UW Men Travel to Pittsburgh for Non-Conference Clash
Feb. 15, 2007
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 --
Washington at #7/#5 Pittsburgh, 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time/2 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Petersen Events Center (12,508) / Pittsburgh, Pa.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 --
Washington at Oregon State, 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (FSN Northwest)
Gill Coliseum (10,400) / Corvallis, Ore.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (16-9, 6-8 Pac-10) embark on a 2,164-mile cross country trek for their final non-conference game, Saturday, Feb. 17 at Pittsburgh. Tip-off is 11 a.m. Pacific Time (2 p.m. Eastern) at the Petersen Events Center where the Panthers have a 78-8 record since their arena opened in 2002. The Panthers (22-4, 10-2 Big East) are ranked No. 7 by the Associated Press and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Pitt suffered a 66-53 home loss against Louisville on Monday. Washington also lost its last outing, a 65-61 home setback to No. 10 Washington State. The Huskies resume Pac-10 play next week, visiting Oregon State (Feb. 22) and No. 15 Oregon (Feb. 24). UW plays four ranked opponents in its final five games, including two teams ranked in the current AP top-10.
Saturday's game at Pittsburgh will be televised live on ESPN. Sean McDonough calls the action with analysis from Bob Wenzel.
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.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll used)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 3-5 (1-3 this season vs. top-10 opponents)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 77-201 (won 9 of last 11 games in Seattle vs. ranked foes)
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 64, #25 Stanford 52 (Feb. 11, 2007, Seattle)
Last Road Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 69, #11 UCLA 65 (Jan. 14, 2006, Los Angeles)
All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 30-112 (won 4 of last 6 meetings in Seattle vs. Top-10 teams)
Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 89, #7 Oregon 77 (Jan. 25, 2007, Seattle)
Last Road Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 74, #9 Kansas 64 (Dec. 14, 1974, Lawrence, Ks.)
Player of the Week
Sophomore forward Jon Brockman was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 12 after posting a pair of double-doubles to lead Washington to a home sweep. Brockman powered UW to a 79-71 win over California on Feb. 8, amassing 22 points while tying his career-high with 14 rebounds. The Huskies upset 25th-ranked Stanford 64-52 on Feb. 11 behind a 14-point, 10-rebound performance from Brockman.
Washington has a 10-1 non-conference record, the lone loss was a 97-77 setback at Gonzaga (Dec. 9). 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.
Washington has a 15-2 record at home and 1-7 on the road. The Huskies are averaging 16 more points at home, scoring at an 83.9-point clip compared to 67.9 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by nearly 13 rebounds per game at home, while having a slight rebound deficit in road contests.
Washington lost its last 31 road games against top-10 ranked opponents. UW's last win was a 74-64 decision at No. 9 Kansas on Dec. 14, 1974.
The Huskies play four of their final five games against teams ranked in this week's polls.
UW out-boarded 23 of 25 opponents and ranks 5th nationally with a +8.6 rebound margin (UNC leads at +9.9). Jon Brockman is No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 18 in NCAA with 9.7 rebounds per game.
Justin Dentmon needs three assists to post the 29th 100-assist season in UW history. He will be the ninth player with two 100-assist seasons.
Fifth-year coach Lorenzo Romar became the fifth coach in Washington history to reach the 100-win plateau with a win over Stanford on Feb. 11. His is the fourth fastest to 100 wins, hitting that mark in his 150th Husky game.
Hec Edmundson -- 100th win on Dec. 17, 1927 vs. Halls AAU in his 134th UW game (8th season)
Tippy Dye -- 100th win on Dec. 10, 1955 vs. Baylor in his 147th UW game (6th season)
Marv Harshman -- 100th win on Jan. 6, 1977 vs. California in 146th UW game (6th season)
Bob Bender -- 100th win on Dec. 20, 2000 at American-Puerto Rico in 207th UW game (8th season)
Lorenzo Romar -- 100th win on Feb. 11, 2007 vs. Stanford in 150th UW game (5th season)
The Pittsburgh Series
> The Huskies were victorious in both previous meetings with the Pittsburgh, winning back-to-back games in Seattle during the 1950-51 season.
> Then 12th-ranked Washington won 54-44 on Dec. 19, 1950, followed by a 74-45 victory on Dec. 20, 1950.
> Washington has a 9-14 all-time record against current members of the Big East Conference, including Cincinnati (1-3), Connecticut (0-3), DePaul (2-2), Louisville (1-2), Marquette (0-2), Notre Dame (1-1), Pittsburgh (2-0), Providence (1-0), Villanova (0-1) and West Virginia (1-0).
> The Huskies' last two meetings against Big East Foes came during the Sweet 16 of the last two NCAA Tournaments. Connecticut posted a 98-92 overtime decision over Washington on Mar. 24, 2006 in Washington, D.C. and Louisville beat UW 93-79 on Mar. 24, 2005 in Albuquerque, N.M.
> Washington's last regular-season meeting vs. a Big East member school resulted in a 69-48 loss to then No. 1 UConn on Dec. 1, 1998 in the Great Eight tournament in Chicago.
> In his fourth season, Pitt's Jamie Dixon has never coached against Washington.
> In his fifth season at Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Pittsburgh.
Home Sweet Home
The popular saying is that 'home is where the heart is.' Home is also where the wins are for the Washington men's basketball team, which boasts a 15-2 mark in Seattle while losing six of its seven road outings. The Huskies won nine of their last 11 home games against ranked opponents and 21 of their last 23 home games overall. UW won 823 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
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 UW in 2006 with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 9.7 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 14.1 points per game.
Washington finally registered its first road win in its seventh try, a 66-61 decision at Arizona State on Feb. 1 that was followed Feb. 3 by an 84-54 loss at Arizona. 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 1-7 road mark, the Huskies have a 15-2 home record.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes already owns Washington's freshman record for blocked shots with 40. He eclipsed the previous standard of 32 established by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Did You Know?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer in each of the last 24 games. His 61 treys are 41 more than any other teammate.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by over eight per game (38.8 to 30.2). The Huskies won the board battle in 23 of 25 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 9.7 rebounds per game, including 15 double-digit efforts.
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 19 double-figure scoring games, including seven 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, played five games as a reserve and returned to the starting lineup Feb. 11. He lost over 15 pounds while battling a stomach virus the entire month of January. 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 seven of the 10 spots on the active roster. UW has four active freshmen on the roster and three sophomores. The three eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, one junior) 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 has continued to excel and currently ranks third for UW with an average of 11.0 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 61 of Washington's 149 three-pointers (41%), 41 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.44 treys per game while shooting 42.7 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 24 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 136 of his 171 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.
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors for Washington (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby, Spencer Hawes and Artem Wallace). Nine different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and five have posted at least one 20-point performance.
Washington ranks 18th nationally and second among Pac-10 teams in scoring with an average of 78.8 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).
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented six starting lineups, including five different groups during the last nine games. The most recent lineup (Pondexter, Brockman, Hawes, Dentmon, Appleby) was used the last two games for the first time since game No. 5 on Nov. 24 and has a 5-1 record this season. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 25 games. Every current player has drawn a start this season, except UW's two seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser). The 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 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 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 of those blocks, 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. 4 among Pac-10 players with 40 blocks. That total surpassed the previous school freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
Washington 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), Washington State (10), Oregon (15), Arizona (19) and USC (22). UW has already played eight games against ranked opponents with four games remaining against opponents ranked in the current top-25, including a Feb. 17 visit to No. 7 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 Last Game
#10 Washington State 65, UW 61 (Feb. 14, 2007; Seattle)
Reserve Taylor Rochestie scored 10 of his career-high 16 points in the first half as 10th-ranked Washington State went ahead early and held on for a 65-61 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Cougars (22-4, 11-3) swept the season series for the second straight year. The Huskies (16-9, 6-8) led 27-26 before WSU closed the half with a 14-5 run during the final 6:11. Ivory Clark keyed the surge with eight of his 10 points, giving the Cougars a 40-32 halftime lead. Spencer Hawes scored four straight baskets, caped by a layin with 5:33 left to play to give UW its only second-half lead at 58-57 After WSU re-took the lead, Justin Dentmon's 3-pointer drew UW within 62-61 at 3:31. The Huskies missed their last eight shots and WSU hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 16.7 seconds to seal the win. Hawes, who missed the first meeting against the Cougars, finished with 22 points while Jon Brockman added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
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.