No. 19 Huskies Travel To SoCal Rivals

Feb. 16, 2009

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SEATTLE - The 19th-ranked University of Washington men's basketball team goes on the road for the final time during the regular season this week when it travels to Southern California to play Pac-10 games against UCLA and USC.

The Huskies travel to Pauley Pavilion Thursday for an 8 p.m. tipoff against 20th-ranked UCLA. The game will be televised live in HD by FSN with Ted Robinson and Marques Johnson calling the action.

The Huskies return home on Feb. 26 for a crucial contest against second-place Arizona State. Tickets are available by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.

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.

Washington enters Thursday's game with a 19-6 overall record, a 10-3 mark in the Pac-10 and sole possession of first-place in the league. The Huskies enjoy a current three-game win streak and have won 17 of their last 20 games.

The Huskies are coming off an energizing 103-84 victory over the University of Oregon last weekend at Bank of America Arena. Four UW players surpassed 20 points in the game to lead the Huskies to the program's largest point total ever against the Ducks.

Freshman Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points against UO to lead Washington in scoring for the eighth time this season. The Pac-10's leading freshman scorer also handed-out a team-high four assists and registered four steals in the game.

The Tacoma, Wash. native is averaging 16.5 points and 2.7 assists on the year and his 413 total points this season is currently the second-highest point total in UW freshman history.

Senior guard Justin Dentmon enjoyed one of his better weekends as a Husky in the victories over Oregon State and Oregon last weekend. The Carbondale, Ill. native scored 28 points with seven assists against Oregon State then added 21 points in the win over Oregon.

Dentmon, the Pac-10's leading scorer in conference games (19.0 ppg), has moved into 18th on the UW's career scoring charts with 1,316 career points.

All-league forward Jon Brockman, the UW's leading rebounder for four-straight years, averages 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. His rebound total ranks second in the Pac-10, while his 54 career double-doubles is the most among the nation's active players.

UCLA enters Thursday's game with a 19-6 overall record, an 8-4 mark in the Pac-10 - which is good for a tie for third-place in the league standings - and a number No. 20 AP national ranking.

The Bruins lost just twice in the preseason, dropping a three-point decision to Michigan at the 2K Sports Classic in New York, then falling by four points at No. 8 Texas. They won 10-straight before losing a home overtime contest 61-58 to Arizona State. After a two-point win at WSU, the Bruins fell at Washington then won four-straight, includinga 26-point win against Notre Dame. Last weekend, however, UCLA dropped consecutive games at Arizona State (74-67) and Arizona (84-72).

Senior guard Darren Collison (14.8 ppg) is the team's leading scorer and is third in the Pac-10 in assists, handing out 4.8 per game. He is also tied for the league lead in steals (1.7) and is the top free throw shooter (.929). Senior Alfred Aboya is the team's top rebounder and ranks 10th in the league with a 5.6 per game average.

As a team, UCLA is second (behind Washington) in scoring average at 76.1 and leads the league in scoring margin with +14.0. The Bruins shoot a conference-best .503 from thefield.

UCLA owns an 89-36 series lead over Washington since the two teams met for the first time during the 1937 season. The UW won the first five meetings and seven of the first nine before UCLA started taking command of the series. The Bruins won as many as 25-straight during the 1960s-1970s. More recently, the series has been much more even. Washington has won seven of the last 10 meetings - including the last five at Bank of America Arena. Washington swept the regular-season series in 2006 and the two teams split in 2005, `07 & `08.

Following Thursday's game at UCLA, Washington remains in Los Angeles for a Saturday afternoon contest at USC. That game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip and will be televised by FSN Northwest.

The Huskies return home on Feb. 26 for a crucial contest against second-place Arizona State. Tickets are available by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.

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