UW Men Open CBI Play Wednesday at Home
March 17, 2008
College Basketball Invitational (CBI)
(seeding in parenthesis)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 --
Valparaiso (4) at Washington (1), 6:00 p.m. PDT (FCS TV)
(Washington ISP Sports Network / KJR-AM 950 in Puget Sound Area)
MONDAY, MARCH 24 --
Quarterfinal; Winner vs. Houston/Nevada winner, site and time TBA
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 --
Semifinal, site and time TBA (FCS TV)
MONDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH 31 - APRIL 4 --
Championship Series, best-of-three, alternating sites (FCS TV)
The Washington Huskies (16-16, 7-11 Pac-10) begin post-season play this week as the No. 1 seed in the West Region of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Washington hosts Horizon League competitor Valparaiso (21-13), Wednesday, Mar. 19. Tip-off is 6 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies, who did not participate in postseason play last season, advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2006.
About the CBI
The College Basketball Invitational was created by the Gazelle Group, which produces several events including the BCA Classic that Washington hosted in November of 2005. The format features 16 teams seeded in four regions. All the games, which begin Tuesday, will be played on the campuses of the higher-seeded teams. The champion will be determined in a best-of-three series scheduled for March 31, April 2 and April 4.
Washington posted a 7-11 record to finish eighth in the regular-season standings of the tough Pac-10 Conference, arguably the nation's best league. Six Pac-10 teams received bids to the NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 seed UCLA whose last loss was a 71-61 decision at Washington on Feb. 10. Two other teams received NIT bids, meaning that only Oregon State of the 10 conference schools was left out of postseason play.
This season's participation in the inaugural CBI marks Washington's 19th foray into postseason play. The Huskies appeared in the NCAA Tournament 13 times, registering a 14-14 combined record. Most recently, UW advanced to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens, in 2005 and 2006. The Huskies have a 3-5 record in five postseason NIT berths, including a first-round loss at Nebraska in 1997 during their last appearance.
CBI tickets for Wednesday's first-round game in Seattle are priced at $15, with a $5 rate for UW students. Season ticket holders have priority and immediate access to purchase tickets online. Tickets to the general public are available beginning, Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 8:30 a.m. They can be purchased on-line (www.gohuskies.com), via telephone (206-543-2200) or at the Husky Ticket Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Eleven of the 17 College Basketball Invitational games will be televised live on FCS (Fox College Sports.) Wednesday's game airs at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Michael Reghi calls the action with color commentary from Bob Sundvold. The game will be televised on a same-day delayed basis on FSN Northwest, airing at 11 p.m.
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.
Washington boasts great depth as its bench players outscored the opposing reserves in 26 of 32 games this season. The bench accounted for 36-percent of UW's offense, outscoring opponents 853 to 476. The Husky reserves outscored opposing subs in 17 of the last 18 games with an average margin of 27 to 11 (484-203 overall). UW's bench recently dominated matchups against reserves from UCLA 37-2 (Feb. 10), Oregon State 44-14 (Feb. 16), Arizona 23-3 (Feb. 21), Stanford 49-19 (Feb. 28) and California 49-12 (Mar. 1).
The Valparaiso Series
> Wednesday marks the first ever men's basketball meeting between Washington and Valparaiso.
> The Huskies have only played one game against a member of the Horizon League, losing 67-64 to Butler on Nov. 18, 2001 in the championship game of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.
> March 13th was the 10th anniversary Valpo's 'one shining moment' during the 1998 NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City, Ok. A length-of-the-court inbounds pass with 2.5 seconds remaining set up Bryce Drew's long 3-pointer that lifted the 13th-seeded Crusaders to a 70-69 upset of No. 4 Ole Miss. Drew is now an associate head coach at Valpo under his father, Homer Drew.
> 19th-year Valpo Coach Homer Drew has never coached against the Huskies.
> Sixth-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has never coached against the Crusaders.
Junior Jon Brockman sprained his left ankle with 1:56 left in the second overtime of a 76-73 loss at Washington State on Mar. 8. He did not play in last week's Pac-10 Tournament, the first collegiate game he missed. That snapped a string of 96 consecutive games played for Brockman, including 69 straight starts. His condition is day-to-day and his status is questionable for Wednesday's game.
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. Freshman forward Justin Holiday (Chatsworth, Calif.) injured his right knee and ankle in practice on Feb. 12 and missed seven games. He began practicing last week and played eight minutes in the Pac-10 Tournament game (Mar. 12). Senior guard Ryan Appleby (Stanwood, Wash.) injured his right thumb in 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 21 games. 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, will attend San Jose State.
Junior Jon Brockman is carving his name in the school record book among the all-time greats. He currently ranks 20th among all-time Husky scorers with 1,277 career points and is No. 7 among UW's leading rebounders with 880 career boards.
Washington ranks 18th nationally in rebounding margin, out-battling opponents by 6.2 rebounds per game (38.2 to 32.0). UW out-rebounded 22 of 32 opponents this season, 14 of them by double-digit margins. The Huskies out-rebounded Portland State (Dec. 18) 34-14. The record books do not have any information on an opponent collecting fewer rebounds in a game against the Huskies. 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.
Did You Know?
Jon Brockman ranks third nationally with an average of 11.5 rebounds per game. Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the NCAA leader, averaging 12.4 boards.
Most Valuable Player
Washington junior Jon Brockman is arguably the Most Valuable Player in the Pac-10. No other player's production is as crucial to his team as that of the 6-foot-7 forward. In the games he played, Brockman contributed 24 percent of Washington's points and 33 percent of individual rebounds. Brockman ranks fourth among Pac-10 scorers (17.6 ppg) and No. 1 in rebounding (11.5 rpg), the only Husky listed in the top-20 in either category. Every other player among the top-10 Pac-10 scorers has at least one teammate also ranking in the top-20 in that category and each of the top-10 rebounders has another teammate in the top-20. Brockman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week three times this season.
24th Husky to post a 500-point season. Ranks No. 12 on UW season list with 546 points
Ranks No. 5 among all-time Husky single-season rebounders with 358
His 22 double-doubles are the highest UW total, tying Steve Hawes' 22 in 1972
No. 20 UW career scorer (1,277 points) and No. 7 career rebounder (880 boards)
Double-digit points every game he played. Leads Pac-10 in rebounds (11.5 rpg) and double-doubles (22)
Seven different players have claimed top-scoring honors for Washington (Ryan Appleby, Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon, Tim Morris, Quincy Pondexter, Artem Wallace and Joe Wolfinger). All 11 Huskies who played this season registered at least one double-figure scoring effort and four have posted at least one 20-point performance.
Start Me Up
The Huskies implemented seven 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 (Pondexer, Wallace, Overton, Appleby, Morris) opened the last game (Mar. 12) for the first time after the previous unit opened 16 straight games. Quincy Pondexter moved into the lineup in place of Jon Brockman, who was sidelined with a left ankle sprain. That halted a 69-game starting streak for Brockman, who missed a collegiate game for the first time after playing in 96 consecutive outings. The only Husky to start all 32 games last season, Brockman failed to start only one other game, missing the final regular-season home game in 2006 to allow for a UW senior to start. The Huskies utilized seven different starting lineups last season with a primary lineup that was comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
Wooden Award Candidate
Washington junior Jon Brockman was 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 (17.6). 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 of his 31 games this season with 13, 20-point performances. He registered 22 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 53 percent of his shots from the field (228-of-429). 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. 20 with 1,277 career points.
For the Record
On Feb. 21 senior guard Ryan Appleby collected the only school 3-point record he didn't already own, surpassing the UW record of 212 career treys that was established by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Appleby reached 213 treys in 85 games and 506 attempts while it took Luton 573 shots in 117 games. Appleby currently has 230 career treys. He hit nine 3-pointers at Oregon State (Feb. 16). That eclipsed the previous school single-game record of seven treys that Appleby shared with Luton and Senque Carey. Last season, Appleby set a new UW single-season standard with 84 treys.
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 24 games since his return against Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, Appleby made 76 treys, a Pac-10 leading 3.04 per game, and shot 39 percent (76-193) from 3-point range. 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. The Florida transfer was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Appleby netted 235 of his 293 collegiate field goals (including Florida stats) from 3-point range.
The Huskies have a 15-3 record this season in games when their field goal percentage is superior to the opponent, but are 1-13 when out shot by opponents from the field ... Sophomore center Joe Wolfinger was the only one of 10 Husky players who did not score in the last game, Mar. 12 against California. Wolfinger hit 11-of-16 shots from the field three weeks ago in the Bay Area, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. He tied his career-high with 12 points at Stanford (Feb. 28) and increased that figure with 17 points at California (Mar. 1).
Sophomore Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) netted double-figure points in each of the last four games. He is averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists during that span. Pondexter tallied 19 points at No. 8 Stanford (Feb. 28), hitting 8-of-11 shots from the field. He had a 12-point, seven-rebound, four-assist performance at California (Mar. 1). On Mar. 8 at Washington State, he had 12 points and five rebounds. In the last game, Mar. 12 vs. Cal, he netted a season-high 23 points along with nine rebounds. Pondexter has 16 double-figure scoring games his season. He has two double-doubles, with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Syracuse (Nov. 23) and 11 points and 11 rebounds at USC (Jan. 12). Quincy is the son of Roscoe Pondexter, who played at Long Beach State for Coach Lute Olson before a 10-year professional career overseas. His uncle, Cliff Pondexter, also played for Olson at LBSU before a three-year NBA career for the Chicago Bulls.
Junior guard Justin Dentmon has been brilliant off the bench lately, registering double-figure points in seven of his last 10 games. Dentmon is averaging 11.6 points in his last nine outings, including a game-high 20 in UW's 71-61 upset of fifth-ranked UCLA on Feb. 10. He distributed 314 career assists, surpassing Donald Watts (1996-99) in the No. 5 spot among all-time Huskies.
Defeats vs. Elites
The Huskies played 10 ranked teams, defeating two of them. Half of UW's defeats came against ranked foes, including a heart-breaking 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 8) in which Justin Dentmon's basket at the buzzer was not allowed after a lengthy review by the referees. UW suffered three-point road losses at No. 8 Stanford (Feb. 28) and No. 23 Washington State (Mar. 8). The Huskies also lost to No. 5 UCLA, No. 4 Washington State, No. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 21 Syracuse.
Freshman Venoy Overton ranks No. 9 among Pac-10 players in steals per game (1.38 spg) and leads UW with an average of 3.2 assists. He amassed 103 assists, the 30th 100-assist season in Husky history. The crafty, 5-foot-11 point guard 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 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 21). He hit all five of his shots against Cal State Northridge (Dec.22), including four 3-pointers. Overton 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 tallied double-figure points in seven straight games after moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh. He has 11 double-figure scoring games overall this year. 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 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 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.
Washington halted a six-game Bay Area losing streak with a 87-84 win at California (Mar. 1) ... No. 8 Stanford's 82-79 decision (Feb. 28) was its 15th consecutive home win over the Huskies ... Arizona State's 77-63 win (Feb. 23) stopped an 11-game UW winning streak in 'Senior Day' games, the final regular-season home game ... Venoy Overton scored 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 21), matching his total from the previous six games combined ... UW dealt Oregon State (Feb. 16) a 97-59 defeat, its second-worst home loss ever at Gill Coliseum ... Ryan Appleby's 32-point outburst at Oregon State (Feb. 16) marked the most points for a Husky since Brandon Roy tallied 35 against Arizona on Dec. 31, 2005 ... Oregon tied its own UW opponent single-game 3-point record with 14 treys on Feb. 14 ... The Huskies upset fifth-ranked UCLA 71-51 on Feb. 10 in Seattle to halt a four-game losing streak ... Junior Artem Wallace posted his first career double-double Feb. 2 vs. California with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. He is the third Husky to record a double-double this season, joining Quincy Pondexter (2) and Pac-10 leader Jon Brockman (22) ... UW's losses to Stanford (Jan. 31) and California (Feb. 2) were its first consecutive home setbacks since Jan. 8 & 10, 2004 ... The 65-51 loss to No. 14 Stanford was the first double-digit home defeat by Washington since an 86-62 loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. ... 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, halting a six-game skid in those games ... The Huskies' loss to WSU (Jan. 5) was one of only three defeats in 18 games this season when they had a better shooting percentage than opponents from the field ... UW 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 ... UW came from 16 points behind to win at LSU (Dec. 29), 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.
Climbing the Coaching Chart
Sixth-year coach Lorenzo Romar amassed 119 wins at Washington, moving ahead of Bob Bender (1994-2002) and into the No. 4 position among the winningest Husky coaches of all-time. Romar's winning percentage of 62.6% (119-71) is the school's fourth highest for coaches who served more than two seasons at UW.
This is the sixth season of the Lorenzo Romar era for Washington, which underwent 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.
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. 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.
UW's Last Game
California 84, UW 81 (Mar. 12, 2008; Los Angeles, Pac-10 Tournament)
Ryan Anderson scored 17 of his 23 points during the second half, helping California rally for an 84-81 win over Washington at Staples Center in the first round of the Pac-10 Tourna ment. The Huskies (16-16) led 40-38 at halftime despite playing without star Jon Brockman who was out with a sprained left ankle. Appleby hit a trio of 3-pointers early in the second half, helping increase the UW lead to 12 points. Anderson fueled a 16-point run that gave the Golden Bears (16-14) the lead for good at 59-55 with 12:39 left to play. Cal led 75-68 before Quincy Pondexter scored six straight points to draw UW within one point. The margin was 79-78 before Anderson made a tough trey on an inbounds play with two seconds left on the shot clock. The Bears sandwiched two free throws around a Venoy Overton 3-pointer to secure the win. Pondexer started in place of Brockman and led UW with a season-high 23 points. Appleby finished with 12 points. Patrick Christopher tallied 25 points to pace Cal, which halted a five-game losing streak. Anderson grabbed 16 rebounds, helping the Bears out-rebound UW 43-34. Cal had 19 offensive boards, leading to 20 second-chance points.
In their last 25 games since the defensive re-emphasis that followed a 96-71 loss at Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), the Huskies are surrendering an average of 71.6 points with only seven teams (Arizona, Cal, ASU, Stanford, Cal, Washington State, cal) scoring more than 75 points. This year's first seven opponents averaged 75.0 points, with four of them surpassing the 75-point plateau.
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.