UW Men Usher in New Year with Pac-10 Home Opener

Jan. 2, 2007

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(#7) Arizona at (#24) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)

Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area

Arizona State at (#24) Washington, 5:00 p.m. (FSNW)

Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area

The 24th-ranked (AP) Washington Huskies (10-3, 0-2) usher in the New Year with their Pac-10 home opener. Washington plays its fourth game in the last seven outings against a ranked opponent when No. 7 Arizona (11-1, 2-0) visits, Thursday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies won six of the last eight meetings, equaling their win total from the previous 36 games against Arizona. UW concludes the brief two-game homestand against Arizona State (6-7, 0-2), Saturday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. The Huskies opened conference play getting swept in Los Angeles. They lost an 86-79 double-overtime game at USC (Dec. 28) and fell 96-74 at No. 1 UCLA (Dec. 31). Next week, UW begins a three-game road trip in the Bay Area, beginning Jan. 11 at Stanford.

Broadcast Bits
At least 28 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Thursday's game against Arizona will be broadcast live on FSN. Barry Tompkins calls the action with analysis from Dan Belluomini.

Radio Coverage
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network and airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with commentary from Jason Hamilton.

Outstanding Offenses
Thursday's game features the top-two scoring teams in the Pac-10. Arizona ranks No. 6 nationally and leads the conference with 86.8 points per game, just ahead of the 86.2-point scoring clip of Washington, which is the nation's No. 7 scoring team. The Wildcats boast Pac-10 scoring leader Ivan Radenovic and his 17.8-point average. UW counters with Spencer Hawes whose average is up to 16.5 points after scoring 20-or-more points in six of his last seven outings.

High-Scoring Huskies
The Huskies are averaging 86.2 points per game, including 100-point outbursts against Nicholls State (102) and Portland State (105). Washington ranked among the nation's top-six scoring teams in each of the last three seasons, finishing fourth (82.0 ppg) last season after ranking No. 2 in 2005 (86.5 ppg) and No. 6 in 2004 (82.0 ppg).

Fabulous Frosh
One of the most highly acclaimed recruits in school history lived up to his billing Nov. 12 in his collegiate debut. Freshman Spencer Hawes (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 19 minutes against Pepperdine. Hawes has 11 double-figure scoring games, including six 20-point performances in his last seven outings. He registered his first double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against LSU (Dec. 20). Hawes' 16.5-point scoring average currently leads the Huskies. He forced the second overtime Dec. 28 at USC, converting his first career 3-point attempt. Hawes finished with a career-best 24 points in 47 minutes against the Trojans. The 7-foot center was a McDonald's All-American who turned down North Carolina to attend UW.

Did You Know?
UW sophomore Jon Brockman (12.2 ppg/10.2 rpg) is one of just two Pac-10 players averaging a double-double, joining Oregon's Maarty Leunen.

Home Sweet Home
Washington plays all of its home games in the renovated Bank of America Arena at Hec 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 818 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.

Cashing in at the Bank
The Huskies have a 16-game homecourt winning streak and won 49 of their last 51 games at Bank of America Arena. They registered a school-record 32-game winning streak that started Jan. 29, 2004 against Arizona. The same Wildcats ended UW's streak with a 96-95 double-overtime decision on Dec. 31, 2005. The 32-game streak was seven-wins longer than the previous school record of 25 (Jan. 18, 1930-Mar. 6, 1931) and led the nation at the time. UW posted a perfect 15-0 home record in 2005, a 17-2 mark in 2006 and is 10-0 this season.

UW vs. Ranked Foes
Washington has a 75-198 all-time record against ranked opponents, including a 1-2 mark this season. The Huskies won their last seven home meetings against ranked foes, last losing Dec. 3, 2003 against No. 17 Gonzaga.

Huskies' Home Streak vs. Ranked Teams

W -- #17 UW 88, #12 LSU 72 (Dec. 20, 2006)
W -- #21 UW 70, #13 UCLA 67 (Feb. 11, 2006)
W -- #18 UW 99, #6 Gonzaga 95 (Dec. 4, 2005)
W -- #14 UW 93, #9 Arizona 85 (Feb. 26, 2005)
W -- #18 UW 68, #22 NC State 64 (Dec. 19, 2004)
W -- UW 75, #1 Stanford 62 (Mar. 6, 2004)
W -- UW 96, #9 Arizona 83 (Jan. 29, 2004)
L -- #17 Gonzaga 86, UW 62 (Dec. 3, 2003)

The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 38-21 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> Washington won six of the last eight meetings, including a 70-67 win last season in Tucson during the most recent encounter. Those six wins equal the total of UW wins over Arizona in the previous 18 years combined.

> Arizona owns a 15-13 edge over the Huskies during games played in Seattle. The Wildcats won last season at UW, a 96-95 overtime decision on Dec. 31, 2005 that halted their two-game losing streak in Seattle. That also snapped the Huskies' school-record 32-game homecourt win streak that was the nation's longest at the time.

> 24th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 32-17 all-time record against UW.

> Fifth-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-4 record against Arizona.

The Last Meeting
#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.

The Last Meeting in Seattle
Arizona 96, #7 UW 95, 2ot (Dec. 31, 2005; Seattle)

Arizona rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to post a 96-95 double-overtime win over Washington despite the second straight 35-point effort of Brandon Roy. The loss ended a school-record 32-game homecourt winning streak for the Huskies (11-1, 1-1). Trailing 64-54 midway through the second half, Arizona (9-3, 2-0) staged a 23-6 run to go ahead 77-70 with 1:47 left in regulation. UW went on an 11-4 run, capped by a Roy 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to force overtime. He caused the second overtime with a step-under trey at the buzzer. By the time Kirk Walters sank the decisive free throw with five seconds left in the second overtime, four UW starters had fouled out while the Wildcats were at full strength. Ryan Appleby, who hit four first-half treys, missed the potential winning 3-pointer as time expired. Arizona, which shot only 1-of-15 on first-half 3-pointers, hit 8-of-14 treys after halftime. Hassan Adams scored 32 points to pace the Wildcats and Mustafa Shakur added 23. Jamaal Williams scored 22 points for the Huskies. Roy shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range and had a double-double, leading all rebounders with 11.

The Huskies won their last seven meetings against ranked opponents at home ... This week's two games are the only home contests in Washington's first seven Pac-10 games ... Spencer Hawes leads the Pac-10 with 2.31 blocks per game. His 30 blocked shots are four more than 2006 UW leader Brandon Roy compiled ... Freshmen and sophomores are the Huskies' top-four leading scorers and top-seven rebounders. Underclassmen account for 79 percent of UW's scoring, 86% of rebounds and 75% of minutes ... The Huskies have a 16-game home winning streak at Bank of America Arena where they won 49 of the last 51 outings ... UW's 88-72 decision over No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) was its seventh straight home victory over a ranked opponent ... Four UW players fouled out at USC (Dec. 28) after just five were disqualified in the first 11 games ... The Trojans converted 29-of-38 free throws while UW was 8-of-12 ... UW won 27 consecutive non-conference home games, including all 10 games this season ... The Huskies hit a school-record 17 treys (in 33 tries) vs. Nicholls State (Nov. 13).

Board Meeting
Washington is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 12 per game (42.5 to 30.7). The Huskies won the board battle every game. Sophomore Jon Brockman leads UW with 10.2 rebounds per game, including nine double-digit efforts.

Balanced Attack
Six different players have claimed top-scoring honors in Washington's 13 games (Jon Brockman, Brandon Burmeister, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Appleby and Spencer Hawes). Eight different Huskies have registered at least one double-figure scoring effort.

Youth Movement
The Huskies are extremely young, with underclassmen comprising eight of the 12 spots on the active roster. UW has five freshmen on the roster (one of them a 2006 red-shirt) and three sophomores. The four eligible upperclassmen (two seniors, two juniors) had a combined two games of starting experience at UW entering this season.

Successful Seniors
When they arrived on campus, Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister joined a UW team coming off four straight losing seasons. Since then, the only two seniors on the Husky roster have gone to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. If UW earns a 2007 berth, Gasser and Burmeister will be the first players in school history to participate in four NCAA Tournaments.

Wooden Award Candidate
Washington sophomore Jon Brockman 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. Brockman got the best of LSU All-American Glen Davis in their Dec. 20 matchup. He amassed 19 points and 14 rebounds while defensively putting and end to 'Big Baby's' 48-game double-figure scoring streak. A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member last season, Brockman led last year's Huskies with 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.4 points. He leads this year's squad with an average of 10.2 rebounds and is UW's third leading scorer at 12.2 points per game.

Fantastic freshman Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) opened his Husky career with a 21-point, seven-rebound effort against Pepperdine (Nov. 12). He hasn't slowed down since and currently ranks second for UW with an average of 13.9 points per game, including a 25-point performance against Idaho (Nov. 29). Pondexter has nine double-figure scoring games.

Poll Patter
The Washington men's basketball fell 10 places to 24th in this week's (Jan. 1) Associated Press poll. The Huskies are one of four Pac-10 teams in the top-25, joining top-ranked UCLA, Arizona (7) and Oregon (16). UW has eight games scheduled against five opponents ranked in the current top-20, including UCLA (1), Arizona (7), Pittsburgh (10), LSU (14) and Oregon (16). Washington dropped seven spots, into the No. 20 position in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but finished the 2006 season No. 17 in the final AP poll and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today.

Three-Year Run
Washington is seeking a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. The current three-year streak equals UW's previous long tournament run from 1984 to 1986. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005 and 26-7 last season. The 74 combined wins were the second-highest three-year total in school history, topped only by a 77-win run from 1951-53. UW advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006, its first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.

For Starters
The Huskies have used three unique sets of starters, the current group comprised entirely of underclassmen has opened the last eight games. UW starts three freshmen (Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Quincy Pondexter) and two sophomores (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon). The Huskies implemented four different lineups last season.

How Do You Like Them Apples?
Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby has 32 of UW's 92 treys, 17 more than any other Husky. He is averaging 2.46 treys per game while shooting 43 percent beyond the arc. Appleby has at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 12 games. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby's 70 treys last year were the third-highest single-season total in UW history. He hit a career-best six 3-pointers against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25, 2005) and matched that total at USC (Dec. 28, 2006). Appleby netted 107 of his 132 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.

Block Party
Six players rejected at least one shot Nov. 19 for the Huskies, who compiled 11 blocks against Sacramento State. That marked the most blocks for UW since the school record of 14 was established against Santa Clara on Nov. 24, 2001. Freshman center Spencer Hawes accounted for six blocks against Sacramento State, the highest single-game total for a Husky since Hakeem Rollins rejected six shots at California on Jan. 2, 2004. The Huskies have 53 blocks, a rate of 4.08 per game. Last year's team averaged 3.45 blocks led by Brandon Roy's 26. Hawes is this year's leader with 30 blocks.

Player of the Week
Freshman center Spencer Hawes, who averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two victories, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 26. Hawes posted his first double-double with career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds during an 88-72 win over 12th-ranked LSU (Dec. 20). Hawes shot 10-of-16 from the field and was instrumental in stopping LSU All-American Glen 'Big Baby' Davis' double-digit scoring streak at 48 games. Hawes matched his career-high with 23 points and added nine rebounds in an 80-51 win over Weber State (Dec. 22). For the week, he shot 20-of-30 (.667) from the field.

Streaks Snapped
UW's Dec. 9 setback at Gonzaga halted a 24-game winning streak in regular-season, non-conference games. The Huskies also had a streak of 15 consecutive regular-season games halted.

Tournament Titlists
The Huskies won the last three regular-season tournaments in which they participated, including a season-opening triumph in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UW was also victorious in the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout and the 2005 BCA Classic.

Non-Conference Recap
The Huskies won all of their non-conference home games for the third straight season. UW was 10-0 at home, highlighted by a convincing 88-72 triumph over then No. 12 LSU (Dec. 20) during which they held All-American Glen 'Big Baby' Davis under double-figure points for the first time in 49 games.

2007 Preview
A youth movement has swept through the Washington men's basketball program. After relying on a core of veteran players to lead his Huskies to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history, Coach Lorenzo Romar now counts on a bevy of underclassmen to sustain that success. 'This is the youngest team I've ever coached,' exclaimed Romar. 'We're going to have to get real old, real quick.' Despite their unfamiliarity with college basketball, all of the young pups possess pure prep pedigrees. Heading the pack of returning youngsters is a pair of sophomore starters, forward Jon Brockman and point guard Justin Dentmon. Both of them were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. Brockman is one of 50 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. Those returning starters are among eight underclassmen on the 12-player active roster. Junior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby is the reigning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Florida. For the second straight season, the Huskies welcome a recruiting class considered among the nation's finest. Heading the list of fabulous freshmen is 7-foot center Spencer Hawes, the leading vote getter in the Best in the West poll who is considered one of the country's top-five recruits.

2006 Recap
The 2006 Huskies had one of the finest years in their history, finishing with a record of 26-7 for their second straight 20-win campaign. Washington began the season by winning the BCA Classic and finished it in an epic overtime loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut in the Sweet 16. Brandon Roy was named an All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams were honored as all-conference honorable mention selections and Ryan Appleby was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

Three starters and two other lettermen have departed, led by All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Brandon Roy. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft by the same Minnesota team that also took forward Bobby Jones 37th. Both were immediately traded, Roy to Portland and Jones to Philadelphia. Also gone are four-year starting forward Mike Jensen and sensational sixth man Jamaal Williams.

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