Huskies Open Second Half Of Pac-10 Slate Against Arizona
Feb. 2, 2010
SEATTLE -- Washington seeks revenge for a road-sweep a month ago at the hands of the Arizona schools with a Thursday, Feb. 4 re-match against the Arizona Wildcats (11-9, 6-3 Pac-10), followed by a Saturday contest against the Arizona State Sun Devils (15-7, 5-4).
Both games will tip at 7:30 p.m. and both will air nationally on FSN with Steve Physioc calling play-by-play and Marques Johnson providing color analysis. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. In addition XM Radio Channel 195 will carry the UW-Arizona match up, while XM channel 193 will carry the UW-ASU game. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
About The University of Arizona...
Arizona has won four-straight conference games and finished the first half of the Pac-10 season 6-3 and tied for first with California. Overall, the Wildcats are 12-9 and have used a balanced attack to get there. Nic Wise, the Wildcats lone senior, leads four double-digit scorers with 16.0 ppg. The speedy point guard is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading Arizona to a sweep over Stanford and Cal. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year front-runner Derrick Williams is scoring 15.9 ppg and team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Kyle Fogg (11.0) and Jamelle Horne (10.8) are the other Wildcats averaging double figures. Coach Sean Miller is in his first year as the head coach at Arizona. He is the first coach since Lute Olson to have that title, as both Kevin O'Neill and Russ Pennell held interim positions for the past two season. Miller is in his 17th year of collegiate coaching, and his sixth as a head coach. From 2004-09, Miller was the head coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
UW And Arizona History...
Arizona leads the all-time series with the Huskies 43-23. The Wildcats .652 winning percentage against UW is second to only UCLA in conference play. In the last decade, Washington started to gain momentum in the rivalry, winning six of eight games from 2004-06. UW has won the last two games at Bank of America Arena and four of the last six at home, but just four of the last 10. Overall, Arizona holds the slight edge 16-15 against Washington in Seattle. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 8-9 all-time against Arizona.
Last Time They Met...
Jamelle Horne led Arizona with a career-high 22 points and Arizona sent Washington to its third-straight defeat, 87-70, on Jan. 10. Horne hit a career-high five 3-pointers. The loss was the first sweep on the Arizona trip since 2003. Isaiah Thomas had 18 points for UW, while freshman Abdul Gaddy scored a season-high 13. 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.
Did You Know?...
Arizona is one of only four teams Washington has played three or more times at home and has a losing record against? The Huskies are 15-16 all-time in Seattle against the Wildcats. The other teams are Kansas (0-3), UTEP (1-2) and UCLA (29-31).
Big Blowouts At BOA
Over the last four home games, Washington has won by an average margin of nearly 31 points per game. UW beat Stanford by 33 (94-61) and had a lead as large as 42 points. The margin of victory was the Huskies largest ever over the Cardinal. The Huskies followed that up with a 15-point win and led by as much as 29 points vs. California. They followed that homestand up last week by beating Seattle U by scoring 123 points, the second most in team history, and winning by 47 points. Four days later they rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to beat WSU by 28 points (92-64).
Husky Legend Unveiled
Todd MacCulloch will be honored during Thursday's game versus Arizona as the inaugural basketball Husky Legend. Following in the footsteps of the football Husky Legend, Washington will start recognizing some of its all-time great players throughout the season. MacCulloch will be spotlighted during the second media timeout of the first half. Remembered as one of the best-shooting big men in UW history, Todd MacCulloch led Washington to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999. MacCulloch was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1998 and 1999, and an honorable mention All-American as a senior, when he became just the second player in NCAA history to lead the NCAA in field-goal percentage in three-consecutive years.
Tops In The Pac-10
Venoy Overton has a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio during league-only action (32 assits/13 turnovers) to lead Pac-10 players, while Quincy Pondexter is averaging a conference best 3.7 offensive rebounds per league game. Those are the only two individual statistical categories Huskies lead, but there are several team categories Washington finds itself atop. In all games, the Huskies lead the conference in scoring (81.4 ppg), rebounds (39.2 rpg), rebounding margin (+5.0), turnover margin (+3.9) and offensive rebounds (14.7 rpg).
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter had 29 points and 12 rebounds, recently ill Isaiah Thomas revived with 19 points while leading a runaway rally in the second half and Washington blew past cold, benched Klay Thompson and Washington State 92-64 on Saturday. Thompson, the sixth-leading scorer in the nation at 22.3 points per game, was late to the Cougars' team bus to begin the cross-state trip to their rival. Former Huskies assistant Ken Bone, the Washington State coach, then put Thompson on the bench to begin Saturday's game. The Cougars led 40-36 at the half despite getting just five points from Thompson. The Huskies outscored the Cougars 56-24 after halftime. Thomas made three consecutive 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the first 6:10 of the second half to turn Washington's 40-36 deficit at halftime into a stunning, 57-43 lead. Pondexter, the Huskies' only senior, made 10 of 18 shots and finished two points off his career high set earlier this season. Washington State missed its first 13 shots after halftime. That's when Washington went bonkers. The Huskies' decisive 22-4 run - with none of the points from Pondexter - included a 3-pointer by Scott Suggs and a thunderous dunk by Matthew Bryan-Amaning, off a fake shot and pass by Justin Holiday that looked close to a traveling violation along the baseline.