Huskies Host Second-Ranked Bruins to End Hoops Regular Season
March 2, 2007
SATURDAY, MARCH 3 --
(#2) UCLA at Washington, 11:00 a.m. PST (CBS)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament
Wed. - Sat., March 7-10
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif.
seeding in (parenthesis)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 --
(7) Washington vs. (10) Arizona State, 8:42 p.m. PST (FSN)
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area
The Washington Huskies (17-12, 7-10 Pac-10) conclude their regular-season schedule with a nationally televised clash against second-ranked UCLA (26-3, 15-2), Saturday, March 3. Tip-off is 11 a.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena for the game that airs on CBS. The Bruins were 96-74 victors in the first meeting on Dec. 31, 2006 in Los Angeles after losing the previous three games against UW. The Huskies defeated No. 23 USC 85-70 on Thursday while UCLA won 53-45 at Washington State. Next week, the seventh-place Huskies compete in the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where they will meet 10th-place Arizona State, Wednesday, March 7 at 8:42 p.m.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 4-7 (4-2 at home, 0-5 on the road)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 78-204
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 85, #23 USC 70 (Mar. 1, 2007, Seattle)
All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 30-113 (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)
At least 30 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Saturday's game against UCLA will be televised nationally on CBS (channel 7 in Seattle). Kevin Harlan 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.
So Long Seniors
Prior to Saturday's game Washington will honor its two seniors, guard Brandon Burmeister and forward Hans Gasser. They are in an elite group of just 11 players who have played on UW teams that participated in three NCAA Tournaments. Burmeister and Gasser are vying to become the first Huskies to play on four NCAA Tournament squads. Washington has won its last 10 games on Senior Day. The Huskies' last loss in their final regular-season home game came against No. 11 Arizona on Mar. 3, 1996. Since then, the Huskies' 10 wins in home finalés featured four wins over ranked teams, including No. 18 UCLA (1998), No. 13 UCLA (2001), No. 1 Stanford (2004) and No. 9 Arizona (2005).
All five Husky starters are averaging double-figure points.
UW was victorious in its final regular-season home game in each of the last 10 years, since 1996..
Ryan Appleby ranks No. 2 on UW's single-season 3-point list (76) and No. 3 on the career chart (146).
The Huskies, who host No. 2 UCLA, won 10 of their last 12 home games against ranked foes.
Jon Brockman leads the Pac-10 with 9.5 rebounds per game. The last Husky to finish as the Pac-10 leader was Todd MacCulloch in 1999 (11.9 rpg).
Spencer Hawes is UW's freshman record holder in both points (429) and blocked shots (48).
The Huskies averaged 11.5 three-pointers per game against USC. Both of UW's double-digit 3-point games in Pac-10 play came against the Trojans. UW averaged 4.9 treys against the rest of the league.
Washington has a 16-2 record at home and a 1-10 on the road. The Huskies are averaging 15.4 more points at home, scoring at an 83.9-point clip compared to 68.5 points away from Seattle. UW out-rebounds opponents by over 12 rebounds per game at home, while having a smaller 3.1-rebound edge in road contests.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 88-33 series lead after winning eight of the last 12, and 32 of the last 42 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA won this season's first meeting 96-74 on Dec. 31 in Los Angeles.
> Despite winning the last two meetings at Bank of America Arena, the Huskies trail 31-26 during all-time encounters in Seattle.
> UW swept last year's season series from UCLA for the first time since 1987.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his fourth year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 4-4 record against the Huskies.
> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-5 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA championship year.
The Last Meeting
#1 UCLA 96, #14 UW 74 (Dec. 31, 2006; Los Angeles)
Aaron Afflalo tallied 20 of his 27 points in the first half, helping top-ranked UCLA take control early en route to a 96-74 win over No. 14 Washington at Pauley Pavilion. Afflalo hit 11-of-15 shots from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. The Bruins (13-0, 2-0) halted a three-game losing streak against the Huskies (10-3, 0-2), who were led by the 21 points of Spencer Hawes. UCLA jumped out to a 13-2 lead, fueled by eight points from Afflalo. UW drew within 38-33 on a Hawes jumper 2:37 before halftime. But, the Bruins scored the final nine points of the half to extend the margin to 47-33. The lead grew to as many as 27 points as UCLA shot 72 percent (21-of-29) in the second half. Darren Collison contributed 15 points and 12 assists for UCLA and Michael Roll added 15 points. Jon Brockman amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds for UW. The Huskies turned the ball over 22 times, leading to a 34-17 UCLA advantage in points off turnovers.
Freshman Record Holder
Spencer Hawes is Washington's all-time leading freshman scorer and shot blocker. His 429 points eclipsed the previous UW freshman record of 406 established in 1988 by Mike Hayward. Hawes also owns the Huskies' freshman record for blocked shots with 48. He surpassed the previous standard of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996. The 48 blocks place Hawes fifth among UW's all-time single-season leaders, behind the 67 of both David Dixon (2002) and Chris Welp (1986) and the 63 of Welp (1987).
In his fifth season, 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.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebound margin, out-boarding its opponents by nearly nine per game (38.3 to 29.6). That + 8.8 margin ranks No. 3 nationally, behind only Vermont (+ 9.8) and North Carolina (+ 9.0). The Huskies won the board battle in 27 of 29 games, coming up short at California (Jan. 13) and at Arizona (Feb. 3). Sophomore Jon Brockman leads the conference with 9.5 rebounds per game, including 16 double-digit efforts. Brockman is the nation's 18th-ranked rebounder.
UW won 15 more games at home (16) than on the road (1), its largest disparity. The 1931 squad was plus-13, winning 19 homes games and six road contests. The last UW team with just one road win was the 1990 team that finished with a 1-11 road ledger.
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 16-2 mark in Seattle while losing 10 of its 11 road outings. The Huskies won 10 of their last 12 home games against ranked opponents and 22 of their last 24 home games overall. UW won 824 games at Hec Edmundson 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 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. Brockman was named the Feb. 12 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UW to a home sweep of California and Stanford. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, he led UW in 2006 with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. Brockman leads this year's squad with an average of 9.5 rebounds and is UW's second leading scorer at 13.9 points per game.
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 23 double-figure scoring games, including nine 20-point performances. He registered two double-doubles, with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20) and 12 points and 12 rebounds at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). Hawes was the Dec. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week. His 15.3-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 20 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.'
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 76 of Washington's 178 three-pointers (43%), 52 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.62 treys per game while shooting 43.4 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 28 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 151 of his 189 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Washington ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and No. 24 nationally with an average of 78.1 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 registered its only 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 then lost 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17), 73-65 at Oregon State (Feb. 22) and 93-85 at No. 23 Oregon. Washington 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 1-10 road mark, the Huskies have a 16-2 home record.
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented six starting lineups. The most recent lineup (Pondexter, Brockman, Hawes, Dentmon, Appleby) was used the last six games for the first time since game No. 5 on Nov. 24 and has a 5-4 record this season. Sophomore Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start all 29 games. Every current player has drawn a start this season, except UW's two seniors (Brandon Burmeister, Hans Gasser). 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.
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.
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 10.9 points per game, including 25-point performances against Idaho (Nov. 29) and Arizona (Jan. 4). Pondexter has 13 double-figure scoring games.
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 finished with a 10-2 non-conference record, losing road games at Pittsburgh (Feb. 17) and 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 an 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 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 48 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. Four Pac-10 teams are in the current top-25: UCLA (2), Washington State (13), Oregon (17) and USC (23). UW has already played 10 games against ranked opponents, including two non-conference clashes. The Huskies beat then No. 12 LSU 88-72 (Dec. 20) and lost 65-61 at No. 7 Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). Six of UW's final seven regular-season games are against ranked foes. 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
UW 85, #23 USC 70 (Mar. 1, 2007; Seattle)
Ryan Appleby scored 22 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers in the first half when Washington took control en route to an 85-70 win over No. 23 USC at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (17-12, 7-10) made six consecutive treys late in the first half to claim a 48-37 halftime lead. The Trojans (21-9, 11-6) trimmed the margin to five points, but Spencer Hawes scored eight of his 13 points to fuel UW's 16-6 run over the final 6:27 that secured the win. Jon Brockman tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies. Nick Young led the Trojans with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting and Gabe Pruitt had 13. UW hit 10-of-18 treys.