UW Visits Second-Ranked Arizona on Saturday

Jan. 10, 2003

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UW at #2 Arizona / 4:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. MST)

McKale Center (14,545); Tucson, Ariz.
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area

UW vs. California / 7:00 p.m. PST

Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma

The Washington Huskies (6-6, 1-2) conclude their first Pac-10 road trip of the season on Saturday, Jan. 11 against second-ranked Arizona (10-1, 3-0). Tip-off is 4 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Mountain Time) at McKale Center in Tucson. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. Washington lost its last six meetings with the Wildcats and also lost its last six games at McKale Center. UW's last win in Tucson was an 80-79 overtime decision over then 14th-ranked Arizona on Feb. 1, 1996. That was also the last UW road win over a ranked opponent. The Huskies have not defeated a team ranked as high as No. 2 Arizona since Feb. 22, 1979 when they beat top-ranked UCLA 69-68 in Seattle. On Thursday, the Huskies sustained their largest loss under first-year coach Lorenzo Romar with an 89-57 setback at Arizona State. Arizona posted an 82-69 win over Washington State on Thursday. After starting the season with three losses, UW has won six of its last nine games. Romar has six coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go before matching the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies from 1978-79 (11-16) to 1979-80 (18-10).

Desert Drought
The annual trek to the desert has traditionally been the most difficult road trip for the Huskies. Washington lost its last 12 games in the state of Arizona and was swept last year for the 12th time in its last 14 visits. Since 1989, UW has a 2-28 combined record at Arizona (1-13) and Arizona State (1-15). Washington lost 89-57 Thursday at Arizona State, its 15th loss in the last 16 visits to Tempe. The Huskies, who lost 91-82 at Arizona last season, won only once in their last 18 visits to Tucson dating to 1985. They posted an 80-79 overtime upset at Arizona in 1996 to snap an 11-game losing skid at McKale Center.

TV Tidbits
Saturday's UW game at Arizona will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. David Locke and Bill Krueger call the action. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Saturday's game at Arizona will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com

Instant Offense
Sophomore David Hudson has 34 points in 37 minutes this season, coming on 11 treys and one free throw. Hudson is shooting 58 percent (11-19) from 3-point range and missed his only shot from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23).

UW's Lorenzo Romar needs one more victory to reach 100 for his coaching career. His seven-year record is 99-94 ... The Huskies have a 2-28 combined record over games in the state of Arizona since 1989, including 12 straight losses ... Doug Wrenn leads the Huskies in Pac-10 games with 16.0 points & 6.3 rebounds ... Washington's assist-turnover ratio in its five victories is 105-99 while the corresponding mark in five losses is 60-101 ... Will Conroy has 174 points, more than doubling his entire 2001-02 output of 72 ... Arizona State blocked 13 shots Thursday, a single-game record for a UW opponent ... The Huskies boast a 6-1 record when scoring more than 70 points and are 0-5 when scoring less than 70 ... Sophomore Will Conroy recorded double figure points in nine games after not posting a double-figure scoring effort all last season ... The Huskies held three of their 12 opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season.

Will Power
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a major offensive threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team, averaging 14.5 points on 48 percent shooting, and has distributed a team-high 53 assists. Conroy tallied a career-high 19 points at UNLV (Nov. 30) and improved that figure with a 32-point effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) while shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He already has 174 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 season. Conroy led all UW scorers in five games this season, a feat he did not accomplish at all last year.

Day Returns
Sophomore Jeffrey Day has been reinstated academically and is eligible to play immediately, Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced Jan. 8. The 6-foot-9 forward missed three UW games after being declared ineligible on Dec. 27. The Huskies had a 2-1 record in his absence. Day accompanied the team to Arizona and played 12 minutes Thursday at Arizona State. He started six times, including the season opener on Nov. 24 against Montana State when he registered career highs with 10 points and nine rebounds. A product of Seattle Prep High School, Day averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds as a UW freshman in 2001-02. He ranked second on the team last season with 30 blocked shots.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* Season Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 0-0.

* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 62-185.

* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent -- UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (Jan. 24, 2002).

* Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent -- UW 80, #14 Arizona 78 ot (Feb. 1, 1996).

* All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents -- 24-103.

* Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent -- UW 90, #10 Arizona 84 (Feb. 4, 1999).

* Last Road Win Over a Top-10 Opponent -- UW 74, #9 Kansas 64 (Dec. 14, 1974).

* Last Win Over a Top-2 Opponent -- UW 69, #1 UCLA 68 (Feb. 22, 1979).
Note: Washington lost its last 18 road games against ranked opponents and its last 29 road games against top-10 foes.

The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 34-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965 and won the last six games against UW.

> The Wildcats won 10 of the last 11 meetings against Washington. They swept the last three season series, their longest run of sweeps since beating UW over five consecutive seasons from 1986-1990.> UA won both meetings last year, winning 74-69 in Seattle and 91-82 in Tucson.

> Arizona boasts a 20-4 record against the Huskies in Tucson, including a91-82 win last year. The Wildcats won the last six, and 17 of the last 18 meetings against UW at McKale Center. The lone Husky win during that span was an 80-79 overtime decision on Feb. 1, 1996 that halted an 11-game losing streak at McKale Center dating back to 1984.

> 20th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 29-11 all-time record against UW.

> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Arizona.

The Last Meeting
Arizona 91, Washington 82 (Feb. 7, 2002; Tucson, Ariz.) --

Doug Wrenn came off the bench to score 35 points for Washington, his second straight 30-point outing, but it wasn't enough to overcome Arizona's balanced attack in a 91-82 loss to the No. 20 Wildcats. Arizona led from wire-to-wire as the Huskies were only able to pull within seven points midway through the second half. Luke Walton went 8-for-11 from the field and scored 21 points to lead the Wildcats while freshman center Channing Frye posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Arizona also got double-figure points from Salim Stoudamire (17), Jason Gardner (13) and Rick Anderson (11). Washington shot a solid 50-percent from the field (led by Wrenn's 15-for-23 shooting), but the 'Cats bettered that mark, firing for a 54.1-percent rate. David Dixon was the only other Husky in double figures, scoring 11 while pulling down seven rebounds. Grant Leep's nine points all came from behind the ark as the senior forward went 3-for-5 from three-point range. Washington shot only 8-for-21 from the free-throw line, more than accounting for the final nine-point deficit.

Second Century
The second century of Washington basketball begins with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (5) or sophomores (4). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.

Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

Last Husky Game
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Jan. 9, 2003; Tempe, Ariz.) --

Tommy Smith tallied 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Arizona State to an 89-57 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. Curtis Millage scored 16 points and Ike Diogu and Jamal Hill had 14 apiece for Arizona State (10-4, 2-1) which defeated the Huskies at home for the sixth straight time. Smith also tied his career high with six blocks and had five assists. ASU blocked 13 shots, a single-game record for a UW opponent. Diogu pulled down nine rebounds, helping Arizona State to a 47-28 advantage on the boards. The teams were tied at 13 before Diogu started a 17-5 surge that gave ASU the lead for good. Will Conroy led Washington (6-6, 1-2) with 13 points while Doug Wrenn and Bobby Jones had 10 each. Conroy had five points inside the opening two minutes of the second half as UW, which trailed by 43-32 at halftime, drew within 46-41on a basket by Mike Jensen with 17:43 left in the game. The Sun Devils scored the next seven points to take control and steadily increased the lead to as many as 33 points.

Shuffling Starters
Washington started three different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jensen/Washington/Conroy/Allen that has a 4-2 record while opening the last six outings. Three Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn, Mike Jensen and Will Conroy.

Non-Conference Conquests
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's 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 have won 762 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.

Husky Tickets
Good seats are available for all Washington home games, including season tickets and other special packages. The Pepsi 'Fun for Four' Family Pack is perfect for quartets of all ages. Get four general admission game tickets, four Pepsi drinks and four hot dogs for only $32. Reserved seats for individual Husky games are $18 while general admission seats are $10. University of Washington students with current student identification can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. Visit the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or call (206-543-2200) for information. Individual game reserved tickets will also be available on-line via the athletic department website: www.gohuskies.com

Tacoma Twosome
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington 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) a 1977-80 letterman.

The California Series
> Washington owns a slim 68-66 lead in the all-time series despite losing four of the last five meetings with California.

> The Huskies won the most recent meeting 75-60 in Seattle, halting a four-game losing streak against the Golden Bears.

> The teams split last season's meetings, each winning on its home floor. Cal won the first meeting in 2002 by a 62-50 in Berkeley and UW responded with a 75-60 decision in Seattle.

> The Huskies own a 44-24 series advantage over California during games played in Seattle.

> Seventh-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 7-5 record against the Huskies.

> First-year Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 record against California. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears last season after defeating Cal in the 2001 season.

The Last Meeting
UW 75, California 60 (Feb. 16, 2002; Seattle) --

C.J. Massingale tied his career-high with 25 points, including six during the decisive four-minute stretch in the second half of Washington's 75-60 upset of second-place California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-16, 3-12) halted their five-game losing streak and a four-game skid against California (18-6, 9-5). Washington gradually overcame an early 18-10 deficit, taking a 31-29 lead by halftime. The Golden Bears tallied 12 unanswered points to go ahead 45-38 with 14:13 left to play. The lead was 49-44 before the Huskies staged a 13-2 run to claim the lead for good at 57-51 with 8:25 remaining. Massingale had six points during the run that he capped by driving and distributing to David Dixon for a dunk. Grant Leep and Curtis Allen each had 12 points for Washington. Cal held Doug Wrenn to six points, 14 points under his 20.6-point average. Wrenn led all UW scorers in the previous 11 games. Joe Shipp scored 15 points for the Bears who also got 12 from Ryan Forehan-Kelly and 11 from Solomon Hughes. The Huskies missed 13 of their first 15 shots from 3-point range before converting five straight 3-pointers and finishing at 7-of-21 for the game. Cal hit just 1-of-12 treys.

2003 Husky Highlights
Washington forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... Curtis Allen had five steals against UCLA on Jan. 2, the most by a Husky since Chris Walcott had five against Oregon on Jan. 16, 1999 ... The Huskies won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston). Their largest margin of victory last season was 20 points vs. Santa Clara ... The last time Washington posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... The Huskies registered 15 steals against Houston (Dec. 23), their most in a game since tying the school record of 20 on Nov. 26, 1996 against Brigham Young ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies held three of their nine opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in their last three outings, their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... Will Conroy has 95 points this season, 23 over his entire 2001-02 output of 72 ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament ... Ten of the 13 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the immediate Seattle area.

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