Husky Hoops Looking For Sweep

Jan. 16, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore - The Washington men's basketball team will be looking to equal one of its best Pac-10 starts in 25 years Saturday when it faces Oregon State in a 7 p.m. game at Gill Coliseum.

The game will be televised live by FSN Northwest with Kevin Calabro, Lamar Hurd and Jen Mueller describing the action. The contest can also be heard on the radio throughout the Pacific Northwest via the Washington ISP Sports Network, XM Satellite Radio and Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will call the action.

Did you know that 28 of Washington's 31 games this season will (or are expected to) appear on television?

Washington is 12-4 on the season and 3-1 in the Pac-10 and is coming off a convincing 84-67 victory Thursday at the University of Oregon. Freshman Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 23 points, while senior guard Justin Dentmon added 22 and Quincy Pondexter chipped-in 15.

The Oregon game was highlighted by senior Jon Brockman surpassing Doug Smart's school career rebounding record midway through the second half of the game. The Snohomish, Wash. native has 1,054 rebounds in his fourth season at the UW and is the eighth-leading rebounder in Pac-10 history.

Washington enters Saturday's game at Oregon State having won 10 of its last 11 games. The Huskies have swept the Oregon schools only six times since 1957 (1957, `59, `72, `86, `98, `06) and has equaled its best start in league play (3-1) since going 4-0 to open the Pac-10 in 1984. The Huskies were 3-1 (and went on to start 6-1) last in 2005 - as well as in 1998, `87, `86 and `85 during that span.

Thomas took over the team's scoring lead and is the Pac-10's freshman leader in points (16.2 ppg), assists (3.2) and assist-turnover ratio. Brockman is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding average (10.8) and ranks 11th nationally.

Oregon State enters Saturday's game with a 6-9 overall record and 1-4 mark in the Pac-10. The Beavers won their last four non-league games heading into conference play and split a pair of games against Southern California schools UCLA (L, 46-69) and USC (W, 62-58 in OT) to open league play. OSU struggled in its first four games of the season, losing at Howard and Nevada as well as a pair of home games against Yale and Montana State. The Beavers then seemed to turn things around with a win at Fresno State, a narrow loss at Iowa State then the four-game win streak. Last weekend, OSU lost at Arizona State (38-69) and at Arizona (47-64) and, on Thursday, lost in overtime to Washington State.

Washington owns a 147-136 series lead over Oregon State since the two teams met for the first time in 1904. More recently, Washington has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools and has a current two-game win streak against the Beavers.

Following this week's series against Oregon/Oregon State, Washington returns home for a pair of games against Southern California rivals USC and UCLA. Thursday, the Huskies welcome Brandon Roy to campus for a special jersey retirement ceremony prior to its 8 p.m. tipoff against USC. The ceremony will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. On Saturday, Washington hosts UCLA in a 1 p.m. tipoff. Both games are scheduled to be televised as part of the Pac-10 national television package with FSN.

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