UW Opens Pac-10 Men's Hoop Tourney vs. Top Seed
March 4, 2002
Thurs. - Sat., March 7-9 o Washington at Pac-10 Tournament
Staples Center (18,964), Los Angeles, Calif.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 -
(#8 seed) UW vs. (#1) Oregon, 1:17 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net)
FRIDAY, MARCH 8 -
Winner vs. (#4) USC/ (#5) Stanford winner, 6:14 pm PST (Fox Sports Net)
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 -
Championship Game, 3:10 p.m. PST (CBS)
So we meet again! The eighth-seeded Washington Huskies (11-17, 5-13) begin Pac-10 Tournament play on Thursday, March 7 against regular-season conference champion and ninth-ranked Oregon (22-7, 14-4). Tip-off is 1:17 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. This is the rubber match in the series between these Northwest rivals who split the first two meetings, each winning on their own homecourt. The Huskies posted a 97-92 win on Jan. 24 in Seattle behind Doug Wrenn's 32 points. The Ducks were 90-84 victors on Feb. 23 in Eugene, capping a perfect 16-0 home season at McArthur Court where they had beaten previous opponents by an average margin of 26.4 points. Thursday's first-round winner meets the winner of the contest between No. 4 seed USC (ranked No. 22) and No. 5 seed Stanford (No. 16) on Friday at 6:14 p.m.
Every Pac-10 Tournament game will be televised live, including Saturday's championship tilt that airs live on CBS at 3:10 p.m. Thursday's four first-round games and both semifinal contests on Friday will be televised live on 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/
UW vs. Ranked Foes
Washington has a 1-8 record this season against ranked opponents, winning 97-92 at home on Jan. 24 against No. 19 Oregon. UW has not defeated a team ranked as high as No. 9 Oregon since a 62-60 upset of No. 7 Arizona on Jan. 16, 1992 in Seattle. UW last beat a top-10 opponent on Feb. 4, 1999 in Seattle, a 90-84 upset of No. 10 Arizona.
This is the fifth Pac-10 Tournament, but the first since the conference stopped hosting the post-season event following the 1990 season. In the four previous Pac-10 events, between 1987-90, all 10 conference teams participated. Washington has a 3-4 record in Pac-10 Tournament play and lost it last three outings. The Huskies advanced to the 1987 championship game, losing 76-64 to UCLA.
Newcomer of the Year
Husky sophomore forward Doug Wrenn was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year on Feb. 27. The 6-8 forward transferred from Connecticut and sat out the 2000-01 season. Wrenn is the Pac-10's third-leading scorer (19.7 ppg) and ranks 13th in rebounding (6.3 rpg). He has 532 points to rank 12th among all-time Husky single-season scorers. Wrenn is the first Husky to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Doug Wrenn's 19.7-point scoring average is the 11th-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 11 straight games from Jan. 6-Feb. 14. He averaged 26.0 points and accounted for 36 percent of the Huskies' scoring during that span. Wrenn topped the 30-point barrier four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He has 12 games with at least 20 points and led all Husky scorers on 20 occasions. Wrenn has three double-doubles and is second on the team with 56 assists.
Washington's schedule was rated the nation's second most difficult in the March 4 Sagarin Ratings published by USA Today. Twelve of UW's 17 defeats were dealt by teams that were ranked at some point this season. Six teams on the UW schedule were listed in this week's (Mar. 4) Associated Press top-25 poll, including sixth-ranked Gonzaga, Oregon (#9), Arizona (#15), Stanford (#16), USC (#22) and California (#25). Nine Husky losses came against teams that are currently ranked.
The youthful Huskies have a roster that includes seven freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and three seniors. Ten of 16 UW athletes had never played a game at Washington before this season. The predominantly local list of athletes includes 13 of 16 players from high schools in the state of Washington.
Washington has started nine different lineups this year after implementing 15 unique lineups last season. The lineup of Wrenn/Leep/Dixon/Conroy/Massingale started the last four games, posting a 3-1 record. The Huskies settled on that lineup after implementing six different sets of starters in the previous six games. The rotating lineups have seen nine different players drawing at least one starting assignment. Senior center David Dixon is the only player to start every game this season.
One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in Husky history was that of sophomore Doug Wrenn, a supremely athletic 6-8 forward who red-shirted last season after transferring from Connecticut. Wrenn fulfilled expectations with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. The Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Wrenn leads the team and ranks third among conference players with an average of 19.7 points per game, including a career-high 35-point performance at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). Wrenn hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. He topped all Husky scorers 20 times and posted 23 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points. Wrenn has three double doubles and ranks second on the team with 56 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted last season at UW after transferring from Connecticut. He was projected by Basketball News as the Pac-10's top newcomer. Wrenn, who prepped at Seattle's O'Dea High School, attended two East Coast prep schools in 1998-99 and played at UConn in 1999-2000.
Washington rejected a school single-season record 135 shots this season, an average of 4.82 blocks per game that leads all Pac-10 teams. The Huskies surpassed the school record of 118 established by the 1993 UW squad that averaged 4.37 blocks per game. The Huskies have blocked five or more shots in 16 games this season after reaching the five-block plateau only five times all last season. Senior David Dixon has 64 blocks to rank second among Pac-10 players with an average of 2.29 per game. He ranks No. 2 among all-time Husky single-season leaders. Dixon's 95 career blocks rank No. 3 in the UW record book. Freshman Jeffrey Day ranks second on the Huskies and ninth in the conference with 30 blocked shots. Nearly one in every four shots Santa Clara attempted on Nov. 24 was rejected as Washington shattered its school single-game record with 14 blocked shots. The Huskies bettered their record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 against Chico State. The leading shot blocker was Dixon whose seven blocks broke the individual UW record of six blocks accomplished twice by Chris Welp in 1986. Dixon matched his single-game record with seven blocks at WSU (Jan. 31).
Less is More
Fans have seen a lot less of 6-foot-11 senior center David Dixon this season. He shed 40 pounds from last year and his current 270-pound weight enables him to be more active and average 28.1 minutes per game. Last season, Dixon played 14.7 minutes per contest and averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. He has been more effective this year, leading the team and ranking third among Pac-10 players with 7.7 rebounds per game. His 8.3-point scoring average is third best on the team. Dixon tallied double-figure points 13 times and has five double-doubles. Dixon's 215 rebounds are 118 more than the 97 he grabbed all last season.
Return to Sender
David Dixon has 64 blocked shots after registering 24 all last season. His 64 blocks are the second-highest single-season total in Washington history. He needs three blocks to tie and four to take the school record from Chris Welp who had 67 blocks in 1987. Dixon's 95 career blocked shots rank No. 3 on the school's all-time list, trailing only Chris Welp (186) and Todd MacCulloch (142) who each played four seasons to just three for Dixon. Dixon boasts the top three blocked shot games in Husky history. He denied a school-record seven shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering the single-game mark of six set by Chris Welp during the 1986 season. Dixon equaled his own school record with seven blocks at Washington State (Jan. 31). He had six rejections against Arizona State (Jan. 10). Dixon ranks second among all Pac-10 players with 62 blocked shots, an average of 2.29 blocks per game.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 172-96 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> The teams split the season series, each winning on its homecourt. The Huskies won 97-92 over then 19th-ranked Oregon on Jan. 24 in Seattle. The Ducks won the rematch 90-84 on Feb. 23 in Eugene to cap a 16-0 record at McArthur Court.
> Doug Wrenn averaged 29.5 points in two games against Oregon this season.
> Fifth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 4-6 coaching record against UW.
> Ninth-year Washington Coach Bob Bender has an 8-11 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 at Oregon 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. Ernie Kent was a UO player at that time. Bender eventually signed with Indiana University.
The Last Meeting
#15 Oregon 90, UW 84 (Feb. 23, 2002, Eugene, Ore.)
Frederick Jones scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half as 15th-ranked Oregon took control early and held off a late Washington surge en route to a 90-84 victory at McArthur Court. The Ducks (20-7, 12-4) gained sole possession of first place in the Pac-10. They clinched their first perfect home record (16-0) since 1938. Oregon reeled off 12 unanswered points to go ahead 12-4. The lead was 21-9 before Washington (10-17, 4-13) rallied behind reserve guard Curtis Allen who amassed 15 points during a 7 1/2-minute stretch. Allen hit his fourth 3-pointer and was fouled, hitting the subsequent free throw to put the Huskies ahead 35-34 with 4:16 left in the first half. Oregon reclaimed the lead 51-45 at halftime and extended it to as many as 13 points at 76-63 with 6:51 remaining. The Huskies made one final run, drawing within 82-79 on a three-point play by Doug Wrenn at 1:26. Jones answered with his fifth 3-pointer at 0:57 and the Ducks converted 5-of-6 free throws inside the final 40 seconds to secure the victory. Luke Jackson scored 23 points for Oregon which also got 11 from Anthony Lever. Wrenn finished with 27 points for the Huskies and Allen had 18. The Huskies shot 54 percent from the field (32-59), including 9-of-14 accuracy from 3-point range. Oregon countered with 12-of-19 shooting from 3-point range and forced 25 UW turnovers.
This Season's First Meeting
UW 97, #19 Oregon 92 (Jan. 24, 2002, Seattle)
Doug Wrenn scored six of his then career-high 32 points in the final 1:22 to lift Washington to its first win over a ranked opponent in six tries, a 97-92 upset of No. 19 Oregon at Bank of America Arena. Washington (8-11, 2-7) stopped a three-game losing skid and halted a streak in its series with the Ducks in which the visiting won the previous four meetings. Oregon (14-5, 6-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped despite the 27 points of Frederick Jones and 23 from Luke Ridnour. Wrenn tallied 18 first-half points and the Huskies shot 54 percent en route to a 52-44 halftime lead. Oregon outscored UW 18-7 inside the opening four minutes of the second half to edge ahead 62-59. UO led 81-80 before Washington took the lead for good on a jumper by Josh Barnard with 2:50 left to play. Following a pair of Wrenn baskets, the Huskies converted 11 of 12 free throws during the final 41 seconds to secure the win. Curtis Allen made all 12 of his free throws, six of the in the final 0:32, and finished with 18 points for UW. Huskies Grant Leep and C.J. Massingale contributed 11 points. Luke Jackson netted 18 points for the Ducks.
The Washington basketball players are wearing a black patch on the front of their jerseys with the initials 'D.E.' in remembrance of Dick Erickson, a friend of the basketball program who died in July. Erickson was involved for nearly 50 years with UW athletics. He participated as an athlete then a coach with the Husky rowing team before serving as the Facilities Manager for the athletic department. Erickson was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on two occasions, in 1984 as part of the 1958 national championship crew and in 1994 as the head coach of the men's crew from 1968-82. As a write-in candidate, Erickson won an on-line vote in the fall in which fans were asked who they would like to have portrayed by a bobblehead doll. He received more votes than current Husky head coaches Bob Bender, Rick Neuheisel and June Daugherty did. Bobbleheads bearing his likeness were distributed to the first 2,500 spectators at the Feb. 16 men's basketball game against California and his family was recognized during pre-game ceremonies.
'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
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, sophomore point guard Curtis Allen is improving upon last season's performance when he was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's 77-64 win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game scoring best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. His playmaking skills have improved dramatically. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 20 of 28 games with a total of 122, an average of 4.36 per game. Last year, Allen distributed 65 assists, an average of 2.2 per contest. Allen is the 21st Husky to post a 100-assist season and currently ranks No. 8 among UW single-season playmakers. He had 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone at California on Feb. 20, 1970. His 3-point shooting is also vastly better. Allen is shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc (47-113) after shooting 3-pointers at a 25-percent clip last year. He has 47 treys, 27 more than last season's total of 20. Last season, Allen had one of the finest campaigns for a Husky rookie, ranking third among all-time freshmen in steals (29) and No. 4 in assists (65).
Washington shot 55 percent (16-29) from 3-point range in two meetings with Oregon this season led by Curtis Allen who netted 78 percent (7-of-9) of his treys ... The Huskies' second (97) and third (84) highest scoring games this season came against the Ducks. Their highest scoring output was a 98-point performance at San Diego on Dec. 1 ... Washington has a 9-7 record when its reserves equal or outscore their counterpart's point total while suffering a 2-10 record when the opponents lead the bench-scoring category ... UW lost all 12 games when its opponents registered a superior field goal percentage and is 11-5 when out shooting its foes ... Jeffrey Day has 30 blocked shots, just two away from Todd MacCulloch's Washington freshman record of 32 established in 1996 ... Curtis Allen ranks second among Pac-10 players (88.4%) in free throw accuracy, including 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26 ... The Huskies are shooting 67.4 percent from the free throw line (440-653), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10 ... The Huskies' 97-92 win over Oregon (Jan. 24) marked the first time they trailed with 5:00 remaining and won the game. UW has a 1-15 record in games when trailing at the 5:00 mark ... UW players posted 17 games of 20-or-more points, more than doubling last season's entire total of eight 20-point individual outings.
Washington senior Grant Leep currently stands as Washington's most accurate 3-point marksman, having converted 53.4 percent of his treys this season and 43.2 percent for his career. Leep leads all Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage, netting 53.4 percent (39-73) of his trey tries. He leads a Husky team that is shooting 36.5 percent (172-471) on 3-pointers, an improvement from last year's 30.6-percent figure.
Freshman forward Mike Jensen, who dislocated his left shoulder during practice on Dec. 3, underwent surgery on Dec. 10 and will miss the rest of the season. Jensen suffered a torn labrum. He is the second Husky big man to suffer a season-ending injury, joining 6-10 center Marlon Shelton who had left knee surgery on Oct. 16.
Freshman guard Erroll Knight amassed a team-high 23 points at Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 15, the highest point total for a freshman in a debut game at Washington. He eclipsed the record of 22 points set by Deon Luton against Brigham Young on Nov. 26, 1996. Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left knee on Nov. 2. He had swelling in his knee during preseason practice and underwent an MRI on Oct. 30 that revealed a loose fragment of cartilage. The projected rehabilitation time was approximately three weeks, but Knight returned to practice just 10 days later (Nov. 12). He played 28 minutes in his inaugural collegiate outing, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the field that included 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. Knight started 19 of 28 games this season. He ranks fifth on the team with a 7.0-point scoring average. Knight scored 19 points and led the team with eight rebounds against Arizona State (Jan. 10). He was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team. Knight was one of the nation's premier prep shooting guards last year. The athletic 6-7 swingman averaged 19.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. He was a consensus top-100 national prep pick by the recruiting services, including Prep-West Hoops which ranked him as the No. 2 shooting guard in the West.
Last Husky Game
UW 82, Washington State 75 (Feb. 27, 2002, Seattle)
Senior David Dixon led six double-figure scorers, netting 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Washington led the entire game and held on to claim an 82-75 victory over Washington State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-17, 5-13) secured the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The Cougars (5-12, 1-17) finished with only one conference win, an 81-79 home decision over UW on Jan. 31. Washington led by as many as 17 points at 28-11 with 9:59 left in the first half. Senior Grant Leep sparked the surge in his final home game by hitting his first four 3-point shots, including a pair of treys in the opening 44 seconds. Leep scored all 12 of his points in the first eight minutes. The Cougars closed the gap with 11 unanswered points and trailed 43-37 at halftime. WSU trimmed the margin to 78-75 on two Jerry McNair free throws with 12 seconds remaining, but UW's C.J. Massingale and Curtis Allen each dropped in a pair of free throws to seal the win. Erroll Knight scored 13 points for the Huskies who also got 12 from Massingale and Doug Wrenn and 11 from Allen. Marcus Moore led WSU with 26 points, McNair tallied 23 and J Locklier had 18. Washington offset a 42-27 rebounding deficit by outshooting the Cougars 50 percent (25-50) to 41 percent (25-61) from the field.
Doug Wrenn tallied a career-high 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7), the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch scored 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996 ... Wrenn's four 30-point outings are the third-best single-season total by a Husky and are the most since Louie Nelson had five during the 1972-73 campaign ... Curtis Allen converted 20 consecutive free throws between Jan. 10-26, including all 12 of his free throws against Oregon (Jan. 24) to tie the school's single-game percentage record. Six players have been perfect on 12 of more throws in all-time UW games led by the 14-for-14 effort of Bill Hanson against Idaho on March 10, 1961 ... Allen distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), just one shy of the school single-game record of 16 set by Rafael Stone in 1970 ... The Huskies won their home opener on Nov. 24, defeating Santa Clara 69-49. That improved their all-time record in home openers to 81-18. It was the 99th all-time home opener for UW which did not play any home games during the 1905 season ... Four Huskies received all-tournament honors at the Top of the World Classic: Curtis Allen, David Dixon, Erroll Knight and tournament MVP Doug Wrenn ... On Nov. 15 Erroll Knight scored a UW freshman debut record 23 points. He topped the mark of 22 points set by Deon Luton on Nov. 26, 1996 in his collegiate debut against BYU ... The Huskies blocked a school single-game record 14 shots against Santa Clara (Nov. 24), bettering by four the UW record of 10 blocks established on Dec. 3, 1991 ... Curtis Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, the first time a Washington player received the conference award since Deon Luton on Feb. 8, 1999 ... Ten of the 16 players on the roster had never played a game at Washington prior to this season ... Washington played the season opener without the services of head coach Bob Bender who was in Seattle nursing a bruised rib ... UW's Dec. 11 home game against Gonzaga was a sellout, the second sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened in November 2000 with a new 10,000-seat configuration. The first sellout was on Jan. 13, 2001 against Arizona.
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.
Home Sweet Home
For the first time in two years, the Huskies is playing all of their home games on campus, in newly renovated Bank of America Arena at 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 has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies won 757 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. UW played two exhibitions and the season opener last year at different venues before playing the remaining games in The Pavilion.
The Husky roster features three players from Tacoma, Washington. Junior guard Josh Barnard (Bethel HS), a transfer from Tacoma Community College, joins sophomore guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having three players from Tacoma is remarkable considering UW went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) who lettered from 1977-80.
Freshmen Jeffrey Day and Will Conroy have already made their mark on the Washington record book. Both are climbing the charts among all-time Husky freshmen. Day has 30 blocked shots, the second-highest single-season total ever for a UW freshman. He needs three blocks to eclipse the school's frosh record of 32 established in 1996 by Todd MacCulloch. Conroy distributed 45 assists to rank seventh among all-time Husky rookie playmakers.
Washington completed its non-conference schedule with a 6-4 record, its first winning record since the 1998-99 team posted a 7-3 record. UW had a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 last season.
Freshman Charles Frederick, who began practicing with the basketball team on Dec. 31, suited up for the first time on Jan. 4 at UCLA. He saw his first game action on Jan. 6 at USC, an eight-minute stint during which he had two points, two assists and one steal. He has played five games. Frederick is a scholarship receiver on the Husky football team that concluded its season Dec. 28 with a 47-43 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Frederick was the leading punt returner for the Huskies with a 14.6-yard average, including an 87-yard TD return against Idaho (Sept. 22). He was a Sporting News Freshman All-America pick. Frederick was a top-50 national recruit in football and basketball. He averaged 19 points and eight steals from his point guard position as a senior in 2001 at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Washington received commitments during the early signing period (Nov. 14-21) from two prep standouts, both from Seattle's Garfield High School. Brandon Roy, a 6-5 wing player, is one of the premier prep players in the nation and Anthony Washington is a 6-9 rising power forward prospect who initially signed last year with the Huskies, but returned to Garfield to complete some coursework. Those two will join the team in the fall of 2002 and be reunited with former prep teammate Will Conroy who is currently a freshman point guard at UW. The Huskies have one scholarship to offer during the late letter of intent period that begins April 15.
6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The No. 2-ranked small forward in the West by Prep-West Hoops ... Rated No. 47 nationally among all positions by CNN/SI ... Averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last year at Garfield High School ... A first-team 2001 All-Washington state selection in the 4A classification ... The 2001 KingCo Conference MVP.
6-9, 220, forward, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
The ninth-rated power forward in the West last year by Prep-West Hoops ... Listed as the No. 100 player nationally by The Sporting News last year... Emerged on the recruiting scene with stellar performances during the spring and summer camp sessions of 2000 ... Averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as senior at Garfield High in 2001 ... Blocked 21 shots in four games to set a new state tournament record ... Had more blocks than the previous tournament team record of 20.
The USC Series
> USC holds a 61-55 lead in the all-time series that began in 1925.
> The Trojans won the last seven meetings, their longest winning streak ever against Washington. USC won six straight over the Huskies from 1967-69.
> The last UW win in the series was an 85-83 decision on Jan. 28, 1999 in Seattle.
> USC swept the regular-season series from the Huskies for the third straight season.
> Prior to losing the last six meetings, Washington had won seven of the previous eight games against USC.
> Seventh-year USC coach Henry Bibby has a 7-6 record against Washington.
> Ninth-year UW Coach Bob Bender has an 8-10 coaching record against USC.
The Last Meeting
USC 94, UW 74 (Jan. 6, 2002, Los Angeles)
David Bluthenthal led five double-figure scorers with 18 points, leading USC to a 94-74 victory over Washington at The Forum. The Trojans (12-2, 4-0), who swept UW for the third straight season, recorded their record seventh straight win in the series. USC used 21 steals to force 26 Husky turnovers and outscored UW 32-12 off the miscues. Washington (6-8, 0-4) held a slim 5-4 lead at two minutes into the game when the Trojans staged a 25-5 run over the next 6:36 to claim a commanding 29-10 advantage. The margin was 51-30 at halftime and later grew to as many as 32 points. Sam Clancy scored 11 straight USC points in the second half and finished with 17, matching the totals for Brandon Granville and Errick Craven. Granville also had 10 assists and six steals. Desmon Farmer had 15 points for USC. Doug Wrenn tallied 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half for the Huskies who also got 11 points from David Dixon and 10 from Curtis Allen.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 61-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the regular-season series over the Huskies for the fifth straight season.
> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 on Jan. 19 in Palo Alto, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.
> Stanford won the last 10 meetings and 16 of the last 18 against the Huskies. The Cardinal's current 10-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford's previous best was five straight vs. UW from 1990-92.
> 16th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 25-8 mark against UW.
> Ninth-year Husky coach Bob Bender has a 2-16 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#12 Stanford 91, UW 65 (Feb. 14, 2002, Seattle)
Casey Jacobsen tallied 31 points and Curtis Borchardt contributed 15 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots as 12th-ranked Stanford cruised to a 91-65 win over Washington. The Cardinal (16-6, 9-4) posted its 10th straight win over Washington (8-16, 2-12), the longest streak in the series. Stanford led 42-33 at halftime and opened the second half with a 3-pointer by Tony Giovacchini. The Huskies reeled off eight straight points to draw within 45-41 with 16:05 left to play. The Cardinal responded with a 9-0 surge to push the margin to 54-41 and had another nine-point run near the end of the game. Doug Wrenn, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer behind Jacobsen, was the only Husky to reach double-figures. He netted 24 points and completed his third double-double with 11 rebounds. The Cardinal out-rebounded UW 48-32.