No. 22 UW Men's Hoops Travels To Bay Area

Feb. 3, 2009

SEATTLE - The 22nd-ranked University of Washington men's basketball team opens the second half of the Pac-10 season Thursday when it travels to Berkeley, Calif. for the first of two games against Bay Area league rivals Cal and Stanford.

The Huskies will be looking to avenge its only home loss of the season Thursday when it plays at California in a 7:30 p.m. (PT) tipoff at Haas Pavilion. Last month Cal upended Washington 88-85 in triple overtime - one of only two league losses for the Huskies and ending the UW's nine-game win streak.

Tickets to the Feb. 12 & 14 Oregon State and Oregon games are on sale now by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.

Both games this weekend will be televised live throughout the Pacific Northwest by FSN Northwest. Thursday's game will be produced by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, while Sunday's contest at Stanford will be televised in HD and will be distributed nationally by FSN as part of its agreement with the Pac-10. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini will call the action.

Every Husky game is broadcast live on the radio via the Washington ISP Sports Network, which includes Seattle-based flagship station 950 KJR AM, XM Satellite Radio and Veteran analysts Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton provide the description of the games.

As the Pac-10's leading scorer in conference games, senior Justin Dentmon currently has the hot hand for the Huskies. The Carbondale, Ill. native is making a strong bid for all-league and, possibly, national honors with a 19.6 per game scoring average against league opponents. He is also second in the league in three-point percentage and three-pointers made per game and ranks third in steals and eighth in free throw percentage.

Dentmon is nearing the school's top-20 in career scoring and is among the all-time leaders in assists, steals and three-point field goals. Last weekend, he scored 23 points against Arizona then added a career-high 30 at then Nov. 14 Arizona State.

Also a key to the Pac-10's top scoring team (80.0 ppg) is the arrival of UW freshman Isaiah Thomas. A native of Tacoma, Thomas is leading the league's freshmen in scoring with an average of 16.7 points per game. In league play, he is the Pac-10's third-leading scorer with an average of 19.2 points per game.

Inside, the nation's second-leading team in rebound margin (+9.9) is led by senior All-America candidate Jon Brockman. The UW's all-time career rebounder, Brockman is one of the top rebounders in Pac-10 history and is the nation's active leader in career double-doubles (52). He is also fifth in UW history in scoring and is the first Husky to surpass 1,500 career points and 1,000 rebounds.

California enters Thursday's game with a 16-6 overall record, a 5-4 mark in the Pac-10 and a fourth-place position in the league standings. Four of the Bears' six losses this season have come in their last five games - all following their triple-overtime win over Washington last month.

Prior to their recent five-game struggles, Cal had won nine-straight. Cal started league play with home wins over Arizona and Arizona State then won on the road at Washington State and the UW. That next week, the Bears ranked 22nd in the national AP poll before dropping a 75-69 decision at Stanford and dropping out of the rankings. Cal lost at home to Oregon State then defeated Oregon before losing at UCLA and USC last weekend.

Cal leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.458) and is among the Pac-10's top scoring teams (75.3 ppg). Junior Jerome Randal is second in the conference in scoring and assists, averaging 18.3 points and 5.12 assists per game.

Following Thursday's game in Berkeley, the Huskies play at Stanford on Sunday in a 2:30 p.m. game that will be televised live in HD by FSN.

Washington returns home on Feb. 12 for an 8 p.m. contest against resurgent Oregon State. Tickets are on sale by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.

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