UW Returns Home To Face USC and UCLA
Feb. 16, 2010
SEATTLE - The Huskies (17-8, 7-6) wrap up their home slate against USC on Thursday, Feb. 18 (7:30 p.m.) and UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 20 (6:00 p.m.) before they end the regular season with three road games.
Before the Huskies welcome in ESPN College GameDay and say goodbye to senior Quincy Pondexter on Saturday, they must play streaking USC on Thursday. Pondexter has some unfinished business with the Trojans after scoring a season low two points in the first match up.
FSN will broadcast Thursday's match up with Tom Glasgow calling play-by-play and basketball hall-of-famer Lenny Wilkens 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. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
The Trojans (15-9, 7-5 Pac-10) have won three-straight games and are alone in third place - half a game ahead of Washington and Arizona. The Trojans are leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, a formula that derailed the Huskies earlier this year in Los Angeles at the Galen Center. Senior Dwight Lewis leads USC offensively, scoring 13.7 points per game overall, 14.9 in Pac-10 contests. Big-man Nikola Vucevic leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and is 18th in the Pac-10 with 11.8 ppg. Marcus Johnson is the only other Trojan averaging double-figure scoring with 10.0 ppg, but point guard Mike Gerrity isn't far off at 9.4 ppg and Alex Stephenson at 9.0 ppg. The Trojans endured a tough offseason in which their coach Tim Floyd resigned and lost three starters (Taj Gibson, Demar DeRozan and Daniel Hackett) to professional basketball. Former Arizona Interim Coach Kevin O'Neill is in his first season at the helm for the Trojans. O'Neill's program was dealt a blow earlier in the year when they announced they will be ineligible for post-season action due self-imposed probation.
UW And USC History...
USC took a 66-65 series advantage over Washington with its 87-61 win on Jan. 23 in Los Angeles. The Huskies needed a season sweep over the Trojans last year to even up the series. Since 2002-03, the year Lorenzo Romar took over for the Huskies, UW is 10-5 against USC and is 5-2 in Seattle during that stretch. Washington is 37-28 (.569) all-time against the Trojans in Seattle. USC coach Kevin O'Neill is 2-1 all-time against the Huskies.
Last Time They Met...
Marcus Johnson scored 22 points to lead USC to an 87-61 win over Washington - the largest margin of defeat for the Huskies this season. The score was the highest this season for the Trojans and eclipsed their previous high of 77 points, which they have recorded twice during the season. Dwight Lewis finished with 19 points for the Trojans, while Alex Stepheson and Mike Gerrity each scored 15 and Nikola Vucevic had 11. Washington was led by Venoy Overton, who scored 18 points off the bench and Isaiah Thomas added 14 points. Quincy Pondexter was held to a season-low two points and was 1-of-10 from the field. UW shot 37.1% from the field while USC shot a blistering 58.2% from the field.
College Gameday Coming To BOA
Husky fans have long believed that the atmosphere in Bank of America Arena is one of the best in the nation. On Feb. 20, they'll have he chance to prove it. For the first time in its five-year history, ESPN's weekly College GameDay Driven by State Farm college basketball series will originate from the UW athletic campus, with co-hosts Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and Hubert Davis broadcasting the popular national program from Bank of America Arena. College GameDay, featuring two, one-hour shows airing live at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, will serve as the lead-in for ESPN's Saturday Primetime Game of the Week, featuring the Huskies against UCLA at 6 p.m. PT. Dan Shulman will call play-by-play with Bob Knight and Jay Bilas providing color analysis. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the show starts at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free to fans for the morning event.
Thomas Almost At 1,000
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 17.5 ppg (6th best in Pac-10) and has scored in double figures in 21 of 24 games this season. Thomas eclipsed the 900 point mark against Arizona, just his 56th career game, and needed just 50 games to eclipse the 800 point plateau, doing so at Arizona on Jan. 10. Thomas enters Thursday's game with 962 career points, the second highest total ever by a UW player in their first two seasons. He just surpassed Steve Hawes (952) and now has Doug Smart (1,021) in his sights. Smart accomplished his feat in 1957 & 1958 and needed just 52 games to do so. Thomas has played in 59 games. He will become the 35th Husky to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.
Last Time Out For Washington
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points, Quincy Pondexter added 18 points and nine rebounds and Washington won on the road for the first time this year, beating Stanford 78-61. Justin Holliday added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (17-8, 7-6 Pac-10), who led by 15 but had to hold off a late charge by the Cardinal (11-14, 5-8). Washington, which had not won on the road since beating USC on Feb. 21, 2009, was winless in six tries this season. Leading 61-56 with 6:30 remaining, the Huskies went on a 15-4 run to quiet the Maples Pavilion crowd. Elston Turner and Thomas both had 3-pointers during the run, while Darnell Gant added a key tip-in off a Thomas miss. Landry Fields and Jeremy Green scored 17 points each for Stanford.
Tops In The Pac-10
Quincy Pondexter is the career active leader in rebounds with 695, more than 100 more than his next highest competitor, Landry Fields. He has a conference-high 85 offensive rebounds (3.4 per game). That is the only individual statistical category a Husky leads, but there are several team categories Washington finds itself atop. In all games, the Huskies lead the conference in scoring (81.1 ppg), rebounds (39.6rpg), rebounding margin (+5.0), turnover margin (+4.1) and offensive rebounds (14.8 rpg).