Husky Men Host 12th-Ranked Pittsburgh in Hoops

Dec. 4, 2007

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 --
(#12/#9) 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)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 --
Portland at Washington, 3:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

A high-noon showdown with undefeated Pittsburgh starts a four-game homestand for the Washington Huskies (4-3). The Panthers, who are ranked 12th by the Associated Press and No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, invade Bank of America Arena, Saturday, Dec. 8. Tip-off is 12 p.m. Pacific Time (3 p.m. Eastern). The Huskies, who are coming off a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday (Dec. 1). They have a perfect 4-0 record at home, with wins over New Jersey Tech, Utah, Eastern Washington and Long Beach State. UW conducts final exams next week before the Huskies entertain Portland, Saturday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

The Streak
Washington puts an impressive streak on the line Saturday. The Huskies won their last 31 non-conference home games, including three victories against ranked visitors. UW's last non-conference home loss was an 86-62 setback against then-No. 17 Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. The 31 subsequent wins included triumphs over 22nd-ranked North Carolina State (Dec. 19, 2004), No. 6 Gonzaga (Dec. 4, 2005) and No. 12 LSU (Dec. 10, 2007).

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
• This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: -- 0-2 (0-0 at home, 0-0 on the road, 0-2 at neutral sites)

• All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: -- 79-206

• Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: -- UW 61, #2 UCLA 51 (Mar. 3, 2007, Seattle)

TV Tidbits
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game against Pittsburgh airs live at noon Pacific Time on FSN. Ted Robinson calls the action with commentary from Marques Johnson.

Radio Coverage
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. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.

Free Globetrotters Clinic
Kids are invited to attend a free clinic by the Harlem Globetrotters following Saturday's game. The clinic takes place 30 minutes after the game at Marv Harshman Court (formerly called the North Gym or the Pavilion Addition), which can be accessed from the Bank of America Arena concourse on the north side.

Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. He leads the Huskies in scoring (19.3) and rebounding (11.6 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 seven games with four 20-point performances. He registered four double-digit rebound games and three 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 53 percent of his shots from the field (55-of-104). 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.

The Pittsburgh Series
> Washington has a 2-1 edge in the series despite a 65-61 loss last season at Pittsburgh.

> The Huskies were victorious in the first two meetings with the Panthers, 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 9-16 all-time record against current members of the Big East Conference, including a 91-85 loss to Syracuse on Nov. 23 in New York City. UW's series records against the Big East members are: Cincinnati (1-3), Connecticut (0-3), DePaul (2-2), Louisville (1-2), Marquette (0-2), Notre Dame (1-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Providence (1-0), Syracuse (0-1), Villanova (0-1) and West Virginia (1-0).

> In his fifth season, Pitt's Jamie Dixon has a 1-0 record against Washington.

> In his sixth season at Washington coach Lorenzo Romar is 0-1 against Pittsburgh.

The Last Meeting
#7 Pittsburgh 65, UW 61 (Feb. 17, 2007; Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Ronald Ramon scored 11 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the second half of seventh-ranked Pittsburgh's 65-61 win over Washington at the Petersen Events Center. The Huskies (16-10) lost their second straight game to a top-10 opponent by the same 65-61 score. UW jumped out to a 20-13 lead before the Panthers (23-4) utilized an 11-point run en route to a 31-28 halftime edge. There were four second-half ties, the last at 47-47 was forged by a Jon Brockman layup with 8:34 left to play. Ramon answered with a 3-pointer at 7:58 to put Pitt ahead for good. The Panthers converted 5-of-7 free throws in the final 1:39 to seal the win. Brockman scored 13 points to lead the Huskies, who also got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Spencer Hawes. Mike Cook tallied 15 points for Pitt while Levance Fields added 14. UW out-rebounded (42-32) and out-shot (43%-36%) the Panthers. But the Huskies turned the ball over 16 times, while forcing just six. Pitt posted a 21-6 advantage in points off turnovers.

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. Freshman forward Justin Holiday (Chatsworth, Calif.) and sophomore guard Adrian Oliver (Modesto, Calif.) did not make the recent trip to Oklahoma State (Dec. 1). Holiday was suffering from a systemic viral infection and Oliver had a back injury. They are both day-to-day, with their status for Saturday's game uncertain.

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.

Sharpshooters
Washington's single-season 3-point record holder Ryan Appleby has not played this year due to a fractured thumb. In his absence, two athletes who did not play last season have excelled behind the arc. Junior Joel Smith leads all Pac-10 players, hitting treys at a 69-percent rate (11-of-16). He hit all four of his trey attempts against Long Beach State (Nov. 26). Sophomore center Joe Wolfinger is shooting 3-pointers at a 54-percent clip (7-13).

Notable
The Huskies, who host No. 12 Pittsburgh, won 11 of their last 13 home games vs. ranked foes ... Freshman Venoy Overton leads the Pac-10 with 2.29 steals per game. He has led a defensive resurgence for the Huskies who are No. 2 in the Pac-10 with 7.57 steals per game. Last season, UW ranked 8th in the conference with 5.47 steals per contest ... The Huskies were ahead at halftime in five of seven games this season, trailing only against Syracuse (Nov. 23) and Oklahoma State (Dec. 1) ... UW out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on 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 (Nov. 23).

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 three 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 (2.29 spg) and ranks No. 3 in assists (4.86 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
Oklahoma State 96, UW 71 (Dec. 1, 2007; Stillwater, Okla.)

James Anderson hit 4-of-6 shots from 3-point range en route to a 22-point performance as Oklahoma State beat Washington 96-71 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Oklahoma State (3-3) shot 58 percent from the field (32-55), including 11-of-21 from 3-point range. The Huskies (4-3) led only twice, both times in the first half. The Cowboys broke a 21-21 tie with a 30-11 surge over the final eight minutes that featured six treys. Anderson made two 3-pointers during the run that propelled OSU to a 51-32 halftime lead. Anderson started the second half by making five straight free throws in the first minute, and UW came no closer than 20 points after that. The Cowboys' lead grew to as many as 31 points. John Brockman compiled 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Huskies, who got 17 points from Justin Dentmon. Terrel Harris scored 14 points for the Cowboys, while Byron Eaton and Obi Muonelo had 12 each.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes 12 games against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll, including four with top-10 teams. UW's seven ranked opponents are: No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Washington State, No. 12 Pittsburgh, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 19 Oregon, No. 22 Arizona and No. 24 USC. Eight teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament appear on the UW schedule.

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. Tickets for 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.

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.

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