Huskies Take The Show On The Road
Dec. 1, 2009
SEATTLE - Washington hits the road for the first time in 2009-10 to take on Texas Tech (7-0) on Thursday, Dec. 3 in the first of two Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series games this season. The game in Lubbock, Texas will start at 4:00 pm PT and will be available for viewing on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com. Carter Blackburn and Stephen Bardo will call the action for ESPN2.
The Huskies then will return home to face Cal State Northridge on Sunday, Dec. 6. That game will be broadcast by FSN NW with Tom Glasgow and Francis Williams calling the action. The ISP Sports Radio network will broadcast both games, with Bob Rondeau calling play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for both games for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Huskies In the Big-12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
This marks the third year of the Big-12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, with Washington 1-1 all-time. The Huskies played at Oklahoma State in 2008 (L, 71-96) and hosted the Cowboys in 2009 (W, 83-65). For the first time ever, Washington will play two Big-12 opponents as part of the series, also facing Texas A&M on Dec. 22.
Washington And Texas Tech History
Washington leads the series 5-2 all-time, last playing the Red Raiders on Dec. 29, 1990 as part of the Sun Carnival Classic in El Paso, Texas. The Huskies won that game 59-57 and have won three-straight overall in the series. The last time Tech hosted UW was Nov. 26, 1983 and Washington won that game 54-45. Texas Tech's last win over Washington was a 98-85 double-overtime victory in the Pillsbury Classic in Minneapolis on Dec. 26, 1980. Washington has never lost to Texas Tech in Lubbock, also taking a 76-71 victory on Dec. 30, 1967. Overall, the UW is 1-1 at home, 2-0 on the road and 2-1 at neutral sites vs. Tech. Although it's been a while since UW faced Tech, Lorenzo Romar is 0-1 all-time against the Red Raiders, losing to them in 1999 while coaching Pepperdine.
Scouting the Red Raiders
Texas Tech is 7-0 on the season without leaving the state of Texas so far. They already have a win over a Pac-10 team, taking down Oregon State 64-60 on Nov. 15. The Red Raiders are listed as Also Receiving Votes in both the USA Today/ESPN poll (7 votes) and AP (2 votes) polls. Texas Tech is led by 6-foot-5, 217-pound junior forward Mike Singletary, who leads the team with 13.6 points per game. They also boast a strong backcourt, headlined by John Roberson (10.9 ppg, 4.8 apg), who led the Big-12 Conference with 6.4 assists per game in 2008-09. So far, Texas Tech has shown a balanced scoring effort with six players averaging over 8.0 points per game and five different players leading the team in scoring in seven games. The only other double-digit scorer is David Tairu, who contributes 11.0 ppg. Pat Knight is in his second full season of leading the Red Raiders and is 25-26 all-time. Texas Tech was 14-19 in 2009, including 3-13 in conference action (11th).
Washington And Cal State Northridge History
The Huskies are 3-0 all-time against the Matadors of Cal State Northridge, including an 80-66 victory on Dec. 22, 2007. In that game, Venoy Overton scored 14 points on 5-of-5 from the field, including 4-of-4 from 3pt range. Quincy Pondexter (2pts), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (4 pts) and Justin Holiday (0 pts) also saw action off the bench for Washington in that game. No current Matadors played in that game. Washington also has victories over CS-Nothridge in 2003 (89-80) and 1992 (61-57) -- both home games. Lorenzo Romar went 0-2 against the Matadors while coaching at Pepperdine, so he is 2-2 all-time against the Big West school.
Scouting the Matadors
Cal State Northridge is 3-3 on the season and will play Idaho on Thursday before trekking up north to face the Huskies. The Matadors opened the season on the road for five games and went 2-3 during that stretch. They have losses to nationally-ranked Purdue, TCU and Western Kentucky. Leading the way for them is senior guard-forward Kenny Daniels who is averaging 16.5 points per game. Willie Gallick, a 6-8, 225-pound senior is adding 12.2 ppg.The Matadors have either won outright or earned a share of the league title the last two seasons, and represented the Big West in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. They are coached by Billy Braswell, who is entering his 14th season at the helm.