Huskies Host the Nation's Top-Ranked Men's Basketball Team
Jan. 22, 2001
Thurs., Jan. 25-
UW vs. (#1) Stanford, 7:30 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
Sat., Jan. 27-
UW vs. California, 2:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (8-10, 2-4) entertain the top-ranked team in the nation for the second straight season, hosting undefeated and No. 1 Stanford (17-0, 5-0) on Thursday, Jan. 25. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. for the game at Bank of America Arena that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The Huskies defeated a No. 1 team only once in 25 tries, winning 69-68 over UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979 in Seattle. The Cardinal won the last six meetings with Washington, their longest winning streak in the series that began in 1916. Stanford was ranked No. 1 during the last meeting and won 77-52 on Feb. 26 at KeyArena in Seattle. The Huskies are coming off a split on their road trip to Oregon last week. They claimed a 72-71 overtime win over the Ducks (Jan. 18), giving them consecutive wins at McArthur Court for the first time since 1981 & 1982. UW lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) in its last outing. On Saturday, Jan. 27 Washington hosts California (12-5, 3-2) at 2 p.m. The Huskies won three of the last four meetings with California.
Huskies vs. No. 1 Opponents:
Thursday's game marks the 15th time the Huskies have hosted a No. 1 opponent. They have a 1-13 record in previous home games against top-ranked foes. Prior to Stanford's visit last season, the last top-ranked opponent to visit Seattle was a Duke team featuring Bob Bender as an assistant coach. The Blue Devils defeated UW 87-61 on Jan. 3, 1989. Stanford is the fifth different No. 1 team to visit Seattle, joining a list that includes (with UW record against): Duke (0-1), Kansas (0-2), Oregon State (0-1), Stanford (0-1) and UCLA (1-8). The Huskies have a 1-24 all-time record against top-ranked opponents. Their lone triumph was a 69-68 upset of No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979 in Seattle.
Thursday's Stanford-Washington game will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. Saturday's game against California will not be televised. 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/
Senior forward Will Perkins registered double-doubles in seven of the 17 games he's played to lead all Pac-10 players. 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), Arizona State (13/10) and Arizona (21/13). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.6 rpg), ranking 10th and fifth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 53 percent (97-184). He led UW last year in rebounds (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (47.9%) and blocks (39).
Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (8-10, 2-4 in Pac-10)
Pos.-No.Name Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown Points Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 14.4 7.6
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 11.2 4.7
C - 44 Marlon Shelton 6-10 260 Jr. Rochester, Mich. 5.1 5.1
G - 20 Curtis Allen 6-0 160 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. 4.7 1.6
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 7.9 3.4
Stanford is the 15th top-ranked team to play the Huskies in Seattle. UW has a 1-13 record at home vs. No. 1 foes ... Washington has a 1-24 all-time record vs. top-ranked opponents. The lone win was a 69-68 upset of No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979 in Seattle. UW lost its last four meetings with No. 1-ranked teams ... The Huskies have a 6-1 record in games decided by four or fewer points and are 3-0 in overtime contests this season ... Will Perkins leads the Pac-10 with seven double-doubles. No UW player registered a double-double last season ... Each of Washington's last three wins were overtime decisions ... The Huskies have a 3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtime contests since the 1984 squad was 3-0 ... Washington has a 7-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-9 when being outshot ... Washington, which won 67-58 at Oregon in 2000, posted back-to-back wins at McArthur Court for the first time since the 1981 & 1982 seasons ... UW has a trio of game-winning baskets within the final 0:06 this season: Greg Clark with 0:03 left at Florida International (Dec. 16), Michael Johnson at the buzzer versus Clemson (Dec. 22) and Curtis Allen with 0:06 left at Oregon (Jan. 18) ... Senior forward Will Perkins is one of four players to rank among the top-10 Pac-10 players in both scoring and rebounding.
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 four games. Played both games last week in Oregon.
o Probable- Bryan Brown, Strained left foot in the second half at Oregon (Jan. 18), but returned inside the final minute. Didn't start, but played 23 minutes on Saturday.
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 60-173 all-time record against ranked opponents, including a 46-71 mark at home. They are winless in three meetings this season, against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60), at No. 20 USC (87-61) and versus No. 21 Arizona (89-64). Washington lost its last seven encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-62 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. Washington has a 24-100 all-time record against top-10 foes, including a 23-42 mark at home. The last Husky victory over a top-10 opponent was a 90-84 decision over No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 4, 1999 in Seattle. Four teams on the UW schedule are listed in the current Associated Press top-25 poll, including top-ranked Stanford, Arizona (#12), Alabama (#18) and USC (#25).
The Stanford Series:
> Stanford holds a 57-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the last three season series over Washington. They won 92-62 on Jan. 27, 2000 at home and 77-52 on Feb. 26, 2000 at KeyArena in Seattle.
> Stanford won the last six meetings and 12 of the last 14 against the Huskies.
> The Cardinal's current six-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford won five straight against UW from 1990-92.
> Despite losing its last three home games against Stanford, the Huskies have a 38-16 advantage over the Cardinal during games played in Seattle.
> 15th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 21-8 mark against Washington.
> Eighth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 2-12 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting:
(#1) Stanford 77, UW 52 (Feb. 26, 2000, Seattle)- Mark Madsen scored 16 points and collected a career-high 20 rebounds, lifting top-ranked Stanford to a 77-52 victory over Washington at KeyArena. The Cardinal (24-1, 13-1) completed their third straight season sweep against Washington for the first time ever in series history. The Huskies (9-18, 4-11) have a 1-24 all-time record in meetings with No. 1 teams, including a 1-13 mark in Seattle. Stanford scored 15 unanswered points early in the game. Michael McDonald tallied all seven of his points during the five-minute run that netted a 17-2 lead with 13:55 left in the first half. Stanford led 39-21 at halftime. The Huskies staged a 12-3 surge early in the second half, drawing within 46-35 with 13:54 left in the game. The Cardinal outscored UW 21-7 over the next 10 minutes to repel the rally. Stanford posted a 49-35 rebounding advantage led by Madsen who had the 10th 20-rebound game ever by a Husky opponent, the first since 1982. David Moseley scored 13 points for Stanford which also got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Jarron Collins. Chris Walcott was the lone Washington double-figure scorer with 10 points. The Huskies were limited to 32-percent (20-63) shooting by Stanford which entered the game as the national leader in field goal percentage defense at 34 percent.
Washington has implemented eight different starting lineups this season with 10 players drawing at least one starting assignment. The Huskies used the same starting lineup for first five games of the season, but have utilized seven different rotations in the last 13 outings due to a rash of injuries. No UW player has started every game this season.
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 103 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.
Last UW Game:
Oregon State 63, UW 56 (Jan. 20, 2001, Corvallis, Ore.)- Jimmie Haywood scored a career-high 16 points to lead four double-figure scorers for Oregon State which defeated Washington 63-56 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (8-9, 2-3) were led by first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former assistant under Bob Bender at UW. Oregon State extended a 34-32 halftime margin to as many as 10 points before Washington (8-10, 2-4) tied the score 48-48 on a C.J. Massingale layup with 6:58 left in the game. The Beavers reclaimed the lead for good with eight unanswered points, including four by Deaundra Tanner who finished with 11. The Huskies, who missed nine shots during the OSU run, drew within 60-56 on a 3-pointer by Michael Johnson with 0:31 left. The Beavers hit 3-of-4 free throws inside the final 25 seconds to preserve the victory. Emonte Jernigan tallied 12 points for OSU and Jason Heide added 10. Reserve Greg Clark scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half for the Huskies who also got 12 from Will Perkins. Washington did not attempt a free throw in the second half and was outscored 15-5 from the charity stripe.
The Season So Far:
In its last outing Washington lost 63-56 at Oregon State (Jan. 20) and first-year coach Ritchie McKay, a former Husky assistant coach ... The Huskies won 72-71 at Oregon (Jan. 18) on a spinning layup by Curtis Allen with 0:06 left in overtime. They won 67-58 last year, marking UW's first back-to-back wins at McArthur Court since 1981 & 1982 ... Arizona dealt UW an 89-64 defeat (Jan. 13) behind the triple-double of Loren Woods (13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) ... UW snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-68 overtime decision over Arizona State (Jan. 11) ... 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 a four-game road trip with a 63-61 victory at Florida International (Dec. 16) on Greg Clark's late basket ... Former Husky Lorenzo Romar, the coach at Saint Louis, dealt his alma mater a 69-61 loss in Seattle (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 Huskies won both of their exhibition games, rallying for an 83-81 overtime win at Seattle Pacific (Nov. 10) before beating Brewster Packing 84-80 (Nov. 14).
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 Washington roster features a pair of freshmen guards from Tacoma, Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). They are the first UW scholarship players in 21 years from Tacoma, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards have raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Massingale ranks second on the team in scoring during conference games, averaging 10.2 points per outing while shooting 53 percent (9-17) from 3-point range. He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 points and exploded for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against Arizona State on March 2, 1995. Massingale started three games while Allen drew his first starting assignment on Saturday at Oregon State (Jan. 20). Allen hit a pair of spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and hitting the game winner with 0:06 remaining with the second.
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.
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 103-114 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 103 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 163-171. 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.
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.
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 a better record in enemy arenas (6-9) than at home (4-9) for only the third time in school history.
The California Series:
> Washington won three of the last four meeting with California and has a 67-63 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916.
> The two teams split the season series last year, each winning on the other's homecourt. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Senque Carey in the first meeting lifted Washington to a 54-52 win on Jan 29 in Berkeley. The Golden Bears won the rematch 75-64 on Feb. 24 at KeyArena in Seattle.
> The Huskies own a 43-23 series advantage over Cal during games played in Seattle.
> Fifth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 4-4 record against the Huskies.
> Eighth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has a 6-8 record against Cal.
> Eighth-year UW assistant coach Eric Hughes served on the staff at Cal in 1992 and 1993, helping the Bears reach the Sweet 16 in 1993.
The Last Meeting:
California 75, UW 64 (Feb. 24, 2000, Seattle)- Sean Lampley scored 28 points and ignited a decisive 10-point run midway through the second half of California's 75-64 win over Washington at KeyArena. The Golden Bears (15-10, 6-7) rebounded from the worst defeat in school history, a 51-point loss at Stanford five days earlier. Washington (9-17, 4-10) rallied from a 32-26 halftime deficit to take the lead 50-47 on a pair of free throws by David Dixon with 9:14 left in the game. Lampley hit a spinning layup, was fouled and sank the subsequent free throw to begin a run of 10 unanswered points. The surge produced a 57-50 advantage the Bears would not relinquish. The Huskies drew within 59-57, but Lampley responded with a driving layup and Cal converted 10-of-12 free throws over the final 3:03 to secure the victory. Joe Shipp added 15 points for the Bears who also got 10 points and nine rebounds from Nick Vander Laan. Deon Luton led Washington, scoring 13 of his 16 points during the first seven minutes of the second half. Luton was scoreless over the final 13:13 of the game. Chris Walcott tallied 11 points and Thalo Green added 10 for UW. Senque Carey, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer for Washington at Berkeley in the season's first meeting with Cal, was held to seven points. Carey distributed five assists, but committed eight of the Huskies' 21 turnovers.
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.
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.
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. Thalo Green was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 17.7 points, including a then career-high 20 points in the opener.
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.
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.