The Huskies head to California averaging 70.7 points per game, the lowest scoring average by a Washington team in Lorenzo Romar’s 10 seasons.
GAME: Washington (9-5 overall, 1-0, Pac-12) at California (9-5 overall, 1-1 Pac-12). WHEN: Wednesday, 8 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley. TYPE: Conference. MEETING: 156th (UW leads 78-77). STREAKS: UW W 1; Cal W 1. RANKINGS: Neither ranked. COACHES: Lorenzo Romar, Washington; Mike Montgomery, California. TV: ESPN2. RADIO: KJR 950 AM.
Lorenzo Romar’s Washington Huskies continue their quirky Pac-12 schedule Wednesday at California with the third of four consecutive games away from Seattle after playing eight consecutive games in town. The Cal game is also the second of three straight conference road games for UW, marking just the fourth time in 70 years that the Huskies will open league play with three on the road (also, 1943, 1993 and 1999).
The Huskies, coming off a 68-63 win at Washington State in their Pac-12 opener, have started league play 2-0 four times in Romar’s 10 seasons, including the past two years.
In terms of RPI (Ratings Percentage Index), Washington is ranked 73rd vs. California’s 70.
As the Huskies enter their 15th game of the season, they rank eighth in Pac-12 scoring at 70.7 points per game. That’s the lowest average during the Romar era (72.4, 2003) and the lowest since 2001 when Washington averaged 67.6.
“They’ve changed their offense a little bit,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said of the Huskies during his weekly press conference. “It’s stuff we’ve seen from them before. They’re not exclusively running the motion (offense) they’ve typically run before. Last year of course they had (Tony) Wroten. The ball was in his hands a lot and he created a lot of stuff for people and the high-firing (Terrence) Ross.
“They still have the great shooting wings in (Scott) Suggs and (C.J.) Wilcox. They still got (Aziz) N’Diaye inside, the big monster. So there’s a lot of similarities to what they’ve always done. They’ve just tried to move away from maybe what they’ve done because of depth. They may not have the depth they’ve had.”
Montgomery’s top player is Allen Crabbe, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Los Angeles who has been Cal’s leading scorer in 10 of the Bears’ 14 games and currently leads the Pac-12 with a 21.4 scoring average. Crabb scored a season-high 33 points against Pepperdine Nov. 13 and twice had 27, including against USC in the Bears’ victory last week. Montgomery said he sees a lot of similarities in Crabbe and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox.
“They have evolved from primarily shooters to guys that can put it on the floor,” he said. They’ve gotten multi-faceted and that’s why they’re putting up big numbers.”
SERIES: Dates to Jan. 4, 1916, when UW (not yet known as Huskies) dropped a 30-24 decision to the Bears in Seattle. Washington has won three of the last four meetings, but California prevailed last time, 69-66 at Alaska Airlines Arena. In that game, Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 15 points after halftime, Aziz N’Diaye had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Wroten added 14 points and five assists.
UW STATS / NOTES
UW HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (320-206 overall, 227-116 UW) is coming off a year in which the Huskies won the Pac-12 regular-season title. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament six times and won three Pac-10 Tournament titles (2005, 2010, 2011). Romar, who signed a 10-year contract extension in April 2011, won his his 200th game at Washington Dec. 16, 2011. He had his 300th career victory and his 100th as a conference coach on Jan. 21, 2012. Romar was selected the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
Romar played for the Huskies under head coach Marv Harshman during the 1979-80 seasons (served as team captain his senior year), and had a five-year NBA career with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). He became a college head coach at Pepperdine in 1997, where he coached for three seasons, then spent three years (1999-02) at St. Louis University before taking the Washington job in 2002-03.
2012-13 Washington Statistics
CALIFORNIA NOTES: California opened the season with six consecutive victories, defeating CSU Bakersfield (78-65), Pepperdine (79-62), Denver (72-61), Drake (73-30), Georgia Tech (68-57) and Pacific (78-58). The Bears lost three straight to Wisconsin (81-56), UNLV (76-75) and Creighton (74-64). Cal then defeated UC-Santa Barbara (68-59) and Prairie View (85-53) and lost a pair to Harvard (67-62) and UCLA (79-75) before defeating USC (72-64) . . . Cal ranks 7th in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (71.7), 8th in scoring defense (66.1), 10th in scoring margin (+4.9), 8th in FG percent (45.6), 5th in FT percent (72.1), 11th in 3-PT percent (.31.2), 3rd in rebound margin (+6.9), 5th in blocked shots (4.4), 7th in assists (13.9) and 10th in steals (4.9) . . . Two Cal players, Allen Crabbe (21.4) and Justin Cobbs (15.6) average in double figures . . . David Kravish is Cal’s top rebounder (7.8) . . . The Cal roster includes sophomore Christian Behrens, a Maple Valley native who attended Tahoma High. Behrens has appeared in seven games (no starts) and averages 0.7 points per game.
CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH: Mike Montgomery is in his fifth season. Cal has earned a postseason berth and finished in the top four in the Pac-12 Conference in each of Montgomery’s four seasons. The Bears captured their first conference title in 50 years in 2010 and tied for second in the league in 2012 with 24 wins overall and 13 victories in conference each of those seasons. Before joining the Bears, Montgomery had successful tenures at Stanford and Montana. He also served as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
COMING UP: The Huskies play at Stanford Saturday before returning to Alaska Airlines Arena Jan. 16 to face the University of Colorado.
University of Washington 2012-13 Schedule
(Rankings From Associated Press)
|Date||Opponent||UW Rnk||Opp Rnk||W/L||Score||Rec.|
|11/11/12||@vs. W. Washington||—||—||W||88-78||0-0|
|11/17/12||*vs. Seton Hall||—||—||W||84-73||2-1|
|11/18/12||*vs. Ohio St.||—||4||L||77-66||2-2|
|11/24/12||vs. Colo. St.||—||—||L||73-55||2-3|
|11/28/12||vs. Saint Louis||—||—||W||66-61||3-3|
|12/13/12||at Seattle U.||—||—||W||87-74||5-4|
|12/15/12||vs. Jackson St.||—||—||W||75-67||6-4|
|12/20/12||vs. Cal Poly||—||—||W||75-62||7-4|
|12/22/12||vs. N. Illinois||—||—||W||67-57||8-4|
|1/23/13||at Oregon St.||—||—||—||—||—|
|2/16/13||vs. Oregon St.||—||—||—||—||—|
|4/6/13||#Final 4 Semi||—||—||—||—||—|
|4/8/13||#Final 4 Champ.||—||—||—||—||—|
@=Exhibition; *=Hall of Fame Classic; ^=Pac-12 Tournament; #=NCAA Tournament