21st-Ranked UW, No. 13 UCLA Clash Saturday
Feb. 10, 2006
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 --
(#13) UCLA at (#21) Washington, 12:30 p.m. (ABC TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 --
(#21) Washington at Oregon, 5:30 p.m. (FSN Northwest TV)
McArthur Court (9,087) / Eugene, Ore.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The 21st-ranked Washington Huskies (17-5, 6-5) seek to complete their first season sweep of UCLA since 1987 when they host the No. 13 Bruins, Saturday, Feb. 11. Tip-off is 12:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena for the game that will be televised on ABC. The Huskies rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat the Bruins 69-65 on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. That win halted UW's 19-game losing skid at Pauley Pavilion. A win Saturday would also give the Huskies their first season sweep of the Los Angeles schools since 1987. UW capped a sweep of USC with an 87-73 win on Thursday that stopped its three-game losing streak. The first-place Bruins routed Washington State 50-30 on Thursday. Next week, UWmakes its annual trek to the Willamette Valley to play at Oregon (Feb. 16) and at Oregon State (Feb. 18.)
At least 18 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's UW-UCLA game airs at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time on ABC (channel 4 in Seattle). Brent Musberger describes the action alongside former UCLA coach Steve Lavin.
Saturday's Washington-UCLA game will be broadcast on the Husky Radio Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau calls the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 235 points (920-685) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 42-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 18 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 79-point margin (911-832). UW has scored nine more combined points in the second half of games compared to the first half, but has allowed 147 more points after halftime than before. The Huskies trailed just three times at halftime this season, against Air Force, at UCLA and at California.
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have a 16-1 record when out-rebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of nearly 10 rebounds (40.1-30.6) in wins while being outboarded (36.6-36.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (39.3) and rebound margin (+7.3).
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington senior Brandon Roy was named to the 30-player Midseason John R. Wooden All-America Team on Jan. 28. A 6-foot-6 guard, Roy currently leads the Huskies with a 19.2-point scoring average. He increased that figure in conference games, leading all Pac-10 players with a 22.8-point average that is nearly four more points per game than No. 2 Hassan Adams of Arizona (18.9 ppg). Roy is one of three Pac-10 players remaining on the Wooden Award list, including Adams and UCLA's Jordan Farmar. Four other Pac-10 players were on the 50-man preseason list, but did not make the midseason cut: Leon Powe (Cal), Aaron Brooks (Oregon), Dan Grunfeld (Stanford) and Chris Hernandez (Stanford). The candidates will vie for the 10-man All-America Team and Wooden Award.
Brandon Roy fills up a stat sheet, not just the scoring column. Covering all 22 games, Roy ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in points (2nd-19.2), assist/turnover ratio (3rd-1.61), field goal percent (6th-50.7%), steals (7th-1.4), 3-point percentage (7th-41.7%), assists (10th-3.7), blocked shots (10th-0.9) and rebounds (13th-5.5).
The Huskies, who won the last two meetings with UCLA, have not won three straight against the Bruins since 1952. UW's last season sweep of UCLA came in 1987.
Five UW players tallied double-figure points Thursday for the seventh time this season, but the first time since Dec. 4 against Gonzaga.
The nation's No. 2 scoring leader (84.0) UW reached the 80-point plateau (87) Thursday for the first time in seven games. UW averaged 69.3 points in its previous six outings.
The UCLA Series
> The Bruins boast an 87-32 series lead after winning seven of the last 10, and 31 of the last 40 meetings against Washington.
> UCLA owns a 31-25 series edge over the Huskies during games played in Seattle. The Bruins lost last season in Seattle after winning their previous three visits to UW.
> The Huskies won this season's first meeting 69-65 in Los Angeles, snapping a 19-game losing streak at Pauley Pavilion that dated to 1987.
> UW has not registered a sweep of the regular-season series from UCLA since 1987.
> The Huskies seek to post their third consecutive victory over UCLA, a feat they have not accomplished since 1952 when they capped a series-starting run of five wins.
> Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year letterman point guard at UCLA from 1994-97, helping the Bruins to three Pac-10 championships and the 1995 NCAA title. He played three seasons for Jim Harrick and one for Steve Lavin. Dollar hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer against Washington, lifting UCLA to a 91-88 overtime win on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion.
> In his third year at UCLA, Ben Howland has a 3-3 record against the Huskies.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 3-5 record against UCLA. Romar served four seasons as an assistant on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff from 1993-96, including the 1995 NCAA title year.
The Last Meeting
#13 UW 69, #11 UCLA 65 (Jan. 14, 2006; Los Angeles)
Bobby Jones recorded a double-double and hit three free throws inside the final 19 seconds as 13th-ranked Washington beat No. 11 UCLA 69-65 for its first win in 19 years at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies (14-2, 3-2) lost in their previous 19 visits to UCLA, last winning a road game against the Bruins in 1987. UCLA (14-3, 4-2) led by as many as 15 points in the first half on the strength of 60-percent shooting (15-25), The Bruins hit 7-of-13 treys en route to a 40-28 halftime advantage. The Huskies tallied 10 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. Ryan Appleby capped the surge with his third 3-pointer, putting UW ahead 64-60 with 2:41 left to play. Darren Collison's driving layup at 2:12 cut the margin to 64-62. Jones was fouled after rebounding a teammate's missed free throw and converted the one-and-one for a 66-62 lead with 0:19 remaining. Arron Afflalo made a trey at 0:12 for UCLA, Jones hit 1-of-2 free throws with 11 seconds left and UW's Mike Jensen got a breakaway dunk after a long inbounds pass to end the game. Jones finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Jamaal Williams added 14 points for the Huskies. Michael Roll netted 5-of-6 treys to score 17 points for UCLA, which also got 16 from Afflalo. UW shot 64 percent (15-25) in the second-half, including 4-of-7 on treys after shooting 36 percent (12-33) and 1-of-11 on 3-pointers in the first half.
The Huskies dropped five spots to No. 21 in this week's (Feb. 6) Associated Press poll. They were 7th in the Dec. 26 poll, their highest ranking in 21 years. 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 holds down the No. 23 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.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington completed the 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with an 87-71 win over Cornell on Jan. 2. The 11-0 mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 47 of UW's 134 treys, 22 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but four games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26). The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Five of 12 players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.5 percent that ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10. Freshman Jon Brockman ranks second among all Pac-10 players with a field goal percentage of 52.5. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Jamaal Williams (51.3%) at No. 3 and Brandon Roy (50.7%) at No. 6. Forwards Artem Wallace (60.0%) and Hans Gasser (53.3%) do not have enough field goals (three made per game) to qualify for the conference stats. UW's shooting percentage was at-or-above the 50-percent plateau in nine games. 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%).
Washington is the Pac-10 leader and ranks No. 2 nationally in team scoring at 84.0 points per game. The Huskies averaged a school-record 86.5 points per game last season, leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina.
Wooden Award candidate Brandon Roy has been spectacular in Pac-10 play, averaging a conference-leading 22.8 points on 52-percent shooting (87-of-168). The senior guard hit 20-of-41 treys. Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances against Arizona State (Dec. 29) and Arizona (Dec. 31), a figure only 16 other Huskies have reached. He joined another elite UW club as he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 1,233 points to rank 19th among all-time Husky scorers.
Washington utilized a new lineup Thursday vs. USC as senior forward Mike Jensen made his first start of the season, the 88th of his career. Jensen replaced Jamaal Williams who had started UW's first 21 games. Previously, the primary lineup of Bobby Jones, Williams, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started 20 of the first 21 games. Sophomore guard Ryan Appleby replaced Dentmon for one game to create the only other lineup. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
The Huskies have a 60-15 record in the last 75 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 17-5 during the 2006 campaign.
The UW lineup received a boost when three-year starter Mike Jensen returned Dec. 23 against Lehigh. The 6-8 senior forward had five points and four rebounds during his season debut. He played the last 13 games. Jensen missed the first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that underwent surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 36 percent of his career 3-pointers (61-168).
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 last season. 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, 2005). This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 17 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He is second on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg).
To the Point
Freshman Justin Dentmon has done a brilliant job filling the point guard vacancy created by the departure of Nate Robinson and school assist-leader Will Conroy. Dentmon ranks fourth among Pac-10 playmakers with 4.14 assists per game. He is already listed No. 3 among all-time UW freshman with 91 assists and should challenge the rookie record of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.47 assist/turnover ratio (91/62) is the fifth best in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (83.3%) and converted 20 consecutive from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
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 four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 9.4 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 52.5 percent. He has six double-figure rebound games, matching the total of the entire Husky team last season. Brockman was a 2005 McDonald's All-American and the top Best in the West vote-getter who turned down Duke to sign with UW.
Senior forward Bobby Jones enters his fourth season as a primary starter for the Huskies and of the finest defenders in the Pac-10. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16 after leading UW to their first sweep in Los Angeles since 1987. 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 2005 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 six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC on Jan. 14, 2006.
The Last Game
#21 UW 87, USC 73 (Feb. 9, 2006; Seattle)
Brandon Roy posted his fourth double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds, leading 21st-ranked Washington to a season sweep of USC with an 87-73 victory at Bank of America Arena. Roy helped the Huskies (17-5, 6-5) dominate the boards with a 38-24 rebounding advantage. UW's stifling defense forced USC to miss its first nine shots. By the time the Trojans (15-8, 6-6) got their first field goal 9:45 into the game, UW led 15-6. The margin was 44-27 at halftime and grew to 67-40 before USC went on a 3-point binge. Fueled by six treys, four of them from reserve Dwayne Shackleford, the Trojans went on a 30-12 run. They drew within 79-70 on a pair of Nick Young free throws with 2:58 left to play. Roy answered with a 3-pointer to begin a six-point UW surge that secured the win. In his first game as a Husky reserve, Jamaal Williams scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Young scored 28 points to pace the Trojans who also got 16 from Seattle native Lodrick Stewart and 15 from Shackleford.
Washington is the reigning champion in two tournaments after capturing the BCA Classic trophy Nov. 15 with an 85-74 victory over Air Force. UW won the its first Pac-10 Tournament title on Mar. 12, 2005.
Washington welcomed a new member of the 1,000-point club in consecutive games early this season, the 30th and 31st Huskies to accomplish that feat. Senior Bobby Jones scored his 1,000th point Dec. 23 against Lehigh. Another senior, Brandon Roy, amassed a career-high 35 points against Arizona State on Dec. 29 to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. Roy currently ranks 19th among all-time UW scorers with 1,233 points and Jones is No. 22 with a total of 1,128.
Senior Brandon Roy is an all-around talent who was voted to the BCA Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 15). He is averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks and registered double-figure points in 20 games. Roy is one of 30 players selected to the mid-season Wooden Award list. 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 has 10 games with 20-or-more points and four double-doubles this season. Roy paced the Huskies with a 15.3-point average during their three-game 2005 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). 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 didn't withdrew his application prior to the draft.