 13-25) and has just five blocks in the last seven outings ... UW lost its last five overtime games, two this season and all three last year ... UW's last eight opponents combined to shoot 51.6 percent from the field (231-for-448) ... The Huskies lost back-to-back games recently despite shooting 51 percent at UCLA (28-55) and 54 percent against Arizona (36-67). The trouble was that both foes shot better, UCLA at 60% (40-67) and Arizona at 65% (32-49) ... Arizona's sizzling 65.3 percent shooting was the best performance against a UW team since the Wildcats shot 70% on Dec. 20, 1987 in Seattle ... The Huskies held Arizona State (Jan. 6) to an opponent low 35 percent (17-49) shooting ... Four UW players fouled out at USC (Dec. 28) after just five were disqualified in the first 11 games ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13) ... UW has an 82-24 overall record (47-18 vs. Pac-10 teams) since a pivotal 103-99 overtime victory at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 that stopped an 0-5 Pac-0 start.
The Washington men's basketball team dropped out of the Associated Press poll Jan. 8 after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 1 capped a nine-week stay in the poll. Five Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (5), Oregon (9), Washington State (18), Arizona (20) and Stanford (23). UW has already played five games against ranked opponents with six games remaining against opponents ranked in the current top-25, including a Feb. 17 visit to No. 9 Pittsburgh. Washington dropped out of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll after a No. 24 ranking on Jan. 8. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.
The Huskies had a 16-game home winning streak halted on Jan. 4 by a 96-87 loss to Arizona ... That loss also stopped a run of seven straight home wins for UW against ranked opponents ... Washington's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games ... The loss at Gonzaga also snapped the Huskies' streak of 15 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Last Game
UW 91, Oregon State 74 (Jan. 27, 2007; Seattle)
Jon Brockman matched his career high with 25 points and led all rebounders with eight, leading Washington to a 91-74 win over Oregon State at Bank of America Arena. Justin Dentmon scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half, helping the Huskies (13-7, 3-6) build a 41-38 halftime edge. After the Beavers (9-13, 1-8) scored the first basket of the second half, UW staged a 26-7 surge to go ahead 67-47 with 12:52 left to play. Brockman tallied 10 points during the run. The lead grew to as many as 26 points, but narrowed when OSU scored the game's final six points. Josh Tarver paced the Beavers with 22 points and Kyle Jeffers added 14. Spencer Hawes came off the bench to score 13 points and Phil Nelson had 12. OSU shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the field and 40 percent (6-15) from 3-point range, but hit just 12 of 32 free throws (38%). UW shot 52.5 percent (32-61) and made 22 of 25 free throws (88%).
Player of the Week
Freshman center Spencer Hawes, who averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two victories, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 26. Hawes posted his first double-double with career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds during an 88-72 win over 12th-ranked LSU (Dec. 20). Hawes shot 10-of-16 from the field and was instrumental in stopping LSU All-American Glen 'Big Baby' Davis' double-digit scoring streak at 48 games. Hawes matched his career-high with 23 points and added nine rebounds in an 80-51 win over Weber State (Dec. 22). For the week, he shot 20-of-30 (.667) from the field.
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American Glen 'Big Baby' Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.
Heading the pack of returning youngsters is a pair of sophomore starters, forward Jon Brockman and point guard Justin Dentmon. Both of them were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Brockman is one of 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida.
Three starters and two other lettermen have departed, led by All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft by the same Minnesota team that also took forward Bobby Jones 37th. Both were immediately traded, Roy to Portland and Jones to Philadelphia. Also gone are four-year starting forward Mike Jensen and sensational sixth man Jamaal Williams.