UW Faces 8th-Ranked New Mexico In NCAA Second Round

March 19, 2010

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No. 11 seed University of Washington men's basketball team (25-9, 11-7 Pac-10/3rd) will play the No. 3 seed New Mexico Lobos (30-4, 14-2 MWC/1st) in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, March 20 at approximately 2:50 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at HP Pavilion. The winner will advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the East bracket in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Huskies are 16-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament (6-4 under Lorenzo Romar) and are seeking their third Sweet 16 trip under Romar's direction. UW made it to the Sweet 16 in their only previous appearance as a No. 11 seed back in 1998.

UW will be facing just its third ranked foe of the season (1-1 record), the fewest total they have played since 1993 when they had just two matchups against ranked opponents.

Live Game Coverage
Every game of the NCAA Tournament will be televised live in HD by CBS. Calling the play-by-play action in the Huskies' pod is Speros Dedes and Bob Wenzel will provide color commentary. Every Husky game is broadcast live on the radio throughout the Pacific Northwest via the Washington ISP Sports Network with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton behind the microphone. The Seattle-based flagship station for the network is KJR 950 AM. The radio broadcast and a statistical GameTracker will also be available live on the internet via GoHuskies.com. Tournament games are also carried live throughout a network of radio stations and satellite outlets through Westwood One and will be shown live on the internet via CBSSports.com.

Washington and New Mexico History
Washington holds a 3-2 lead in the all-time series against New Mexico. The teams first met at the Pit in 1984. Their last meeting was at the John R. Wooden Classic on Dec. 10, 2005, when Jamaal Williams (a former Lobo) led the Huskies to a 71-61 victory with 22 points. That was Coach Lorenzo Romar's only meeting with the Lobos. Each team is 2-0 at their home arena.

The Huskies are 34-22 all-time against the Mountain West Conference, with a victory over Utah in 2008 the last time UW faced a team from the conference.

Quick Notes:
• UW's game vs. New Mexico will be the 35th this season, equaling the season record (3x previous)
• The only other time UW was a No. 11 seed they defeated Xavier and Richmond before losing to Connecticut in the 1998 Sweet 16.
• Lorenzo Romar has tied Hec Edmundson for most 25-win seasons (4) by a coach. With one more win he would equal the 4th most in a year.
• Quincy Pondexter has played in a UW record 134 career games.
• Pondexter (670) and Isaiah Thomas (565) have combined to score 45.4% of the UW's 2,713 points this season.
• Thomas' has 1,106 career points, the most ever by a UW player in their first two seasons.
• Venoy Overton (139) needs one steal to tie Nate Robinson for 4th most in UW history.
• Pondexter's 670 pts are the 3rd-most in a season by a UW player. He needs 14 pts. to move past Bob Houbregs (1,774) for 3rd most career pts.
• Pondexter earned a Pac-10 record five Player of the Week honors during the season.
• Thomas and Pondexter were named first team All-Pac-10, while Venoy Overton and Justin Holiday were on the All-Pac-10 Defensive team.
• Matthew Bryan-Amaning has averaged 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 61% from the field over the last 12 games. In the first 22 games, MBA averaged 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg & shot 48.1% FG.

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