UW Men Embark on Three-Game Hoop Road Trip
Feb. 25, 2008
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 --
Washington at (#8) Stanford, 7:00 p.m. PST (No TV)
Maples Pavilion (7,233) / Palo Alto, Calif.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 --
Washington at California, 3:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Haas Pavilion (11,877) / Berkeley, Calif.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (15-13, 6-9 Pac-10) complete the regular season with a three-game road trip, beginning Thursday, Feb. 28 at eighth-ranked Stanford (22-4, 11-3). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. where the Huskies have not won since 1993. On Saturday, Mar. 1, Washington travels to Berkeley for a clash with California (15-10, 6-8). Tip-off is 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies have a 73-72 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1916. Next week, UW concludes the regular season slate at No. 22 Washington State, Saturday, Mar. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
The Huskies lost in their last 14 visits to Maples Pavilion. The last time they came away with a victory at Stanford was on Jan. 30, 1993 when they eked out a 68-67 win in Coach Lynn Nance's final season. The subsequent two UW coaches, Bob Bender and Lorenzo Romar, have not won at Stanford. The drought nearly ended on Jan. 29, 2006 when the Huskies took a three-point lead with 2.1 seconds left in the second half. The Cardinal rallied in dramatic fashion as Chris Hernandez was fouled on a desperation 3-point attempt and hit three tying free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation. Stanford won the game 76-67 in overtime. Last year, the Huskies had the lead inside the final minute before falling 78-77 on Jan. 11, 2007.
The annual visit to the Bay Area has proven to be the most difficult trip for Washington, which has not swept the Stanford-California road swing since 1985. The Huskies have swept every other two-game Pac-10 road trip at least twice since then, including the Arizona, Los Angeles and Oregon trips in 2006.
At least 26 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. Thursday's game at Stanford will not be televised. Saturday's game at California airs live at 3 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Greg Papa and John Lambert call the action.
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.
Washington won three of its last five games, losing 75-63 against Arizona State on Sunday (Feb. 23) after recording a 75-66 home win over Arizona on Thursday (Feb. 21). UW dealt 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.
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 34 percent of individual rebounds. Brockman ranks fifth among Pac-10 scorers (17.8 ppg) and No. 1 in rebounding (11.8 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.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 2-6 (1-3 at home, 1-1 on the road, 0-2 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 81-210
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 71, #5 UCLA 61 (Feb. 10, 2007, Seattle)
Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 72, #24 Arizona State 61 (Jan. 24, 2008; Tempe, Ariz.)
This Season's Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 1-2 (1-1 at home, 0-1 on the road, 0-0 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 32-115
Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 71, #5 UCLA 61 (Feb. 10, 2007, Seattle)
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 68-59 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 17 of the last 23 meetings against Washington.
> The home team has been dominant in the series with the Huskies holding a 43-19 advantage during Seattle games and Stanford leading 47-14 in Palo Alto.
> The Huskies lost in their last 14 visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> Stanford won this season's first meeting 65-51 on Jan. 31, halting a five-game losing streak against UW in Seattle.
> The Cardinal won the last meeting in Palo Alto, a 78-77 decision on Jan. 11, 2007.
> 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 5-3 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 6-7 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#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.
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 to Oregon last week. 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 17 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 20th among all-time Husky scorers with 1,230 career points and is No. 8 among UW's leading rebounders with 851 career boards.
Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks third nationally with an average of 11.8 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.5 boards.
For the Record
On Feb. 21 senior guard Ryan Appleby collected the only school 3-point record he didn't already own, surpassing the UW record of 212 career treys that was established by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Appleby reached 213 treys in 85 games and 506 attempts while it took Luton 573 shots in 117 games. Appleby currently has 217 career treys. He hit nine 3-pointers 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.
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 21 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 63 treys, a Pac-10 leading 3.00 per game, and shot 39 percent (63-162) 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 222 of his 276 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 13 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 92 of his 93 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 66 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.
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 (11.8 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 28 games this season with 12, 20-point performances. He registered 20 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 (206-of-383). 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. 20 with 1,230 career points.
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.
The Huskies have a 14-1 record this season in games when their field goal percentage is superior to the opponent, but are 1-12 when out shot by opponents from the field ... Washington's bench players outscored opposing subs in each of the last 13 games with an average margin of 26 to 10 (341-134 overall). UW's reserves outscored their counterparts in 23 of 28 games with a combined 729 to 388 margin ... Junior Jon Brockman is vying to become the first player to lead all Pac-10 rebounders in consecutive seasons since Stanford's Adam Keefe in 1991 and 1992. Brockman has 222 more points than any of his teammates and 204 more rebounds.
Junior guard Justin Dentmon has been brilliant off the bench lately, registering double-figure points in five of his last six games. Dentmon is averaging 14.0 points in his last five 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).
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. 25) A.P. rankings are: No. 4 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford and No. 2 Washington State. 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,
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 (1.32 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 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 21). He hit all five of his shots against Cal State Northridge (Dec.22), including four 3-pointers. Overton 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.
Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 118 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 63.4% (118-68) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
UW's Last Game
Arizona State 77, UW 63 (Feb. 23, 2008; Seattle)
James Harden scored 25 points, helping Arizona State stop an 11-game series losing streak against Washington with a 77-63 win at Bank of America Arena. The Sun Devils (17-9, 7-7) defeated UW for the first time since 2004. ASU outscored the Huskies (15-13, 6-9) by 27 points from 3-point range, shooting 13-of-25 beyond the arc to just 4-of-21 for UW. The Sun Devils claimed a 32-26 halftime lead using a stingy zone defense that limited UW to 9-of-33 shooting. The Huskies missed 19 of their first 24 shots and went seven first-half minutes without a basket. After ASU extended the margin to 17 points UW scored nine straight points, drawing within 59-51 on a Quincy Pondexter jumper with 7:55 left to play. Harden scored the next seven points to turn back the rally. ASU's lead grew to as many as 20 points after that. Rihards Kuksiks scored 15 points for the Sun Devils and Derek Glasser added 12 points and seven assists. Jon Brockman paced UW with 21 points and 15 rebounds for his 20th double-double. ASU shot 52 percent (25-48) for the game while the Huskies were limited to 36-percent accuracy (22-62).
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.
Arizona State's 77-63 win (Feb. 23) stopped an 11-game UW winning streak in 'Senior Day' games, the final regular-season home game ... Venoy Overton scored 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 21), matching his total from the previous six games combined ... Ryan Appleby's 32-point outburst at Oregon State (Feb. 16) marked the most points for a Husky since Brandon Roy tallied 35 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 (19) ... 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' loss to WSU (Jan. 5) was the only defeat in 15 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 the Huskies ... 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 out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on Nov. 23 with their most rebounds since getting 54 against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2001.
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.
In their last 21 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 67.3 points with three teams (Arizona, Cal, ASU) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents averaged 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
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 California Series
> Washington won five of the last eight meetings to claim a 73-72 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a Cal victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> California won this year's first meeting, a 79-75 decision on Feb. 2 in Seattle.
> The Golden Bears own a 46-25 advantage during games played in the Bay Area, including six wins in Washington's last seven visits.
> California won 77-69 in overtime last year in Berkeley, on Jan. 13, 2007.
> 12th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 13-10 record against the Huskies.
> Sixth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-7 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2002 season after winning in 2001.
The Last Meeting
California 79, UW 75 (Feb. 2, 2008; Seattle)
Ryan Anderson scored 20 of his 33 points in the second half for California, which rallied to defeat Washington 79-75 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (12-10, 3-6) lost consecutive home games for the first time since 2004. They led by as many as seven points before settling on a 33-28 halftime margin. The UW lead was 51-46 before Anderson scored 15 straight Cal points to fuel a 19-5 surge that netted a 65-56 advantage with 7:32 remaining. The Huskies rallied behind Ryan Appleby's fifth 3-pointer and two Venoy Overton free throws to tie the score 72-72 with 1:20 remaining. Patrick Christopher hit the decisive shot, a 3-pointer at 0:27, and the Golden Bears (13-7, 4-5) hit four free throws inside the final 16 seconds to secure the win. Christopher finished with 20 points for Cal and Jerome Randle added 16. Anderson grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bears, who posted a 41-34 advantage on the boards. Appleby paced the Huskies with 19 points while Aretem Wallace registered his first double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. UW's Jon Brockman scored 15 points despite being limited to 24 minutes due to foul trouble.