Husky Men Cap 2001 Basketball Season at Home vs. 13th-Ranked UCLA
March 9, 2001
Sat., March 10 -
UW vs. (#13) UCLA, 3:00 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)
Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.
The Washington Huskies (9-20, 3-14) close out the 2001 season on Saturday, March 10 against the 13th-ranked UCLA Bruins (21-7, 14-3). Tip-off is 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The Bruins, who won 86-64 on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles, were victorious in 24 of the last 29 meetings with Washington. The Huskies won the last matchup in Seattle, a 63-62 decision over then 24th-ranked UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 at KeyArena. That was UW's only win over a ranked opponent in its last 15 tries. Washington lost all six meetings this season with ranked opponents. The Huskies are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, their longest since a nine-game slide from Jan. 2-Feb. 3, 1994. The last UW victory was a 78-72 win over Washington State on Feb. 3 in Seattle. Washington lost 20 games for the second straight season and only the third time in school history. With a win on Saturday, the Huskies would finish in a ninth-place tie with the loser of the Oregon-Oregon State game. A loss would drop Washington into a 10th-place finish for the first time since the 1990-91 season.
Saturday's Husky game against UCLA will be televised live by Fox Sports Net. 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/
Husky senior Will Perkins has 10 double-doubles, tying for the Pac-10 lead with Arizona State's Awvee Storee. No UW player had a double-double last year ... C.J. Massingale led UW in scoring in four Pac-10 contests, including a 25-point outburst at UCLA (Jan. 4) that is the top single-game scoring output by a Husky ... Curtis Allen leads UW in scoring at 11.5 points per game in the last 10 outings since he became a full-time starter ... Washington' current eight-game losing streak is its longest since a nine-game slide during the 1993-94 campaign ... Senior guard Michael Johnson has 80 career 3-pointers, tying him with Mark Sanford (1995-97) for fourth among all-time Huskies. Donald Watts ranks third (82), Eldridge Recasner is second (119) and Deon Luton owns the school record of 212 ... During its current eight-game losing streak, UW opponents are averaging 85.5 points per game while shooting 53 percent (255-485) from the field ... Washington could finish with a better road record (4-9) than home mark (4-10 with one game to play) for the second straight season, but only the fourth time in school history. The only other UW seasons with better road than home success were 2000 (4-9 home / 6-9 away), 1965 (4-7 home / 5-6 away) and 1957 (8-5 home / 8-4 away) ... The Huskies rank second among Pac-10 teams in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 31.1-percent from beyond the arc. Last year, UW ranked ninth when foes shot 36% on treys.
Projected Husky Starting Lineup:
Washington Huskies (9-20, 3-14 in Pac-10)
Pos.-No. Name Hgt. Wgt Yr. Hometown Points Rebs.
F - 1 Will Perkins 6-8 195 Sr. Omaha, Neb. 13.0 7.3
F - 21 Greg Clark 6-7 225 Sr. San Diego, Calif. 5.1 2.2
F - 42 Thalo Green 6-7 220 Sr. Salem, Ore. 10.6 4.9
G - 23 Michael Johnson 6-4 195 Sr. Seattle, Wash. 8.2 2.8
G - 32 Bryan Brown 6-3 205 Sr. Mercer Island, Wash. 5.4 1.8
As is the tradition at Washington under Coach Bob Bender, the Huskies will start all of their seniors Saturday in the final home game of the season. The five-man senior lineup marks Washington's 15th different starting unit of the season. Eleven of UW's 12 active players started at least once and no Husky has started every game.
Senior forward Will Perkins registered 10 double-doubles to tie Arizona State's Awvee Storey for the Pac-10 lead. No Husky player recorded a double-double during the entire season last year. Perkins has back-to-back double-doubles, including a 19-point, 10-rebound effort against USC on Thursday. He had a 14-point, 12-rebound performance at Washington State on March 3 to halt an eight-game drought without a double-double. 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), Arizona (21/13), Stanford (12/11), Washington State (14/12) and USC (19/10). The Omaha, Nebraska native leads the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounds (7.3 rpg), ranking 16th and fifth, respectively among Pac-10 players. Perkins is shooting 48 percent from the field (150-312).
Injury Report: The status of UW players for Saturday's game:
o Out - Marlon Shelton, Fell while grabbing an offensive rebound in the second half Thursday vs. USC (Mar. 8) and suffered what is believed to be a torn ACL in his left knee. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday and will not play Saturday.
o Probable- Greg Clark, Played 19 minutes on March 3 at Washington State and 14 minutes on Thursday against USC (Mar. 8) after missing the previous four games. Sprained right ankle vs. Alabama (Dec. 21), missed the next four games and played hurt in seven games before being sidelined four more games.
o Out - DeMarcus Williams, Sidelined since the exhibition games 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 60-176 all-time record against ranked opponents. They are winless in six meetings this season: at home against No. 1 Stanford (94-63) and No. 21 Arizona (89-64), on the road against No. 20 USC (87-61), No. 11 Arizona (82-62) and No. 1 Stanford (99-79) and at a neutral court against 17th-ranked Alabama (69-60). Washington lost its last 10 encounters with ranked foes, last winning 63-62 over No. 24 UCLA on Jan. 6, 2000 in Seattle. That upset was the only UW win in its last 15 matchups with ranked opponents. The Huskies haven't defeated a team ranked as high as No. 13 UCLA since Feb. 4, 1999 when they beat No. 10 Arizona 90-84 in Seattle.
The UCLA Series:
> UCLA owns an 80-28 series lead and won 24 of the last 29 meetings with UW.
> Washington won the last meeting in Seattle, defeating then 24th-ranked UCLA 63-62 on Jan. 6, 2000 at KeyArena.
> The Bruins won the last two meetings, both in Los Angeles. UCLA won 86-64 on Jan. 4 and 90-64 last season on March 11.
> UCLA owns a 28-23 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Seattle.
> Fifth-year UCLA Coach Steve Lavin has a 6-3 record against the Huskies.
> In his eighth season at Washington, Bob Bender has a 3-12 coaching record against UCLA.
The Last Meeting:
UCLA 86, UW 64 (Jan. 4, 2001, Los Angeles) - Center Dan Gadzuric amassed 19 points and 16 rebounds as UCLA led the entire game in an 86-64 win over Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. UCLA (6-4, 1-0) beat the Huskies (6-7, 0-1) at Pauley Pavilion for the 15th straight time. Gadzuric scored seven points during an 11-0 game-opening run. The Bruins did not surrender a point for 6:05 en route to an 18-2 run. Washington hit only 5 of 29 first-half shots, none by a starter, to fall behind 49-16 at halftime. The Bruin lead grew to as many as 35 points in the second half before UW rallied to within 70-50 on a 3-pointer by C.J. Massingale with 5:43 remaining. The Huskies would draw no closer. Massingle finished with 25 points, the highest scoring output by a Husky freshman since Mark Sanford had a 26-point outing in 1995. Jason Kapono tallied 18 points for the Bruins who also got 15 from Earl Watson and 13 from T.J. Cummings. UW's Will Perkins scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half. UCLA posted a 50-34 rebounding advantage, including 11 from Matt Barnes.
Washington is implementing its 15th different starting lineup today, as all five of the team's seniors are scheduled to start. UW has used five different lineups in the last six games. After using the same lineup for the first five games of the season, the Huskies have utilized 14 different starting units during the final 25 games. The rotating lineups have seen 11 of the team's 12 active players drawing at least one starting assignment. Freshman walk-on Sterling Brown is the only player who has not started a game. No Husky player has started every game this season.
The Huskies won their close games this season, posting a 7-1 record in games decided by six or fewer points. Three of Washington's last four 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. 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).
Last UW Game:
USC 85, UW 56 (March 8, 2001, Seattle) - Jeff Trepagnier scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half when USC took control en route to an 85-56 victory over Washington at Bank of America Arena. The Trojans (20-9, 10-7) swept the season series with their fifth consecutive win over Washington. The Huskies (9-20, 3-14) suffered their eighth straight defeat and lost junior center Marlon Shelton to a torn ACL in his left knee during the second half. Trepagnier tallied four points during the opening two minutes, fueling a 10-0 USC run. He hit a 3-pointer inside the final minute of the half and Brandon Granville nailed a trey with six seconds left, lifting the Trojans to a 48-31 halftime advantage. The lead grew to as many as 32 points in the second half. Granville finished with 20 points, Sam Clancy added 16 and Brian Scalabrine had 11. Will Perkins posted his 10th double-double for the Huskies with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Johnson scored 11 points for UW which was outshot 47 percent (33-70) to 31 percent (23-74) from the field.
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 from Tacoma in 21 years, since Steve Matzen (1977-80). Both rookie guards raised their level of play during the Pac-10 season. Allen ranks third on the team in scoring during conference action (9.0 ppg) and Massingale is fourth (8.2 ppg). Massingale leads the team in 3-point percentage against Pac-10 foes at 44 percent (16-36). He entered the Pac-10 opener at UCLA (Jan. 4) with 24 total points in 10 non-conference games and erupted for 25 against the Bruins, the highest single-game total by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford had 26 points against ASU on March 2, 1995.
'Washington freshman point guard Curtis Allen is the latest technology in Pac-10 point guards. He's got a microchip that Earl Watson and Mike McDonald and Jason Gardner don't have. Hit the mouse and see nothing but blur.'
-- Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star
Pac-10 freshman of the year candidate Curtis Allen boasts a team-leading 11.5-point scoring average since becoming a full-time starter for the last 10 games. He averaged 4.9 points per game in his first 19 games. Allen hit two spinning shots in the lane at Oregon (Jan. 18), forcing overtime with the first and winning the game at 0:06 with the second. He tallied double-figure points in nine of the last 13 games, including a career-high 18 against Washington State (Feb. 3). The lightning quick point guard is among Washington's all-time freshman leaders in several statistical categories. Allen ranks third among UW freshmen with 29 steals and needs three more to surpass the school-record total of 31 held by Eldridge Recasner (1987) and James French (1991). Allen is listed fourth among freshman playmakers with 62 assists and is poised to move onto the top-10 scoring chart. He has 209 points, just three shy of the 212-point total of Jason Hartman (1995) who currently ranks 10th.
Shoot to Win:
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has an 8-1 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-19 when being outshot. Opponents combined to shoot 50.2 percent in UW's 19 defeats. The Huskies are shooting nearly 10 percent better from the field in their victories (48.1% - 38.4%) and over eight percent better from 3-point range (36.2% - 27.8%). UW shot 50 percent from the field just twice in the last 22 games, matching 52-percent efforts (31-60) at Stanford (Feb. 24) and against Washington State (Feb. 3). The chart below compares UW shooting in wins versus losses.
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.
Good seats are available for Washington's final game of the season, Saturday at 3 p.m. against 13th-ranked UCLA. 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 $18 and $16 while general admission seats are $6. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information.
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 750 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.
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. Green currently ranks second on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and rebounds (4.9 rpg) and has a team-high three 20-point outings this season.
Washington limited non-conference foes to 67.9 points per game on 41.6-percent shooting from the field. Pac-10 opponents have had much greater success, averaging 81.9 points per game on 49.9-percent accuracy. In contrast, the Huskies' 68.0-point and 43.6-percent figures against non-conference foes dropped to 65.6 points and 39.6 percent against Pac-10 opponents.
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 moved on Feb. 15 from a San Jose, Calif. rehabilitation center into his brother David's house in Fresno, Calif.
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 104 victories. Only Hec Edmundson (488), Marv Harshman (246) and Tippy Dye (156) have won more games as the Husky coach.
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 104-124 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 104 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 164-181. 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.
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.
Wait 'til Next Year:
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state Player of the Year Doug Wrenn is red-shirting this season after transferring from Connecticut prior to the 2000-01 campaign. The supremely athletic 6-6 forward, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, will be a red-shirt sophomore in 2001-02. True freshman DeMarcus Williams has battled foot (plantar fascia) and back injuries and will apply to the NCAA for a red-shirt season. The 6-9 Upland (Calif.) High School product played a combined five minutes in the Huskies' two exhibition games.
Junior center David Dixon excelled as a starter during a recent seven-game stretch, putting up some fine stat lines in recent boxscores. A Feb. 3 outing was his best as Dixon amassed a career-high 16 points against Washington State on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field. He blocked a career-high five shots, grabbed six rebounds, distributed two assists and had one steal in the victory over the Cougars. The 6-foot-11 Houston, Texas native is shooting a team-best 56 percent from the field (57-102). Dixon averaged 8.7 points per game in a recent seven-game span as a starter, compared with a 3.2-point average in the first 18 games.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 8-15) from a five-man group that has been ranked among the best recruiting classes in the nation by several analysts. The signing class includes junior college standout Josh Barnard and four prominent high school recruits. Heading the list of prep players is Kentwood's Mike Jensen who was rated by Pac-West Hoops as the top power forward in the West. A trio of players from high schools in Seattle signed with the Huskies. Those three are Jeffrey Day, from state Class AAA champion Seattle Prep, Chief Sealth's Erroll Knight, one of the nation's finest scoring guards, and Anthony Washington, a rising power forward prospect from Garfield. 'We accomplished what we wanted to do in a very big way,' said Coach Bob Bender. 'We are very proud of the fact they are all from right here in state. Every single player is a Washington player and that is our priority. We really emphasized how they could be the greatest class that we have ever had the opportunity to recruit and that coming in together would put them in position to be one of the top classes in the nation. They all are very, very talented, but collectively they're very special.' The Huskies do not have any remaining scholarships to offer during the spring letter of intent period that runs from April 11 through May 15.
6-6, 210, guard, Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel HS / Tacoma CC)
Averaged 15.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists last year at Tacoma Community College ... Converted a school-record 49-percent of his shots from 3-point range ... Helped TCC to a 30-4 record and fourth-place Northwest Community College tournament finish.
6-9, 215, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep HS)
Averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior last season for state champion Seattle Prep ... Rated as the West's No. 17 ranked power forward in the Pac-West Hoops listings.
6-8, 210, forward, Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)
The top-ranked power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Averaged 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds last year to lead Kentwood High School to a 21-9 record and seventh-place finish at the state 4A tournament ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 66 ranking by The Sporting News.
6-6, 200, guard, Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth HS)
The No. 2-ranked shooting guard in the West by Pac-West Hoops, rated No. 59 nationally among all positions by that service ... Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last year at Chief Sealth High School ... Selected among the nation's top 100 players by nearly every scouting service, including a No. 71 ranking by The Sporting News.
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The ninth-rated power forward in the West by Pac-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News ... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions ... Averaged five rebounds per game as a reserve on a senior-laden Garfield High School squad last season.