UW and Air Force Clash for BCA Classic Title
Nov. 15, 2005
Black Coaches Association (BCA) Classic
Sunday-Tuesday, November 13-15
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Game 9 - Northern Arizona vs. Morgan State, 12:00 pm
Game 10 - Texas-Arlington vs. UNC Greensboro, 2:00 pm
Game 11 - Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. Miami, 6:00 pm
Game 12 - WASHINGTON vs. Air Force, 8:00 pm
The Washington Huskies (2-0) seek to capture their third tournament title within the last calendar year when they face Air Force (2-0), Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the championship game of the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Classic at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies and Falcons clash at approximately 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time, following a 6 p.m. third-place game between Wisconsin-Green Bay and Miami. This is the Huskies' second meeting with Air Force, a member of the Mountain West Conference. Washington defeated the Falcons 60-50 on Dec. 2, 1962 in Seattle in he only previous meeting. Air Force is led by former Denver Nuggets (2002-04) head coach Jeff Bzdelik.
If Washington wins Tuesday, the Huskies will be the current champion of three tournaments. UW won the Great Alaska Shootout championship game on Nov. 27, 2004 and captured its first Pac-10 Tournament title on Mar. 12, 2005. This is the first tournament Washington has hosted since conducting the US West Cellular Tournament four straight years from 1992-95.
Washington's All-Time Tournament Championships
2005 Pac-10 Tournament (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2004 Great Alaska Shootout (Anchorage, Ak.)
1998 Big Island Invitational (Hilo, Hi.)
1995 US West Tournament (Seattle, Wash.)
1994 US West Tournament (Seattle, Wash.)
1984 Sun-Met Classic (Fresno, Calif.)
1979 Blade-Glass City Classic (Toledo, Ohio)
1976 Cabrillo Classic (San Diego, Calif.)
1975 Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)
1974 Jayhawk Classic (Lawrence, Ks.)
There are eight former NBA coaches currently coaching NCAA Division I teams and Washington plays 1973 Far West Classic (Portland, Ore.)three of them this season. Morgan State is coached by Butch Beard, Air Force by Jeff Bzdelik and USC by Tim Floyd ... The Huskies won their first two games of the season for the third straight year. Last season, UW won its opening four games and 13 of the first 14 ... The Huskies forced 36 Morgan State turnovers Sunday with a school-record 23 steals. UW's previous standard of 21 steals was set Dec. 22, 2004 against Sacred Heart. The 36 Bear miscues were the most ever created by the Huskies as Houston previously had the most turnovers with 34 ... Washington scored 118 points against Morgan State, the second-highest total in school history. The school-record of 130 points was established Dec. 1, 1992 in a 130-67 win over Chico State in Seattle ... Sunday's 67-point differential was the fourth-largest margin of victory ever for a Husky men's basketball team and the largest win since December of 1947.
This is Washington's fourth season under Coach Lorenzo Romar, a two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80. Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW. Romar was honored in 2005 as the Pac-10 Conference and BCA National Coach of the Year.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently 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 features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 793 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have an active 24-game home winning streak, including a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005. UW's last home loss came Jan. 10, 2004 against UCLA.
Home Heavy Schedule
The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. Washington's 23-game home winning streak is the nation's fourth longest active mark. The three BCA dates start a stretch of seven straight home games for UW, its longest season-opening homestand since 1945. The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They meet New Mexico as part of a Wooden Classic doubleheader on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Sunday in his collegiate debut. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with Washington.
After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today rankings. Washington received numerous votes in both polls, equivalent to No. 26 A.P. and No. 28 ESPN listings. UW finished the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today. Four opponents on the UW schedule are ranked by the AP Top-25, including Gonzaga (8), Arizona (10), Stanford (13) and UCLA (19). California also received votes.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll was conducted to choose the top 50 candidates who will be evaluated and considered for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award that honors the nation's best player.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was named to the National Basketball Writer's Association all-district team in 2004 and is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Wooden Award watch list this season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in both 2004 and 2005. Roy ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (56.4%), 18th in scoring (12.7) and 18th in rebounding (5.0) last season. He posted a pair of double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 5) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon (Feb. 10). He has three career double-doubles. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game NCAA Tournament run. He led all scorers with 23 points in UW's 2005 season opener against Seattle Pacific (Nov. 19) and scored 25 points in the win over Utah (Nov. 25) before being sidelined with an injury. Roy led the 2004 Huskies in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.9 ppg). His 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 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.
The Last Game
UW 87, Wisconsin-Green Bay 54
BCA Semifinal (Nov. 14, 2005; Seattle)
Bobby Jones scored 15 of his game-high 17 points in the first half as Washington built an early lead en route to an 87-54 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay in the semifinals of the BCA Classic at Bank of America Arena. Jones scored seven straight points on a dunk, 3-pointer and 18-foot jumper to ignite a 13-point run that gave the Huskies (2-0) a 26-10 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. The lead was 43-27 at halftime and grew to as many as 37 points in the second half. Brandon Burmeister came off the bench and scored seven quick points on his way to match his career high of 12 points. Brandon Roy and Ryan Appleby each had 11 points for the Huskies who distributed 27 assists on their 36 baskets. Ryan Evanochko paced the Phoenix (1-1) with 13 points.