UW-Illinois Meet in Second-Round NCAA Clash
March 17, 2006
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Washington, D.C. Region CBS TV
Cox Arena (12,414); San Diego, Calif. - seeding in (parenthesis)
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 --
#17 Washington (5) vs. #13 Illinois (4); 2:30 p.m. PST
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area
The regular-season runners-up in the Pac-10 and Big Ten clash, Saturday, Mar. 18 when 17th-ranked Washington (25-6) meets No. 13 Illinois (26-6) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tip-off is 2:30 p.m. at Cox Arena in San Diego. The Huskies have a perfect 3-0 record this season against ranked opponents. Fifth-seeded UW defeated Utah State 75-61, Thursday in the first round behind 28 points from Brandon Roy. That was the Huskies' sixth opening-round victory in 13 all-time Tournament appearances. The fourth-seeded Illini beat Air Force 78-69. Saturday's victor advances to the Washington, D.C. Regional for a Sweet 16 matchup with the winning team from a four- team group that began play Friday in Philadelphia. That quartet of potential opponents includes No. 1 seed Connecticut, No. 16 Albany, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 9 UAB. UW has never played Albany, but met all three of the others in previous NCAA Tournaments.
Washington is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for only the second time in school history. First-year Husky assistant coach Paul Fortier was a player from 1984-86 during UW's only previous run of three straight NCAA appearances. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 25-6 this season. The 73 combined wins are the most since a 77-win run from 1951-53 that was UW's best three-year stretch.
Every NCAA Tournament game will be televised live on CBS (KIRO, channel 7 in Seattle). Dick Enberg and Jay Bilas describe the action in San Diego.
Saturday's NCAA Tournament 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. Fans can access that broadcast free of charge on the internet at: www.gohuskies.com
UW in the NCAAs
In its 13th appearance, Washington has a 13-13 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play. The Huskies were eliminated in the Sweet 16 for the third time last season. They defeated Montana (88-77) and Pacific (97-79) before suffering a 93-79 third-round loss to Louisville. Washington also lost Sweet 16 contests in 1984 and 1998. The Huskies reached the final eight in 1943, 1948 and 1951 before finishing third in 1953 in its only Final Four berth. In 2004, UW lost 102-100 to UAB in the first round.
UW vs. the Field
The Huskies played six teams this season from the 65-team NCAA field and defeated all six of them at least once. The Huskies posted a 7-2 record vs. NCAA qualifiers, including a 2-0 mark vs. No. 2 seed UCLA and 1-0 against No. 3 seed Gonzaga. UW also played Air Force (1-0), Arizona (1-1), California (1-1) and Utah State (1-0).
The Huskies now have a 2-0 all-time record at Cox Arena after Thursday's 75-61 win over Utah State. UW won 92-81 at San Diego State on Dec. 27, 2003 ... Jamaal Williams had a UW NCAA Tournament record five steals against Utah State, breaking the previous record of four set by current Husky assistant coach Paul Fortier on Mar. 23, 1984 vs. Dayton ... The Huskies' 11 steals eclipsed their previous Tournament record of nine on three prior occasions ... Brandon Roy's 28-point performance was the highest point total by a Husky in the Tournament since Donald Watts tallied 28 against Miami (Ohio) on Mar. 12, 1999. The school NCAA record is 45 points by Bob Houbregs in 1953.
'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 10 of the 13 categories listed. He ranks among the league leaders in scoring (2nd-20.2), assist/turnover ratio (2nd-1.79), field goal percent (4th-51.4%), assists (4th-4.2), free throw percentage (5th-81.6%), steals (8th-1.4), 3-point percent (40.9%), blocked shots (10th-0.8), offensive rebounds (10th-2.2) and total rebounds (11th-5.6). 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.
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 20.2 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 17 games this season, including a UW record of nine consecutive 20-point performances. He has three 30-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.
Did You Know?
Illinois scored 78 points in the opening-round win over Air Force, which had limited opponents to 53.9 points per game. The Illini's total was the second-highest scored this season against Air Force. What was the highest? Washington defeated the Falcons 85-74 on Nov. 15 in Seattle.
The Illinois Series
> The Illini hold a 3-2 lead in the all-time series that began in 1928.
> Illinois won the last meeting, a 76-55 decision on Dec. 7, 1991 in Champaign, Ill. during the championship game of the Illini Classic.
> The Huskies won the only previous neutral-court encounter, an 81-68 victory on Dec. 30, 1977 in the Far West Classic at Portland, Ore.
> Third-year Illinois coach Bruce Weber has never coached against Washington.
> Fourth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Illini.
The Huskies fell five spots to No. 17 in this week's (Mar. 13) 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. 17 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.
This is Lorenzo Romar's 8th NCAA Tournament, four as a UCLA assistant (1993-96), one as the head coach at St. Louis (2000) and three at UW (2004-06) ... Washington has an 18-0 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 (129) and Justin Dentmon (117) are the sixth Husky duo to reach the 100-assist mark the same season. Roy was a part of another pairing, distributing 102 assists in 2004 when Will Conroy had 142.
Perfect Non-Conference Slate
Washington has not lost a game this season to an opponent outside the Pac-10 Conference, posting a 12-0 non-conference record. The Huskies completed their 16th undefeated regular-season non-conference record in school history with an 87-71 win over Cornell on Jan. 2. The 11-0 regular-season mark was the school's first perfect non-conference slate since 1980 and the third-most wins ever.
2006 Husky Highlights
Voted the Pac-10 Player of the Year by the coaches, Brandon Roy is only the second Husky to receive that honor, joining Chris Welp (1986).
Swept the regular-season series from Pac-10 champion UCLA for the first time since 1987.
Competes in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments for the second time ever (1984-86).
Captured the Black Coaches Association (BCA) championship in Seattle (Nov 13-15).
Justin Dentmon breaks the school's freshman assists records with 113 (Eldridge Recaser had 103 in 1987).
Won four consecutive conference road games for the first time since 1959.
UW's 32-game home winning streak was the nation's longest before ending Dec. 31 vs. Arizona.
Jon Brockman is the second UW freshman to amass over 200 rebounds. He has 205, trailing frosh record holder Mark Pope's 234 in 1992.
Slip Slidin' Away
Washington would have a significantly superior record if it were better at sustaining leads. The Huskies held a double-digit advantage in four of their six setbacks. They led by 13 points at halftime vs. Arizona (Dec. 31), by 13 in the first half vs. Washington State (Jan. 7), by 11 points in the first half at Washington State (Feb. 4) and by 13 points in the first half against Oregon (Mar. 9) in their last outing. UW had a five-point lead at Stanford (Jan. 29), including a three-point margin with 2.1-seconds left in regulation of an overtime loss. The only game that UW never led was at Cal (Jan. 26).
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.
The Huskies have won nine of their last 10 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 98 career starts to his credit. The lineup of Jensen, Bobby Jones, Jon Brockman, Brandon Roy and Justin Dentmon started nine of those 10 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.
The Huskies have jumped on opponents early, outscoring them by a combined 279 points (1243-964) in the first half. The average halftime advantage is 40-31 for Washington, which built a double-digit lead in 24 games. In the second half, the Huskies are outscoring foes by a significantly smaller 134-point margin (1286-1152). UW has scored 43 more combined points in the second half of games compared to the first half, but has allowed 188 more points after halftime than before. UW trailed just five times at halftime, by 12 at UCLA, 9 at Cal , 6 vs. Air Force, 3 at Arizona and 2 at ASU.
Rebounding has been the key for the Huskies who have a 21-2 record when outrebounding their opponents this season. Washington is outrebounding foes by an average of nearly eight rebounds (37.5-29.8) in wins while holding a slim one rebound margin (36.8-35.8) in losses. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebound average (37.4) and rebounding margin (+6.5).
Defense is the Difference
Defense has keyed Washington's victories. UW has a 16-0 record when holding its foes under 70 points. The six opponents that defeated the Huskies averaged 80.3 points, nearly 14 more than the 66.4 points the Huskies surrendered in their 25 wins. UW limited foes to 42.8 percent accuracy in wins, a figure that vaults to 46.2 percent in the six losses.
Fast to Fifty
Lorenzo Romar recorded his 50th win at Washington on Feb. 19, 2004, a victory total nine other coaches have reached with the Huskies. He was the fifth-fastest UW coach to 50 wins, reaching that standard in his 83rd game. Romar currently has 83 wins, ranking fifth in all-time UW coaching victories.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 66 of UW's 209 treys, 28 more than any other Husky. He has a 3-pointer in all, but six 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 66 of his 80 field goals from beyond the arc. He ranks No. 4 on UW's single-season 3-pointer list with 66 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 82.2 points per game. That is the highest current figure among NCAA Tournament teams. 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 47.5 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 51.6. Two other Huskies are listed among the top-5 Pac-10 players: Brandon Roy (51.4%) at No. 3 and Jamaal Williams (49.7%) at No. 5. 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%).
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 11th among all-time UW scorers with 1,436 points and Jones is No. 20 with 1,208.
Eight players on the Washington roster boast at least two games of NCAA Tournament experience. A trio of seniors have thrived in the Big Dance, each of them shooting over 50 percent. Brandon Roy shot 61 percent (33-of-54) in five combined NCAA Tournament games, averaging 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Bobby Jones shot 58 percent (19-of-33) in five postseason outings, averaging 12.4 points and 6.0 rebounds. Jamaal Williams has played four NCAA games, averaging 13.5 points on 53-percent shooting (25-of-47).
The Huskies have a 68-16 record in the last 84 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 26 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 points against Eastern Washington (Dec. 16). He ranks No. 5 among Pac-10 field goal shooters (49.7%) and No. 14 in scoring (13.5 ppg).
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 8.6 points per game. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 more per game than any other Husky. Brockman is the No. 2 field goal shooter in the Pac-10 at 51.6 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.
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 eighth among Pac-10 playmakers with 3.77 assists per game, the top mark for a freshman. He has a school freshman record 117 assists, surpassing the mark of 103 established by Eldridge Recasner in 1987. Dentmon's 1.38 assist/turnover ratio (117/85) ranks ninth in the Pac-10. He is No. 4 among Pac-10 free throw shooters (83.2%) and converted 20 consecutive charity shots from Nov. 25 to Dec. 29.
The Huskies won eight straight games, and nine of the last 10, after Mike Jensen was inserted into the starting lineup Feb. 9 at USC. The 6-foot-8 senior forward started in place of Jamaal Williams. A three-year starter, Jensen returned to action Dec. 23 against Lehigh. He played the last 22 games after missing the season's first nine games while rehabilitating a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery in late September. A superb athlete, Jensen provides the Huskies with a veteran defender and a solid shooter. He made 38 percent of his career 3-pointers (76-199). Jensen hit six treys against Stanford (Feb. 23) in a career-high 18-point performance. He shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range at Arizona State (Mar. 2).
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 had a double-double against Oregon with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the last game. Jones 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.