Huskies-Bears Basketball Clash Set for Saturday in Seattle

Feb. 1, 2008

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 --
California 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)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 --
USC at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST (Prime Ticket & FCS/FSN NW delay)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)

The Washington Huskies (12-9, 3-5 Pac-10) continue their four-game homestand, Saturday, Feb. 2 when California (12-7, 3-5) invades Bank of America Arena for a 3 p.m. game. Saturday's combatants are tied with Oregon for seventh place in the tightly bunched Pac-10 standings. Just two games separate third place from seventh. Washington is coming off a 65-51 home loss to 14th-ranked Stanford on Thursday, the same day the Golden Bears upset No. 9 Washington State 69-64. The Huskies, who have a 10-3 home record this season, were victorious in each of California's last four visits to Seattle. Next week, UW remains at home to entertain USC (Feb. 7) and No. 5 UCLA (Feb. 10).

Recent Recap
Washington won three of its last five games after opening Pac-10 play with three straight losses. The Huskies last win was a 72-61 decision at No. 24 Arizona State (Jan. 24). That was UW's 11th consecutive victory over ASU, the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams.

TV Tidbits
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Saturday's game against California airs live at 3 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss and sideline reports from Jen Mueller.

Radio Coverage
Every Husky men's basketball game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound region. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.

Shuffling Starters
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented six different starting lineups this season. 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 3-3 record during the last six games. Four players from the current unit started the last 13 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.

Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season and was named to the 30-player midseason list announced Jan. 27. Brockman leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.6 rpg) and is No. 4 in scoring (18.8). The 6-foot-7 forward was honored three times this season as the Pac-10 Player of the Week; on Nov. 19, Dec. 24 and Jan. 21. Brockman posted double-figure points in all 21 games this season with 11, 20-point performances. He registered 14 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 (162-of-295). 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. 23 with 1,126 career points.

Fast Facts
• Junior Jon Brockman is averaging 18.9 points and 12.5 rebounds in Pac-10 games, accounting for 29.5% of UW's points and 38.3% of individual rebounds. Compare those figures with Pac-10 frontliners Kevin Love of UCLA (25.0% / 37.9%) and Ryan Anderson of Cal (27.7% / 31.4%).

• The Huskies lost three home games for the first season since going 11-3 in 2004.

The California Series
> Washington won five of the last seven meetings to claim a 73-71 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a Cal victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.

> The teams split a pair of games last season, each school winning at home.

> The Golden Bears won last year's first meeting, a 77-69 overtime decision in Berkeley on Jan. 13, 2007. The Huskies were 79-71 victors on Feb. 8 in Seattle.

> UW owns a 48-25 advantage during home games, including wins in the Bears' last four visits to Seattle.

> 12th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 11-11 record against the Huskies.

> Sixth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-6 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2002 season after winning in 2001.

The Last Meeting
UW 79, California 71 (Feb. 8, 2007; Seattle)

Jon Brockman grabbed 14 rebounds and tallied 17 of his 22 points in the second half, leading Washington to a 79-71 win over California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (15-8, 5-7) posted a 37-23 rebound advantage after losing the board battle to an opponent for the first time in an overtime loss at Cal. The Golden Bears (12-11, 4-7) jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but trailed 37-36 at halftime. UW scored the first eight points of the second half, six of them from Brockman. He fueled another Husky run, netting half of the points during a 10-0 surge that resulted in a 71-59 lead with 2:45 left to play. Spencer Hawes contributed 16 points for UW. Ayinde Ubaka paced the Bears with 20 points and Ryan Anderson added 17.

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 10 games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last 10 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.

Developing D
In their last 14 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 66.4 points with just one team (Arizona) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents combined to average 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.

Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 115 wins at Washington. His next victory will tie him for fourth with Bob Bender (1994-2002) among the winningest Husky coaches of all-time. Romar's winning percentage of 64.2% (115-64) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.

Defeats vs. Elites
Six of UW's nine 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. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 21 Syracuse,

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies have already played seven ranked teams with three more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Jan. 28) A.P. rankings are: No. 5 UCLA, No. 9 Washington State, No. 14 Stanford, No. 18 Pittsburgh and No. 23 Texas A&M. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.

Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks second nationally with an average of 11.6 rebounds per game, trailing only Kansas State's Michael Beasley who averages 12.4 boards.

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 14 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 38 treys and shot 42 percent (38-91) from 3-point range. 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 ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players with 2.71 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.

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 192 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 20 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 195 of his 242 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.

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 six 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 85 of his 86 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 59 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.

UW's Last Game
#14 Stanford 65, UW 51 (Jan. 31, 2008; Seattle)

Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points as 14th-ranked Stanford defeated Washington 65-51 for its first win at Bank of America Arena since 2001. Lopez hit 11-of-17 shots and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cardinal, which limited UW to 29-percent shooting (15-of-52). The Huskies suffered their first double-digit home loss since Dec. 3, 2003. They missed all seven second-half 3-point attempts, making just 3-of-12 for the game. UW led briefly at 5-2 on a Jon Brockman basket and Ryan Appleby trey 1:07 into the game. Stanford responded with an 11-2 run, capped by three consecutive Lopez baskets. The Cardinal lead was 33-22 at halftime and increased to as many as 21 points during the second half. UW never drew closer than 12 points after that. Stanford did not have any other double-figure scorers, but Seattle native Mitch Johnson chipped in eight points, seven rebounds and six assists. Quincy Pondexter, a prep teammate of Lopez at Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial, led the Huskies with 15 points and Brockman added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

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 No. 9, hitting at a 42-percent clip (38-91). 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 14 games, since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is shooting 39 percent (11-28) from 3-point range during that span. 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.

Court Report
Thursday's 65-51 loss to No. 14 Stanford was the first double-digit home defeat by Washington since an 86-62 loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. ... The Huskies 72-61 decision 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.

Outstanding Overton
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 7 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.33 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.3 assists. 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.

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.

The USC Series
> USC won the most recent meeting to take a 64-63 edge in the all-time series that began in 1925. The Trojans posted a 66-51 win on Jan. 12, 2008 in Los Angeles.

> Washington won six of the last eight meetings against USC, dating back to 2004.

> The Huskies own a 36-27 advantage over USC during games played in Seattle, including wins in the last three games at Bank of America Arena.

> In his third year at USC, Tim Floyd has a 2-3 record against Washington.

> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 8-3 record against USC.

The Last Meeting
USC 66, UW 51 (Jan. 12, 2008; Los Angeles)

O.J. Mayo scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half, five of them during the decisive stretch in USC's 66-51 win over Washington at the Galen Center. The Trojans (10-6, 1-3) forced 12 first-half turnovers and led by as many as 11 points before settling on a 29-23 halftime edge. Mayo missed all six of his shots and had one point in the opening period. USC was ahead 36-25 before the Huskies (9-7, 0-3) staged a 16-4 run. Joel Smith capped the surge with a 3-pointer that gave UW its first lead of the game at 41-40 with 11:19 left to play. USC soon responded with 14 unanswered points, including a jumper and 3-pointer from Mayo, to go ahead for good at 56-43 with 5:31 remaining. Dwight Lewis paced the Trojans with 17 points. Jon Brockman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies, who also got 11 points and 11 boards from Quincy Pondexter. UW grabbed 22 offensive boards en route to a 42-28 rebounding advantage. The Trojans hit 20-of-24 free throws, outscoring UW (7-of-13) by 13 points from the stripe The Huskies shot a season-low 33 percent (20-of-60) from the field and tied their high with 20 turnovers.

The Last Meeting in Seattle
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.

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