UW Ready For Pac-10 Men's Basketball Showdown

Jan. 23, 2009

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SEATTLE - The eyes of the basketball world will be on Bank of America Arena Saturday when Pac-10 leaders Washington and UCLA meet in a 1 p.m. tipoff that will determine which team will own sole possession of first-place in the league.

A few single tickets are available for the game by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200. The game will be televised live in HD by FSN with Barry Tompkins, Dan Belluomini and Charrisa Thompson describing the action.

Every Husky game is broadcast live on the radio via the Washington ISP Sports Network, which includes Seattle-based flagship station 950 KJR AM, XM Satellite Radio and GoHuskies.com. Veteran analysts Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton provide the description of the games.

Both teams enter the game with identical 5-1 league records and are coming off close wins on Thursday night. Washington won its third straight game and the 12th of its last 13 outings with a thrilling 78-73 win over USC to move to 14-4 on the year. UCLA (15-3), ranked 13th nationally, hung on for a 61-59 victory at Washington State.

Senior guard Justin Dentmon scored 22 points, including an 11-for-11 performance from the free throw line, to lead the Huskies to the emotional win over the Trojans. Following a pregame ceremony to retire the #3 jersey of former Washington All-America Brandon Roy, the Huskies didn't play their best game of the year. In fact, UW All-America candidate Jon Brockman did not score a field goal - something he had not done since his freshman season. He did grab a team-high 13 rebounds, while freshman Isaiah Thomas chipped-in 17 points.

Thomas, the Pac-10's freshman leader in scoring, assists and assist-turnover ratio is the team's scoring leader with an average of 15.9 points per game. Brockman is just behind at 15.1 points, while Dentmon is averaging 14.2. Junior Quincy Pondexter is scoring 10.1 points per game and averaging a career-best 5.8 rebounds per game.

UCLA registered a 10-2 mark in non-conference play, which included a perfect 8-0 mark at home. The Bruins opened league play by winning four-straight games before dropping a 61-58 overtime decision last weekend at home to #16 Arizona State. The Bruins defeated Washington State 61-59 on Thursday in Pullman. Darren Collison (14.6) and Josh Shipp (11.6) are the only two UCLA players averaging in double-figures in scoring but a total of 17 different players have seen action this season. The Bruins lead the league in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 16.1 points per game.

UCLA owns an 89-35 overall record in the all-time series with Washington sincethe two teams first met in 1937. The Huskies won the first five games of the series and seven of the initial nine meetings before the Bruins turned things in their favor. More recently, Washington has won six of the last nine meetings and owns a current four-game home win streak.

One highlight of the game is the feature matchup between brothers Justin and Jrue Holiday. Justin, a sophomore forward for the Huskies, averages 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while Jrue is a freshman guard for UCLA.

Following Saturday's game, the Huskies take to the road for games at Arizona and Arizona State. The UW returns home on Feb. 14 for a rivalry contest against Oregon.