Four-Game Homestand Begins Thursday for UW Men
Jan. 28, 2008
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 --
(#14) Stanford at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST (No TV)
Bank of America Arena (10,000) / Seattle, Wash.
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 --
California 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 (12-8, 3-4 Pac-10) begin an important four-game homestand this week when they host 14th-ranked Stanford (16-3, 5-2), Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies, who have a 10-2 home record this season, were victorious in each of the Cardinal's last five visits to Seattle. On Saturday, Feb. 2 Washington entertains California (11-7, 2-5) at 3 p.m.
The Huskies drew a split on last week's road trip, defeating No. 24 Arizona State 72-61 (Jan. 24) before falling 84-69 at Arizona (Jan. 26). UW's win in Tempe was its 11th consecutive victory over ASU, the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams.
At least 25 Washington men's basketball games will be televised this season. The next broadcast is Saturday's game against California that airs live at 3 p.m. on FSN Northwest. Brian Davis calls the action with commentary from Bob Weiss.
Every Husky men's basketball game will be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports Network that airs on flagship station KJR (AM 950) throughout the Puget Sound region. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play with analysis from Jason Hamilton.
In their last 13 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 66.5 points with just one team (Arizona) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents combined to average 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
Coach Lorenzo Romar implemented six different starting lineups this season. He put all positions up for grabs in early December, to be claimed by those players that exhibited the most defensive effort during practices. The current group, a result of that tactic, posted a 3-2 record during the last five games. Four players from the current unit started the last 12 games. Venoy Overton re-joined the starting lineup at USC (Jan. 12) for the first time since Dec. 8. Jon Brockman is the only UW player to start every game.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman is a Wooden Award candidate for the second straight season and was named to the 30-player midseason list announced Jan. 27. Brockman leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.5 rpg) and is No. 4 in scoring (19.1). The 6-foot-7 forward was honored three times this season as the Pac-10 Player of the Week; on Nov. 19, Dec. 24 and Jan. 21. Brockman posted double-figure points in all 20 games this season with 11, 20-point performances. He registered 13 double-doubles to lead the Pac-10. 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 (158-of-283). 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. He became UW's 32nd 1,000-point scorer on Jan. 12 at USC and currently ranks No. 23 with 1,113 career points.
Washington won 11 of its last 15 home contests against ranked visitors.
Junior Jon Brockman is averaging 19.7 points and 12.4 rebounds in seven Pac-10 games.
Junior Justin Dentmon distributed 292 career assists, the eighth-highest figure in UW history.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes (Associated Press poll)
This Season's Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 1-5 (0-2 at home, 1-1 on the road, 0-2 at neutral sites)
All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 80-209
Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 72, #24 Arizona State 61 (Jan. 24, 2008; Tempe, Ariz.)
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 67-59 lead in the all-time series that began in 1916, including wins in 16 of the last 22 meetings against Washington.
> The home team has been dominant in the series with the Huskies holding a 43-18 advantage during Seattle games and Stanford leading 47-14 in Palo Alto.
> The teams split the season series last year, each winning at home. Stanford won 78-77 on Jan. 11, 2007 in Palo Alto and UW was a 64-52 victor on Feb. 11 in Seattle.
> The Huskies were victorious in the last five home meetings after the Cardinal won in five straight visits to Seattle from 1998-2002.
> Husky sophomore Quincy Pondexter was a prep teammate of Stanford's 7-foot sophomore twins Brook and Robin Lopez at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. Their older brother, Alex Lopez, lettered at UW in 1995.
> The Washington roster includes senior guard Tim Morris who is playing his only season at Washington after transferring from Stanford. Morris lettered two seasons for the Cardinal, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 2005-06.
> Fourth-year Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is 3-4 against the Huskies as a head coach. A Seattle native, Johnson graduated from Franklin High School. He served as an assistant coach at Washington from 1989-92 on Lynn Nance's staff.
> Sixth-year UW coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-6 record against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
UW 64, #25 Stanford 52 (Feb. 11, 2007; Seattle)
Spencer Hawes scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, helping Washington pull away from 25th-ranked Stanford en route to a 64-52 victory at Bank of America Arena. Hawes returned to the starting lineup for the first time in six games and outscored Stanford's 7-foot freshmen twins Brook and Robin Lopez who combined for 13 points. He scored eight of the first nine second-half points for the Huskies (16-8, 6-7) who built on their 34-32 halftime margin. UW led by as many as 19 points after halftime. Stanford (15-8, 7-5) shot just 25 percent (6-24) in the second half after hitting 50-percent (13-26) of its first-half attempts. The Cardinal was limited to 20 points after intermission. Jon Brockman contributed 14 points and led a 39-33 rebound advantage with 10 boards. Lawrence Hill was Stanford's only double-figure scorer, netting 12 of his 15 points in the first half.
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 against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22) due to back spasms, but he saw full-time duty the last nine games. Senior Tim Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) broke his nose in practice Dec. 27 and played the last nine games wearing a mask. 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.
Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 115 wins at Washington. His next victory will tie him for fourth with Bob Bender (1994-2002) among the winningest Husky coaches of all-time. Romar's winning percentage of 64.6% (115-63) is the school's second highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
Defeats vs. Elites
Five of UW's seven defeats this season 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. UW also lost to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 Washington State, No. 21 Syracuse and No. 16 Texas A&M,
The Huskies have already played six ranked teams with four more games on the schedule against opponents ranked in the current Associated Press poll. Teams on the UW schedule listed in the current (Jan. 28) A.P. rankings are: No. 5 UCLA, No. 9 Washington State, No. 14 Stanford, No. 18 Pittsburgh and No. 23 Texas A&M. Eight 2007 NCAA Tournament teams appear on the UW schedule.
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 13 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 36 treys and shot 43 percent (36-84) from 3-point range. He was 4-of-5 beyond the arc in the first half against the Panthers and made six 3-pointers for the game. Appleby 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 ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 players with 2.77 treys per game this season. Back spasms limited Appleby to 14 minutes and just one shot against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22), halting his 34-game streak of games with at least one 3-pointer.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented six 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, Overton, Appleby, Morris) opened the last five games, beginning Jan. 12 at USC. 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 84 of his 85 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 58 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.
UW's Last Game
Arizona 84, UW 69 (Jan. 26, 2008; Tucson, Ariz.)
Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger each hit five 3-pointers and combined for 51 points as Arizona defeated Washington 84-69 at McKale Center. The Wildcats (14-6, 4-3) made 13-of-22 shots from 3-point range, including 9-of-14 in the second half. Washington (12-8, 3-4) trailed 13-5 early, but rallied to claim its only lead at 17-16 on two Quincy Pondexter free throws with 12:57 left in the first half. Arizona took the lead for good with a 12-2 run, fueled by eight points from Jordan Hill. He finished with 11 rebounds and scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half. The Wildcats netted the final eight points of the period to take a 45-32 halftime lead. The margin grew to as many as 26 points in the second half. Bayless scored 26 points on 9-for-11 shooting, including 5-of-6 accuracy on 3-pointers. Budinger tallied 25 points. Jon Brockman scored 24 points despite foul trouble that limited him to 11 first-half minutes. Ryan Appleby added 13 points for UW and Joe Wolfinger had 11. The Huskies shot 53 percent from the field (30-57), but were outscored by 24 points from 3-point range and 11 points at the free throw line.
Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks second nationally with an average of 11.5 rebounds per game, trailing only Kansas State's Michael Beasley who averages 12.7 boards.
Two Huskies rank among the conference leaders in 3-point accuracy. Junior Joel Smith ranks No. 1 at 52 percent (22-42) and senior Ryan Appleby is hitting at a 43-percent clip (36-84). Smith hit all four of his 3-point attempts against Long Beach State (Nov. 26). Appleby tied a school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Freshman Venoy Overton shot a perfect 5-of-5 on treys against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 22).
Senior Tim Morris tallied double-figure points in nine of his last 13 games, since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He is shooting 41 percent (11-27) from 3-point range during that span. Morris scored more points in his Husky debut than in any of 42 games during his Stanford career. The 6-foot-4 guard led the UW with 16 points against New Jersey Tech (Nov. 13). He has 10 double-figure scoring games this year. He transferred to UW and sat out the 2006-07 season. In two years at Stanford, 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). He is the second cousin of Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar.
The Huskies 72-61 decision at No. 24 Arizona State (Jan. 24) was their first road win against a ranked opponent since Jan. 14, 2006 at UCLA and halted a six-game losing streak in those games ... UW won it's 11th consecutive game against Arizona State (Jan. 24), the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams ... The Huskies recorded their seventh straight home win over Oregon (Jan. 12). The last time UW had a longer Seattle streak was a nine-game stretch over the Ducks from 1966 to 1974 ... The Huskies' loss to WSU was the only defeat in 12 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents from the field ... Washington posted a 9-4 record to finish with a winning non-conference record for the sixth straight season, since the 2000-01 squad was 6-6 outside Pac-10 play. The last losing non-conference record for UW was a 5-7 mark in 1999-2000 ... Washington came from 16 points behind to win at LSU, its biggest rally in a win since overcoming a 16-point deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 17, 2004 ... 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 the winning side of the ledger 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.
Freshman Venoy Overton is off to a terrific start in his collegiate career. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard ranks No. 8 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.30 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.4 assists. Overton distributed a career-high seven assists against Oregon State (Jan. 19). He had 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.
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.
Home Streak Halted
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 40 of their last 42 non-conference games at Bank of America Arena.
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 No. 2 UCLA. UW finished seventh with an 8-10 Pac-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 with 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 80 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 forward Artem Wallace.
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.
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.
The sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era is underway for Washington, 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 back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Senior sharpshooter Ryan Appleby made a dramatic return on Dec. 8 against 12th-ranked Pittsburgh. In the first game back after fracturing his right thumb during practice on Oct. 31 Appleby hit six 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 in the first half. He tied the school record with seven 3-pointers against Portland State (Dec. 18). Appleby set a new school single-season record for 3-pointers with 84 last season. Appleby compiled 190 career 3-pointers as a Husky, 22 shy of the school record of 212 held by Deon Luton (1997-2000). The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 195 of his 242 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
The California Series
> Washington won five of the last seven meetings to claim a 73-71 edge in the all-time series. UW's win total includes a Cal victory in 1995 that was later forfeited.
> The teams split a pair of games last season, each school winning at home.
> The Golden Bears won last year's first meeting, a 77-69 overtime decision in Berkeley on Jan. 13, 2007. The Huskies were 79-71 victors on Feb. 8 in Seattle.
> UW owns a 48-25 advantage during home games, including wins in the Bears' last four visits to Seattle.
> 12th-year California Coach Ben Braun has an 11-11 record against the Huskies.
> Sixth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 6-6 record against Cal. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears during the 2002 season after winning in 2001.
The Last Meeting
UW 79, California 71 (Feb. 8, 2007; Seattle)
Jon Brockman grabbed 14 rebounds and tallied 17 of his 22 points in the second half, leading Washington to a 79-71 win over California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (15-8, 5-7) posted a 37-23 rebound advantage after losing the board battle to an opponent for the first time in an overtime loss at Cal. The Golden Bears (12-11, 4-7) jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but trailed 37-36 at halftime. UW scored the first eight points of the second half, six of them from Brockman. He fueled another Husky run, netting half of the points during a 10-0 surge that resulted in a 71-59 lead with 2:45 left to play. Spencer Hawes contributed 16 points for UW. Ayinde Ubaka paced the Bears with 20 points and Ryan Anderson added 17.