UW Men's Hoops Returns Home To Take On Bay Area Schools
Jan. 12, 2010
SEATTLE - The reeling Washington Huskies (10-5, 1-3) are hoping that home cooking is just what the doctor ordered as they welcome Stanford (8-7, 2-1) to Bank of America Arena on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Saturday morning affair against Cal at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday's game will be broadcast to most homes nationally on FSN with Steve Physioc calling play-by-play and Marques Johnson providing color. As usual, the ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
The Cardinal struggled early, but is finding its groove just in time for their trip to the Pacific Northwest. Stanford surprised the Pac-10 last weekend when they swept the Los Angeles area schools, beating USC 56-55 on Wednesday before downing UCLA 70-59 behind 30 points from sophomore guard Jeremy Green. The impressive showing last weekend left the Cardinal with a record of 8-7 overall, 2-1 in Pac-10. Stanford has been led this year by Green and senior Landry Fields. The duo has led the Cardinal is scoring every game this year, with Fields averaging 22.1 points a contest and Green scoring at a 17.6 clip. Fields is also averaging 8.9 rebounds a game. Stanford has yet to win a game on the road this year with a record of 0-4 away from Maples Pavilion. Johnny Dawkins is in his second season at Stanford after 11 seasons as an assistant at Duke, the last nine as the associate head coach. Dawkins is 28-21 as a head coach, 0-3 against Washington.
UW And Stanford History...
Washington is 62-69 all-time against the Cardinal, but is on a three game winning streak in the series. Home court advantage was crucial in the series from 2004-2008, with the home team winnings each time. Overall UW is 44-19 all-time in Seattle. Lorenzo Romar is 9-8 all-time against the Cardinal and is 6-1 in Seattle, with the lone lost at Bank of America Arena occuring in 2008. Conversely, Romar is 1-6 at Maples Pavilion. On a neutral court at the Pac-10 Tournament, Romar is 2-1 vs. Stanford.
Last Time They Met...
These two teams last met in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament last year, with Washington downing the Cardinal 85-73 at the Staples Center. Stanford won a first round game against Oregon State to play the number one seeded Huskies, who had a first round bye. The Cardinal played Washington tough in the first half and the score was 38-35 at the break. Washington came out strong after halftime. The decisive run in the second half was led by nine points from Isaiah Thomas. Thomas finished with 14 points, while Jon Brockman scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Anthony Goods led the way for Stanford with 26 points. Overall, the Huskies swept all three games vs. the Cardinal in 2009, the first time they have swept a series against them since 1993.
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
The 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lorenzo Romar is entering his eighth season as the 18th head men's basketball coach at Washington. He tallied win number 150 for his UW career, just the fourth coach to reach that mark, against Montana on Nov. 29. He owns a 155-86 (.643) record at Washington and is 248-174 (.588) in 13 seasons as a head coach. Romar led Washington to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 05, 06) and the school's first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2005 & 06). The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he is fourth all-time in victories at UW and will tie Tippy Dye for third with his next win. He was the 2005 Pac-10 and Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Romar played point guard for Marv Harshman's 1979 and 1980 teams and spent five years in the NBA after college. Prior to UW, Romar served as the head coach at Saint Louis (1999-02) and Pepperdine (1996-99) and was an assistant coach at UCLA (1992-96) - He helped lead the Bruins to the 1995 national title. A native of Compton, Calif., he graduated from Pius X High School. Romar and his wife, Leona, have three daughters: Terra, Tavia and Taylor - a current UW cheerleader.
Last Time Out For Washington
Junior Jamelle Horne led Arizona with a career-high 22 points and Arizona sent Washington to its third-straight defeat, 87-70. Horne hit a career-high five 3-pointers in eight attempts for the Wildcats (8-8, 2-2 Pac-10). The desert wasn't kind to the Huskies (10-5, 1-3) this weekend as they lost 67-51 at Arizona State on Friday night, their first sweep on the Arizona trip since 2003. It was Washington's worst loss of the season. Isaiah Thomas had 18 points for Washington, while freshman Abdul Gaddy scored a season-high 13. Arizona limited Washington to 44.2 percent shooting from the field. The Wildcats shot 50 percent, including 47.1 percent (8 of 17) from 3-point range. Arizona finished with a 40-23 advantage on the boards. Arizona's largest lead of the game was 77-58 with 3 minutes remaining. Down 37-27 after Wise hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, Washington hit three consecutive shots, including two 3-pointers, in the opening 90 seconds of the second half to get within two points. But Arizona went on a 6-0 run, extending its lead to 43-35 on a basket by Parrom.
The Last Three Games
If stats don't lie, there are several leading numbers that are contributing to the team's current three-game losing streak. In the last three games, the opponent has outrebounded Washington by an average of 38.0 to 27.7 (-10.3), shot 43.4 percent from the three-point line (25-53) and outscored UW 81.7 ppg to 66.7 ppg. Prior to that, UW had outscored opponents 82.8 ppg to 69.9 ppg, outrebounded their opponents 41.6 to 32.8 rpg (+7.8) and held opponents to 28.2% (50-177) from the three point line. Also, UW is shooting 63.1% from the free throw line, down from 72.5% in the first 12 games.
Thomas Heading Towards 1,000
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 18.3 ppg (5th best in Pac-10) and has scored in double figures in 13 of 15 games this season. He's been even better in Pac-10 games, scoring 20.5 ppg. Thomas needed just 50 career games over two seasons to eclipse the 800 point plateau, doing so at Arizona on Jan. 10. He should become the 35th Husky to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau at some point during the season.
Overton Better Off The Bench
If numbers don't lie, then Venoy Overton is more comfortable coming off the bench. As a starter in seven games he averages 24.7 minutes and 5.6 ppg, but off the bench in eight games he averages 10.3 ppg despite averaging almost three minutes less at 21.9 mpg. Overton is also shooting 49.1% (26-53) from the field and 35.7% from 3-point range (5-14) off the bench, while 38.5% (15-39) FG and 28.6% from beyond the 3-pt arc as a starter.
Huskies By The Numbers...
With his next victory, Lorenzo Romar will tie Tippy Dye for third in UW history with 156.
UW had an 18-game winning streak at home (T-8th longest in team history) snapped by Oregon on Jan. 2
The Huskies' 12 blocks vs. Texas A&M were the most since a record 14 vs. Santa Clara (11/24/01).
UW is averaging 14.8 turnovers in their five losses and 12.4 in their 10 wins.
Thomas and Quincy Pondexter account for 567 of the team's 1,194 points (47.4%).
Venoy Overton is averaging 10.3 ppg in eight games coming off the bench, 5.6 ppg in seven starts.
UW leads the Pac-10 in points per game with 79.6 ppg and has led the conference in scoring in 3 of the last 5 seasons.
UW is scoring 83.6 ppg and 73.4 FT% in wins, 71.6 ppg and 64.3% FT in losses.
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