Huskies & Wildcats Clash on the Court Saturday in Tucson

Jan. 25, 2008

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 --
Washington at Arizona, 12:00 p.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. MST (FSN)
McKale Center (14,545) / Tucson, Ariz.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 --
(#20) Stanford at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST (No TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (12-7, 3-3 Pac-10) seek to complete a sweep of their road trip in the desert when they visit Tucson to play Arizona (13-6, 3-3), Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip-off is noon Pacific Time (1 p.m. Mountain) at McKale Center where UW was victorious in just three of his last 23 visits. Both teams are coming off Thursday wins over ranked teams. The Huskies defeated No. 24 Arizona State 72-61 for their 11th consecutive victory over the Sun Devils. That is the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams. The Wildcats upset No. 6 Washington State by a 76-64 count. UW swept the two-game road trip in Arizona in 2004 and 2006. The Huskies open a four-game homestand, Jan. 31 against No. 20 Stanford.

TV Tidbits
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Saturday's game at Arizona airs live at noon Pacific Time (1 p.m. Mountain) on FSN. Barry Tompkins calls the action with commentary from Dan Belluomini.

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.

Developing D
In their last 12 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 65.0 points with no team scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven UW opponents combined to average 75.0 points per game, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.

Shuffling Starters
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented six different starting lineups. He put all positions up for grabs in early December, to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The current group, a result of that tactic, posted a 3-1 record during the last four games. Four players from the current unit started the last 11 games. Venoy Overton re-joined the starting lineup at USC (Jan. 12) for the first time since Dec. 8. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.

Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks second nationally with 11.8 rebounds per game, trailing only Kansas State's Michael Beasley who averages 12.6 boards.

Fast Facts
• Lorenzo Romar has won 115 games at Washington. His next (116th) victory will tie him with Bob Bender (1994-2002) for the No. 4 spot on the list of winningest all-time Husky coaches.

• Junior Jon Brockman is averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in six Pac-10 games.

• Junior Justin Dentmon distributed 288 career assists, the 10th-highest figure in UW history.

Player of the Week
Washington junior Jon Brockman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 21 for the third time this season, the fourth time overall. He also garnered that honor on Dec. 24 and Nov. 19. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.8 rpg) and ranks No. 4 in scoring (18.8 ppg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 19 games this season with 10, 20-point performances. He registered 13 double-doubles to lead the Pac-10. 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 55 percent of his shots from the field (146-of-264). 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. He became UW's 32nd 1,000-point scorer on Jan. 12 at USC and currently ranks No. 25 with 1,089 career points.

The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 40-21 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> Washington won six of the last 10 meetings, equaling the number of UW victories over Arizona in the previous 18 years combined.

> The Wildcats own a 23-6 record against UW in Tucson. The Huskies' last win at McKale Center was a 70-67 decision on Mar. 4, 2006.

> Arizona won nine of the last 11 and 20 of the last 23 meetings at McKale Center. The only Husky wins in the last 23 years came in 1996, 2004 and 2006.

> Arizona Interim Head Coach Kevin O'Neill has never coached against UW.

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

The Last Meeting
(#20) Arizona 84, UW 54 (Feb. 3, 2007; Tucson, Ariz.)

Jordan Hill tallied a career-high 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, leading 20th-ranked Arizona to an 84-54 rout over Washington at McKale Center. The margin of defeat was the largest for the Huskies (14-8, 4-7) since an 89-57 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 9, 2003 during Coach Lorenzo Romar's first season. The Wildcats (15-7, 6-5) stopped a two-game home losing streak, shooting 57 percent (31-54) from the field while limiting Washington to 38 percent (24-63). Chase Budinger scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Arizona utilized an 11-point run to go ahead 45-26 at halftime. The Wildcats led by as many as 33 point, fueled by a surge of 13 unanswered points early in the second half. Hill netted six points during the run. Jawann McClellan scored 15 points off the bench for Arizona, which swept the season series for the first time since 2003. The Huskies were led by the 12 points of Artem Wallace and 10 from Jon Brockman.

Defeats vs. Elites
Five of UW's seven 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. UW also lost to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 Washington State, No. 21 Syracuse and No. 16 Texas A&M,

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies have already played six ranked teams with five more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Jan. 21) A.P. rankings are: No. 6 Washington State, No. 8 UCLA, No. 13 Pittsburgh, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 20 Stanford and No. 24 Arizona State. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.

Personnel File
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 eight games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last eight 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.

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 12 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 32 treys and shot 41 percent (32-78) from 3-point range. He was 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 among the Pac-10 leaders with 2.67 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.

Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented six 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, Overton, Appleby, Morris) opened the last four games, beginning Jan. 12 at USC. 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 83 of his 84 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 57 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 72-61 win at No. 24 Arizona State (Jan. 24) was their first road win against a ranked opponent since Jan. 14, 2006 at UCLA and halted a six-game losing streak in those games ... UW won it's 11th consecutive game against Arizona State (Jan. 24), the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams ... The Huskies recorded their seventh straight home win over Oregon (Jan. 12). The last time UW had a longer Seattle streak was a nine-game stretch over the Ducks from 1966 to 1974 ... The Huskies' loss to WSU was the only defeat in 12 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents from the field ... Washington 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 outrebounded 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 the winning side of the ledger 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.

Sharpshooters
Two Huskies rank among the conference leaders in 3-point accuracy. Junior Joel Smith ranks No. 1 at 52 percent (22-42) and senior Ryan Appleby is hitting at a 41-percent clip (32-78). Smith hit all four of his 3-point attempts against Long Beach State (Nov. 26). Appleby tied a school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Freshman Venoy Overton shot a perfect 5-of-5 on treys against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22).

Magnificent Morris
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in nine of his last 12 games, since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is shooting 51 percent (50-98) from the field during that span and 44 percent (11-25) from 3-point range. Morris scored more points in his Husky debut than in any of 42 games during his Stanford career. The 6-foot-4 guard led the UW with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). He has 10 double-figure scoring games this year. He transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. In two years at Stanford, 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.

Outstanding Overton
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 8 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.32 spg) and leads UW with 3.5 assists per game. Overton distributed a career-high seven assists against Oregon State (Jan. 19). He had 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 72, #24 Arizona State 61 (Jan. 24, 2008; Tempe, Ariz.)

Joel Smith sparked a 12-point run with a pair of 3-pointers late in the first half that started Washington on its way to a 72-61 win over 24th-ranked Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena. The Huskies (12-7, 3-3) defeated ASU for the 11th consecutive time. Freshman James Harden, who played despite a sore groin, scored 13 of his team-high 17 points during the opening 12 minutes. He helped the Sun Devils (14-4, 4-2) jump out to a 24-15 lead with 7:43 left in the first half. The Huskies scored the next 12 points, including six from Smith who scored all nine of his points in the first half. UW went ahead for good on a Tim Morris trey that provided a 32-30 halftime edge. The Huskies converted 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:42 to secure the win. Jon Brockman led UW with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Morris finished with 11 and eight. Quincy Pondexter has 12 points and four assists. ASU got 11 points from Seattle native Jamelle McMillan. The Sun Devils were limited to 32 percent (17-53) shooting from the field and had a 26-8 deficit in bench scoring.

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.

Four-Year Run
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.

How Do You Like Them Apples?
Senior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a dramatic return on Dec. 8 against 12th-ranked Pittsburgh. In the first game back after fracturing his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 Appleby hit six 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 in the first half. He tied the school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Appleby set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby compiled 186 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 26 shy of the school record of 212 held by Deon Luton (1997-2000). The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 191 of his 238 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.

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.

The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 67-59 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 16 of the last 22 meetings against Washington.

> The home team has been dominant in the series with the Huskies holding a 43-18 advantage during Seattle games and Stanford leading 47-14 in Palo Alto.

> The teams split the season series last year, each winning at home. Stanford won 78-77 on Jan. 11, 2007 in Palo Alto and UW was a 64-52 victor on Feb. 11 in Seattle.

> The Huskies were victorious in the last five home meetings after the Cardinal won in five straight visits to Seattle from 1998-2002.

> Husky sophomore Quincy Pondexter was a prep teammate of Stanford's 7-foot sophomore twins Brook and Robin Lopez at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. Their older brother, Alex Lopez, lettered at UW in 1995.

> The Washington roster includes senior guard Tim Morris who is playing his only season at Washington after transferring from Stanford. Morris lettered two seasons for the Cardinal, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 2005-06.

> Fourth-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 3-4 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.

> Sixth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-6 record against Stanford.

The Last Meeting
UW 64, #25 Stanford 52 (Feb. 11, 2007; Seattle)

Spencer Hawes scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, helping Washington pull away from 25th-ranked Stanford en route to a 64-52 victory at Bank of America Arena. Hawes returned to the starting lineup for the first time in six games and outscored Stanford's 7-foot freshmen twins Brook and Robin Lopez who combined for 13 points. He scored eight of the first nine second-half points for the Huskies (16-8, 6-7) who built on their 34-32 halftime margin. UW led by as many as 19 points after halftime. Stanford (15-8, 7-5) shot just 25 percent (6-24) in the second half after hitting 50-percent (13-26) of its first-half attempts. The Cardinal was limited to 20 points after intermission. Jon Brockman contributed 14 points and led a 39-33 rebound advantage with 10 boards. Lawrence Hill was Stanford's only double-figure scorer, netting 12 of his 15 points in the first half.

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