Romar's Squad Returns To The Hardwood
Dec. 1, 2008
SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's basketball team returns to action Thursday with an 8 p.m. tipoff against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series at Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies are 3-3 on the season following their 72-54 home victory over the University of the Pacific Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma State enters Thursday's contest with a 5-2 overall record under first-year coach Travis Ford.
Tickets are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206/543-2200 or they may be purchased online by clicking here. The game will be televised nationally by FSN with Paul Sunderland handling play-by-play, Marques Johnson providing color analysis and Charissa Thompson offering sideline reports throughout the contest. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will provide live radio commentary for the Washington ISP Sports Network, XM Satellite Channel 194 and GoHuskies.com.
Thursday's game will feature the first of two FSN Purple T-shirt nights at Husky basketball. Courtesy of the UW's exclusive men's basketball television partner FSN Northwest, the Husky marketing office will distribute 5,000 shirts to fans attending the game. At halftime, Washington will honor former Husky baseball star Tim Lincecum, the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner.Washington enters Thursday's game as the nation's top rebounding side, out-performing their opponents on the boards by an average of 15.7 per game. The Huskies have outrebounded all six of their opponents this season and compiled an impressive 26-rebound margin against Cleveland State and Pacific.
Senior national player of the year candidate Jon Brockman leads Washington with averages of 17.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring and second in rebounding. His 43 double-doubles (scoring/rebounding) rates as the league's career best among active scorers and he is also the Pac-10's active career scorer with 1,402 points in three-plus seasons.
Freshman guard Isaiah Thomas is second on the team in scoring with a 13.3 per game average and leads the Huskies and ranks ninth in the conference in assists with an average of 3.8 per game. He scored 17 points each against #22 Kansas and #17 Florida and handed-out a career-high nine assists against the Gators.
Senior guard Justin Dentmon enters the Oklahoma State contest just one point shy of becoming the 34th player in Washington history to score at least 1,000 points in a career. He has scored in double-figures in four of UW's six games and chipped-in 17 against Florida and 15 against Pacific. Dentmon is the team's leader in three-point shooting, making 11 of his 24 attempts on the season.
Junior forward Quincy Pondexter is having a solid start to the season on the boards, falling just one shy of a career-high with 12 against Pacific last weekend. He and fellow starting forward Darnell Gant are combining to average 12.5 rebounds per game.
The Cowboys won their first four games of the season - all at home - before dropping consecutive outings against Gonzaga (71-83) and Michigan State (79-94) at te Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. last weekend. OSU rebounded to defeat Siena 77-68 in the final game of the tournament.
Oklahoma State has featured the same starting lineup in each of its seven games and is averaging 83.6 points per game. The Cowboys have five scorers averaging in double figures, led by senior guard Terrel Harris' 17.4 points per game. Sophomore guard James Anderson is scoring at a 16.4 per-game clip, while senior guard Byron Eaton is chipping-in 13.3 points per game. Junior Obi Muonelo is scoring 11.7 points and grabbing a team-high 9.9 rebounds per game.
OSU leads the all-time series between the two schools by an 8-3 margin, has won three of the five meetings in Bank of America Arena and enters Thursday's game with a three-game win streak over the Huskies. Last season, the Cowboys took advantage of hot-shooting and a solid defensive effort in a 96-71 victory over Washington in Stillwater, Okla. Anderson scored 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 from the three-point arc and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line to lead OSU - one of five 20-plus point performances among his first nine college games.
The Cowboys' head coach Travis Ford is well-known in college basketball circles as a sharpshooting guard as a player at Kentucky. However, University of Washington basketball fans might remember him in the role of 'Danny O'Grady' in the 1997 movie 'The Sixth Man,' which was filmed in Bankof America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion and starred Marlon Wayans and Kadeem Hardison. Ford is in his first year as the head coach at OSU following stints at Campbellsville (NAIA), Eastern Kentucky and Massachusetts and is 195-148 in his 12th season as a head coach.