BY SPNW Staff 06:30AM 12/27/2013

Weekend pair closes Huskies’ non-league play

Hosting Mississippi Valley Friday and Hartford Sunday, the Huskies have a good shot to pick up two non-conference wins ahead of the Pac-12 opener.

Lorenzo Romar’s Huskies have two non-conference games remaining before launching Pac-12 play Jan. 2 at Arizona State. / Getty Images

GAME: Mississippi Valley State (3-7 overall, 0-0 SWAC) at Washington (6-5 overall, 0-0 Pac-12). WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena. TYPE: Non-conference. MEETING: 1st. RANKINGS: Neither school ranked. COACHES: Chico Potts, Mississippi Valley; Lorenzo Romar, Washington. TV: Pac-12 Networks. RADIO: KJR 950 AM

The Washington Huskies conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule with a pair this weekend, starting with their first meeting with Mississippi Valley State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Friday night. After hosting the University of Hartford Sunday, the Huskies will begin preparations for the Pac-12 opener, at Arizona State Jan. 2.

Mississippi Valley has faced three major opponents, losing to Oklahoma State (117-62), Texas A&M (91-67) and Georgia Tech (76-59). The Delta Devils (Itta Bena, MS.), who average 77.2 per game and allow 87.4, have an RPI of 194 compared to Washington’s 170. However, as recently as Dec. 15, the Huskies had an RPI of 198.

The Delta Devils feature three double-figure scorers in Anthony McDonald (15.3), DeAngelo Priar (12.6) and James Currington (10.1). Currington is also Misssissippi Valley’s leading rebounder at 5.9 per game.

The Delta Devils are coming off an 86-64 loss to Northwestern and will be playing two games in the state. They meet Washington State in Pullman Sunday.

Washington needs to win both non-conference games this weekend to avoid becoming the first Romar club to lose six times before the start of the conference schedule. The Huskies have already dropped five for the third consecutive season.

SERIES: First meeting.

UW STATS / NOTES

  • REGULAR-SEASON SUMMARY: Record: 6-5. Home: 5-2. Road: 1-1. Neutral: 0-2. Vs. Pac-12: 0-0. Vs. Pac-12 North: 0-0. Vs. Pac-12 South: 0-0. Vs. Non-Conference: 6-5. Points: 880 (80.0). Field Goal Pct.: 44.2. 3-Pt. FG Pct.: 37.1. Free Throw Pct.: 78.1. Rebounds: 395 (35.9). Assists: 148 (13.5). Turnovers: 126 (11.5). Steals: 63 (5.7). Blocks: 45 (4.1). Points Against: 883 (80.3). Opp. FG Pct.: 49.8. Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.: 33.7. Opp FT Pct.: 66.8. Opp. Rebounds: 364 (33.1). Opp. Assists: 145 (13.2). Opp. Turnovers: 129 (11.7). Opp. Steals: 55 (5.0). Opp. Blocks: 51 (4.6).
  • PAC-12 RANKINGS: Scoring Offense — 5th (80.0). Scoring Defense — 12th (80.3). Scoring Margin — 12th (-0.3). FG Pct. — 11th (44.2). FT Pct. — 1st (78.1). 3-Pt FG Pct. — 6th (37.1). Rebound Margin — T9 (+3.1). Blocked Shots — 8th (4.0). Assists — 10th (13.4). Steals — 6th (5.7). Turnover Margin — 7th (+0.27).
  • RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX: Nov. 11 — 99; Nov. 18 — 96; Nov. 25 — 150; Dec. 2 — 218; Dec. 9 — 198; Dec. 15 — 198; Dec. 23 — 170.
  • Shooting 78.1 percent from the line, best under Lorenzo Romar through the first 11 games.
  • In the 73-62 victory over Tulane, C.J. Wilcox scored 15 points to become the fourth player under Lorenzo Romar to exceed 1,500 career points. Wilcox has 1,502, two behind Louie Nelson (1971-73) for 10th all-time in UW annals.
  • Wilcox ranks third in the conference in scoring at 20.7, second in free throw percentage at 88.2 and second in 3-pointers made per game at 3.2.
  • 6-5 against top-10 opponents under Romar and hold a 30-49 all-time mark against top-10 teams.
  • Nigel Williams-Goss has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3, second best in the Pac-12 by a freshman.
  • At least four Huskies have scored in double figures in seven of Washington’s 10 games.

UW HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (336-222 overall, 243-134 UW) is coming off a year in which the Huskies finished 18-16 and ended with a loss to Brigham Young in the National Invitation Tournament. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament six times and won three Pac-10 Tournament titles (2005, 2010, 2011).

2012-13 Washington Regular-Season Statistics

Player G FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
C.J. Wilcox 11 .442 .417 .891 4.0 2.9 20.7
N.W.-Goss 11 .441 .318 .706 4.3 4.7 12.3
A. Andrews 11 .376 .351 .745 4.2 2.5 12.1
P. Blackwell 10 .534 .000 .743 7.2 0.6 12.0
M. Anderson 11 .538 .462 .739 7.1 2.1 9.3
D. Johnson 11 .354 .250 .889 2.4 0.8 8.9
D. Simmons 1 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.0 0.0 5.0
Shawn Kemp 11 .445 .000 .583 2.3 0.9 3.9
J. Taylor 7 .429 .667 1.000 0.1 0.9 1.4
G. Dierckx 8 .000 .000 .000 1.1 0.1 0.0
Total 11 .442 .371 .781 35.9 13.4 80.0
Opponents 11 .498 .337 .668 33.1 13.2 80.3

University of Washington 2013-14 Schedule

Date Opponent UW Rnk Opp Rnk W/L Score Rec.
11/6/13 @vs. Cent. Wash W 95-65 0-0
11/10/13 vs. Seattle U. W 88-78 1-0
11/14/13 vs. UC Irvine L 86-72 1-1
11/17/13 vs. E. Wash W 92-80 2-1
11/21/13 *vs. Indiana L 102-84 2-2
11/22/13 *vs. Boston Co 18 L 89-78 2-3
11/26/13 vs. Montana W 83-79 3-3
12/30/13 vs. L. Beach St. W 92-89 4-3
12/8/13 vs. SD State 24 L 70-63 4-4
12/14/13 vs. Idaho St. W 85-66 5-4
12/17/13 at Tulane W 73-62 6-4
12/22/13 vs. UConn 10 L 82-70 6-5
12/27/13 vs. Miss. Valley —–
12/29/13 vs. Hartford —–
1/2/14 at ASU —–
1/4/14 at Arizona 1 —–
1/8/14 vs. Utah —–
1/12/14 vs. Colorado —–
1/15/14 at Cal —–
1/18/13 at Stanford —–
1/23/14 vs. Oregon 19 —–
1/25/14 at OSU —–
2/1/14 at WSU —–
2/6/14 at Utah —–
2/9/14 at Colorado —–
2/12/14 vs. Stanford —–
2/15/14 vs. Cal —–
2/19/14 at Oregon 17 —–
2/22/14 at OSU —–
2/28/14 vs. WSU —–
3/6/14 vs. UCLA 22 —–
3/8/14 vs. USC —–
3/12/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/13/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/14/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/15/14 ^Pac-12 —–
3/18-19/14 NCAA 1st 4 —–
3/20-23/14 NCAA 2nd, 3rd —–
3/27-30/14 NCAA Reg. —–
4/5/14 NCAA Semis —–
4/7/14 NCAA Final —–

@=Exhibition; *=2K Sports Classic; ^=Pac-12 Tournament


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