Huskies-Wildcats Clash Saturday Morning in Tucson
Feb. 2, 2007
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
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 --
Washington vs. California, 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (14-7, 4-6 Pac-10) seek to build on their newfound road success when they close out a two-game trip, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 20th-ranked Arizona (14-7, 5-5). Tip-off is 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 Mountain) in Tucson. Arizona won this year's first meeting 96-87. UW won 70-67 last season in Tucson, just its third win in the last 22 visits to McKale Center. The Huskies seek to sweep their Arizona trip for the second straight season after posting their first road triumph of the season Thursday with a 66-61 win at Arizona State. Also on Thursday, Arizona lost 72-66 to Washington State. Next week, the Huskies begin a three-game homestand on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. against California.
Arizona's 65.3 percent shooting (32-49) on Jan. 4 at UW was the best performance against the Huskies since the Wildcats shot 70% (42-60) on Dec. 20, 1987 in Seattle.
At least 29 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. 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.
Washington finally registered its first road win in its seventh try, a 66-61 decision Thursday at Arizona State. UW lost its first six road games: 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). In contrast to this year's 1-6 road mark, the Huskies have a 13-1 home record.
Washington ranks 11th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 81.5 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 (39.6 to 30.0). The Huskies won the board battle in 20 of 21 games, coming up short only at California (Jan. 13). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.6 rebounds per game, including 12 double-digit efforts.
Washington won its last four games in the state of Arizona, its longest streak ever. UW hasn't won back-to-back games in Tucson since 1983-84.
Jon Brockman leads all UW scorers during Pac-10 play (15.0 ppg) and tallied double-figure points in all but one conference game.
Spencer Hawes has 33 blocked shots, over half of UW's entire team total of 61.
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?
The Huskies play four of their next five games against ranked opponents. Six of UW's final nine opponents are ranked in the current A.P. poll.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 39-21 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> Washington won six of the last nine meetings, equaling the number of UW wins over Arizona in the previous 18 years combined.
> The Wildcats own a 22-6 record against UW in Tucson. The Huskies won last year's matchup at McKale Center by a 70-67 count.
> Arizona won eight of the last 10 and 19 of the last 22 meetings at McKale Center. The only Husky wins in the last 22 years came in 1996, 2004 and 2006.
> 24th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 33-17 all-time record against UW.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-5 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
#7 Arizona 96, #24 Washington 87 (Jan. 4, 2007; Seattle)
Mustafa Shakur scored eight of his 21 points during the final seven minutes, helping seventh-ranked Arizona pull away from No. 24 Washington for a 96-87 win at Bank of America Arena. Shakur hit 5-of-6 shots from the field for the Wildcats (12-1, 3-0) who converted 65.3 percent of their field goals (32-of-49), including a remarkable 76.2 percent in the second half (16-of-21). Arizona hit 11-of-20 treys en route to its 12th consecutive victory. UW's Spencer Hawes tied the game 79-79 on a short jumper with 7:12 left to play. Marcus Williams followed with a jumper at 6:48 that put Arizona ahead for good. The Wildcats outscored UW 17-8 over the final seven minutes. Phil Nelson scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, helping the Huskies build a 14-point lead. Arizona tallied 15 unanswered points and trailed only 49-46 at halftime. Chase Budinger scored 23 points to lead the Wildcats who also got 22 from Williams and Jawann McClellan. Quincy Pondexter paced UW with 25 points while Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes added 16 apiece.
The Last Meeting in Tucson
#14 UW 70, Arizona 67 (Mar. 4, 2006; Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Dentmon assisted on the go-ahead basket and converted two free throws with nine seconds remaining to seal 14th-ranked Washington's 70-67 victory over Arizona in the final regular-season game for both teams. The Huskies (24-5, 13-5) dealt Arizona its second loss in 23 home finalés at McKale Center under Coach Lute Olson. Clad in red at home for the first time ever, the Wildcats (18-11, 11-7) led the entire game before Dentmon stole the ball from Marcus Williams and fed Bobby Jones for a dunk that put UW ahead 68-67 with 33 seconds left to play. After Dentmon's free throws, Hassan Adams missed the potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Wildcats led by as many as 11 points in the first half before UW drew within 34-31 at halftime. Arizona hit its first six second-half shots en route to a 50-38 lead, but went 6-of-19 the rest of the way while the Huskies steadily chipped away at the lead. Brandon Roy scored 16 points and led a 39-27 rebounding advantage with 11 boards. Ryan Appleby scored 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting on treys. Williams, a Seattle native, led Arizona with 20 points.
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 9.6 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 13.9 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 16 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' 15.0-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 three 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 12.1 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 54 of Washington's 136 three-pointers (40%), 34 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.57 treys per game while shooting 44.6 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 20 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 129 of his 159 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 the last three games, their third different group in five games. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 21 games. Every current player has started at least five 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 held Arizona State to 34.4 percent shooting (33-96) in the two meetings, while the other eight Pac-10 opponents combined to shoot 52.4 percent (240-458) from the field ... UW's single-game high point total is 25 points turned in twice by both Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter ... UW went three consecutive games without a blocked shot (Jan. 13-25) and has just eight blocks in the last eight outings ... UW lost its last five overtime games, two this season and all three last year ... 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 83-24 overall record (48-18 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 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.
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 66, Arizona State 61 (Feb. 1, 2007; Tempe, Ariz.)
Spencer Hawes scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half as Washington built a 25-point halftime lead and held off a late Arizona State charge to post a 66-61 win at Wells Fargo Arena. The win was the first in seven road games for the Huskies (14-7, 4-6). Arizona State (6-15, 0-10) lost its ninth straight game to UW. The Huskies shot 65 percent (17-26) in the first half and used a 26-5 run to go ahead 44-21 at halftime. UW shot just 24 percent in the second half (5-12) enabling ASU to rally. The Sun Devils opened the second half with a 17-4 surge to draw within 48-38 with 13:26 left to play. ASU coach Herb Sendek then was ejected after back-to-back technicals, leading to four Husky free throws. The Sun Devils drew within 61-58 on two Allen Morill free throws with 1:14 remaining. UW's Justin Dentmon responded with a jumper at 0:41 and two free throws at 0:24 to secure the win. Jon Brockman led UW with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Dentmon and Ryan Appleby added 13 points for the Huskies. Christian Polk paced ASU with 18 points.
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.