Huskies Welcome Cal To BOA For Saturday Morning Battle
Jan. 15, 2010
Washington (11-5, 2-3) halted a three-game losing skid with a 33-point victory against Stanford on Thursday. Up next is a 11:30 a.m. battle on Saturday at Bank of America Arena against Pac-10 leading California (11-5, 3-1). If Lorenzo Romar is to move into sole possession of third all-time in UW coaching wins, he and the Huskies will have to contain Jerome Randle who scored 39 points in a victory over WSU on Thursday.
Saturday'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.
Jerome Randle scored a career-high 39 points as California beat Washington State 93-88 on Thursday to retain first place in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears are 11-5 overall and 3-1 in Pac-10 action. High expectations in preseason were hampered by early injury to senior forward Theo Robertson (14.7 ppg). Robertson, one of the top shooters in the country from beyond the arc, missed six games. Since his return, the Golden Bears are 6-2 with their only losses coming to previously top-ranked Kansas and UCLA. Along with Robertson, California headlines with lightning quick Randle, who is third in the Pac-10 with 20.4 points per contest. Patrick Christopher and Jamaal Boykin also average in double digits, scoring 15.8 and 11.4 a game respectively. Coach Mike Montgomery is in his second year at California, and sports a 33-16 record. He is one of the most well respected coaches in the nation and holds a career record of 580-260 in 27 years of coaching.
UW And California History...
California won both games in 2009, including an 88-85 triple overtime thriller at Bank of America Arena that could have went either way. Despite the two losses to Cal, Washington went on to win the Pac-10. California leads the all-time series 76-73 and has a three-game winning streak. Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar is 6-9 against the Golden Bears as the Husky head coach and 7-10 overall, going 1-1 as coach at St. Louis.
Last Time They Met...
The Huskies last faced off against California at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Both teams were still in contention for the conference title, and the game served as a rematch of the 88-85 Golden Bear victory in Seattle. Washington started well, working the ball inside for most of the first half. The Huskies saw their lead grow to nine at 43-34 with 17:21 remaining in the contest before their shooting went cold. Washington scored only four more baskets and California heated up from the field, winning 86-71. The Golden Bears were led by Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher, who both scored 21 points. Quincy Pondexter led UW with 21 points. Washington went 7-1 in conference play after the game at Berkeley.
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 156-86 (.645) record at Washington and is 249-174 (.589) in 13 seasons as a head coach. The first African-American head basketball coach at UW, he is tied for third all-time in victories at UW with Tippy Dye, equaling the coaching great on Jan. 15 vs. Stanford. 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). 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
Quincy Pondexter scored 27 points as Washington rediscovered its winning ways in the Pac-10 with its largest victory ever over Stanford, 94-61 on Thursday night. Pondexter scored 14 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half for the Huskies (11-5, 2-3 Pac-10). The lead reached 41 points for Washington, which had lost consecutive Pac-10 games by double-digit margins to Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona. Landry Fields scored 17 points for Stanford (8-8, 2-2), which had won two straight. Jeremy Green was 3 for 10 from the field and had just seven points after scoring a career-high 30 Saturday against UCLA, as his Cardinal looked more like the team picked to finish last in the conference.
Skid Screeches To A Halt
UW snapped it's three-game losing streak in impressive fashion with a 94-61 victory over Stanford. The 33 point difference was the largest UW victory over the Cardinal ever and was the largest margin of victory to ever snap a three-game skid in team history. In 1955 the Huskies beat Washington State 69-38 to snap a three-game skid, the only other time in history that UW had a 30-plus point victory after losing three or more consecutive games. The Huskies previous largest margin of victory over Stanford was by 24 points in 1961.
Paint The Bank Black
The Huskies game at Bank of Arena against Washington State on Jan. 30 will be Black Out Cancer Day at UW. The UW will wear black uniforms as part of the event and all fans are encouraged to wear black to the 12:30 game to show support for cancer awareness. All fans seated in the lower bowl will receive a black Husky t-shirt, while the first 1,000 fans into their upper bowl seats will also receive a t-shirt. The American Cancer Society will have a table in the concourse to accept donations and will be holding a silent auction where fans can bid on Coach Romar's shoes and an autographed Husky basketball. In addition, the black jersey worn by Harry the Husky will be autographed by the entire team and auctioned off on GoHuskies.com on Monday, Feb. 1.
ESPN College Gameday Coming To BOA
ESPN College Gameday will be in Seattle for the UW-UCLA game on Saturday, Feb. 20. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. and the show starts at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free to fans for the morning event.