UW Men Host No. 21 Arizona on Saturday in Pac-10 Men's Hoop Clash

Jan. 12, 2001

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

Thurs., Jan. 18 -
UW at Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PST

McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.

The Washington Huskies (7-8, 1-2) seek to even their conference record as they conclude their first Pac-10 homestand on Saturday, Jan. 13 against 21st-ranked Arizona (9-5, 2-1) at Bank of America Arena. 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. Arizona lost in five of its last nine visits to Edmundson Pavilion. Last year the teams played at KeyArena in downtown Seattle with then No. 7 Arizona winning 65-56 in the last meeting on Feb. 10. The Huskies halted a four-game losing streak Thursday with a 70-68 overtime victory over Arizona State. Arizona won 84-51 at Washington State on Thursday. Next week the Huskies make their annual bus trip to play their neighbors to the south. Washington visits Oregon on Jan. 18 before meeting former Bob Bender asisstant coach Ritchie McKay's Oregon State squad on Jan. 20.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Saturday's Washington-Arizona game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Scott Lynn and Elise Woodward call the action. 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/

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 teams ranked in the top 25 came against Arizona. During the 1996 season, UW defeated a 14th-ranked Wildcat team 80-79 for its first win in Tucson since 1984.

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

Will Perkins (6) and Marlon Shelton (2) have combined for eight double-digit rebound games, eclipsing last year's entire UW team season total of seven ... The Huskies lost their last six games against ranked opponents, last winning 63-62 over No. 24 UCLA (Jan. 6, 2000) ... C.J. Massingale scored 25 points at UCLA on Jan. 4, the highest total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points vs. Arizona State on March 2, 1995. Massingale leads UW in scoring over the last three games (16.0 ppg).Senior forward Will Perkins has six double-doubles this season, including a 13-point, 10-rebound effort Thursday against Arizona State. No Husky registered a double-double during the entire 2000 season ... Washington has a 5-1 record in games decided by four or fewer points, including last-second baskets by Greg Clark at Florida International (Dec. 16) and Michael Johnson versus Clemson (Dec. 22) ... The Huskies hit six straight second-half 3-pointers Thursday against ASU. They finished with 11 treys, the highest total since they hit a school-record 14 at USC on Jan. 2, 1998 ... UW won Thursday for the first time in eight games when the opponent had a better field goal percentage.

Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (7-8, 1-2 in Pacific-10 Conference)

Pos.-No. Name Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown Points Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 14.4 7.9
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.0 4.6
C - 44 Marlon Shelton 6-10 260 Jr. Rochester, Mich. 5.5 5.0
G - 20 C.J. Massingale 6-3 195 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 5.5 1.2
G - 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. Mercer Island, Wash. 6.8 2.1

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

o Probable- Michael Johnson, Sprained his right ankle during the second half at UCLA (Jan. 4) and missed the USC game (Jan. 6). He played 23 minutes Thursday vs. ASU.

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.

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 at No. 20 USC (87-61). Washington lost its last six encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-64 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. Four teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including top-ranked Stanford, Alabama (#16), USC (#19) and Arizona (#21).

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 at KeyArena 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.

Sizzling C.J.:
Freshman guard C.J. Massingale leads the Huskies during the last three games with 16.0 points per game on 51-percent shooting (15-29). He hit 69 percent of his 3-point attempts (9-13) during that span. In his first 12 games, Massingale averaged 2.4 points on 37-percent shooting (10-27) and was just 1-of-4 from 3-point range. He did not register double figures in the first 12 games. Massingale has three consecutive double-figure games, beginning with a 25-point performance at UCLA (Jan. 4) that was the highest point total by a Husky this season. He entered the UCLA game with 24 total points before posting the highest single-game outburst by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against Arizona State on March 2, 1995.

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 10 outings due to a recent rash of injuries. Senior guard Bryan Brown is the only player to start every UW game this season.

Last UW Game:
UW 70, Arizona State 68 OT (Jan. 11, 2001, Seattle)
- Will Perkins and C.J. Massingale each tallied 13 points, helping Washington snap a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime win over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (7-8, 1-2) hit 11-of-24 shots from 3-point range, including a string of six straight treys in the second half that helped erase a nine-point deficit. Arizona State (8-6, 0-3) extended a 32-27 halftime lead to 43-34. The margin was 46-38 before reserve Grant Leep began a 20-8 UW run on a 3-pointer with 10:31 left in regulation. Leep made another trey while Massingale and Michael Johnson each hit two during the run that ended at 2:55 with the Huskies ahead 58-54. ASU scored four straight points, including a put-back by Donnell Knight with seven seconds left, to force overtime. UW converted 9-of-15 free throws during overtime, taking the lead for good at 69-66 on a pair by Thalo Green with 42 seconds to play. For the game, Leep hit all three of his 3-points attempts and Massingale was 3-of-4. Bryan Brown had two treys and 12 points. Knight finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Alton Mason scored 12 points for ASU. Awvee Storey had 10 points and led a 55-31 Sun Devil rebounding advantage with 15 boards. Perkins had 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double.

The Season So Far:
Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) in its last outing. The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles, capped by an 87-61 setback at USC (Jan. 6). 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 completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record and 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).

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.

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.

Double Trouble:
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in six of the 14 games he's played. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins had double-figure points and rebounds against Texas-El Paso (15/10), New Mexico State (14/10), Portland State (11/12), Gonzaga (18/11), Clemson (20/10) and Arizona State (13/10). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.9 rpg) while shooting 54 percent (79-146). Last year, he led UW in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).

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 102-112 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 102 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 162-169. 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.

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 749 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.

Century Mark:
Eighth-year coach Bob Bender posted his 100th win at Washington on Dec. 20 with a 67-47 decision at American-Puerto Rico. He has led the Huskies to 102 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.

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.

Puerto Rico Recap:
Washington completed a 10-day, 7,658-mile trip in December 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. The Huskies defeated host American University-Puerto Rico 67-47 (Dec. 20) in the opening round before falling 69-60 to then 17th-ranked Alabama in the semifinals. Washington led the Tide for much of the game despite playing without leading scorer and rebounder Will Perkins.

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.

The Oregon Series:
> Washington has a 170-94 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904. The Huskies have a 67-62 advantage against the Ducks in Eugene.

> The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on the other's home court. Oregon claimed a 76-74 overtime decision on Jan. 20 at KeyArena while the Huskies were 67-58 victors on Feb. 19 at McArthur Court.

> Fourth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 3-3 coaching record against the UW.

> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-9 record against Oregon, the only Pac-10 school he met during his initial head coaching assignment at Illinois State. His inaugural Redbird squad lost 81-79 on Dec. 29, 1989.

> Bob Bender was recruited by then-Oregon head coach Dick Harter and took a recruiting visit to Eugene in 1975 while he was a high school senior. Bender signed with Indiana University.

> Husky senior forward Thalo Green was the 1996 Oregon Player of the Year from state champion South Salem High School.

The Last Meeting:
UW 67, Oregon 58 (Feb. 19, 2000, Eugene, Ore.):
Thalo Green scored 14 of his then career-high 16 points in the second half, helping Washington overcome an eight-point halftime deficit en route to a 67-58 win over Oregon at McArthur Court. The Ducks (18-6, 9-4) built a 31-23 halftime lead as Washington (9-16, 4-9) committed 12 turnovers and converted only 1-of-8 free throws attempts before intermission. Oregon went ahead 35-28 on a layup by A.D. Smith with 16:32 left in the game, but did not hit another field goal for nearly 12 minutes. Washington outscored the Ducks 23-10 before Alex Scales ended a string of 13 straight UO misses with a 3-pointer at 4:41 that cut the Husky margin to 53-48. Scales made a free throw with 1:25 remaining to trim the deficit to 58-56, but Green answered with a three-point play at 0:56. Green and Bryan Brown each made three free throws inside the final 39 seconds to complete a UW run of nine unanswered points that sealed the victory. Along with scoring, Green also led the Huskies in rebounds (8), assists (4) and steals (4). Will Perkins scored 13 points for Washington while Deon Luton and Michael Johnson each had 10. Scales tallied 13 points for the Ducks who also got 12 from Flo Hartenstein and 10 from David Jackson. Oregon shot a season-low 30 percent (17-57) from the field. The Huskies won despite 22 turnovers and 10-of-22 free throw shooting.

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