Husky men visit LSU for Noon Clash on Saturday
Dec. 26, 2007
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 --
Washington at LSU, 12:00 p.m. PST/ 2 p.m. CST (FSN South only)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,472) / Baton Rouge, La.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 --
Idaho State at Washington, 3:00 p.m. PST (FSN Northwest)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
The Washington Huskies (7-4) play their final non-conference road game, traveling to LSU for a Saturday, Dec. 29 clash at noon Pacific Time (2 p.m. Central Time). Washington won 88-72 last season in Seattle to even the all-time series with LSU at 2-2. The Huskies return home for their final non-conference game, Monday, Dec. 31 against Idaho State at 3 p.m. Pacific Time. Washington won its last three games, posting victories over Cal State Northridge (80-66), Portland State (84-65) and Portland (67-63). Three of UW's four defeats came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's final basket at the buzzer was not allowed after a lengthy review by the referees. Pac-10 play begins at home for the Huskies, who host fourth-ranked Washington State, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
Hectic Holiday Schedule
The Huskies have a hectic schedule to end the calendar year, traveling 4,000 miles round trip for a single contest, followed quickly by a home game. After playing Saturday at LSU, the Huskies fly back home on Sunday. They are scheduled to arrive in Seattle at 4 p.m. with a 5 p.m. practice awaiting them upon their return to campus. The following day, Monday, Dec. 31, Washington ends 2007 and their non-conference slate with a 3 p.m. game against Idaho State at Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies (7-4) have clinched a winning non-conference record for the sixth straight season.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season. Saturday's game at LSU airs live at 2 p.m. Central Time ONLY on FSN South. Dave Neal calls the action with commentary from Barry Booker. The Huskies' next local telecast is Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time against Washington State on FSN Northwest.
Every Husky game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented four different starting lineups, with the current group opening the last three outings. Romar recently put all positions up for grabs to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.
Player of the Week
Washington junior Jon Brockman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 24. He also garnered that honor on Nov. 19. Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Huskies in scoring (18.9) and rebounding (10.9 rpg). Brockman posted double-figure points in all 11 games with six 20-point performances. He registered six double-doubles. Against Utah (Nov. 14), Brockman tallied a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds, many of them against 7-foot-1 Ute center Luke Nevill. The 18 boards were the most by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 21 on Jan. 31, 1999. It was the first 30-point performance by a UW player since Brandon Roy on Mar. 9, 2006. Brockman is hitting 56 percent of his shots from the field (85-of-153). A 2005 McDonald's All-American out of Snohomish (Wash.) High School, Brockman was selected to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team honoree in 2006.
Washington senior Ryan Appleby is making his first visit to LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, named after the legendary Tigers' guard. He is a huge fan of Maravich and owns every video produced about 'Pistol Pete.' Appleby transferred to UW from Florida, but the Gators did not visit Baton Rouge during the 2003-04 season when he was there.
Senior guard Ryan Appleby is making up for lost time. He missed this season's first seven games due to a broken right thumb. In four games since he returned against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 17 treys and shot 53 percent (17-32) from 3-point range. He shot 4-of-5 beyond the arc in the first half against the Panthers and made six 3-pointers for the game. Appleby made four 3-pointers against Portland (Dec. 15). He tied the school single-game record with seven treys against Portland State (Dec. 18), equaling the mark held by Senque Carey (12/4/99 at Old Dominion) and Deon Leon (1/29/98 at USC). Appleby adds that record to the single-season standard of 84 that he established last year. He is averaging 4.3 treys per game this season. Appleby was limited to 14 minutes and just one shot in the last game, Dec. 22 against Cal State Northridge, due to back spasms.
The LSU Series
> Washington won 88-72 last season in Seattle to even the all-time series with the Tigers at 2-2.
> The Huskies won the first meeting 88-69 in the third-place game of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. on March 18, 1953.
> LSU won the only matchup in Baton Rouge, a 51-48 decision on Dec. 1, 1983.
> Current UW assistant coach Paul Fortier was a player in that game and also the Nov. 27, 1985 game in Seattle that resulted in a 70-61 LSU victory.
> Washington has a 5-5 all-time record against current members of the Southeastern Conference, including: Alabama (1-1), Florida (1-1), Kentucky (0-1), LSU (2-2) and Mississippi State (1-0).
> 11th-year Tiger coach John Brady has an 0-1 record against the Huskies.
> In his sixth year at UW, Lorenzo Romar won is only meeting against LSU.
The Last Meeting
#17 UW 88, #12 LSU 72 (Dec. 20, 2006; Seattle)
Spencer Hawes amassed 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead 17th-ranked Washington to an 88-72 runaway victory over No. 12 LSU at Bank of America Arena. Jon Brockman added 19 points, 14 rebounds and relentless banging of Glen 'Big Baby' Davis for Washington (9-1), which won its 26th consecutive non-conference home game while hosting an SEC team for the first time since 1985. Davis scored eight points on 3-for-11 shooting through a blanket of UW defenders, four of whom descended upon him nearly every time he got the ball inside. So ended Davis' streak of 48 consecutive games of scoring in double figures. Last season's SEC player of the year went 22 minutes between his first field goal and a put-back with 7:59 left that cut UW lead to 77-56. Tasmin Mitchell scored 20 points for LSU (6-2). Hawes was 10-for-16 from the field while unfurling a dazzling array of hook shots and spinners, plus guard-like jumpers and fadeaways. The Huskies led by as many as 19 points during a frenetic first half. Hawes scored 14 points. And Brockman was there to follow much of what the Huskies missed. He finished with nine offensive rebounds.
Washington's roster lists just 12 players, all of them scholarship athletes. Of those, only 11 will play this year as Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Nov. 13 that 6-foot-8 freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif.) will red-shirt this season. Gant continues to practice with the team. Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) injured his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 and underwent surgery Nov. 2 to repair the fracture. He saw his first game action Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh, hitting 6-of-12 treys as a reserve. Appleby was limited to 14 minutes in the last game (Dec. 22) due to back spasms that are not expected to prevent him from playing at LSU. The Huskies opened the season with 13 players, but sophomore Adrian Oliver (Modesto, Calif.) announced on Dec. 4 that he was going to transfer. The 6-foot-3 guard, who averaged 3.4 points in five games, said that he will attend San Jose State.
The Huskies have a 6-0 record when they shoot a better percentage from the field than opponents ... Washington's last non-conference win in an opponent's home arena was a 100-93 decision at Loyola Marymount on Dec. 12, 2004. UW lost its last three non-Pac-10 road games, at Gonzaga (12/9/06), at Pittsburgh (2/17/07) and at Oklahoma State (12/1/07) ... The Huskies outrebounded Portland State (Dec. 18) 34-14. The UW record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game against the Huskies ... The Huskies' loss to Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) dropped them to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 8-8 entering a game vs. Arizona State on Jan. 31, 2004. UW returned to a winning record with a Dec. 15 victory over Portland. The last time the Huskies had a losing record was when they were 7-8 entering a Jan. 29, 2004 game against Arizona ... UW out-rebounded Syracuse 54-33 on Nov. 23. That was the most rebounds for the Huskies since they had 54 boards against Arizona on Jan. 13, 2001.
Start Me Up
The Huskies have implemented four different starting lineups this season. Ten players have drawn at least one start with Justin Holiday the only active Husky who hasn't opened a game. The most recent lineup (Brockman, Wallace, Smith, Appleby, Morris) was used the last three games, beginning Dec. 15 against Portland. That gave Artem Wallace and Ryan Appleby their first starting assignments this season. Jon Brockman is the only player to start every game. He was the only Husky to start all 32 games last season. Brockman has started 74 of his 75 career games at UW, missing only the final regular-season home game in 2006 to allow for a Husky senior to start. Brockman's consecutive games streak stands at 49 games. The Huskies utilized seven different starting lineups last season with a primary lineup that was comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 4 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.64 spg) and No. 9 in assists (4.1 apg). He distributed six assists in his first two collegiate contests and had four steals against Texas A&M (Nov. 21). Overton tallied a career-high 14 points against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) and hit all five of his shots, including four 3-pointers. He is the latest in a long line of prolific point guards from Seattle's Franklin High School. Franklin products Jason Terry and Aaron Brooks are currently in the NBA after starring in college at Arizona and Oregon, respectively.
Senior Tim Morris scored more points in his Washington debut than in any of 42 games during his career at Stanford. The 6-foot-4 guard led the Huskies with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). He has five double-figure scoring games this year. Morris transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. He played the previous two years at Stanford where his game-high total was 15 points against UC Davis on Dec. 4, 2005. Morris was a two-time Georgia State Class A Player of the Year (2002 & 2003). Morris is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule with 10 games against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll, including five with top-10 teams. UW's six ranked opponents are: No. 4 Washington State, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Pittsburgh, No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 17 Arizona and No. 24 USC. Eight teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament appear on the UW schedule.
Washington strung together 31 consecutive non-conference home games without a loss before a 75-74 loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 8. UW's previous non-conference home defeat was an 86-62 setback against then-No. 17 Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. The Huskies won 39 of their last 41 non-conference games at Bank of America Arena.
UW's Last Game
UW 80, Cal State Northridge 66 (Dec. 22, 2007; Seattle)
Justin Dentmon came off the bench, scoring 13 of his 18 points during the first half of Washington's 80-66 win over Cal State Northridge at Bank of America Arena. Dentmon made all four of his first-half shots, including two 3-pointers, helping the Huskies (7-4) open a 42-33 halftime lead. The Matadors (7-3) trimmed the margin to two points in the second half and trailed 58-54 with 7:43 left to play before UW went on a 13-1 game-clinching run. Four different Huskies scored during the surge that resulted in a 71-55 advantage with 5:15 remaining. Jon Brockman had 21 points and 10 rebounds for UW. Venoy Overton added a career-high 14 points, hitting all five of his shots with four 3-pointers. Josh Jenkins tallied 17 points to pace the Matadors, who also got 14 from Jonathan Heard. UW's leading scorer Ryan Appleby played just 14 minutes, leaving early due to back spasms.
Washington finished fourth in the NIT Season Tip-Off that concluded Nov. 23 with Texas A&M defeating Ohio State 70-47 in the championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies fell to 21st-ranked Syracuse 91-85 in the consolation game after losing 77-63 to No. 16 Texas A&M on Nov. 21. UW advanced to the NIT semifinals in New York by defeating Utah 83-77 in the West Regional title game (Nov. 14) after opening the tournament in Seattle with an 88-47 victory over New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13).
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era begins for the Washington men's basketball team, which is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches in school history. The Huskies registered a 93-38 record over the previous four seasons, more victories than any other Pac-10 team during that span. The Huskies had a 19-12 record in 2004, 29-6 in 2005, 26-7 in 2006 and 19-13 last season. The 93 combined wins are the second-highest four-year total in school history, topped only by a 96-win run from 1950-53. UW competed in three straight NCAA Tournaments (2004-06), advancing to the third round in both 2005 and 2006. Those were UW's first ever back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
2008 UW Preview
The Huskies return four starters from the 2007 team that registered a 19-13 record and capped the regular-season with a 61-51 victory over second-ranked UCLA. The Huskies finished seventh in the Pac-10 with in 8-10 record. Heading the list of returnees is first-team All-Pac-10 selection Jon Brockman, a 6-foot-7 junior forward who led the conference last season with an average of 9.6 rebounds per game. UW's other returning starters are senior Ryan Appleby, junior Justin Dentmon and sophomore Quincy Pondexter. All four returning starters averaged double-figure points in 2007. The returning Huskies got a head start on the season when they ventured to Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6 for a five-game tour. The team sandwiched several sightseeing excursions and other bonding experiences around five games that yielded a 2-3 record against Greek pro teams. The four incoming freshmen were not allowed on that trip, but three players who did not see game action last season did participate. Senior Tim Morris, who sat out last season after transferring from Stanford, made the most of the games in Greece. He was second on the team with a 12.8-point scoring average and hit 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range. Athletic junior Joel Smith returned after red-shirting last season due to a foot injury. Despite missing the entire season, Smith is still the most experienced Husky with a team-high 66 career games in a UW uniform. Sophomore Joe Wolfinger played well in Greece after missing the previous two seasons with a foot injury. The 7-foot center is an excellent shooter, with range past the 3-point line. Another returning veteran with starting experience is junior center Artem Wallace.
One starter and three other lettermen have departed, led by All-Pac-10 Freshman team and honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection Spencer Hawes. He was the 10th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Also gone are four-year lettermen Brandon Burmeister and Hans Gasser along with Phil Nelson, who transferred to Portland State after one year at UW.
Another outstanding freshman class joined the Huskies this season, including Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-9 forward from South Kent School who was the Connecticut state player of the year. The signing class includes a pair of California prepsters. Darnell Gant, a 6-8 forward from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, was the nation's No. 50 recruit and the No. 12 prospect in the annual Best in the West poll. Ranked No. 23 on that Best in the West list was 6-6 forward Justin Holiday from Campbell Hall High School. The lone local signee was 6-foot point guard Venoy Overton, the state Class 4A player of the year from Seattle's Franklin High School. The quartet of stellar recruits is another boost for a Washington program that brought in classes rated among the nation's best in each of the previous two years.
The Idaho State Series
> Washington won all three previous meetings with the Bengals, in the early 1990s.
> The Huskies won the first meeting 98-77 on Dec. 8, 1991 in Seattle and were 81-69 victors on Jan. 4, 1993 in Seattle.
> Washington's 61-60 decision on Dec. 23, 1993 in Pocatello was the last meeting between these schools and marked then Coach Bob Bender's first UW victory.
> Second-year Idaho State coach Joe O'Brien has never coached against UW.
> In his sixth season, Washington's Lorenzo Romar has never coached against ISU.
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The Huskies embarked on a five-game tour of Greece from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6. UW posted a 2-3 record on the trip while working three players into the lineup who did not play last season (Tim Morris, Joel Smith, Joe Wolfinger). The team also visited historic sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and Olympic Stadium in Athens, the Royal Tombs near Thessaloniki and the cliffs of Meteora. Games and tours weren't the only thing on the agenda. The Huskies took advantage of the journey to learn more about one of the most famous Greeks, Socrates. The Husky players enrolled in a classics course with James Clauss, the former chair of the UW classics department and now director of the Honors Program. Clauss taught the course the week prior to the team's departure and continued his instruction in Greece as a member of the travel party. Along with Socrates, the Huskies studied architecture and Greek history.