Huskies Join Crowded Pac-10 Race
Feb. 5, 2010
SEATTLE - Don't look now, but the Washington Huskies (15-7, 5-5 Pac-10) are in fifth-place in the Pac-10 Conference, one game behind a pack of four teams at the top. The Huskies will face one of those top teams - Arizona State (16-7, 6-4) - on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Bank of America Arena.
The game will air nationally on FSN with Steve Physioc calling play-by-play and Marques Johnson providing color analysis. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. In addition XM channel 193 will carry the UW-ASU game. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
About Arizona State...
ASU lost its first two games of the conference schedule before Washington visited them and they started a run of six wins in eight games. Overall, ASU is 16-7, 6-4 in conference. They join Cal, Arizona and UCLA as Pac-10 leaders. ASU is coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, and is four games short of reaching that goal again. The Sun Devils were 10-3 in non-conference action, with losses to Duke, BYU and Baylor. A pair of juniors are leading ASU in scoring, led by Rihards Kukics with12.6 points per game. Ty Abbott is adding 11.8 points per game, but has upped his scoring output to 16.4 ppg in conference action. Senior Derek Glasser leads the league in assists (5.2 apg) and is third on the team in scoring. Seattle-native Jamelle McMillan leads the conference in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.8). As a team, ASU is leading the conference with a +11.6 scoring margin. They give up 58.0 ppg - the second-lowest points per game allowed in the conference.
UW And Arizona State History...
ASU owns a 36-33 series lead over Washington since the school's first played in the 1977-78 season. The bulk of the Sun Devils' victories have come in two streaks - six-straight from 1979-81 and 14-straight from 1990-96. The Huskies are on an impressive run against Arizona State, having won 13 of the last 16 meetings against the Sun Devils. Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 13-5 all-time against ASU as the Husky head man. UW has won five of the last six in Seattle and are 18-14 overall.
Last Time They Met...
Rihards Kuksiks matched his career high with 27 points and Arizona State dominated the Huskies from the start in a 67-51 victory. Ty Abbott added 17 points for the Sun Devils, who led by 11 in the first half and 19 in the second. Trent Lockett had 11 points for ASU. The Sun Devils had an 18-point advantage at the foul line, 30 of 37 to the Huskies' 12 of 21. Isaiah Thomas led Washington with 20 points. Quincy Pondexter added nine points, while Elston Turner scored eight off the bench in the Huskies' lowest-scoring game of the season. ASU made 8 of 19 3-pointers, 5 of 8 by Kuksiks, while UW was 3 of 14. Neither team shot well as Arizona State took a 28-19 lead at the break. Washington went the first 7:17 without a field goal, missing its first nine shots. The Sun Devils started the game 5 of 15, but all five were 3-points. Abbott's second 3 of the night put Arizona State up 17-9 with 6:49 to play, and his two free throws with 4:58 to go made it 22-11.
Did You Know?...
Quincy Pondexter's scoring average of 20.7 ppg would be the eighth highest season average in team history? Over a 31 game schedule, the minimum UW will play this year, he would end the season with 642 points, which would be the fifth most all-time in a single season.
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