No. 14 Huskies Return To Action On Friday
Nov. 18, 2009
Huskies This Week
After playing three games in three days and going undefeated in the Athletes In Action Classic, Washington hits a stretch of just two games over 17 days. Washington (3-0) will play host to San Jose State (1-0) on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 pm. The game will be carried on live TV by FSN NW. The ISP Sports Radio network will broadcast the game, with Bob Rondeau calling play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. The game will also be available on XM Radio, channel 194. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Huskies And Spartans History
Washington and San Jose State will face each other on the basketball court for just the second time ever. The only other time the two teams played was Dec. 20, 1976, when a 12th-ranked Huskies beat the Spartans 88-69 in Seattle. For the second-straight game, Quincy Pondexter will face a former UW classmate that has since transferred, this time taking on Adrian Oliver, who averaged 4.7 points per game as a freshman in 2006-07 at Washington. Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar is not a complete stranger to San Jose State, having faced them twice while coaching at Pepperdine and going 1-1 in those contests. Washington is 152-61 all-time against WAC foes and have not played anyone in the conference since hosting Idaho in 2007.
Last Time Out For Washington
Washington capped off a perfect weekend that saw them claim the Athletes in Action Classic title with a 57 point victory over Portland State, 111-55. Quincy Pondexter led four Huskies in double figures with 29 points and also had 13 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. The margain of victory was Washington's largest since beating Morgan State by 67 (118-51) on Nov. 13, 2005. It marked just the sixth time that UW has beat an opponent by 50-or-more in the modern era (post 1950).
3 Games, 3 Nights, 3 All-Stars, 3 Wins
Washington won the Athletes In Action Classic title with victories over three teams that all won 20 games the previous season. They beat Wright State 74-69, Belmont 96-78 and Portland State 111-55. Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter shared tournament MVP honors while Matthew Bryan-Amaning (MBA) also earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Thomas led all scorers with 24.7 ppg over three days, but Pondexter wasn't far behind at 22 ppg and 11.0 rpg. Thomas scored a career-high 30 in leading UW past Wright State. Pondexter, Thomas and Bryan-Amaning each scored 25, 23, and 23 respectively to beat Belmont .Pondexter established a new career high with 29 against Portland State, while Thomas added 21. Pondexter had double-doubles against Belmont and Portland State, plus he shot 63.9% (23-36) from the field and 95.2% (20-21) from the free throw line (including 20 straight to start the season). Thomas hit 10-of-19 three-point field goals and was 22-of-27 (81.5%) from the line. MBA averaged 11.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.7 bpg.
Pondexter Earns Pac-10 Player of the Week Honors
Quincy Pondexter was named the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 9-15. He earned co-MVP honors with Isaiah Thomas at the Athletes in Action Classic after averaging 22.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg and leading the Huskies to a perfect 3-0 record. In addition, he shot 63.9 (23-of-36) percent from the field and .952 from the free throw line, including hitting 20-straight from the charity line. In a 74-69 victory over Wright State, Pondexter recorded 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Against Belmont he equaled a then-career-high 25 points on seven-of-12 shooting and a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line, as well as dishing out three assists. Wrapping up the weekend against Portland State, Pondexter posted a new career-high 29 points (20 in the first half) and equaled a career-high 13 rebounds. He was nearly perfect from the field (11-of-12) and foul line (7-of-8) and also dished out three assists. This was the first weekly honor for Pondexter and Washington's 34th all-time Player of the Week.
Sports Illustrated Cover Boy
Isaiah Thomas graced the regional cover of Sports Illustrated's college basketball preview edition that hit newsstands on Nov. 17. The publication picked Washington ninth overall in the nation and named Thomas to their Third Team All-American list. The editon also has a feature on the team that focuses on Quincy Pondexter and a full-page photo of Venoy Overton on page 55. Jon Brockman and Ryan Appleby were the cover boys for the 2006-07 Sports Illustrated college basketball preview.
Washington's 56 point victory (111-55) over Portland State on Nov. 15 was a rarity on many fronts. In the modern era of Husky basketball (since 1950), it is just the sixth time in team history they have beat an opponent by 50 or more points and was the fifth largest margin of victory in that era. The last time the Huskies beat an opponent by more than 50 was on Nov. 13, 2005 when the routed Morgan State by 67 points, 118-51.The result is even more surprising when you consider that the Huskies only beat the Vikings by one point, 84-83 in 2008.
Free Throw Rarities
Isaiah Thomas was 14-of-18 from the free throw line against Wright State on Nov. 13. Both total makes and attempts had not been reached by a Husky in over a decade. Todd MacCulloch attempted 20 free throws on Feb. 13, 1999 at Oregon (made 12) and early in that season he made 14 out of 18 vs. UNC Wilmington on Nov. 6, 2008. Coincidentally, the UNC-Wilmington contest was the season-opener for the Huskies. Unlike Thomas, MacCulloch only scored 20 points on the night (3-of-6 from the field), while I.T. scored a career-high 30. The next night Quincy Pondexter was a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe against Belmont. The record for most makes in a game without a miss is 14 by Bill Hanson in 1961, but Pondexter's total makes without a miss equals the eighth best in team history. The last Husky to make more without a miss was Curtis Allen, who was a perfect 12-of-12 in 2002.
U-DUB In Poll Position
Washington is currently 14th in both the USA Today ESPN/Coaches and Associated Press polls. The Huskies started the season ranked 14th by the AP, the highest they started the season since 1985, when they began the season ranked 8th in the first AP Poll. That year they were coming off a Pac-10 Championship and Sweet 16 finish in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. They went on to win their second-consecutive Pac-10 Championship in that 1985 season -- the only time they won back-to-back conference titles. The highest ranking the Huskies achieved in 2008-09 was on March 9, when they were 13th in the AP poll and 10th in the ESPN/Coaches poll. Washington was also chosen by the Pac-10 media to finish second in the conference and garnered seven first-place votes. Besides the two major polls, college basketball publications and websites rank the Huskies among their Top 25 including: FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman (9th), CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish (12th), The Sporting News (13th), ESPN's Andy Katz (14th), Rivals.com (15th), Lindy's (16th) and Athlon Sports (17th).