Huskies-Cowboys Set for Saturday Showdown

Nov. 28, 2007

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 --
Washington at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. PST / 4:30 p.m. CST (ESPN)
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Gallagher-Iba Arena (12,611) / Stillwater, Ok.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 --
(#14) Pittsburgh at Washington, 12:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. EST (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (4-2) return to the road to take part in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Washington visits Stillwater to play Oklahoma State (2-3), Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 Central) in Gallagher-Iba Arena. 'That is one of the toughest places to play in the country,' UW coach Lorenzo Romar exclaimed. 'This will be as tough a crowd as we play against all year.' The Cowboys won the last two meetings en route to a 7-3 series lead over UW. The Huskies spent last week in New York City for the NIT Season Tip-Off before returning home for one game, an 84-69 win over Long Beach State on Monday (Nov. 26). Next week, UW entertains 14th-ranked Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 8 at noon Pacific Time.

Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Starting this week, the Big 12 and Pacific-10 Conference begin a four-year men's basketball series of 12 annual games between the two leagues. The series will continue in 2008, with games slated for December 4-7. The contests scheduled will be return games of the matchups from this season, but may not be scheduled for the same day of the week. The games in the series in 2009 will be played December 3-6, 2009, while matchups in 2010 will be played December 2-5, 2010. 'You know you're going to play a quality opponent,' said UW coach Lorenzo Romar, who supports the new series.

TV Tidbits
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game at Oklahoma State airs live at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on ESPN. Jon Sciambi calls the action with play-by-play from Fran Fraschilla. This marks Washington's fourth appearance on ESPN in its last six games.

Radio Report
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Saturday's game at Oklahoma State will be broadcast by KJR on-air personality Mike Gastineau in the play-by-play role with Jason Hamilton serving as the analyst. As he did for the Syracuse game (Nov. 23), Gastineau is filling in for regular announcer Bob Rondeau, who has a conflict with his UW football duties. Rondeau will broadcast the Husky football game, Saturday in Hawaii.

Notable
Freshman Venoy Overton leads the Pac-10 with 2.33 steals per game. He has led a defensive resurgence for the Huskies who top the Pac-10 with 8.17 steals per game. Last season, UW ranked 8th in the conference with 5.47 steals per contest ... UW's Lorenzo Romar recorded his 200th head coaching victory on Monday (Nov. 26) against Long Beach State. His career record is 200-145 ... The Huskies were ahead at halftime in five of six games this season, trailing only against Syracuse (Nov. 23) ... Washington's top 3-point shooters are two athletes who did not play last season. Junior Joel Smith is hitting treys at a 69-percent rate (9-13) and sophomore Joe Wolfinger is shooting at a 50-percent clip (6-12) ... UW out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on Friday (Nov. 23). That was the most rebounds for the Huskies since they had 54 boards against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2001 ... Sophomore Quincy Pondexter recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Syracuse.

The Oklahoma State Series
> The Cowboys hold a 7-3 advantage in the series, including wins in the last two meetings.

> OSU won 84-72 on Dec. 21, 1999 in Seattle during the most recent meeting.

> The Cowboys defeated UW 81-66 on Dec. 6, 1997, the last meeting in Stillwater.

> The inaugural clash between these schools occurred in the regional semifinals of the 1951 NCAA Tournament. The Cowboys posted a 61-57 victory in 1951 over the Bob Houbregs-led Huskies. The Don Johnson and Gale McArthur-led Oklahoma A&M squad then lost 68-44 to NCAA runner-up Kansas State.

> Washington has a 37-48 all-time record against current members of the Big 12 Conference, including a 77-63 loss to Texas A&M on Nov. 21 at the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal in New York City.

> Sean Sutton is in his second season as head coach at Oklahoma State. He has never coached against the Huskies.

> In his sixth year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Oklahoma State. He was an assistant coach on the UCLA team that defeated the Cowboys 74-61 in the semifinal of the 1995 NCAA Tournament in Seattle's Kingdome.

The Last Meeting
(#13) Oklahoma State 84, UW 72 (Dec. 21, 1999; Seattle)

Desmond Mason scored 31 points and Glendon Alexander sparked an 11-0 run to lead 13th-ranked Oklahoma State to an 84-72 victory over Washington at KeyArena. Oklahoma State (10-0) remained one of only 10 undefeated teams in the nation. The score was tied 35-35 at halftime and Washington (4-5) took its final lead at 45-43 on a jumper by Deon Luton with 16:46 left in the game. The Cowboys reeled off 11 unanswered points to go ahead 54-45 with 12:13 remaining. Alexander scored eight of his 15 points during the run, including two 3-pointers. Mason hit 11-of-17 shots from the field for the Cowboys who shot 60-percent (30-50) as a team, the first UW opponent to reach the 50-percent plateau. Luton scored a season-high 26 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Will Perkins and Senque Carey each had 11 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Michael Johnson. Washington lost despite outrebounding the Cowboys 32-28. Brian Montonati scored 17 points for OSU while Joe Adkins tallied 13. National leader Doug Gottlieb distributed 12 assists for the Cowboys.

NIT Recap
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded Friday (Nov. 23) with Texas A&M defeating Ohio State 70-47 in the championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies fell to 21st-ranked Syracuse 91-85 in the consolation game after losing 77-63 to No. 16 Texas A&M on Wednesday (Nov. 21). UW advanced to the NIT semifinals in New York by defeating Utah 83-77 in the West Regional title game (Nov. 14) after opening the tournament in Seattle with an 88-47 victory over New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13).

Personnel Matters
Washington's roster lists just 13 players, all of them scholarship athletes. Two players are not currently available to play. Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Nov. 13 that 6-foot-8 freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw) will red-shirt this season. Senior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash./Stanwood) injured his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 and will be sidelined for six weeks. Appleby underwent surgery Nov. 2 to repair the fracture. He set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby hit 154 career treys as a Husky after transferring from Florida prior to the 2004-05 academic year.

Academic Pursuit
The Huskies embarked on a five-game tour of Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. UW posted a 2-3 record on the trip while working three players into the lineup who did not play last season (Tim Morris, Joel Smith, Joe Wolfinger). The team also visited historic sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and Olympic Stadium in Athens, the Royal Tombs near Thessaloniki and the cliffs of Meteora. Games and tours weren't the only thing on the agenda. The Huskies took advantage of the journey to learn more about one of the most famous Greeks, Socrates. The Husky players enrolled in a classics course with James Clauss, the former chair of the UW classics department and now director of the Honors Program. Clauss taught the course the week prior to the team's departure and continued his instruction in Greece as a member of the travel party. Along with Socrates, the Huskies studied architecture and Greek history.

Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. He leads the Huskies in scoring (18.8) and rebounding (11.3 rpg). The 6-foot-7 forward was honored Nov. 19 as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. Brockman posted double-figure points in all six games with three 20-point performances. He registered three double-digit rebound games and two double-doubles. Against Utah (Nov. 14), Brockman tallied a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds, many of them against 7-foot-1 Ute center Luke Nevill. The 18 boards were the most by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 21 on Jan. 31, 1999. It was the first 30-point performance by a UW player since Brandon Roy on Mar. 9, 2006. Brockman is hitting 51-percent of his shots from the field (46-of-90). A 2005 McDonald's All-American out of Snohomish (Wash.) High School, Brockman was selected to the 2006 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was a first-team All-Pac-10 honoree in 2007.

Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented two different starting lineups this season. The most recent lineup (Pondexter, Brockman, Bryan-Amaning, Overton, Dentmon) was used the last two games, beginning Nov. 23 against Syracuse. Four players have started every game. Jon Brockman was the only Husky to start all 32 games last season. The current lineup includes two freshmen, one sophomore and two juniors. Last season's primary lineup was comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior. The Huskies utilized seven different starting lineups last season.

Outstanding Overton
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard leads the Pac-10 in steals per game (2.3 spg) and ranks No. 3 in assists (5.3 apg). He distributed six assists in his first two collegiate contests and had four steals against Texas A&M (Nov. 21). Overton tallied a career-high 11 points and six rebounds against Syracuse (Nov. 23). He is the latest in a long line of prolific point guards from Seattle's Franklin High School. Franklin products Jason Terry and Aaron Brooks are currently in the NBA after starring at Arizona and Oregon, respectively, in college.

Magnificent Morris
Senior Tim Morris scored more points in his Washington debut than in any of 42 games during his career at Stanford. The 6-foot-4 guard led the Huskies with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). Morris transferred to UW prior to last year and sat out the 2006-07 season. He played the previous two seasons at Stanford where his game-high total was 15 points against UC Davis on Dec. 4, 2005. Morris was a two-time Georgia State Class A Player of the Year (2002 & 2003). He is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.

UW's Last Game
UW 84, Long Beach State 69 (Nov. 26, 2007; Seattle)

Justin Dentmon scored 15 of his 22 points during the second half, leading Washington to an 84-69 win over Long Beach State at Bank of America Arena. Dentmon hit his first six second-half shots for the Huskies (4-2). Artis Gant scored a career-high 15 points and Donovan Morris added 14 for the 49ers (1-4). UW opened a 16-point first-half advantage with a 23-7 run, fueled by three 3-point baskets from Joel Smith and Dentmon. The spurt put the Huskies up 32-16, but Long Beach State rallied to within 41-33 at halftime. Morris started an 8-0 LBSU run with a three-point play and capped it with a layup that tied the score 61-61 with 9:36 left to play. Dentmon made a jumper while falling to ignite a 16-2 run that gave the Huskies control for good. Jon Brockman added 13 points and nine rebounds for UW, which also got 13 from Smith who hit all four of his 3-point shots. UW made only 9-of-26 free throws and was out rebounded (39-37) for only the second time this season.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes 10 games against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll, including five with top-10 teams. UW's six ranked opponents are: No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Washington State, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 14 Pittsburgh, No. 17 Oregon and No. 22 USC. Eight teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament appear on the UW schedule.

Four-Year Run
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era begins for the Washington men's basketball team, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. The Huskies registered a 93-38 record over the previous four seasons, more victories than any other Pac-10 team during that span. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005, 26-7 in 2006 and 19-13 last season. The 93 combined wins are the second-highest four-year total in school history, topped only by a 96-win run from 1950-53. UW competed in three straight NCAA Tournaments (2004-06), advancing to the third round in both 2005 and 2006. Those were UW's first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.

2007 UW Preview
The Huskies return four starters from the 2007 team that registered a 19-13 record and capped the regular-season with a 61-51 victory over second-ranked UCLA. The Huskies finished seventh in the Pac-10 with in 8-10 record. Heading the list of returnees is first-team All-Pac-10 selection Jon Brockman, a 6-foot-7 junior forward who led the conference last season with an average of 9.6 rebounds per game. UW's other returning starters are senior Ryan Appleby, junior Justin Dentmon and sophomore Quincy Pondexter. All four returning starters averaged double-figure points in 2007. The returning Huskies got a head start on the season when they ventured to Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6 for a five-game tour. The team sandwiched several sightseeing excursions and other bonding experiences around five games that yielded a 2-3 record against Greek pro teams. The four incoming freshmen were not allowed on that trip, but three players who did not see game action last season did participate. Senior Tim Morris, who sat out last season after transferring from Stanford, made the most of the games in Greece. He was second on the team with a 12.8-point scoring average and hit 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range. Athletic junior Joel Smith returned after red-shirting last season due to a foot injury. Despite missing the entire season, Smith is still the most experienced Husky with a team-high 66 career games in a UW uniform. Sophomore Joe Wolfinger played well in Greece after missing the previous two seasons with a foot injury. The 7-foot center is an excellent shooter, with range past the 3-point line. Two other returning veterans who will be major contributors and battle for starting berths are junior center Artem Wallace and sophomore guard Adrian Oliver.

Departures
One starter and three other lettermen have departed, led by All-Pac-10 Freshman team and honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection Spencer Hawes. He was the 10th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Also gone are four-year lettermen Brandon Burmeister and Hans Gasser along with Phil Nelson, who transferred to Portland State after one year at UW.

Newcomers
Four of the premier high school players in the nation joined the Huskies this season, including Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-9 forward from South Kent School who was the Connecticut state player of the year. The signing class includes a pair of California prepsters. Darnell Gant, a 6-8 forward from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, was the nation's No. 50 recruit and the No. 12 prospect in the annual Best in the West poll. Ranked No. 23 on that Best in the West list was 6-6 forward Justin Holiday from Campbell Hall High School. The lone local signee was 6-foot point guard Venoy Overton, the state Class 4A player of the year from Seattle's Franklin High School. The quartet of stellar recruits is another boost for a Washington program that brought in classes rated among the nation's best in each of the previous two years.

Ticket Talk
Season tickets are available for fans wanting to guarantee themselves a seat for every home Husky men's basketball game. For season ticket information visit www.GoHuskies.com or contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200 or e-mail: tickets@u.washington.edu). Individual game tickets are currently available for all non-conference games, except the Dec. 8 game against Pittsburgh. Tickets for the Pitt game, and every Pac-10 game, will go on sale the Monday prior to each respective game. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day at GoHuskies.com or in person from 8:30am-5pm at the Husky Ticket Office.

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