No. 23 UW Men's Hoops Travels To Arizona

Jan. 27, 2009

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SEATTLE - Fresh off its first national ranking since 2007, the 23rd-ranked University of Washington men's basketball team takes to the road this week for crucial games at Arizona and Arizona State.

The Huskies enters Thursday's 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) tipoff at Arizona with a 15-4 overall record and a 6-1 mark and first-place standing in the Pac-10 Conference. Washington has won 13 of its last 14 games, dating back to a Nov. 25 two-point loss to then No. 17 Florida in Kansas City, Mo. The only blemish to the UW's schedule in more than two months is a 88-85 triple overtime home loss to Cal.

Tickets to all remaining UW men's basketball home games and the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles are available by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.

Arizona enters the game with a 12-8 record and a 2-5 mark in the Pac-10 and is coming off a wild overtime win over the University of Houston last weekend.

Both games this weekend will be televised live by FSN in both Arizona and the Northwest. Dave Sitton (pxp), Bob Elliott (color) and Sean Mooney (sideline) will call 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 Veteran analysts Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton provide the description of the games.

Washington is off to one of its best conference starts ever, equaling the program's best record after seven games since the 1953 squad went 7-0 en route to a 15-1 mark and advancing to the NCAA Final Four. The last time the UW went 6-1 to start league play was in 2005.

Senior guard Justin Dentmon led Washington to a pair of solid victories last weekend over Southern California rivals USC and #13 UCLA. The Carbondale, Ill. native went a perfect 21-for-21 from the free throw line in the two games. He averaged 19.0 points and shot .583 from the field and made several key plays down the stretch to lead the UW to its fifth-straight win over UCLA at home.

Dentmon, one of three Huskies to start each of the team's 19 games this season, is averaging a career-best 14.3 points per game and is shooting .807 from the charity stripe.

Freshman Isaiah Thomas is showing why many observers are placing him at the top of the conversation for the league's top freshman honors. The Tacoma, Wash. native has scored in double-figures in 17 of his 19 collegiate games and is averaging 19.0 points in league games. He is the team leader, and the Pac-10's top freshman, in scoring at 16.3 points per game and is second among Pac-10 freshmen in assists and assist-turnover ratio.

Forward Jon Brockman is the Pac-10's second-leading rebounder and ranks 10th nationally with a 10.7 per game average. He surpassed Doug Smart earlier this season as the UW's all-time career rebounding leader and leads a team effort on the boards that results in the Huskies ranking second nationally in rebound margin (+10.7).

Arizona is led by 6'-10' junior forward Jordan Hill. The Atlanta, Ga. native enters Thursday's contest averaging 18.4 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, while shooting .545 from the field.

Nic Wise, a 5'-10' guard from Houston, averages 13.2 points and 4.6 assists per game, while shooting .400 (34-of-85) from three-point range. He hit five three-point field goals on Saturday against the Cougars.

Following Thursday's game, the Huskies travel to Tempe, Ariz. for a Saturday afternoon showdown against 14th-ranked Arizona State. The game is scheduled for a 2:30 (Pacific) start.

Washington remains on the road next weekend with games at California (Feb. 5) and Stanford (Feb. 8) before returning home on Feb. 12 for a Thursday night game against resurgent Oregon State.

Tickets to all remaining Husky games, as well as the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles, are available through the Husky Ticket Office by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.

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