Huskies Begin Pac-10 Play at Home Saturday

Jan. 2, 2008

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 --
(#4) Washington State at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 --
Washington at (#5) UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PST (FSN Prime Ticket only)
Pauley Pavilion (12,800) / Los Angeles, Calif.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (9-4) begin Pac-10 play this week, hosting fourth-ranked and undefeated Washington State (12-0), Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Cougars won the last five meetings, their longest streak in the series since 1942. The Huskies' last Apple Cup victory was a 68-55 decision on Feb. 19, 2005 in Pullman.

Something's Gotta Give
Saturday's matchup is the classic 'irresistible force against an immovable object.' Washington ranks third in the Pac-10, producing 78.2 points per game. The Cougars have the Pac-10's stingiest defense and rank among the best nationally, allowing 49.7 points. That's a 28.5-point differential between what UW scores and WSU yields.

Pac-10 Pursuit
The Huskies are seeking their first regular-season conference title since winning back-to-back Pac-10 crowns in 1984 and 1985. Washington was the conference runner-up three consecutive seasons from 2004-2006 and placed seventh last season.

Streaking
Washington is in the midst of a season-best five-game winning streak, posting victories over Idaho State (82-50), LSU (73-65), Cal State Northridge (80-66), Portland State (84-65) and Portland (67-63). Three of UW's four defeats came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's final basket at the buzzer was not allowed after a lengthy review by the referees.

Did You Know?
The Huskies went 4-4 in their first eight games, shooting 46 percent (240-517) to 48% for opponents (213-443). In their current five-game winning streak, UW's shooting improved to 51 percent (139-273) while holding opponents to 44% (118-266).

Prolific Pac-10
Washington opens conference play this week, embarking on a difficult 18-game schedule that includes a pair of games against every team, five of which are ranked in the current Associated Press poll. The Huskies encounter ranked foes in their opening three games, the first two against the Pac-10's highest-ranked teams. UW hosts No. 4 Washington State on Jan. 5 before traveling to No. 5 UCLA (Jan. 10) and No. 22 USC (Jan. 12).

TV Tidbits
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game against Washington State airs at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss.

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.

Shuffling Starters
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented four different starting lineups. He put all positions up for grabs in December, to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The current group, that started the last five outings, is the result of that strategy. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.

Ticket Talk
Individual game tickets are currently available for all men's basketball games. They can be purchased online 24 hours a day at GoHuskies.com, in person from 8:30am-5pm at the Husky Ticket Office or by contacting the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200 or e-mail: tickets@u.washington.edu).

The Washington State Series
> The Huskies own a 167-96 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.

> The Cougars swept all three games last season, capping an unprecedented two straight season sweeps over the Huskies.

> WSU won last year's first meeting with a 75-47 victory on Jan. 20 in Pullman. That 28-point margin was the Cougars' largest ever in a win over Washington.

> Washington State won the last five meetings, its longest streak in the series since a six-game skein from 1941-42.

> The Cougars won their last two visits to Washington for the first time since 1993 and 1994. They have not won three straight road wins at UW since 1940-1941.

> In his second season at the helm, WSU's Tony Bennett has a 3-0 record vs. UW.

> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-6 record against WSU.

The Last Meeting
#11 Washington State 74, UW 64 (Mar. 8, 2007; Los Angeles)

Taylor Rochestie scored 20 points, including 11 over the final 6 1/2 minutes, and 11th-ranked Washington State pulled away to a 74-64 victory over Washington in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals at Staples Center. Derrick Low added 15 points, Robbie Cowgill 14 and Kyle Weaver 13 for WSU (25-6), which swept its in-state rival. Quincy Pondexter led the Huskies (19-13) with 15 points. Jon Brockman added 13 points and eight rebounds, helping the Huskies dominate the boards 31-21, including a 15-8 edge on the offensive glass. WSU never trailed after snapping a 56-all tie with 6 1/2 minutes remaining. The Cougars closed out the game with an 18-8 run, including hitting 13-of-16 from the line. Rochestie had seven in a row during the run that broke open a tight game. The teams traded scoring runs earlier in the second half, with the Cougars' 12-5 spurt giving them a 52-45 lead - their first since early in the game. The Huskies answered with an 11-4 burst to tie the game at 56. Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half, when WSU shot 58 percent from the floor, yet trailed 36-32 at the break. Tied at 21, the Huskies outscored the Cougars 15-11 to end the half, with Ryan Appleby hitting three 3-pointers during that span.

The Last Meeting in Seattle
#10 Washington State 65, UW 61 (Feb. 14, 2007; Seattle)

Reserve Taylor Rochestie scored 10 of his 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, capped 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.

Fast Facts
Junior forward Jon Brockman has amassed 975 career points, scoring at a 12.7-point clip in 77 games. He needs 25 points to become the 32nd player in Husky history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. ... The Huskies posted 17-2 home records during each of the last two seasons. Both years (2006 & 2007), Washington's only home losses came against Washington State and Arizona.

Personnel Matters
Washington's roster lists just 12 players, all of them scholarship athletes. Of those, only 11 will play this year as Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Nov. 13 that 6-foot-8 freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif.) will red-shirt this season. Gant continues to practice with the team. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) injured his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 and underwent surgery Nov. 2 to repair the fracture. He saw his first game action Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh, hitting 6-of-12 treys as a reserve. Appleby was limited to 14 minutes against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) due to back spasms, but he played the last two games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27, but he played the last two games wearing a mask. The Huskies opened the season with 13 players, but sophomore Adrian Oliver (Modesto, Calif.) announced on Dec. 4 that he was going to transfer. The 6-foot-3 guard, who averaged 3.4 points in five games, said that he will attend San Jose State.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule with 12 games against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll, including four with top-10 teams. UW's seven ranked opponents are: No. 4 Washington State, No. 5 UCLA, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Pittsburgh, No. 21 Arizona, No. 22 USC and No. 24 Stanford. Eight teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament appear on the UW schedule.

Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 24. He also garnered that honor on Nov. 19. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and ranks No. 3 in scoring (18.8 ppg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 13 games this season with seven 20-point performances. He registered eight 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 56 percent of his shots from the field (99-of-176). A 2005 McDonald's All-American out of Snohomish (Wash.) High School, Brockman was selected to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team honoree in 2006.

Magnificent Morris
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in each of his last six games, since he moved into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He 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). He has seven double-figure scoring games this year. Morris transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. He played the previous two years 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). Morris is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.

Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented four different starting lineups this season. Ten players have drawn at least one start with Justin Holiday the only active Husky who hasn't opened a game. The most recent lineup (Brockman, Wallace, Smith, Appleby, Morris) was used the last five games, beginning Dec. 15 against Portland, and has not lost. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game. He was the only Husky to start all 32 games last season. Brockman has started 76 of his 77 career games at UW, missing only the final regular-season home game in 2006 to allow for a Husky senior to start. Brockman's consecutive games streak stands at 51 games. The Huskies utilized seven different starting lineups last season with a primary lineup that was comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.

Notable
The Huskies posted a 9-4 record to finish with a winning non-conference record for the sixth straight season, since the 2000-01 squad was 6-6 outside Pac-10 play. The last losing non-conference record for UW was a 5-7 mark in 1999-2000 ... Washington came from 16 points behind to win at LSU, its biggest rally in a win since overcoming a 16-point deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 ... The Huskies have an 8-0 record when they shoot a better percentage from the field than opponents ... The Huskies out rebounded Portland State (Dec. 18) 34-14. The UW record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game against the Huskies ... The Huskies' loss to Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) dropped them to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 8-8 entering a game vs. Arizona State on Jan. 31, 2004. UW returned to a winning record with a Dec. 15 victory over Portland. The last time the Huskies had a losing record was when they were 7-8 entering a Jan. 29, 2004 game against Arizona ... 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.

Streak Stopped
Washington strung together 31 consecutive non-conference home games without a loss before a 75-74 loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 8. UW's previous non-conference home defeat was an 86-62 setback against then-No. 17 Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. The Huskies won 40 of their last 42 non-conference games at Bank of America Arena.

Triple Threat
Senior guard Ryan Appleby is making up for lost time. He missed this season's first seven games due to a broken right thumb. In six games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 22 treys and shot 54 percent (22-41) from 3-point range. He shot 4-of-5 beyond the arc in the first half against the Panthers and made six 3-pointers for the game. Appleby tied the school single-game record with seven treys against Portland State (Dec. 18), equaling the mark held by Senque Carey (12/4/99 at Old Dominion) and Deon Leon (1/29/98 at USC). Appleby adds that record to the single-season standard of 84 that he established last year. He is averaging 3.7 treys per game this season. Appleby was limited to 14 minutes and just one shot against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22), halting his 34-game streak of games with at least one 3-pointer.

Outstanding Overton
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 6 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.46 spg) and No. 10 in assists (3.8 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 14 points against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) and hit all five of his shots, including four 3-pointers. 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 in college at Arizona and Oregon, respectively.

UW's Last Game
UW 82, Idaho State 50 (Dec. 31, 2007; Seattle)

Jon Brockman netted seven of his 21 points in the first four minutes of the second half when Washington pulled away to an 82-50 win over Idaho State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies completed non-conference play with a 9-4 record. The Bengals (3-10) tied the scored 2-2 before UW went ahead for good on an eight-point run. ISU never got closer than four points after that. The lead was 39-25 at halftime before Brockman sparked a 13-3 run the put the Huskies ahead 52-28 with 16:43 left to play. Brockman grabbed 11 rebounds and hit 8-of-12 shots for UW, which shot 52 percent (28-54) as a team. Five players hit 3-pointers for the Huskies who combined to shoot 11-of-23 beyond the arc. Tim Morris, Venoy Overton and Justin Dentmon each tallied 10 points for UW. Amorrow Morgan was Idaho State's lone double-figure scorer with 13 points.

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.

NIT Recap
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded 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 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).

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.

2008 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. Another returning veteran with starting experience is junior center Artem Wallace.

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.

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