No. 24 UW Men's Hoops Hosts OSU Beavers
Feb. 11, 2009
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SEATTLE - After playing its last four Pac-10 games on the road, the 24th-ranked University of Washington men's basketball team returns to Bank of America Arena this weekend for a pair of games against Northwest rivals Oregon State and Oregon.
Washington hosts the surprising OSU Beavers Thursday night at 8 p.m. then welcomes Oregon Saturday at noon. A limited number of tickets remain available for both games by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.
Thursday's game will be televised live by FSN Northwest with Kevin Calabro and Francis Williams providing analysis. Saturday's game will be televised in HD by FSN as part of the network's agreement with the Pac-10. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini are scheduled to 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 GoHuskies.com. Veteran analysts Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton provide the description of the games.
The Huskies enter Thursday's game with a 17-6 overall record, an 8-3 mark in the Pac-10 and sole possession of second-place in the league standings. After splitting consecutive difficult conference road trips the last two weekends, the UW fell out of the Associated Press top-25 poll, but moved up to 24th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.
Isaiah Thomas is the team's leading scorer and leads all Pac-10 freshmen with a 16.5 per game average. He is scoring at an 18.5 per-game pace in league games, which is second among all players.
The Tacoma native, who was featured in Sports Illustrated recently, is rapidly moving up the freshman scoring charts at the UW and should surpass Spencer Hawes as the school's leader. He has 380 points thus far in the season and has reached double-figures in 21 of 23 games.
Along with Thomas' emergence, senior guard Justin Dentmon is enjoying a solid senior season. The Carbondale, Ill. native is the team's second-leading scorer (15.1) and is just 16 points away from Nate Robinson for 20th on the school's all-time scoring list.
Dentmon, who has credited his offseason training program for helping him enter the season in optimum fitness, is averaging 18.0 points in the team's 11 league games - which is third among all Pac-10 players.
Steady senior forward Jon Brockman is the school's all-time leading rebounder and moved into fourth on the Pac-10 career charts. He is also fifth on the UW career scoring charts and is the nation's leader in career double-doubles with 13.
Last weekend, junior forward Quincy Pondexter earned a nomination as the Pac-10 Player of the Week after scoring 41 points in the Huskies' two games at Cal and Stanford. The Fresno, Calif. native is scoring at a 10.7 per-game clip and has a career-best 5.6 rebounding average.
Oregon State is 10-12 on the season, 4-7 in the Pac-10 and tied for seventh in the league standings. The Beavers were picked to finish 10th in the league during the preseason, but have enjoyed a resurgence under first-year head coach Craig Robinson.
OSU has won just four of its 11 road games this season, but does claim impressive Pac-10 victories at Cal and Stanford. The Beavers are fourth in the league in rebounding defense, limiting opponents to just 30.6 rebounds per game. Washington is the Pac-10's top rebounding team with a 41.6 per game average.
Sophomore guard Calvin Haynes, a prep teammate of the UW's Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Isaiah Thomas at South Kent (Conn.) School, is the only OSU player scoring in double-figures with a 15.1 per game average. Junior guard Seth Tarver leads the team in rebounding (5.0) and steals (1.5).
Washington leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 148-136 margin since the first meeting in 1904. The Huskies have won the last three meetings and six of the last seven. In those six wins, Washington has averaged 86.8 points per game.
Following this weekend's two games against Oregon State and Oregon, Washington returns to the road for much-anticipated matchups at UCLA and USC.
The Huskies play their final four games of the year at home with the season finale taking place on March 7 against in-state rival Washington State.