Washington Travels To Mac Court One Final Time
March 2, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington will ride a two-game road win streak into Oregon and will need to keep winning if they hope to keep their NCAA at-large berth hopes alive. Thursday's matchup against the Ducks will be the Huskies last game in MacArthur Court as they prepare to move into their new digs next season.
Thursday's game will tip at 7:00 p.m. with no TV available. It marks just the second UW game not on TV this season. FSN-NW will televise Saturday's game against Oregon State, scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast both games 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.
Oregon is coming off a sweep of the Los Angeles schools last weekend, beating USC, 54-44, on Thursday before downing the Bruins at Pauley, 70-68. Tajuan Porter put the Ducks ahead for good on a three with 49.6 seconds left, completing the season sweep of USC and UCLA. The pair of wins snapped a four game conference skid, and pushed Oregon's record to 14-14 overall, 6-10 in conference. Porter leads Oregon in scoring at 11.7 per contest, and is joined by Malcolm Armstead (10.6) in one of the most talented backcourts in the conference. Sophomore Michael Dunigan provides size for the Ducks, averaging 9.2 points to go along with 4.8 rebounds. Ernie Kent is 11-16 all-time against the Huskies, and sports a 234-170 record at Oregon.
UW And Oregon History...
Washington owns a commanding 182-103 series lead over the Ducks since the school first played in 1904. The Huskies dominated the series over the first 19 seasons, losing just four of the first 27 meetings. More recently, Washington has won 10 of the last 13 games, including a five-game win streak between 2004-06. This will be the Huskies last trip to MacArthur Court before they move to the new Matthew Knight Arena. The Huskies hold a slight lead in the all-time road series with a 71-67 mark, including a 84-69 victory at Mac Court last year. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 9-7 against the Ducks all-time, with all the games coming while coaching at UW.
Last Time They Met...
Malcolm Armstead scored 21 points, Michael Dunnigan added 20 and Oregon knocked off 17th-ranked Washington 90-79 at Bank of America Arena, snapping the Huskies' 18-game home winning streak. Isaiah Thomas led the way for Washington with a game-high 25 points. Quincy Pondexter added 16 points and Venoy Overton finished with 14. The Ducks spread out Washington's defense allowing Armstead and Tajuan Porter to drive to the basket for easy buckets against the Huskies. The Ducks shot an impressive 53 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-pointers. Porter was 4 for 8 from behind the arc. The Ducks expanded a one-point halftime lead with a run to open the second half. Armstead and Jamil Wilson each scored twice to jump out to a 50-42 lead just three minutes into the half.
Did You Know?...
If the Huskies can add one more win to their total they will reach 20 victories in a season for the 10th time in the last 50 years? Overall, UW has 34 seasons with 20+ wins. Romar could become the third coach with four 20+ win seasons, joining Hec Edmundson (11) and tying Marv Harshman (4).
Last Time Out For Washington
Isaiah Thomas hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 22 points during a crucial second-half stretch, and Washington squandered a 14-point halftime lead before beating Washington State 59-52 on Saturday night. With the Huskies (19-9, 9-7 Pac-10) trailing 44-41 after scoring just six points in 12 minutes, Thomas hit a tying 3-pointer. He followed with two free throws and, after a Scott Suggs 3-pointer, Thomas hit again from behind the arc to push the Huskies in front by four, 52-48. Thomas added two free throws with 3:18 left after a few words with WSU's DeAngelo Casto, and Washington's lead was six. The Cougars (16-12, 6-10) got no closer than two. Casto matched his career high with 19 points, but Washington State's leading scorer, Klay Thompson, continued to slump. Thompson had five points on 2-of-14 shooting.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning has been outstanding of recent, especially over the last six games. During that stretch, he has scored in double figures every game and is averaging 13.2 ppg on 65.4% shooting (34-52). He is also grabbing a team-best 7.3 rebounds and has 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game over that span. Going back even further, MBA is averaging 10.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals over the last 10 games.
Thomas Reaches 1,000
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 17.2 ppg (5th best in Pac-10) and has scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games this season. Thomas surpassed the 1,000 point plateau against WSU on Feb. 27 in just his 62nd career game. He is the second player to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining Doug Smart (1,021). Smart accomplished his feat in 1957 & 1958 and needed just 52 games to do so. Thomas is the 35th Husky to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau (complete list on page 136-139 of UW media guide).
Tops In The Pac-10
Quincy Pondexter is the career active leader in rebounds with 712, just under 100 more than his next highest competitor, Landry Fields. He has a conference-high 91 offensive rebounds (3.3 per game). That is the only individual statistical category a Husky leads, but there are several team categories Washington finds itself atop. In all games, the Huskies lead the conference in scoring (80.3 ppg), scoring margin (+9.8), rebounds (39.0 rpg), rebounding margin (+4.9), turnover margin (+3.7), offensive rebounds (14.1 rpg).