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Washington Returns Home To Face California

Jan 11, 2022

Pac-12 Men's Basketball: Washington (6-7, 1-2) vs. California (9-7, 2-3)
When: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. PST
Where: Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Watch: Pac-12 Networks (Ted Robinson and Don MacLean)
Listen: Washington Sports Network (Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton

SEATTLE -- Washington returns home on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. to host California in a Pac-12 matchup. The Huskies split last season's series with the Golden Bears, falling in Berkeley by 6, while holding serve in Seattle and winning by 11 at home. Cal leads the all-time series 87-83, although Washington has been very successful at home, holding a 53-30 advantage in Seattle. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and Don MacLean on the call. Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton will call the action on the Washington Sports Network, locally on Sports Radio KJR-AM 950.

Notable: Washington finished its three-game road swing at Colorado on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Buffaloes 78-64 ... Cole Bajema set a career-high in points (18) and three-pointers (6), just three days after doing the same with 15 points and 5 threes against Utah,  Terrell Brown Jr. had five assists and six steals, his second game of the season with at least five each. He is the first Husky since at least 2010 with two such games in a career, let alone a season ... His six steals tie Daejon Davis for the most in a game this season  ... Jamal Bey played in his 100th career game against Colorado, after Brown Jr. broke the century mark just three days prior. The Huskies forced 19 turnovers and had 13 steals in an elite effort defensive effort against Utah ... The Huskies have held opponents to under 50% shooting from the field in 12 of 13 games this season ... Daejon Davis had a career high six steals vs. Seattle U. Terrell Brown Jr. ranks first in the Pac-12 in PPG (21.4), SPG (2.4) and FGM (97) ...  Brown Jr. is the only Husky to reach double-digit points in all 12 games. He has scored 20+ points in seven games, 30+ in two, including a career-high 32 vs. South Dakota State. He has eclipsed double-digits 57 times in 100 career game, 20-plus 33 times and 30-plus six times.

Coach Hopkins (78-72 at UW/5th Year): Head Coach Mike Hopkins is in his fifth year at Washington, and fifth as a head coach after becoming the 19th head coach in UW history. During his 22 years as an assistant at Syracuse, Hopkins was a part of teams that reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times including the 2003 National Championship, four Final Fours, five Elite Eights and 10 Sweet 16s along with four NIT berths. Syracuse never dipped below a 55.0 percent record while Hopkins was on staff. Hopkins is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, winning the honor in each of his first two seasons with the Huskies as he led UW to back-to-back 20 win seasons with postseason appearances each year. (2018 NIT, 2019 NCAA Second Round).

The Team: The Huskies have two returning starters from 2020-21, Jamal Bey and Nate Roberts. Bey is the Huskies leading returning scorer at 10.3 points per game and shot a Pac-12-leading 50.8% from three-point range. The Huskies added four transfers from Division I schools -- Terrell Brown Jr. (Arizona), Daejon Davis (Stanford), PJ Fuller (TCU) and Emmitt Matthews Jr. (West Virginia) -- that bring with them 12 years of high-level playing experience. Combined, the foursome who all hail from the Seattle/Tacoma area, entered the year having played in 336 games (256 starts), scored 3,238 points, grabbed 1,295 rebounds and dished out 964 assists. Brown enters the year with 1,254 points in three seasons (1 at Arizona, 2 at Seattle U) and Davis 1,064 career points and 429 assists.

Signing Day: The Huskies added 6-7 forward Tyler Lindhardt (Seattle, Wash./King's HS) and 6-2 Keyon Menifield Jr. (Mount Morris, Mich./Phoenix [Ariz.] Prep) to the roster for 2022-23. Lindhardt is the No. 1 rated player in the state of Washington and averaged 21.8 ppg, 12.3 rp and 3.5 apg as a sophomore. Menifield played four years at Beecher HS in Flint, Mich. and was the Michigan Division 3 POY in 2021 after averaging 26 ppg, 9.3 apg, 6.6 spg and 4.7 rpg. He is currently enrolled at Phoenix Prep.

NBA Connections: Not only are there nine former Huskies currently active in the NBA, but there are two former players on the Huskies' coaching staff with NBA experience. Seventh-year coach Will Conroy spent part of four seasons in the NBA, while first-year coach Quincy Pondexter just wrapped up a nine-year career in 2019. Isaiah Thomas became the ninth former Husky to join a NBA roster when the Los Angeles Lakers signed him to a 10-day contract on Dec. 17. The following nine players are currently on NBA rosters: Markelle Fultz (Orlando Magic), Justin Holiday (Indiana Pacers), Jaden McDaniels (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs), Jaylen Nowell (Minnesota Timberwolves), Terrence Ross (Orlando Magic), Isaiah Stewart (Detroit Pistons), Isaiah Thomas (LA Lakers) and Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers). Additionally, Marquese Chriss began the 2021 season with the Portland Trailblazers.