Huskies Set to Defend Pac-10 Tournament Title
March 7, 2006
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament
Thurs. - Sat., March 8-11
Staples Center (18,964); Los Angeles, Calif.
seeding in (parenthesis)
THURSDAY, MARCH 9 --
(#12) Washington (2) vs. Oregon (7) or Washington St. (10), 8:50 p.m. (FSN TV)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
FRIDAY, MARCH 10 --
Semifinal; Winner vs. California (3) or USC (6), 8:50 p.m. (FSN TV)
SATURDAY, MARCH 11 --
Championship Game, 3:15 p.m. PST (CBS TV)
The 12th-ranked Washington Huskies (24-5, 13-5) set out to defend their Pac-10 Tournament title this week riding an eight-game winning streak. No. 2 seed UW opens tournament play with a quarterfinal contest, Thursday, Mar. 9 at 8:50 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday's matchup between No. 7 seed Oregon and No. 10 Washington State. If the Huskies win, they meet the winner of the clash between No. 3 California and No. 6 USC on Friday at 8:50 p.m. UW won its last three Pac-10 Tournament games and five of the last six.
At 24-5, the Huskies have exactly the same record as last year's team entering the Pac-10 Tournament. That is UW's best record in 53 years, dating to the 1953 squad that started 27-2 en route to the school's only Final Four appearance.
Every Pac-10 Tournament game will be televised live, including Saturday's championship tilt that airs on CBS at 3:15 p.m. Thursday's four first-round games and both semifinal contests on Friday will air on FSN.
UW's Pac-10 Tournament game Thursday 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 conference tournament winner receives the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the ninth Pac-10 Tournament and the fifth since the post-season affair was restored after being terminated following the 1990 season. All 10 conference teams participate for the first time since 1990. Defending champion Washington has an 8-6 record in Pac-10 Tournament play and advanced to the last two title games.
Washington is seeking a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for only the second time in school history (1984-86). The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 24-5 this season. The 72 combined wins are the highest three-year total since a 77-win run from 1951-53 that marks the best three-year stretch in school history.
'Washington's Brandon Roy is an All-American. First team. Period. Roy is the most complete player in college basketball.'
--Gregg Doyel, CBS SportsLine.com
You would be hard-pressed to make a case that any player does more for his team than Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. In the weekly Pac-10 statistics that include all games, Roy is ranked among the league leaders in eight of the 13 categories listed. He ranks among the league leaders in scoring (2nd-19.6), assist/turnover ratio (1st-1.82), assists (4th-4.1), field goal percent (4th-50.9%), free throw percentage (5th-81.9%), steals (7th-1.3), blocked shots (10th-0.8) and rebounds (11th-5.8). UW's 6-foot-6 guard does all that in less playing time than other marquee players as he is not ranked among league leaders in minutes played.
UW won its last three tournaments: the 2005 BCA Classic, 2005 Pac-10 and 2004 Alaska Shootout ... Brandon Roy is the Huskies' second Pac-10 Player of the Year, joining Chris Welp (1986) ... UW placed two players on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team for the first time ever -- Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon ... UW had double-digit 3-pointers in four of its last five games, a feat accomplished just twice in the first 24 games. UW shot 50-of-106 (47%) on treys in the last five games ... Washington has a 17-0 record in games when four or more players register double-figure points ... The Huskies' record is 13-0 when they shoot 50-percent of better from the field ... UW has a 14-1 mark when scoring 80 or more points ... Brandon Roy (120) and Justin Dentmon (112) are the sixth Husky duo to reach the 100-assist mark the same season.
Pac-10 Player of the Year
Washington senior Brandon Roy was named the recipient of the Pac-10 Player of the Year award on Mar. 6. A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Roy is just the second player in school history to receive the conference's top honor. He joins Chris Welp who was named the Pac-10 player of the year following his junior season in 1985-86. Roy currently ranks second in the league in scoring at 19.6 points per game. The 6-foot-6 guard helped UW finish the regular season with eight straight wins. Roy sparked that late-season surge and won three consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week awards between Feb. 13-27. That's been done only one other time in the Pac-10 over the course of one season (Arizona State's Eddie House in 2000). Roy posted 20 or more points in 15 games this season, including a UW record of nine consecutive 20-point performances. Senior teammates Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams were honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections. Sophomore Ryan Appleby was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year while Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon were selected for the five-man All-Freshman Team.
The Huskies climbed two spots to No. 12 in this week's (Mar. 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. 13 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.
The Oregon Series
> Washington has a 178-99 lead in the all-time series that began in 1904.
> The Huskies won the last five meetings, their longest winning streak in the series since a similar five-game streak from 1980-82.
> UW has not won six straight vs. Oregon since an eight-game streak from 1952-53.
> UW swept the regular-season series, winning 78-59 on Jan. 21 in Seattle and 75-72 on Feb. 16 in Eugene.
> The Northwest rivals met in the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament, an 86-64 UO win.
> Ninth-year Oregon Coach Ernie Kent has a 7-12 coaching record against UW.
> Fourth-year Husky coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-2 record against Oregon.
The Last Meeting
#20 UW 75, Oregon 72 (Feb. 16, 2006; Eugene, Ore.)
Jon Brockman scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime, including a put-back with 45 seconds remaining that gave 20th-ranked Washington the lead for good in a 75-72 win over Oregon at MacArthur Court. The Huskies (19-5, 8-5) registered their first five-game winning streak since 1983 in the series with Oregon (11-15, 5-9). UW had a commanding 36-17 rebounding margin, including a 22-6 second-half advantage. The Huskies grabbed 19 offensive boards, leading to a 26-4 advantage in second-chance points. Brockman's offensive rebound and layup broke a 70-70 tie. Justin Dentmon converted 3-of-4 free throws in the final 26 seconds to secure the victory. Maarty Leunen's potential game-tying trey at the buzzer caromed off the front rim. Brandon Roy paced UW with 21 points. Jamaal Williams scored 17 points and Ryan Appleby added nine, fueling a 26-7 Husky advantage in bench scoring. The Ducks were led by the 21 points of Chamberlain Oguchi and 18 from Malik Hariston.
The Washington State Series
> Washington State swept the regular-season series for the first time since 1994.
> The Cougars rallied from halftime deficits in both meeting this season, winning 78-71 on Jan. 7 in Seattle and 77-64 on Feb. 4 in Pullman.
> Those were WSU's only Pac-10 games above 66 points this season.
> Washington won 14 of the last 20 meetings and owns a 167-93 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1910.
> Third-year Washington State coach Dick Bennett has a 2-4 record against UW.
> Fourth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 5-3 record against WSU.
The Last Meeting
Washington State 77, #16 UW 64 (Feb. 4, 2006; Pullman, Wash.)
Aron Baynes tallied 10 of his 12 rebounds and all 13 of his points in the second half, helping Washington State rally after halftime for a 77-64 victory over 16th-ranked Washington at Friel Court. The Cougars (10-9, 3-7) swept the season series from Washington (16-5, 5-5) for the first time since 1994. The Huskies went ahead 33-22 on a layup by Jon Brockman with 3:38 left in the first half. That was their last field goal for nearly 10 minutes, until Ryan Appleby snapped UW's 0-for-11 shooting slump with a layup at 13:42 of the second half. By that time, the Cougars were ahead 45-39. WSU closed to within 35-30 by halftime and scored the first 11 points of the second half to take the lead for good. The Cougars held UW to 23 percent shooting (7-31) in the second half and 32 percent for the game. WSU posted a 27-15 rebounding advantage after halftime. Brandon Roy scored 21 points to lead the Huskies while Justin Dentmon tallied 13 of his 14 in the first half. Josh Akognon had 13 points for WSU, which also got 13 from Chris Matthews.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 259 points (1173-914) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 40-32 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 22 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 151-point margin (1208-1057). UW has scored 35 more combined points in the second half of games compared to the first half, but has allowed 143 more points after halftime than before. UW trailed just five times at halftime, including both games last week in Arizona.
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have a 21-1 record when outrebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of nearly nine rebounds (38.1-29.5) in wins while being outboarded (36.6-36.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (37.9) and rebounding margin (+7.1).
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 65 of UW's 192 treys, 35 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but five games this season. Appleby hit six treys against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and five at California (Jan. 26) and Oregon State (Feb. 18). Appleby netted 65 of his 79 field goals from beyond the arc. He ranks No. 4 on UW's single-season 3-pointer list with 65 treys. The Stanwood (Wash.) High School product is in his first year playing with the Huskies. He red-shirted last season after transferring from Florida.
Washington is the Pac-10 leader and ranks No. 4 nationally in team scoring at 82.7 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.
Hot Shooting Huskies
Three players are shooting better than 50 percent for Washington, which is converting field goals at a rate of 47.6 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 52.4. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-10 Pac-10 players: Brandon Roy (50.9%) at No. 4 and Jamaal Williams (49.9%) at No. 6. Forward Artem Wallace (57.7%) does 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 13 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%).
The Huskies have won eight straight games since senior Mike Jensen was inserted into the starting lineup Feb. 9 at USC. Jensen was a primary starter the last three years with 96 career starts to his credit. The lineup of Jensen, Bobby Jones, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started seven of those eight games. The lone exception was Feb. 26 when Brockman yielded his spot to senior Jamaal Williams for the final home game. Jones and Roy have started every game this season. Last year, the Huskies implemented five different lineups and Nate Robinson was the only player to start every game.
Washington welcomed new members to the 1,000-point club in consecutive games earlier 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 12th among all-time UW scorers with 1,378 points and Jones is No. 20 with 1,187.
The Huskies have a 67-15 record in the last 82 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 and posted a 29-6 record in 2005.
Senior forward Jamaal Williams is a 2006 honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick. 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. This season, the 6-foot-6 Williams has 24 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He ranks No. 6 among Pac-10 field goal shooters (49.9%) and No. 14 in scoring (13.3 ppg).
Did You Know?
The Huskies posted the 23rd 20-win season in school history. They have back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1984-1985 and only the second time since 1953.
To the Point
All-Pac-10 Freshman Team member 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 seventh among Pac-10 playmakers with 3.86 assists per game, the top mark for a freshman. He has a school freshman record 112 assists, surpassing the mark of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.35 assist/turnover ratio (112/83) ranks ninth in the Pac-10. He is No. 3 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (83.3%) and converted 20 consecutive charity shots 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. Brockman was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. He has four double-doubles, more than any Husky had all of last season. Brockman ranks fourth among Huskies with 9.0 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 52.4 percent. He has seven double-figure rebound games, surpassing 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. An honorable mention all-conference selection, 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 has six career double-doubles, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance at USC on Jan. 14, 2006.
The Last Game
#14 UW 70, Arizona 67 (Mar. 4, 2006; Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Dentmon assisted on the go-ahead basket and converted two free throws with nine seconds remaining to seal 14th-ranked Washington's 70-67 victory over Arizona in the final regular-season game for both teams. The Huskies (24-5, 13-5) dealt Arizona its second loss in 23 home finalés at McKale Center under Coach Lute Olson. Clad in red at home for the first time ever, the Wildcats (18-11, 11-7) led the entire game before Dentmon stole the ball from Marcus Williams and fed Bobby Jones for a dunk that put UW ahead 68-67 with 33 seconds left to play. After Dentmon's free throws, Hassan Adams missed the potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Wildcats led by as many as 11 points in the first half before UW drew within 34-31 at halftime. Arizona hit its first six second-half shots en route to a 50-38 lead, but went 6-of-19 the rest of the way while the Huskies steadily chipped away at the lead. Brandon Roy scored 16 points and led a 39-27 rebounding advantage with 11 boards. Ryan Appleby scored 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting on treys. Williams, a Seattle native, led Arizona with 20 points.