14th-Ranked UW & No. 9 Arizona Clash in Seattle
Feb. 25, 2005
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 --
#14 Washington vs. #9 Arizona; 1:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
THURSDAY, MARCH 3 --
#14 Washington at California; 7:30 p.m. PST
Haas Pavilion (11,877); Berkeley, Calif. - FSN TV
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area
The game of the year in the Pac-10 Conference takes place Saturday, Feb. 26 at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. The 14th-ranked and second-place Washington Huskies (22-4, 12-3) clash with No. 9 and first-place Arizona (24-4, 14-2). Tip-off is 1 p.m. Pacific Time for the game that will be televised live on FSN. The contest has major Pac-10 championship implications. The Wildcats, who won this year's first meeting 91-82 in Tucson, are one game ahead of UW in the loss column. Arizona can clinch its 11th regular-season Pac-10 title with a win Saturday. Washington can secure no worse than a tie for the conference championship with victories in its final three games, beginning Saturday against Arizona. The Huskies' 12-3 mark is their best 15-game record in conference play since the 1984 team was 13-2. Overall, Washington has its best record in 29 years, dating to the 1976 squad that had a similar 22-4 record. The last UW team with a better 26-game record was the 1953 squad that started the season 24-2 en route to the school's only Final Four appearance. Only two teams in the 103-year history of UW basketball had a better 26-game record than the current 22-4 mark. Next week, the Huskies conclude the regular season with two games in the Bay Area. UW visits California, Mar. 3 at 7:30 p.m. for a game televised on FSN. On Mar. 5, CBS will carry the Huskies' game at Stanford at 1 p.m.
Washington is in second place in the Pac-10 standings, 1 1/2 games behind Arizona. UW is vying for its first conference championship since tying for back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 1984 (Oregon State) and 1985 (USC). The last time UW won a conference title outright was in 1952-53 when the Huskies won the Northern Division crown and swept California in a best-of-three playoff en route to the school's only Final Four appearance.
Twenty Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-Arizona game airs on FSN at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson provide the commentary.
Saturday's UW-Arizona game airs on the Husky Radio Network. The game will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the action with color commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Washington has sold out 10 games this season, including Saturday's home finalé against Arizona. That is six more sellouts than the previous season record of four established in 1999. The total home attendance of 148,201 (including Saturday) is the highest in school history, surpassing the 1953 squad's record of 147,959. The final 2005 season average of 9,880 is the second-highest in school history, trailing only the mark of 9,954 from 1953.
Senior Will Conroy became the 29th 1,000-point scorer in school history Feb. 10 and his current career total of 1,035 ranks 28th. Teammate Nate Robinson ranks 20th among all-time Huskies with 1,128 career points. Robinson is vying to become the first player to lead UW in scoring over three straight seasons since Eldridge Recasner from 1988-90. Robinson led the Huskies with a 13.0-point average in 2003 and 13.2 in 2004.
At 22-4, the Huskies have their best 25-game record since the 1975-76 squad also had a 22-4 mark. That Husky team did not encounter the difficult schedule the current unit was confronted with. This year's Huskies were victorious in their opening four games for the first time since the start of the 1998-99 campaign, capped by a 79-76 victory over No. 19 Alabama (Nov. 27) in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Huskies, who also defeated Utah and Oklahoma in Anchorage, were declared ESPN.com's national Team of the Week on Nov. 29. UW won nine consecutive games from Dec. 5-Jan. 6, including a 68-64 win over then No. 12 North Carolina State. A complete listing of the fastest starting teams in UW history is available on page 9 of this release.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 790 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They registered an 11-3 home record last season. Washington is 14-0 at home this season. UW seeks to win Saturday and register the 11th undefeated home mark in school history, the first since the 1984 squad went 12-0. The Huskies' current 21-game home winning streak is the sixth longest in school history and the 15-game Pac-10 home winning streak is a record. UW sold out 10 home games this year, breaking the previous season record of four in 1999.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 37-18 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> The Wildcats won the last meeting 91-82 on Jan. 27 in Tucson, halting a three-game losing streak against Washington.
> UW swept the season series from Arizona last year for the first time since 1984.
> Arizona owns a 14-12 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Seattle. The Wildcats lost last year, snapping a four-game winning streak at Washington.
> 22nd-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 33-13 all-time record against UW.
> Third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-3 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
#11 Arizona 91, #10 UW 82 (Jan. 27, 2005/Tucson, Ariz.)
Salim Stoudamire led all scorers with 25 points as 11th-ranked Arizona clawed back from an 11-point first-half deficit to win 91-82 and end 10th-ranked Washington's three-game win streak in the series. Stoudamire hit all nine of his free throws to lead UA from the charity stripe during a school-record free throw shooting performance. The Wildcats made 38 of 40 free throws during the contest. UW was 15 of 21 from the line. The Huskies had five players reach double figures led by Brandon Roy's 15 points off the bench. UW managed to outrebound the taller Wildcats by a 38-29 margin, but could hit just 13 of 34 three point shots as Arizona employed a 1-3-1 zone most of the game to negate UW's quick-score offense. UW's 3-point attempts (34) were a school record, bettering the previous season high by 10 (24 vs. Gonzaga) and the old school record (29 vs. Fresno State on Dec. 8, 1992 and at UCLA on Jan. 1, 2002). UW's 13 treys were a season best, topping the 12 the team made at Gonzaga. The total fell one short of the school record of 14 vs. USC on Jan. 29, 1998.
Washington built a double-digit lead at some point in 14 of 15 Pac-10 games. UW's largest lead Feb. 13 at Oregon State was seven points ... The Beaver's 90-73 (17 point) win Feb. 13 marked the Huskies' biggest defeat, eclipsing the 99-87 (12 point) loss at Gonzaga on Dec. 1 ... UW's 108-68 home victory over Oregon State on Jan. 15 marked the highest point total ever against a Pac-10 opponent and the 40-point differential was the Huskies' second largest against a Pac-10 foe, trailing only a 45-point victory (86-41) over Washington State on Mar. 3, 1951.
Washington's offense scored 100 points four times this season, matching he 1972 and 1975 Husky teams for the most 100-point outings in a season. The Huskies amassed an unprecedented combined total of 224 in back-to-back games against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) and Houston (Dec. 24). UW entered this week ranked second nationally, scoring at an 86.6-point clip that now stands at 86.7. North Carolina opened the week leading the NCAA at 90.3 points per game.
Five players are averaging double-figure points for Washington and a sixth, Will Conroy, has a 9.6-point scoring average. An unprecedented eight Huskies tallied double-figure points in the win over Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Seven different players have led UW in scoring during a game this season and five turned in a 20-point performance. UW boasted a balanced offense last season with five players averaging double-figure points. All five returned this season. Previously, the last time five Huskies had finished a season in double figures was the 1975 campaign.
Senior point guard Will Conroy entered this week ranked No. 17 nationally and currently leads the Pac-10 with 6.48 assists per game. That figure is ahead of the school-record pace of 5.8 that led to a single-season record 163 assists for Chester Dorsey in 1976. Conroy has distributed 162 assists this season, the second-highest total in school history, to become the first player in UW history to post three 100-assist seasons. He delivered 142 assists in 2004 and 108 in 2003. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 19.3 assists per game, their best mark since the 1976 squad averaged 22.6 en route to a school-record total of 632. Washington leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 2 nationally in assists per game behind only North Carolina (20.3).
Conroy has distributed 458 career assists, including a career-high 13 twice this season. He had 13 assists against Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12) and Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). That tied for the fourth-best single-game performance in school history. Rafael Stone established the UW record of 16 assists in 1970. Conroy currently ranks No. 2 among all-time Husky playmakers and needs eight more assists to tie Chester Dorsey's (1974-77) school record of 466. Only five other Huskies have posted back-to-back 100-assist seasons and Conroy is the first to reach the century mark three times. Conroy ranked fifth among Pac-10 playmakers in 2004 with 4.58 assists per game.
The Huskies' 22-win total is their highest since the 1985 squad finished 22-10 and won a co-Pac-10 title. The 1984 UW team also won a co-championship and finished 24-7 ... Will Conroy has 162 assists and needs one to tie Chester Dorsey's 1976 single-season record of 163. Conroy's 458 career assists are eight shy the UW career record of 466 established by Dorsey from 1974-77 ... UW has tied last season's conference win total of 12. The last Husky team with more Pac-10 wins was the 1986 squad with 13 ... The Huskies have a 19-0 record in games when they hold their opponent under the 50-percent field goal plateau and are 18-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their foes ... Junior forward Mike Jensen won the opening tip for Washington in 18 of 26 games this season ... On Feb. 10, the Huskies were whistled for a school-record 36 fouls at Oregon which attempted 54 free throws, five more than any UW opponent ever ... UW has a 9-0 record when scoring 90 or more points and a 20-0 mark when holding opponents under 90 points ... Washington leads the Pac-10 with 86.7 points per game, 7.3 more than the No. 2 team, Arizona at 79.4 ... Will Conroy (6.5) and Nate Robinson (5.0) rank first and third, respectively among Pac-10 assist leaders. Conroy has 162 assists and Robinson has 129. They are the fifth pair of Huskies to reach the 100-assist plateau during the same season, joining a list that includes Conroy (142) and Brandon Roy (102) in 200.
UW's Last Game
#14 UW 90, Arizona State 82 (Feb. 24, 2005/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 12 of his career-high 29 points early in the second half when 14th-ranked Washington took control en route to a 90-82 victory over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (22-4, 12-3) hit 7-of-10 first-half 3-pointers to claim a 44-41 halftime edge. Simmons tallied 12 of the team's first 14 second-half points, helping UW take its largest lead at 58-48 with 13:53 left to play. Simmons, who hit three treys during that span, missed only one 3-pointer in seven attempts. The Sun Devils (18-10, 7-9) drew within 83-80 on two Ike Diogu free throws with 1:20 remaining. Nate Robinson responded with a spinning layup and capped the game with a dunk. He netted eight of his 21 points in the final 5:19. UW shot 55 percent, including 11-of-16 accuracy from 3-point range. The Sun Devils overcame 39-percent shooting by hitting 29-of-32 free throws. Diogu made 17-of-18 free throws, finishing with 31 points and 15 rebounds. ASU's Kevin Kruger scored 15 of his 17 points on 3-point baskets.
The Huskies are jumping on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 254 points (1089-835) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-32 for UW which built a double-digit lead in 14 of 15 Pac-10 games. In the second half, Washington is outscoring foes by a smaller 106-point count (1149-1043). The Huskies stifled opposing offenses early in several games. They held Oregon State scoreless for the opening 2:28, Arizona for 1:53, Washington State for 2:16, Oregon for 3:54, USC for 5:30, Stanford for 1:59, California for 3:02 and Houston for 6:53. UW trailed at halftime just four times, by one point at Gonzaga, one point against North Carolina State, four points at Oregon and seven points at Oregon State.
Washington, which is averaging 86.7 points per game, entered this week ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring. The Huskies averaged 82.0 points per game last season, their highest scoring output since the 1972 squad finished with a school record 84.8-point average. UW finished the 2004 season ranked second among Pac-10 teams and No. 6 among NCAA Division I teams in team scoring average.
Washington reached the 100-point plateau in four games, tying the single-season school record established in 1972 and 1975. UW's 108-point effort against Oregon State (Jan. 15) marked its highest total against a Pac-10 opponent. The 114-point outburst against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) tied for the fourth-highest total in school history and was the most points scored by a UW team since 1991. That was followed by a 110-point performance against Houston (Dec. 24), giving UW a school-record for points in consecutive games with 224. Washington netted 100 points at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 12). The Huskies have reached the 100-point mark seven times during Coach Lorenzo Romar's three seasons. Romar's seven 100-point outings are more than UW accumulated in the previous 27 seasons combined. Only Marv Harshman, who team's posted 14 such efforts from 1972-85, coached more 100-point games for the Huskies than Romar. UW's 100-point NCAA Tournament outburst against UAB (Mar. 19, 2004) was its highest scoring total in a postseason game. The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau three times last season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17, 2004) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena.
UW features a bevy of sharpshooters who combine to average 6.81 treys per game. That is ahead of the pace of last season's squad that accumulated a school-record 201 treys at a 6.5-per-game clip. Seven Huskies have had multiple 3-point games this season, including Tre Simmons who has three six-trey efforts to his credit, against Oregon State (Jan. 15), USC (Feb. 3) and Arizona State (Feb. 24). Nate Robinson has one five-trey performance, against Utah (Nov. 25). UW is shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 38.3 percent on 3-pointers.
The Huskies' triumph at the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout marked their first tournament championship since November of 1998 when they beat Georgia Tech for the Big Island Invitational title in Hilo, Hi.
High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Three former prep teammates are listed on the UW roster; seniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with junior Brandon Roy. Last year UW had four former Garfield players, including Anthony Washington who transferred to Portland State prior to the 2004-05 season. A Garfield grad led or tied UW in scoring during 19 games in 2004. Their Garfield team also featured recent USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback on the Husky football team.
Coming off an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, Washington was ranked in the preseason polls for the first time in six years, opening at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Huskies rose one spot to No. 14 in this week's AP poll and are No. 13 in the ESPN rankings. UW spent two weeks (Jan. 17 & 24) at the No. 10 spot, it's first top-10 appearances since Dec. 18, 1984. This year marked the Huskies' first mention in the preseason rankings since November of 1998 when they were coming off a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. That was only the second time UW appeared in the preseason national rankings since 1985. The Huskies opened the 1998-99 campaign ranked No. 14 in both the coaches' and AP polls. They remained ranked for five weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 7, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until this season. That five-week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 1, 1985. Five opponents on the UW schedule are currently ranked in the Associated Press poll; No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 Gonzaga, No. 13 Utah, No. 16 Alabama and No. 22 Oklahoma.
Romar on the Rankings
'I hear coaches ranked No. 1 say that what counts is where you are ranked at the end of the season. I agree with that part, but a lot of times coaches that say that are ranked every year,' Washington coach Lorenzo Romar explains. 'We have not been ranked since we've been here, so that would be a compliment to our program at this point. It shows that things are moving in the right direction.'
Junior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004. Roy posted a pair of recent double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). Roy has three career double-doubles. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 19 and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25). The 6-6 swingman received the March 1, 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a sweep in the state of Arizona. The last time the Huskies had a road sweep in Arizona was during January of 1984, six months before Roy was born. He led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). Roy's career-high of 30 points came Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. At Houston on Dec. 20 Roy became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy played 13 games with two starts in 2003, averaging 6.1 points per game. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft.
Junior Brandon Roy played in the last nine games and 14 of the last 18 outings after returning from surgery. He made a triumphant return Dec. 19, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes as a reserve in a win over North Carolina State. Roy, who missed the previous five games, returned a week earlier than expected. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 30 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and was projected to miss from four to six weeks. The 6-foot-6 guard suffered the knee injury Nov. 26 in the first half of the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma.
Washington is one of just six participants from the 2004 NCAA Tournament that return all five starting players in 2005. Also returning its entire starting lineup from last year are Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit started 22 of the last 23 games, featuring two seniors (Will Conroy, Tre Simmons) and three juniors (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson). Jensen and Robinson are the only players who started every game. The experienced lineup is in stark contrast to the last two seasons when there were no regular senior starters and few juniors. Last year, the Huskies implemented six unique lineups and Mike Jensen and Brandon Roy were the only players to start every game.
Nate the Great
High-flying Nate Robinson is Washington's second leading scorer with a 16.1-point average that ranks sixth among Pac-10 players. The 5-foot-9 Robinson ranks No. 3 among Pac-10 players with 5.0 assists per game and leads UW with 46 steals. He distributed a career-high eight assists in a win over Oklahoma (Nov. 26) and matched that figure at Gonzaga (Dec. 1). Robinson has posted 10 games of 20 or more points after reaching the 20-point plateau five times all of last season. He was named the Nov. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week after being voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Great Alaska Shootout where he led all UW scorers against Utah (29) and Oklahoma (19). Robinson garnered first-team All-Pac-10 accolades in 2004. He should be in line for even more honors in 2005. Robinson is a Wooden Award nominee and received All-America acclaim in several preseason publications. He led UW and ranked 13th among Pac-10 players in 2004 with 13.2 points per game. Robinson was third among the conference leaders in steals (53) and free throw accuracy (85.3%). He amassed a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 home win over No. 9 Arizona on Jan. 29. That effort helped him receive the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award. The 5-9 guard tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. Robinson led all scorers with 27 points in the 2004 NCAA Tournament game against UAB. In his first season, Robinson was named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after leading the Huskies with a 13.0-point scoring average. He joined the basketball team after competing as a freshman in 2002 on the Husky football team. Robinson played in all 13 football games, including the Sun Bowl, and started the final six at cornerback.
Nate Robinson applied to be eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft after his sophomore season, but withdrew on June 17 to preserve his collegiate eligibility. Before withdrawing, he attended the pre-draft camp in Chicago from June 8-10 where he was evaluated by NBA scouts and general managers from whom he received feedback. At the pre-draft camp, Robinson had a 22-point performance on the first day. It was the highest single-game output by any of the 59 participants during the three-day sessions.
The pivotal point in Washington's 2004 season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak against Pac-10 opponents was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Last year marked the Huskies' biggest turnaround in an NCAA Tournament season. They had a 5-8 record before winning 14 of their final 18 games. UW opened 0-5 in Pac-10 play before winning 12 of its final 13 conference games, vaulting from last place to second. Only twice before did a postseason-bound UW team have a losing record at any point in the season. The 1984 and 1986 teams started the season with 1-2 records before maintaining winning ledgers the rest of the way.
Fast to Fifty
Lorenzo Romar recorded his 50th win at Washington Saturday (Feb. 19) at Washington State, a victory total nine other coaches have reached with the Huskies. He is the fifth fastest UW coach to 50 wins, reaching that standard in his 83rd game.
There is no 'y' in his first name, but he is known for hitting the trey. Senior Tre Simmons made a 3-pointer in 22 of 24 games this season and has 12 multiple trey outings. He leads the team with 58 treys this season and is No. 6 among Pac-10 players with a 43.0-percent accuracy. Simmons hit six 3-pointers against Oregon State (Jan. 15), six against USC (Feb. 3), six against Arizona State (Feb. 24) and five against San Diego State (Dec. 7). He led all Washington scorers 10 times. Simmons is the Huskies' leading scorer (16.7) and third-leading rebounder (5.1), ranking No. 5 and No. 17, respectively among Pac-10 players. He topped all Huskies in rebounds during a team-high 10 games. Simmons registered his only double-double on Jan. 13 against Oregon with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Simmons ranked eighth among Pac-10 players in 3-point percentage in 2004, hitting 40 percent (48-119) of his attempts beyond the arc. He amassed 14 treys in the final five games of 2004, including five during a Pac-10 Tournament semifinal win over Arizona. Simmons broke open a one-point game in the second half of the 75-62 win over No. 1 Stanford with three straight 3-pointers. Simmons had a 3-pointer in nine of the final 11 games and had 14 multiple-trey outings last year.
Junior forward Jamaal Williams has paid immediate dividends in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted last year after transferring from New Mexico. Williams' 6-foot-5 frame belies that fact that he is a sensational interior scorer. He leads all Pac-10 players by converting 57.4 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). Williams tallied 21 points in only 16 minutes off the bench against the Trojans. That was the third 20-point game for the Corona, Calif. native who prepped at Centennial High School. Williams ranks fifth among Huskies with an 10.0-point scoring average.
Junior forward Bobby Jones was questionable for the Feb. 10 game at Oregon while battling a fever and sore throat. Despite the illness he played 20 minutes off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Jones was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team. He has five career double-doubles, two this season. He amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (Jan. 27) and 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). Jones has dramatically improved his long-distance shooting, hitting 16-of-40 shots from 3-point range this season. Last year, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones is the league's 13th-leading rebounder with 5.7 boards per game. In 2003, Jones ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that total to 11.2 points in 2004.
Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) is currently starting at the point at Oregon. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Husky sophomore Ryan Appleby (Stanwood) who will red-shirt after transferring from Florida, Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie) and Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine).
The California Series
> Washington won the last two meetings to claim a 70-69 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a Cal win in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> Prior to the Huskies' last two wins, California had won seven of the previous eight meetings.
> Washington has not swept a season series from Cal since 1999.
> The Golden Bears own a 44-24 advantage against Washington over games played in the Bay Area.
> Ninth-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 10-7 record against the Huskies.
> Third-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-4 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2001-02 season after winning in 2000-01.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 81, California 67 (Dec. 31, 2004/Seattle)
Tre Simmons scored 18 points, including five straight that capped 13th-ranked Washington's decisive surge in an 81-67 win over California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-1, 1-0) won their Pac-10 opener for the first time since 2000. UW held California scoreless for the opening three minutes and led by as many as 16 points en route to a 41-32 halftime advantage. The Golden Bears (7-4, 0-1) rallied to claim a three-point lead on three occasions, the last on a basket by Marquise Kately with 9:35 remaining. UW regained control with a run of 10 consecutive points that resulted in a 70-61 lead with 4:56 left to play. Simmons had a pair of free throws and a three-point play to finish the run. UW's full-court pressure defense forced 26 turnovers. Bobby Jones had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies. Richard Midgley paced the Bears with 18 points while Kately finished with 15.