Huskies Heading To Cali For Wooden Classic
Dec. 9, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies (6-1) face their stiffest challenge to date as they face 15th-ranked Georgetown in the Wooden Classic at the HondaCenter in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT. The game willbe nationally televised by FSN with Steve Physioc and MarquesJohnson calling the action. The ISP Sports Radio network willbroadcast the game with Bob Rondeau calling play-by-play andJason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertrackeris available for free and audio is available by paid subscription onthe Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Time: 11:00am PT
Radio: ISP Sports Network
Washington And Geogetown History
Saturday will mark the first time that Washington and Georgetown have squared off. UW is 9-17 all-time against teams from the Big East Conference, with the last win coming just over 20 years ago on Dec. 6, 1989 against DePaul. Since that 79-75 victory, the Huskies are 0-9 against the conference. UW last faced a Big Eastopponent on Dec. 8, 2008 when they lost 75-74 at home to No. 12 Pittsburgh. Justin Dentmon hit a runner at the buzzer that would have given the Dawgs the victory, but the shot came just after the horn. UW also faced Syracuse that season in the consolation bracket of the NIT Season Tip-Off Finals and lost 91-85. The Huskieshave had their NCAA Tournament runs ended by Big East teams in three of their last six appearances: 1998 vs. UConn (L, 75-74), 2005 vs. Louisville (L, 93-78) and 2006 vs. UConn (L, 98-92).
Scouting the Hoyas
No. 15 Georgetown remained undefeated at 7-0 after beating 20th-ranked Butler 72-65 in the Jimmy V Classicon Tuesday. While the Huskies have their own sensational sophomore in Isaiah Thomas, the Hoyas sport 6-11lefty second-year player Greg Monroe, who set career highs with 24 points and 15 rebounds against Butler.Georgetown has four players averaging double fi gures on the season, led by Monroe's 15.3 ppg. Chris Wrightaverages 12.6 ppg, Austin Freeman 12.3 ppg and Jason Clark 12.0 ppg. Monroe also grabs 10.7 rebounds pergame. The Hoyas are scoring 72.6 ppg and allowing just 54.9 ppg, while UW is scoring at a clip of 86.3 ppg.
Last Time Out For Washington
Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points - 13 from the foul line - Quincy Pondexter added 20 and No. 12 Washingtonresponded to its fi rst loss of the season with a foul-filled 88-76 victory over Cal State Northridge on Sundaynight. The Huskies sputtered at times three nights after a frenetic overtime defeat at Texas Tech. Cal StateNorthridge (4-4) was up by five early and led 48-47 with 5 minutes gone in the second half before UW went ona 17-2 run to take control. Lenny Daniel scored a career-high 24 points for the Matadors. Leading scorer KennyDaniels was in foul trouble and had just seven points. There were 31 fouls called in the fi rst 22 minutes as theHuskies built a 12-point lead from some of their 31 free throws - in 40 attempts. The Huskies' game-breakingrun started with Pondexter's fi rst 3-point basket of the season. Then UW only senior stole the ball at halfcourtand fed Matthew Bryan-Amaning for an emphatic, right-handed dunk that ignited the worried crowd. WhenScott Suggs swished a 3-pointer, Washington was back up 56-47 with 12 minutes left.
Pondexter Earns Second Pac-10 POW
Quincy Pondexter was named the Pac-10 Men's BasketballPlayer of the Week for the second time thisseason on Dec. 7. Pondexter averaged 25.5 points,6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 3.0 stealsas UW split their games against Texas Tech and CalState Northridge. In Washington's 99-92 overtimeloss to the Red Raiders, Pondexter scored a careerhigh31 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the fi eld and11-of-13 from the free throw line. He also contributedfi ve rebounds and three steals. In Sunday's88-76 victory over the Matadors, he scored 20 pointsand added seven rebounds, four assists, two blocksand three steals. For the week, he shot a combined16-of-31 (51.6%) from the field and 18-of-21 (85.7%)from the free throw line. He also won the award for the week of Nov. 9-15after earning co-MVP honors with Isaiah Thomasat the Athletes in Action Classic. He averaged 22.0ppg and 11.0 rpg and shot 63.9 (23-of-36) percentfrom the fi eld and .952 from the free throw line,including hitting 20-straight from the charity line.These were the fi rst two weekly honor for Pondexterand Washington's 34th and 35th all-time Player ofthe Week nods.
Record Free Throw Paces
Washington is on pace to better the all-time teamrecords for free throws made and attempted, justone year after setting the high standards. TheHuskies are averaging 23.3 free throws made pergame and 31.4 attempts. Over a 31 game season,the minimum the UW will play this year, Washingtonis on pace for 722 makes and 974 attempts. Therecords established last season were 650 makes and930 attempts. In addition, Quincy Pondexter and IsaiahThomas are averaging 7.3 free throws made pergame and are on pace for 226 for the season -- wellover the season record of 196 set by Bob Houbregsin 1953. The record for free throw attempts in aseason is 281 by Dean Parsons in 1951. Thomasis on pace for 279 attempts, while Pondexter is onpace for 257 attempts.
Leaders Of The Pac
Not only is Washington the only Pac-10 team rankedin the latest Associated Press poll, there are severalstatistical categories in which the Huskies lead theconference in the rankings released Dec. 7. TheDawgs are No. 1 in scoring offense per game (86.3),rebounds (42.1) and offensive rebounds (17.4). Inaddition, they are second in free throw percentage(74.1%), rebounding margin (+11.7), turnover margin(+4.3) and 3-point field goal defense (.283).
Huskies In The National Ranks
According to ESPN.com's stats, through Tuesday'saction, Quincy Pondexter is tied for 13th nationallyin scoring average (22.0 ppg), 41st in rebounds (9.6rpg) and 16th in free throw percentage (87.9%,51-58). Isaiah Thomas is 20th in the nation with 63free throw attempts and 26th in scoring (20.3 ppg).Washington is 6th nationally averaging 86.3 pointsper game.
Quincy's Chance To Dance
Quincy Pondexter will make his stage debut onWednesday, Dec. 23 in the 7:30 pm showing of theNutcracker put on annually by the Pacifi c NorthwestBallet. Pondexter will play the role of Grandfather inthe party scene during Act I. For the role, Pondexterwill undergo a make up process that will age him40 years. He is the fi rst Husky to ever be asked toplay the role. The show will take place at McCawHall in the Seattle Center. Tickets for the show maybe purchased by contacting the PNB Box Offi ce at206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in personat the PNB Box Offi ce, 301 Mercer Street at SeattleCenter.
Closing In On 1,600
The Huskies are 4 wins shy of 1,600 in their 107-year history. UW is trying to to become the 19thteam in NCAA Division I history to reach the 1,600-win plateau.