Huskies Visit Los Angeles to play #5 UCLA & USC
Jan. 7, 2008
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 --
Washington at (#5) UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PST (FSN Prime Ticket live & FSN Northwest at 10:30 p.m.)
Pauley Pavilion (12,800) / Los Angeles, Calif.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 --
Washington at USC, 3:30 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Galen Center (10,258) / Los Angeles, Calif.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (9-5, 0-1) clash with fifth-ranked UCLA (14-1, 2-0), Thursday, Jan. 10 on the opening leg of their first Pac-10 road trip. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion where the Huskies lost in 20 of their last 21 visits. Washington won 69-65 on Jan. 14, 2006, halting a 19-game losing streak at the Bruins' arena. UCLA is the second-straight top-five foe for the Huskies, who lost 56-52 to No. 4 Washington State on Saturday (Jan. 5) in Seattle. This Saturday, UW visits the Galen Center to play USC (9-5, 0-2) at 3:30 p.m. The Huskies return to Seattle next week to host Oregon (Jan. 17) and Oregon State (Jan. 19).
Thursday's (Jan. 10) game at UCLA will be televised on a delayed basis on FSN Northwest, airing at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time that night. The game will be broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. in southern California on FSN Prime Ticket.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's game at UCLA airs live at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time on FSN Prime Ticket in southern California and on a delayed basis at 10:30 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Bill Macdonald calls the action with commentary from Don MacLean. Saturday's game at USC airs live at 3:30 p.m. on FSN Northwest.
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.
Did You Know?
In their last seven games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 62.9 points with no team scoring more than 75 points. The first seven UW opponents combined to average 75.0 points per game, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
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 six outings, is the result of that tactic. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.
Saturday's setback against WSU stopped Washington's season-best, five-game winning streak. Four of UW's five defeats this season 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.
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 (11.4 rpg) and ranks No. 4 in scoring (18.4 ppg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 14 games this season with seven 20-point performances. He registered nine 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 54 percent of his shots from the field (105-of-194). 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.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 0-4 (0-2 at home, 0-0 on the road, 0-2 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 79-208
All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 31-114
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 61, #2 UCLA 51 (Mar. 3, 2007, Seattle)
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 88-34 series lead after winning 32 of the last 43 meetings against Washington.
> The team's split the season series last year, each winning at home. UCLA won the first meeting 96-74 on Dec. 31 and UW upset No. 2 UCLA 61-51 on Mar. 3.
> UCLA owns a 56-6 advantage over Washington at home, including a 41-3 record since moving into Pauley Pavilion in 1965.
> The Huskies won 69-65 on Jan. 14, 2006 in Los Angeles, halting a 19-game losing streak at Pauley. The previous UW win was a 95-87 decision on Jan. 29, 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 fifth year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 4-5 record against the Huskies.
> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-6 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
UW 61, #2 UCLA 51 (Mar. 3, 2007; Seattle)
Jon Brockman scored 20 points, including four free throws inside the final 37 seconds that sealed Washington's 61-51 triumph over second-ranked UCLA at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (18-12, 8-1) won their final home game for the 11th straight season. UW led the entire game, beginning with a 9-0 start. The Huskies finished with a 10-0 run to take a 31-20 halftime lead. After a 14-2 surge, the Bruins (26-4, 15-3) drew within 52-51 on a Darren Collison 3-pointer with 2:57 left to play. UW tallied the game's final nine points, starting with a tip-in by Spencer Hawes with 2:33 remaining. Hawes finished with 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead a 44-29 board advantage. Josh Shipp had 13 points to lead UCLA, which was limited to 31-percent shooting (20-64) from the field.
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
#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.
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 saw full-time duty the last three games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last three 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.
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in each of his last seven games, since he moved into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is averaging 12.6 points during that span, shooting 61 percent (35-57) from the field and 57 percent (8-14) from 3-point range. 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). He has eight 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 six games, beginning Dec. 15 against Portland, with a 5-1 record. 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 77 of his 78 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 52 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.
Junior Jon Brockman has amassed 989 career points, scoring at a 12.7-point clip in 78 games. He needs 11 points to become the 32nd player in Husky history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. ... Tim Morris scored double figures in each of his last seven games since joining the starting lineup Dec. 8 vs. Pittsburgh. He is averaging 12.6 points in that span, shooting 61.4 percent (35-of-57), including 57% on 3-pointers (8-of-14) ... Washington's loss to WSU was the first in nine games when it out shot the opposition from the field ... 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 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.
The Huskies have already played four ranked opponents. They encounter a difficult schedule with 10 more games against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll, including three with top-10 teams. UW's seven currently ranked opponents are: No. 4 Washington State, No. 5 UCLA, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 20 Pittsburgh and No. 23 Stanford. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.
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 seven games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 24 treys and shot 51 percent (24-47) 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 a Pac-10-leading 3.43 treys per game this season. Back spasms limited Appleby 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.
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 9 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.36 spg) and leads UW with 3.5 assists per game. 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
#4 Washington State 56, UW 52 (Jan. 5, 2008; Seattle)
Aron Baynes scored 16 points, including a three-point play that ignited fourth-ranked Washington State's decisive game-closing run in a 56-52 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Cougars (13-0, 1-0) posted their record-tying sixth straight win over the Huskies (9-5, 0-1) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Tim Morris netted nine of his team-high 16 points during the first half, helping UW go ahead by as many as seven points. The Huskies held WSU to 26-percent shooting en route to a 20-17 halftime edge. UW led 48-45 before Baynes tallied his final points, starting an eight-point run on a dunk and free throw with 6:02 left to play. The Cougars finished the game with an 11-4 surge and shot 58 percent in the second half. Quincy Pondexter's basket at 2:51 was the only field goal for UW in the final six minutes. The Huskies hit just 2-of-6 free throws during that span and shot 5-of-13 for the game. Jon Brockman had 14 points and led a 36-24 UW rebound advantage with 17 boards. Kyle Weaver scored 13 points for WSU and Derrick Low added 11.
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Home Streak Halted
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.
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded Nov. 23 with Texas A&M defeating Ohio Stat e 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).
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era is underway for Washington, 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 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 80 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 forward Artem Wallace.
Another outstanding freshman class 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.
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.
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.
The USC Series
> Washington won the most recent meeting to forge a 63-63 tie in the all-time series that began in 1925. The Huskies won an 85-70 decision on Mar. 1, 2007 in Seattle.
> Washington won six of the last seven meetings following a stretch when USC posted seven straight victories from 1999-2002.
> The Trojans own a 36-25 edge over UW during games played in Los Angeles.
> UW won four straight at USC before an 86-79 double overtime loss last year.
> In his third year at USC, Tim Floyd has a 1-3 record against Washington.
> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 8-2 record against USC.
The Last Meeting
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.
The Last Meeting in Los Angeles
USC 86, #14 UW 79, 2ot (Dec. 28, 2006; Los Angeles)
Nick Young scored six of his 25 points during the second overtime, lifting USC to an 86-79 win over 14th-ranked Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at the Galen Center. The Trojans (11-3, 1-0) stopped a five-game losing streak against Washington (10-2, 0-1). Neither team led by more than six points during regulation. UW led 36-31 at halftime, but went behind 64-62 on a Taj Gibson layup with 1:48 left in the second half. UW's Jon Brockman sent the game into overtime on a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining. USC led by three before Spencer Hawes forced the second overtime at 73-73 with a 3-pointer on his first career attempt, off an inbounds play. The Trojans took the lead for good on a Gabe Pruitt 3-pointer with 2:49 left and secured the win by netting the game's final five points. Pruitt finished with 18 points and Gibson had 22. Hawes led UW with 24 points while Ryan Appleby had 18.