Husky Hoopsters Close Out Home Slate This Week
Feb. 18, 2008
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 --
Arizona at Washington, 8:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 --
Arizona State at Washington, 3:00 p.m. PST (FSN)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (14-12, 5-8 Pac-10) close out their home schedule this week, beginning Thursday, Feb. 21 against Arizona (16-9, 6-6), Tip-off is 8 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Wildcats won three of the last four meetings since 2006 after UW won five-of-six in 2004 and 2005. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Washington clashes with Arizona State (16-8, 6-6) at 3 p.m. in its final home contest. The Huskies won the last 11 meetings with ASU, the longest current streak between any Pac-10 teams. Next week, the Huskies begin a three-game road trip in the Bay Area, visiting ninth-ranked Stanford (Feb. 28) and California (Mar. 1). The regular season concludes March 8 at Washington State.
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Washington won two of its last three games, including a road split last week. The Huskies lost 71-58 at Oregon (Feb. 14) before dealing Oregon State (Feb. 16) a 97-59 defeat, its second-worst home loss ever at Gill Coliseum. The Huskies upset fifth-ranked UCLA 71-51 on Feb. 10 in Seattle to halt a four-game losing streak.
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Thursday's game against Arizona airs live at 8 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss.
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 displayed the most defensive effort. The current group, a result of that tactic, posted a 5-6 record during the last 11 games. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game.
For the Record
Senior guard Ryan Appleby will collect the only school 3-point record he doesn't already own with his next trey. He amassed 211 career 3-pointers while the UW record of 212 was established by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Appleby hit nine 3-pointers in his last outing, at Oregon State (Feb. 16). That eclipsed the previous school single-game record of seven treys that Appleby shared with Luton and Senque Carey. Last season, Appleby set a new UW single-season standard with 84 treys.
Most Valuable Player
Washington junior forward Jon Brockman should be included in any Pac-10 Player of the Year debates. If it were termed the 'Most Valuable Player' award he would be the frontrunner. Brockman contributes 25 percent of Washington's points and 33 percent of individual rebounds. Brockman ranks fifth among Pac-10 scorers (17.8 ppg) and No. 1 in rebounding (11.5 rpg), the only Husky listed in the top-20 in either category. Every other player among the top-10 Pac-10 scorers has at least two teammates also ranking in the top-20 in that category and each of the top-10 rebounders has another teammate in the top-20. Brockman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week three times this season.
The Huskies have a 13-1 record this season in games when their field goal percentage is superior to the opponent, but are 1-11 when out shot by opponents from the field ... Senior Ryan Appleby has 211 career 3-pointers in 84 games and 497 attempts. He is just one shy of the school record of 212 established by Deon Luton who attempted 573 treys in 117 games from 1997 to 2000 ... Junior Jon Brockman has 203 more points than any of his teammates and 184 more rebounds. Brockman accounts for 25 percent of UW's points (17.8 ppg) and 33 percent of the Huskies' individual rebounds (11.5 rpg).
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 41-21 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> Washington won six of the last 11 meetings, equaling the number of UW victories over Arizona in the previous 18 years combined.
> Arizona owns a 16-13 edge over the Huskies during games played in Seattle.
> The Wildcats were victorious in their last two visits to Washington, including a 96-95 overtime decision on Dec. 31, 2004 in a game that snapped the Huskies' school-record 32-game homecourt win streak that was the nation's longest at the time. Arizona won 96-87 on Jan. 4, 2007 in Seattle.
> Arizona Interim Head Coach Kevin O'Neill has a 1-0 record against UW.
> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-7 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
Arizona 84, UW 69 (Jan. 26, 2008; Tucson, Ariz.)
Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger each hit five 3-pointers and combined for 51 points as Arizona defeated Washington 84-69 at McKale Center. The Wildcats (14-6, 4-3) made 13-of-22 shots from 3-point range, including 9-of-14 in the second half. Washington (12-8, 3-4) trailed 13-5 early, but rallied to claim its only lead at 17-16 on two Quincy Pondexter free throws with 12:57 left in the first half. Arizona took the lead for good with a 12-2 run, fueled by eight points from Jordan Hill. He finished with 11 rebounds and scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half. The Wildcats netted the final eight points of the period to take a 45-32 halftime lead. The margin grew to as many as 26 points in the second half. Bayless scored 26 points on 9-for-11 shooting, including 5-of-6 accuracy on 3-pointers. Budinger tallied 25 points. Jon Brockman scored 24 points despite foul trouble that limited him to 11 first-half minutes. Ryan Appleby added 13 points for UW and Joe Wolfinger had 11. The Huskies shot 53 percent from the field (30-57), but were outscored by 24 points from 3-point range and 11 points at the free throw line.
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. Freshman forward Justin Holiday (Chatsworth, Calif.) injured his right knee and ankle in practice on Feb. 12 and did not travel with the team to Oregon. He is out at least two weeks with an injured MCL, but will not need surgery. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) injured his right thumb in 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 15 games. 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, will attend San Jose State.
Junior Jon Brockman is carving his name in the school record book among the all-time greats. He currently ranks 21st among all-time Husky scorers with 1,194 career points and is No. 9 among UW's leading rebounders with 821 career boards.
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 (11.5 rpg) and is No. 5 in scoring (17.8). 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 26 games this season with 11, 20-point performances. He registered 18 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 (192-of-357). 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. 21 with 1,194 career points.
Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks third nationally with an average of 11.5 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.6 boards.
Washington boasts great depth as its bench players have outscored the opposing reserves in 21 of 26 games this season. The UW bench accounted for 36-percent of the team's offense, outscoring opponents 685 to 375 for the season. Last week the Husky reserves outscored their UCLA counterparts 37-2 (Feb. 10) and bested Oregon State's bench by a 44-14 tally (Feb. 16).
The Huskies have been streaky this season, registering three winning streaks of three games or longer and two losing streaks of three games or more. UW's longest stretches were a five-game winning streak from Dec. 15 to 31 and a four-game losing skid from Jan. 26 to Feb.7.
Junior guard Justin Dentmon has been brilliant off the bench lately, registering double-figure points in each of his last four games. Dentmon is averaging 17.6 points in his last three outings, including a game-high 20 in UW's 71-61 upset of fifth-ranked UCLA on Feb. 10. He scored 16 points at Oregon (Feb. 14) and 17 at Oregon State (Feb. 16).
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 19 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 57 treys, a Pac-10 leading 3.00 per game, and shot 41 percent (57-138) from 3-point range. 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. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 214 of his 267 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 11 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 90 of his 91 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 64 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.
The Huskies have already played eight ranked teams with two more games on the schedule against opponents listed in the Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Feb. 18) A.P. rankings are: No. 6 UCLA, No. 9 Stanford, No. 17 Washington State and No. 22 Texas A&M. 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 19 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 66.9 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.
Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 117 wins at Washington, moving ahead of Bob Bender (1994-2002) and into the No. 4 position among the winningest Husky coaches of all-time. Romar's winning percentage of 63.6% (117-67) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
Ryan Appleby's 32-point outburst at Oregon State (Feb. 16) marked the most points for a Husky since Brandon Roy tallied 25 against Arizona on Dec. 31, 2005 ... Oregon tied its own UW opponent single-game 3-point record with 14 treys on Feb. 14 ... 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 (18) ... UW's losses to Stanford (Jan. 31) and California (Feb. 2) were its first consecutive home setbacks since Jan. 8 & 10, 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, halting a six-game skid in those games ... The Huskies posted their seventh straight home win over Oregon (Jan. 12). The last longer streak was a nine-game stretch from 1966 to 1974 ... The Huskies' loss to WSU (Jan. 5) was the only defeat in 14 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents from the field ... UW 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 ... UW came from 16 points behind to win at LSU (Dec. 29), 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 record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game against UW ... 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
UW 97, Oregon State 59 (Feb. 16, 2008; Corvallis, Ore.)
Ryan Appleby hit a school-record nine 3-pointers as Washington won 97-59, dealing Oregon State is second-worst home defeat ever at Gill Coliseum. Appleby broke his own UW single-game record of seven treys. The Beavers (6-19, 0-13) suffered their 15th consecutive loss, the longest skid in school history. The Huskies (14-12, 5-8) swept the season series for the third time in five years. UW appeared motivated by a verbal challenge by several OSU players who showed up at the team's practice the day before. Appleby opened the game hitting one of two technical free throws prior to tip-off as the Beavers failed to report their starting lineup in time. OSU led 5-1 before a jumper and trey by Appleby ignited an 18-2 surge. The lead was 48-24 at halftime and grew to as many as 41 points in the second half. Reserve Justin Dentmon scored 17 points to lead a 44-14 bench scoring advantage for UW. Jon Brockman contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies. Lathen Wallace paced the Beavers with 16 points and Omari Johnson had 11. UW shot 55 percent (38-69), including 13-of-26 from 3-point range. OSU was held to 32 percent shooting (19-60).
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.
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 (1.38 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.
It's rare when the turning point in a program can be raced to a single game. But that is the case with Washington. The Huskies have a 102-42 record in the last 4-1/2 seasons, beginning with a dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW, which lost its first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004. In the first part of 2004 and the previous four seasons, UW compiled a 46-83 record.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-31 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The Huskies won the last 11 meetings, their longest streak in the series. Previously, UW's longest winning streak against ASU was a seven-game stretch between 1984 and 1987.
> Washington won this season's first meeting, defeating then 24th-ranked ASU 72-61 on Jan. 24 in Tempe.
> UW swept the last four season series, including three-game sweeps in 2005 and 2007 that included Pac-10 Tournament wins.
> The Huskies have a 17-13 record against ASU in Seattle and won the last four.
> Second-year Sun Devil Coach Herb Sendek has a 1-5 record against Washington, the first two meetings coming while he was at North Carolina State.
> Sixth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 11-2 record against ASU.
The Last Meeting
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.