Huskies-Wildcats Clash Saturday in Seattle
Dec. 30, 2005
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 --
Arizona vs. (#7) Washington, 11:00 a.m. (FSN TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
MONDAY, JANUARY 2 --
Cornell vs. (#7) Washington, 7:00 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
Pac-10 front-runners Washington (11-0, 1-0) and Arizona (8-3, 1-0) meet on the final day of 2005 for the fourth time during the calendar year. The Saturday, Dec. 31 contest at Bank of America Arena tips off at 11 a.m. for a national television broadcast on FSN. The game features a clash of the 2005 regular-season conference champion (Arizona) and the Pac-10 Tournament titlist (Washington). The Huskies won five of the last six meetings with Arizona, including two of three last season capped by a 70-52 victory in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game. UW defeated Arizona State 91-67 in Thursday's Pac-10 opener while Arizona was a 70-52 victor at Washington State.
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-Arizona game airs nationally at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on FSN. Steve Physioc describes the action alongside analyst Marques Johnson.
The Washington-Arizona game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
Last year's final regular-season Pac-10 game still lingers in the minds of the Huskies who cost themselves a share of the conference title with a 77-67 loss at Stanford on Mar. 5, 2005. The sting of that loss was eased somewhat when UW captured it first Pac-10 Tournament title with an 81-72 victory over Arizona on Mar. 12 in Seattle. The Huskies have not won the regular-season title since 1984-85 when they shared the crown with USC.
Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies boast the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak with 32 consecutive victories at Bank of America Arena. UW posted a 10-0 mark this season and a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005. The Huskies' last home loss was an 86-84 overtime setback against UCLA on Jan. 10, 2004.
Senior Brandon Roy made his imprint on the Husky record book Thursday against Arizona State. He had a career-best scoring night with 35 points, a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. Roy's total was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn tallied 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,006 points as the 31st Husky to reach the century mark. Roy registered the first 30-point game by a UW player in nearly two years. He was the last 30-point producer, hitting that figure on Feb. 7, 2004 at UCLA. The 6-foot-6 guard hit 5-of-5 shots from 3-point range, three more than he's ever made in before in a game. Roy shot 7-of-20 from 3-point range last season.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 37-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.
> Washington won five of the last six meetings as the teams met three times in each of the last two years. Those five wins equal the total of UW wins over Arizona in the previous 12 seasons combined.
> The Huskies won the last two meetings, 93-85 on Feb. 26 in Seattle and 81-72 on Mar. 12 in the championship game of the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament.
> The Wildcats won last year's first meeting 91-82 on Jan. 27 in Tucson, halting a three-game losing streak against Washington.
> Arizona owns a 14-13 edge over the Huskies during games played in Seattle. The Wildcats lost in their last two visits to Seattle after winning four straight game at UW from 2000-2003.
> 23rd-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 31-16 all-time record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-3 record against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
#14 UW 81, Arizona 72 (Mar. 12, 2005/Los Angeles, Calif.)
Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons each scored six points during the 17-2 game-closing run that lifted 14th-ranked Washington to its first Pac-10 Tournament championship with an 81-72 triumph over No. 8 Arizona at Staples Center. The No. 2 seeded Huskies (27-5) posted their fifth win in the last six meetings with top-seeded Arizona (27-6). Robinson and Simmons both finished with 18 points to lead UW, which also got 16 from Jamaal Williams. The Wildcats were ahead 41-33 at halftime, limiting UW to 36 percent shooting, including 3-of-16 on 3-pointers. Salim Stoudamire netted 23 of his 37 points and made all four 3-point tries in the first half. Stoudamire hit two free throws with 5:01 left in the game to put Arizona ahead 70-64. Simmons scored four straight points to ignite the late UW run. The Huskies took the lead for good at 73-72 on a long trey by Will Conroy with 2:11 remaining. Conroy's fourth 3-pointer of the second half started UW's 11-0 game-ending run. The UW reserves outscored their Arizona counterparts 26-5.
The Huskies won their opening 11 games for the first time since the 1975-76 UW squad started the season with 14 consecutive victories. Nine previous Washington teams have had similar or longer season-opening winning streaks.
The Huskies rose two places to No. 7 in this week's (Dec. 26) Associated Press poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. Washington (10-0) was in the No. 9 spot last week. Oklahoma lost to drop from 7th to No. 14 and the Huskies leap-frogged No. 8 Gonzaga, a team they defeated 99-95 on Dec. 4. The current No. 7 listing is the highest for a Husky team since they were ranked 7th on Dec. 18, 1984. The last time UW was higher than 7th was a No. 6 ranking on Feb. 3, 1976. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Washington team was a No. 2 listing on Mar. 10, 1953, the same season UW made its only Final Four appearance. The Huskies were unranked in this year's preseason AP poll before breaking into the first regular-season poll at the No. 25 spot on Nov. 21. Washington remained at the No. 7 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. After being ranked from wire-to-wire last season, the Huskies were not listed in the preseason rankings. UW capped the 2005 season ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today.
Ryan Appleby has 27 of UW's 66 treys, 17 more than any other Husky ... Jon Brockman has three double-doubles, more than any Husky had last season. The entire UW team combined for eight last season.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in each of the last two games, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh, becoming the 30th player in Husky history to reach that plateau. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Jones currently ranks 29th among all-time UW scorers with 1,011 points and Roy is 31st with a total of 1,006.
Did You Know?
The Huskies have a 54-10 record in the last 64 games, beginning with their dramatic 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004. That was the first Pac-10 win for UW which lost if first five 2004 conference contests. Washington trailed 70-54 with 6:13 left in regulation before closing with a 29-13 run, including Nate Robinson's 13 points. Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Huskies won 14 of their final 18 games in 2004, posted a 29-6 record in 2005 and are 10-0 to start the 2006 campaign.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Six of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a 50.1-percent clip as a team. Freshman Artem Wallace leads the team in field goal accuracy at 64.7 percent, but does not have enough attempts to qualify for the conference stats. Neither does Hans Gasser (52.1%). Freshman Jon Brockman leads all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 58.2. Three other Huskies are ranked among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Bobby Jones (54.4%), Jamaal Williams (53.5%) and Brandon Roy (51.4%). UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in six games. The season's lowest figure was 38.3 percent against Lehigh on Dec. 23. UW returned three of the most accurate shooters in the Pac-10. Roy shot 56.5% in 2005, trailing only Arizona State's Ike Diogu. Williams was No. 3 in the conference (56.1%) and Jones was No. 10 (51.0%).
Senior forward Jamaal Williams paid immediate dividends last year in his first season as a Husky. He red-shirted in 2003-04 after transferring from New Mexico. Williams ranked fifth among Huskies with a 9.6-point scoring average. He ranked third among all Pac-10 players by converting 56.5 percent of his shots from the field, including a 9-for-10 effort against USC (Feb. 3). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 10 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in both scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg).
Wooden Award Candidate
UW senior Brandon Roy was selected to the preseason list of candidates for the 2006 John R. Wooden All-America Team. A national poll chose the top 50 candidates who will be pared down for the mid-season top 30 list, the 10-man All-America Team and the Wooden Award honoring the nation's top player.
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing as he was named the MVP of the BCA Classic on Nov. 15. Freshman Jon Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) registered a double-double against Morgan State (Nov. 13) in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He has three double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman leads the team with an average of 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 more per game than any other Husky. 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.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. During the summer, Jones played with the 12-man U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in August at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He hit all three of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA Tournament, including two in a 19-point, second-round performance against Pacific (Mar. 19). Jones dramatically improved his 3-point shooting last season. He hit a personal-best five treys at California (Mar. 3), equaling the number of 3-pointers he made during his first two seasons combined. Jones was 30-of-59 from 3-point range last year. In his sophomore season, he hit just 1-of-8 treys after making 4-of-20 in 2003. Jones has five career double-doubles, two last season.
The Last Game
#7 UW 91, Arizona State 67 (Dec. 29, 2005; Seattle)
Brandon Roy poured in a career-high 35 points, including five during an early second-half run that sent No. 7 Washington to a 91-67 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 opener at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (11-0, 1-0) missed their first 10 shots, enabling ASU (6-4, 0-1) to take a 9-2 lead. Roy hit a three-point play and 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run that put UW ahead 10-9 en route to a 40-38 halftime lead. The Huskies scored the first 10 points of the second half to break open the contest. Roy's output was the highest for a Husky since Doug Wrenn had 35 points at Arizona on Feb. 2, 2002. Roy, who hit 5-of-5 shots from 3-point range, became the 31st Husky to surpass the 1,000-point career mark. The Huskies offset a sub-par shooting effort (33 percent in the first half, 43 percent for the game) with a school-record low three turnovers. Kevin Kruger paced the Sun Devils with 18 points and Bryson Krueger added 13. Jamaal Williams tallied 12 points for UW, which got 11 apiece from Jones and Justin Dentmon. ASU, which shot 48 percent in the first half, netted just 29 second-half points on 29 percent shooting.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games on campus 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 801 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Historic Hec Ed
Since it opened Dec. 27. 1927 with a 34-23 Washington win over Illinois, the venerable Pavilion has seen the home Huskies win 74 percent of their games with an 801-288 all-time record. That is more victories than any other NCAA team in its current arena. UW has defeated 119 different collegiate foes in 78 years at Hec Ed. Among the prominent exhibition wins not counted in that total was a 49-30 triumph over the Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 19, 1943.
The Cornell Series
> Monday marks the first ever meeting between Cornell and Washington in men's basketball.
> Cornell is school of 13,700 students located in Ithaca, N.Y.
> The Big Red are a member of the Ivy League.
> The Huskies have an 8-2 all-time record against current Ivy League members, having played Columbia (3-0), Dartmouth (2-0), Penn (0-2) and Yale (3-0).
> The Washington coaching staff includes first-year assistant Paul Fortier who served on the Cornell staff the previous two seasons.
> Sixth-year Cornell Coach Steve Donahue has never coached against UW.
> In his fourth year at Washington Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Cornell.