UW Hosts Arizona State Thursday in Pac-10 Men's Hoop Home Opener

Jan. 8, 2001

Thurs., Jan. 11-
UW vs. Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PST

Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Jan. 13-
UW vs. (#21) Arizona, 7:00 p.m. PST
(Fox Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (6-8, 0-2) seek to halt a season-high four-game losing streak on Thursday, Jan. 11 in their Pac-10 home opener against Arizona State (8-5, 0-2). Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. Arizona State won four of the last five meetings and swept the season series from UW for the first time since 1995. The 21st-ranked Arizona Wildcats (8-5, 1-1) invade Bank of America Arena on Saturday, Jan. 13. Tip-off is 7 p.m. for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The Wildcats won six of the last seven meetings against the Huskies, including both games last season. The Huskies absorbed their three worst defeats of the season in their last three outings, losing 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30), 86-64 at UCLA (Jan. 4) and 87-61 at No. 20 USC (Jan. 6). The current four-game losing streak comes in the wake of the high point of the Huskies' season. Washington completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile trip with a 3-1 record. UW capped the road trip in fine fashion with a 77-76 overtime triumph over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson that secured the third-place trophy in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

Rose Bowl Champs Honored:
Players and coached of Washington's 2001 Rose Bowl Championship football team will be honored during a special halftime ceremony at Thursday's men's basketball game against Arizona State. The Husky football team capped an 11-1 season with a 34-24 Rose Bowl victory over Purdue and No. 3 final ranking.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Thursday's Washington-Arizona State game will not be televised. Saturday's Washington-Arizona game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMO Radio (AM 1000) and its affiliates by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. The radio broadcasts can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (6-8, 0-2 in Pac-10)

Pos.-No. Name Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown Points Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 14.5 7.7
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.2 4.7
C - 44 Marlon Shelton 6-10 260 Jr. Rochester, Mich. 5.6 5.2
G - 20 C.J. Massingale 6-3 195 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 4.9 1.2
G - 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. Mercer Island, Wash. 6.4 2.1

The Huskies are averaging 58.5 points per game during their current four-game losing streak, down 12.2 points from the 70.7 figure of their first 10 games. They are shooting 38 percent (89-232) from the field and 21 percent (13-63) from 3-point range during the skid, dropping from 45 and 32 percent, respectively ... C.J. Massingale scored 25 points at UCLA on Thursday, the highest total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points vs. Arizona State on March 2, 1995 ... Will Perkins (5) and Marlon Shelton (2) have combined for seven double-digit rebound games, matching last year's entire UW team season total ... Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach ... After going without a 20-point scorer in the opening seven games, Washington got 20-point outings in three of its last seven games. Thalo Green scored 20 points at American (Dec. 20), Will Perkins had 20 against Clemson (Dec. 22) and C.J. Massingale had 25 at UCLA (Jan. 4) ... Massingale, who scored 24 points in the first 12 games, had 35 last week with 25 at UCLA and 10 at USC ... UW is 6-1 when its field goal shooting is superior and 0-7 when the opponent shoots better.

Sluggish Starts:
Washington has outscored opponents in the second half by a combined 517-481 (36.9 - 34.3) tally. The problem has been the Huskies falling behind in the first half as they have at some point in every game. They led at halftime just four times, posting a 3-1 record in those contests. Washington has been outscored 501-417 (35.8 - 29.8) in the first half. UW has a 2-6 record when trailing at halftime and is 1-1 when tied.

Injury Report: The status of UW players for the next game:
o Probable- Greg Clark, Sprained right ankle in the second half vs. Alabama (Dec. 21) and missed two games. Clark was limited to six minutes vs. San Diego (Dec. 30), 10 minutes at UCLA (Jan. 4) and 16 minutes at USC (Jan. 6).

o Questionable- Michael Johnson, Sprained his right ankle during the second half at UCLA (Jan. 4) and missed the USC game (Jan. 6). His status is a game-day decision.

o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition opener with a sore right plantar fascia (foot). Also has a sore back and will likely apply for a medical red-shirt.

The Arizona State Series:
> Arizona State holds a 29-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> The Sun Devils swept the season series last year for the first time since 1995, winning 90-80 on Jan. 13 in Tempe and 81-67 on Feb. 12 in Seattle.

> Arizona State won four of the last five meetings with Washington.

> This has been a series of streaks as the Sun Devils posted 14 consecutive victories between 1990-96 before the Huskies won four straight games from 1996-98.

> Arizona State holds a slim 12-11 edge during games played in Seattle. An 81-67 ASU decision last season stopped a four-game Husky series win streak in Seattle.

> Third-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 3-1 record against Washington.

> In his eighth year at Washington, Bob Bender has a 5-9 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting:
Arizona State 81, UW 67 (Feb. 12, 2000, Seattle): Eddie House scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half, helping Arizona State overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to claim an 81-67 win over Washington at KeyArena. The Sun Devils (14-9, 6-5) swept the season series from Washington (8-15, 3-8) for the first time since 1995. The game marked the return of senior Chris Walcott who missed the previous four outings after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Jan. 27. Walcott entered the game midway through the first half and scored six points to spark a 14-point run that put the Huskies ahead 33-25. UW owned a 39-31 margin at halftime. ASU scored the first 12 points after intermission to move ahead 43-39 with 15:10 left to play. Washington regained the lead briefly at 50-46 before the Sun Devils took the lead for good with a 14-2 surge. House hit 11-of-25 shots from the field for ASU which got 10 points from Donnell Knight. Deon Luton scored 15 of Washington 28 second-half points en route to a 25-point performance. Will Perkins added 12 points for the Huskies. The Sun Devils posted a commanding 43-33 advantage on the boards, led by the nine rebounds of Chad Prewitt. Despite the 8-for-17 shooting of Luton, Washington shot only 36 percent (22-62) from the field while ASU hit 41 percent of its field goals attempts (27-66).

Last UW Game:
(#20) USC 87, UW 61 (Jan. 6, 2001, Los Angeles) - David Bluthenthal scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half when 20th-ranked USC took control en route to an 87-61 win over Washington at the Sports Arena. The Trojans (12-2, 2-0) hit their first seven and 17 of their first 18 shots from the field. They took a 55-34 halftime lead on the strength of 75-percent shooting (24-32). Bluthenthal hit his first eight shots, including five 3-pointers, before a 40-foot heave missed at the halftime buzzer. Washington (6-8, 0-2) lost its fourth straight game. The Huskies trailed by 21 points at halftime despite shooting 50 percent in the first half (14-28) and reeling off 12 unanswered points near the end of the period. Will Perkins tallied 12 points and nine rebounds for UW which also got 10 points and five assists from C.J. Massingale. Brian Scalabrine and Sam Clancy each scored 15 points for the Trojans and Brandon Granville added 13. Those three did not make their usual starts as a disciplinary measure for breaking a team rule. USC cooled off in the second half, shooting 35 percent to finish the game at a 57-percent clip (33-58). Bluthenthal finished 10-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-7 treys. USC shot 10-for-22 from beyond the arc.

Shuffling Starters:
Washington has implemented six different starting lineups this season with nine players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized five different rotations in the last nine outings due to a recent rash of injuries. Senior guard Bryan Brown is the only player to start every UW game this season.

Hoopsters Honor CW:
Like their football counterparts, the Husky basketball team is wearing patches on their jerseys to support senior Curtis Williams who suffered a spinal cord injury during an Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. The UW basketball players will display the initials 'CW' to honor Williams who is in a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center.

The Season So Far:
The Huskies suffered an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6) in their last outing, their fourth consecutive defeat. They opened Pac-10 play with an 86-64 loss at UCLA (Jan. 4) despite the 25-point output of freshman C.J. Massingale. Washington suffered back-to-back non-conference home losses for the first time since Dec. 1992. The Huskies lost 72-54 to San Diego (Dec. 30) following a 56-55 setback against UC Irvine (Dec. 28). UW clinched third-place in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic with a 77-76 win over Clemson (Dec. 22) on a last-second shot by Michael Johnson. The Huskies lost 69-60 to No. 17 Alabama in the semifinals (Dec. 21). Coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington with a 67-47 first-round victory over host American (Dec. 20). UW began its current four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket. The Huskies fell to Saint Louis 69-61 in their last home game (Dec. 5). Washington achieved a split on its first road trip of the season, winning 69-66 at Wichita State (Nov. 30) before an 86-74 loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 2). UW capped a three-game homestand with a 94-63 victory over Portland State (Nov. 28), registering the most points in its last 67 games and its largest margin of victory (31 points) in 61 games. The Huskies returned to their on-campus venue in triumphant fashion on Nov. 25, defeating New Mexico State 81-77. Washington played all of its home games last season, and this year's season opener, at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. UW opened the season with a 73-61 loss to Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21). The season-opening, three-game homestand was a welcome change for the Huskies who were on the road for the first 22 days of the 1999-2000 season. They played their first six games on the road last season and didn't play in Seattle until Dec. 13. UW won both of its exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime victory at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in five of the 13 games he's played. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Texas-El Paso (Nov. 21) followed by a 14-point, 10-rebound performance against New Mexico State (Nov. 25) and an 11-point, 12-rebound outing against Portland State (Nov. 28). The Omaha, Nebraska native had his three-game double-double streak stopped at Wichita State (Nov. 30) as he had a team-high 16 points, but only five rebounds. He rebounded with an 18-point, 11-board effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2). Despite suffering from a virus, he had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Clemson (Dec. 22). Perkins leads the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounds (7.7 rpg) while shooting 54 percent (73-135). Last year, he led UW in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).

Hair Raising Experience:
Senior forward Thalo Green avoided the barber's shears for 16 months before taking his place in the chair at the Montlake Cut barbershop on July 12, 2000. Green had his hair cut for the first time since March of 1999 and donated his hair to the Wigs for Kids, a national, non-profit organization that solicits donations in an effort to provide relief for children in situations of hair loss. Hair donations are woven into wigs and given to children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy, burns and other medical conditions. 'I'm in a position, playing basketball at Washington, to give exposure and promote the Wigs for Kids program,' Green explains. 'I decided to grow my hair out throughout the whole season and try to raise awareness for the program. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something good for a good cause.' Green regularly drew taunts from spectators at opposing arenas last season as his curly, red hair frequently flopped into his eyes and eventually required a headband to control it. That shaggy coif was in stark contrast to his sophomore season in 1998-99 when Green's head was almost completely shaven.

Sonics & Sons:
Two former Seattle SuperSonics have sons on the 2000-01 Washington basketball roster. The former NBA players (and sons) are: Fred Brown (Bryan) and Lonnie Shelton (Marlon). A graduate of Iowa, Fred Brown was the Sonics' all-time leading scorer with 14,018 points. That record was broken this season by Gary Payton. Brown played his entire 13-year NBA career (1972-84) in Seattle and was a 1976 all-star. Bryan wears the same jersey No. 32 that his father had retired by the Sonics. Shelton was a 1975 All-Pac-8 Conference selection at Oregon State. He played 10 NBA seasons (1977-86) and was a 1982 all-star. Shelton played from 1979-83 in Seattle. Brown and Shelton were members of Seattle's 1979 NBA Championship squad. Two other former sons of Sonics were on the 1999 team, Donald Watts (father Slick) was a four-year letterman and walk-on Michael Westphal (father Paul) left after his freshman year. Another tie to the Sonics is first-year UW assistant coach Al Hairston who played with Seattle's NBA team in 1969 and 1970.

Bender Bio:
Bob Bender has participated in the NCAA Tournament at every school with which he has been affiliated, including back-to-back berths with Washington in 1998 and 1999. He has an eight-year record of 101-112 with the Huskies. The UW tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record in 2000 and had a 10-20 overall record that snapped a string of four consecutive winning seasons. In 1999, Washington was 17-12, capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance. The 1998 Huskies posted a 20-10 record that marked the school's finest winning percentage since 1985. Among the 1998 Husky highlights were their first 20-win season since 1987, their first NCAA berth since 1986 and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984. The 1997 UW team posted a 17-11 record, capped by the Huskies' second straight National Invitation Tournament appearance. Washington's record improved four straight seasons under Bender, including a 16-12 mark in 1996 after which he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The UW was 5-22 in 1994 and 10-17 in 1995. His 101 victories rank fourth among all-time Washington coaches. Bender, who began his career with a four-year stint at Illinois State (1990-93), has a 12-year career record of 161-169. His Illinois State squads were 60-57, earning two Missouri Valley Conference championships, one conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. Prior to his inaugural head coaching assignment at ISU, Bender served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke staff (1983-1989). The Blue Devils qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Bender's six seasons on the staff, including four trips to the Final Four. Bender, 43, is the only individual to play on two different teams in the NCAA Championship game. He was a freshman on Bobby Knight's undefeated 1976 Indiana team and played point guard at Duke from 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1978 title game against Kentucky.

Coaching Staff:
Bob Bender's staff is comprised of associate head coach Byron Boudreaux along with assistant coaches Eric Hughes and Al Hairston. Boudreaux begins his sixth season on the staff, his second as the associate. Hughes has been with Bender during his entire seven-year tenure at UW. Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic and legendary prep coach at Seattle's Garfield High School, begins his first season. He replaces Jason Hamilton who left to pursue interests outside of coaching.

Campaign 2000-01:
A five-man senior class is the nucleus around which eighth-year coach Bob Bender seeks to form a winning unit. Washington finished with a 10-20 record last season, snapping a string of four consecutive winning seasons that culminated in postseason berths. The Huskies tied for eighth place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 5-13 record. In addition to the five seniors, who collectively have played 317 career games, the roster includes four other returning lettermen (9 total), four scholarship newcomers and two walk-ons. Two primary starters return, seniors Will Perkins and Michael Johnson along with senior forward Thalo Green who has been a part-time starter for three seasons. No returning player averaged double-figure points last season. Johnson is the leading returning scorer with a 9.9-point average last year while Perkins averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. Green averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 1999-2000. Highlighting the season is the return to the on-campus arena that has Husky hopes hovering. The 17,072-seat KeyArena in downtown Seattle never really felt like home despite an average attendance of 7,851. As a result, UW had with a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) for only the third time in school history.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes:
The Huskies have a 60-172 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in two meeting this season, against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60) and No. 20 USC (87-61). Washington lost its last seven encounters with ranked foes, last winning 90-84 over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 in Seattle. Four teams on the UW schedule are ranked among the current Associated Press poll, including top-ranked Stanford, Alabama (#16), USC (#19) and Arizona (#21).

Upsetting Arizona:
Since the 1990-91 season, Washington has a 6-14 record against Arizona. Only UCLA (9) and California (7) have won as many against the Wildcats during that span. Since 1991, Washington has a 4-27 record against top-10 ranked opponents, all four wins coming against Arizona. Seven of the Huskies' last 18 wins over ranked opponents came against Arizona. During the 1996 season, UW defeated a 14th-ranked Wildcat team 80-79 for its first win in Tucson since 1984.

The Arizona Series:
> Arizona has a 30-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> The Wildcats swept the season series last year for the third time in the last six seasons. Arizona won 69-62 on Jan. 15 in Tucson and 65-56 on Feb. 10 in Seattle.

> The two teams have met 22 times in Seattle with the series split with 11 wins apiece.

> Interim Wildcat Coach Jim Rosborough has never competed against UW in a head-coaching capacity. 18th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 25-11 all-time record against the Huskies.

> Eighth-year UW Coach Bob Bender is 4-10 against Arizona. Bender twice played against Lute Olson-coached Iowa in 1976. A freshman on Indiana's undefeated national championship team, Bender played six minutes in a 101-81 win at Indiana (Feb. 23, 1976) and two minutes in an 88-73 win at Iowa (Jan. 26, 1976).

The Last Meeting:
#7 Arizona 65, UW 56 (Feb. 10, 2000, Seattle): Loren Woods scored eight of his 29 points inside the first eight minutes, helping seventh-ranked Arizona jump out to an early lead en route to a 65-56 victory over Washington at KeyArena. Woods shot 12-of-20 from the field and also contributed 13 rebounds and six blocked shots for Arizona (20-4, 9-1) which swept the season series from the Huskies. Woods hit a short jumper at 12:01 of the first half, giving the Wildcats a 16-1 lead. Washington (8-14, 3-7) did not register a field goal until David Dixon's dunk at 10:45. Arizona led by as many as 20 points on the way to a 34-17 halftime advantage. The lead grew to 21 points (40-19) before the Huskies staged a rally. Michael Johnson scored six points to fuel a 10-point UW run that trimmed the margin to 51-44. The lead shrunk to 56-51 on a Johnson jumper with 4:50 left in the game. Woods scored six of the final nine Wildcat points to repel the rally. Gilbert Arenas scored 14 points for Arizona and Michael Wright added 12. Deon Luton tallied 19 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Johnson. Washington shot 47 percent (17-36) in the second half, improving on a 20-percent (6-30) first half effort. The Wildcats outscored UW 15-5 at the free throw line, attempting 21 charity shots to only six for the Huskies. Arizona missed all seven of its 3-point attempts.

Frequent Flyers:
The Huskies have accumulated thousands of air miles on lengthy road trips during the last four years. This season was no different as they completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile round trip to Puerto Rico with a stopover in Miami, Fla. Washington traveled nearly 10,000 air miles during a two-week span last year, flying from Seattle to Moraga, Calif., from Moraga to Anchorage and from Alaska back to Seattle. After two days at home, the Huskies boarded a plane for Wilmington, N.C. where they took a bus to Norfolk, Va. and flew back to Seattle. During the 1998-99 season, UW amassed over 8,000 miles during a 10-day stretch, traveling from Seattle to Hawai'i to Chicago and back to Seattle. In 1998, Washington traveled to South Alabama for a single game. Later that year the Huskies criss-crossed the country twice during the 1998 NCAA Tournament, flying from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for the first two rounds before returning to Seattle for one day and then flying to Greensboro, N.C. for the Sweet 16.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies returned to their on-campus basketball venue after a one-season absence. They are playing home games at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena possesses a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 748 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. Washington compiled a 47-9 record in its final four seasons (1996-99) at the old Pavilion before playing last season at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during renovations.

Husky Tickets:
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. New this season is the Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $25. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $16 while general admission seats are $6 for adults and $3 for high school students, senior citizens and children. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available for sale through all TicketMaster outlets, phone centers (206-628-0888) or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

Husky Talk:
Tune in to KOMO (1000 AM) every Monday night at 6 p.m. for 'Husky Talk,' a half-hour call-in and interview show featuring head coach Bob Bender and KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau who does play-by-play for all UW games.

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