Huskies Host 5th-Ranked UCLA, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 8, 2008
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 --
(#5) UCLA at Washington, 1:30 p.m. PST (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 --
Washington at Oregon, 5:30 p.m. PST (Oregon Sports Network)
McArthur Court (9,087) / Eugene, Ore.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (12-1, 3-7 Pac-10) are still in search of a win during their four-game homestand that concludes, Sunday, Feb. 10 against fifth-ranked and conference-leading UCLA (21-2, 9-1). Tip-off is 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Bruins lost in each of their last three visits to Seattle. Washington lost its fourth straight game, 73-59 to USC on Thursday while UCLA won 67-59 at Washington State. Next week, the Huskies travel south to play at Oregon (Feb. 14) and Oregon State (Feb. 16).
Slumping in Seattle
Washington started the current four-game homestand having won 66 of its previous 72 games at Bank of America Arena with the last back-to-back home losses coming in 2004. The Huskies were swept by Stanford and Cal last week and fell to USC Thursday, marking the first three consecutive home losses since Feb. 6, 8 & 20, 2003. UW has not lost four straight home outings since a seven-game skid from Jan. 8 to Feb. 26, 2000.
The streaky Huskies lost their last four games, right after winning three straight. UW's ledger includes, in order (W=win, L=loss): 3W-2L-1W-2L-5W-3L-3W-4L.
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Saturday's game against UCLA airs live at 1:30 p.m. on FSN. Ted Robinson and Marques Johnson call the action with sideline reports from Michael Eaves.
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.
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 3-5 record during the last eight games. Four players from the current unit started the last 15 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 (11.3 rpg) and is No. 5 in scoring (18.4). 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 23 games this season with 11, 20-point performances. He registered 15 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 54 percent of his shots from the field (174-of-322). 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 1,154 career points.
Junior forward Jon Brockman accounts for 25 percent of UW's points (18.4 ppg) and 33 percent of the Huskies' individual rebounds (11.3 rpg). Brockman has more than twice as many points as any teammate and nearly 2-1/2 times more rebounds than any other Husky.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 1-6 (0-3 at home, 1-1 on the road, 0-2 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 80-210
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 72, #24 Arizona State 61 (Jan. 24, 2008; Tempe, Ariz.)
This Season's Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 0-2 (0-1 at home, 0-1 on the road, 0-0 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 31-115
Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 61, #2 UCLA 51 (Mar. 3, 2007, Seattle)
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 89-34 series lead after winning 33 of the last 44 meetings.
> 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.
> Despite winning the last three meetings at Bank of America Arena, the Huskies trail 31-27 during all-time encounters in Seattle.
> 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 5-5 record against the Huskies.
> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-7 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
#5 UCLA 69, UW 55 (Jan. 10, 2008; Los Angeles)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 11 of his 17 points during the first half, helping fifth-ranked UCLA jump ahead early en route to a 69-55 win over Washington. The Bruins (15-1, 3-0) beat UW (9-6, 0-2) for the 21st time in the last 22 meetings at Pauley Pavilion. The game was tied four times in the first 10 minutes before UCLA broke it open with a 27-11 run that ended the half with the Bruins ahead 41-23. The spurt began with nine consecutive points, and Mbah a Moute scored seven in a row in one stretch. The Huskies committed 11 of their 15 turnovers in the first half. The UCLA lead grew to as many as 22 points before UW's Jon Brockman tallied seven of his 16 points during a 14-3 second-half run that closed the margin to 57-46 with 10:21 remaining. The Bruins answered with an 8-1 run to repel the UW rally. Russell Westbrook scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for UCLA and Kevin Love added 11. Quincy Pondexter netted 10 points for UW. The Bruins shot 52 percent (24-46) for the game and outscored UW 19-7 at the free throw line.
The Last Meeting in Seattle
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.
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 13 games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last 13 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.
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 63.5% (115-66) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
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 (Feb. 4) A.P. rankings are: No. 5 UCLA, No. 9 Stanford, No. 17 Washington State, No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 21 Pittsburgh. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.
Defeats vs. Elites
Six of UW's 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,
In their last 15 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 67.6 points with two teams (Arizona, Cal) 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.
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 eight 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 87 of his 88 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 61 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.
Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks fifth nationally with an average of 11.3 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.3 boards.
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 16 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 44 treys, a Pac-10 leading 2.75 per game, and shot 39 percent (44-112) 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. 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.
Washington boasts good depth as its bench players have outscored the opposing reserves in 18 of 23 games this season. The UW reserves accounted for 35-percent of the team's offense, outscoring their counterparts 579 to 344 for the season.
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 198 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 14 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 203 of his 255 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
Junior Artem Wallace posted his first career double-double Feb. 2 vs. California with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. He is the third Husky to record a double-double this season, joining Quincy Pondexter (2) and Pac-10 leader Jon Brockman (15) ... Last week's losses to Stanford (Jan. 31) and California (Feb. 2) were its first consecutive home setbacks since Jan. 8 (USC) and Jan. 10 (UCLA) of 2004 ... The 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.
UW's Last Game
USC 73, UW 59 (Feb. 7, 2008; Seattle)
O.J. Mayo scored 29 points and capped the decisive run with a 3-pointer in USC's 73-59 win over Washington at Bank of America. The Trojans (15-7, 6-4) swept the season series for the first time since 2002. USC led by as many as 14 points before the Huskies (12-11, 3-7) closed the half with a 17-6 run. Justin Dentmon's jumper at the buzzer drew UW within 36-33 at halftime. The Huskies tied the score 38-38 with 18:08 left to play on Ryan Appleby's only 3-pointer. USC responded with 19 unanswered points, ignited by seven straight points from Dwight Lewis, to take control. Mayo scored 20 of his points in the first half and shot 11-of-22 for the game. Davon Jefferson added 17 points for the Trojans. Jon Brockman led UW with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Tim Morris added 11 points and Dentmon 10. The Trojans shot 52 percent (27-51) while limiting UW to 36-percent accuracy (26-72) and 10 percent on 3-pointers (2-21).
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in seven straight games after moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He has 11 double-figure scoring games overall this year. 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 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.
Junior Jon Brockman is carving his name in the school record book among the all-time greats. He currently ranks 23rd among all-time Husky scorers with 1,154 career points and is No. 9 among the best UW rebounders with 783 career boards.
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 (1.35 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.4 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.
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 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.
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 No. 2 UCLA. UW finished seventh with an 8-10 Pac-10 record. 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 Oregon Series
> Washington has a 180-101 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904, including wins in seven of the last nine meetings.
> The Huskies have a 70-66 series lead over games played in Eugene, including wins in two of their last three visits. Oregon won 93-85 last season at McArthur Court.
> Washington won this season's first meeting 78-70 in Seattle, its seventh straight home win over the Ducks.
> 11th-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 9-14 coaching record against UW.
> Sixth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has an 8-4 record against Oregon.
UW's Last Game
UW 78, Oregon 70 (Jan. 17, 2008; Seattle)
Jon Brockman amassed 21 points and 16 rebounds for his conference-leading 11th double-double, leading Washington to a 78-70 victory over Oregon. The Huskies (10-7, 1-3) defeated the Ducks (12-5, 3-2) for the seventh straight time at Bank of America Arena. Brockman scored 13 first-half points to help UW take a 44-39 halftime edge. He took the Pac-10's double-double lead from Maarty Leunen, who had six rebounds to go along with his game-high 22 points. The Ducks made their first four 3-pointers to go ahead 14-9 with 16:03 left in the first half. They shot just 8-of-28 on treys after that. UW took the lead for good with 8:53 left in the first half on a jumper by Tim Morris. The lead grew to as many as 10 points in the second half. Leunen had a three-point play with 3:12 left that drew the Ducks within 68-65. But Brockman tipped in his own miss and, after two free throws by UO's Malik Hairston, Appleby converted his fifth 3-pointer in 10 tries. Appleby had gone scoreless in his previous two games. Hairston added 20 points for Oregon and Bryce Taylor had 12. Venoy Overton contributed 11 points five assists and four rebounds for the Huskies.
The Last Meeting in Eugene
#23 Oregon 93, UW 85 (Feb. 24, 2007; Eugene, Ore.)
Aaron Brooks scored 20 of his 30 points during the second half, leading 23rd-ranked Oregon to a 93-85 win over Washington at McArthur Court. The Huskies (16-12, 6-10) used an 11-2 run to take its largest lead at 30-19 with 9:35 left in the first half. Oregon (22-7, 10-7) responded with a 21-3 surge, capped by a run of 15 unanswered points, to go ahead 40-33. The Ducks led 46-40 at halftime, but UW went ahead 58-56 on four free throws by Ryan Appleby following technical fouls on Bryce Taylor and Coach Ernie Kent. The Huskies' last lead was 65-64 before Oregon broke away with a 13-2 run. Tajuan Porter tallied 19 points for the Ducks and Taylor had 15. Appleby scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers. Spencer Hawes added 20 points for UW.