Top-25 Battle On Tap For Tuesday
Dec. 21, 2009
SEATTLE -- Washington plays the second of two Big-12/Pac-10 HardwoodSeries games on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 8:00 pm vs. Texas A&M atBank of America Arena. Washington dropped its earlier match upvs. a Big-12 opponent, a 99-92 overtime loss at Texas Tech. Thegame will be televised nationally on FSN with Barry Tompkinsand Marques Johnson calling the action. The ISP Sports RadioNetwork will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau callingplay-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary.Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available bypaid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com or on XM Radio channel 194.
Washington And Texas A&M History
Texas A&M holds the advantage all-time 3-1 over Washington, andhas not lost to the Huskies since the 1951 NCAA tournament. The teams last met in the NIT Season Tip-off onNov. 21, 2007. It was a battle of the unbeatens under the lights of Madison Square Garden, with Texas A&Mdowning Washington 77-63. Donald Sloan scored 18 points while Joseph Jones and Dominique Kirk added17 and 15 respectively to lead a balanced Aggie attack. Future lottery pick DeAndre Jordan contributed witheight points and 11 rebounds. Jon Brockman led all scorers with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Justin Dentmonwas the only other Husky in double-digits with 10. The game was close until the Huskies' went cold in thesecond half, going fi ve minutes without a fi eld goal. The Aggies have never played in Bank of America Arena.Coach Lorenzo Romar is 1-1 all-time against Texas A&M, having downed the Aggies while at Saint Louis.
Scouting the Aggies
Texas A&M is ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll (unranked in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll) and offto a 9-2 start after returning three starters from team that went 24-9 and won their fi rst round NCAA Tournamentgame. Six-foot-three senior Donald Sloan leads the Aggies with 17.3 points per game and scored 18 thelast time the Huskies and Texas A&M met. Sloan is joined on the perimeter by Derrick Roland, who is secondon the team at 11.1 points per contest and B.J. Holmes who averages 9.7 ppg. Inside, the Aggies are led by6-foot-9 Bryan Davis, who is averaging just under 10 points a game and provides muscle on the glass. TheAggies already boast wins over nationally-ranked Clemson and Minnesota in the 76 Classic. Like the Huskies,their only two losses come against top-25 teams, West Virginia and New Mexico.
UW In The Big-12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
This marks the third year of the Big-12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, with Washington 1-2 all-time. The Huskiesplayed at Oklahoma State in 2008 (L, 71-96) and hosted the Cowboys in 2009 (W, 83-65). For the fi rst timeever, Washington will play two Big-12 opponents as part of the series, after facing Texas Tech on Dec. 3. TheHuskies lost that game in overtime 99-92, a crazy game that each team had a chance to win in regulation inthe last seconds.
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter scored 17 points, Isaiah Thomas had 16 and No. 24 Washington pressured Portland into 22 turnovers during an 89-54 rout on Saturday night. Pondexter scored inside while Thomas drained two 3-pointers to open up a 16-2 lead over the first 6 minutes. Scott Suggs had a career-high 13 points for the Huskies, forced Portland (6-4) into 12 first-half turnovers and converted them into 26 points in building a 47-17 halftime cushion. Nik Raivio and Luke Sikma tried to lead the Pilots back in the second half, leading a 10-2 run to get within 59-38. The Huskies answered moments later with a 14-0 run culminating in a rim-rattling alley-oop dunk from Thomas to Pondexter with just over 7 minutes left. The Huskies traveled to Portland to open last season and lost 80-74. Portland returned all of its starters from that squad, but looked overmatched - Raivio doing the only damage on offense with 13 points for the Pilots. Washington finished with 35 points off Portland turnovers.
Visions of 20/20
Quick research of ESPN.com's NCAA stats shows no teammates each average over 20 points per game, but Quincy Pondexter (21.6) and Isaiah Thomas (19.9) are the closest tandem to accomplishing the feat. The duo accounts for 373 of the team's 759 points (49.1%). The only previous Husky tandem to finish the season each averaging 20 points or more was Steve Hawes (20.2) and George Irvine (20.0) in 1970. In all, a player has averaged 20+ points over a season just 12 times in UW history.
More Dynamic Duo
Pondexter and Thomas are on pace to acount for the most points by UW teammates in school history. The Huskies will play a minimum of 31 games this season and Pondexter is on pace for 669 points, while Thomas 616. Their total of 1,285 would eclipse the 1,254 points Bob Houbregs (846) and Joe Cipriano (408) scored in 1953. The next highest scoring duo is Chris Welp (729) and Phil Zevenbergen (558), who combined for 1,247 points in 1987.
Inside the Numbers...
UW is averaging 22.0 turnovers in their two losses and 12.2 in their seven wins.
Isaiah Thomas is the only Husky to score in double figures in all 9 games.Thomas and Quincy Pondexter account for 373 of the team's 759 points (49.1%).
Despite just three regular contributors standing 6-foot-7 or taller, UW has outrebounded or tied their opponent in all but one game (L, at Texas Tech).
Pondexter's scoring avg of 21.6 ppg would rank as fifth highest average ever in UW history and best per game avg since Louie Nelson (23.0) in 1973.
UW is 4-0 when their opponent shoots better from the field, but just 3-2 when they outshoot them.
Vs. Ranked Foes Since 2000
The Huskies are 25-52 against AP ranked opponents since Jan. 1, 2000. UW has won its last three against ranked foes in the confines of Bank of America Arena and are 15-5 over the last 20 contests against ranked foes at home. Overall, Washington is 18-14 all-time at home during the decade. UW has lost its last 8 decisions against ranked non-conference opponents, with the last win coming vs. No. 12 LSU on 12/20/2006.
Q-Pon Climbs Scoring Ladder
Quincy Pondexter ranks 21st all-time on the UW scoring list with 1,285 career points. He passed Nate Robinson against Portland. Next up is Andra Griffin (20th-1,294) and George Irvine (19th-1,314). If he keeps scoring at a clip of 21.6 ppg and plays 31 games, he will end his career No. 4 all-time in scoring (1,760). Pondexter started the season 27th on the all-time UW scoring list with 1,091 points.
No Sophomore Slump
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 19.9 ppg (4th best in Pac-10), which would be the second-highest average ever by a sophomore. Steve Hawes averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore in 1970 -- but just his first year of action -- before freshmen were allowed on the varsity. Thomas is the lone Husky to score in double figures in all nine games. He surpassed the 700 career-point plateau against Georgetown, just his 43rd career game.
Leaders Of The Pac
Not only is Washington the only Pac-10 team ranked in the latest Associated Press poll (24th), there are several statistical categories in which the Huskies lead the conference in the rankings released Dec. 20. The Dawgs are No. 1 in per game averages for scoring offense (84.3), rebounds (41.0), rebound margin (+10.6), turnover margin (+3.7) and offensive rebounds (16.2). In addition, they are second in scoring margin (+13.9), free throw percentage (73.4%), 3-point field goal defense (26.6%) and steals (8.7).
Huskies In The National Ranks
According to ESPN.com's stats, through Saturday's action, Quincy Pondexter is 15th nationally in scoring average (21.6 ppg) and Washington is 11th nationally averaging 84.3 points per game and 26th in rebounds (41.0).
Quincy's Chance To Dance
Quincy Pondexter will make his stage debut on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in the 7:30 pm showing of the Nutcracker put on annually by the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Pondexter will play the role of Grandfather in the party scene during Act I. For the role, Pondexter will undergo a make up process that will age him 40 years. He is the first Husky to ever be asked to play the role. The show will take place at McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center. Tickets for the show may be purchased by contacting the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.