BY SPNW Staff 06:30AM 02/15/2014

Huskies Get Another Crack At Tormentor Cal

Washington edged California 64-60 Wednesday, but now confronts California, which administered a 26-point whipping on the Huskies a month ago.

Mike Anderson, who came off the bench to hit two key 3-pointers against Stanford, and the Huskies host 16-8 California Saturday at noon. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

GAME: California (16-8 overall, 7-4 Pac-12) at Washington (14-11 overall, 6-6 Pac-12). WHEN: Saturday, 12 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena. TYPE: Conference. MEETING: 158th (Cal leads 79-78). RANKINGS: Neither school ranked. COACHES: Mike Montgomery, Cal; Lorenzo Romar, Washington. TV: Pac-12 Networks. RADIO: KJR 950 AM

The Washington Huskies, 14-11 this season but 12-2 at Alaska Airlines Arena, are going to need all the good vibes the building can provide when they host the Cal Bears Saturday. After taking an 8-2 lead over the Bears in Berkeley Jan. 15 when Cal couldn’t get going against UW’s packed-in zone defense, the Huskies unraveled quickly and stayed that way.

Cal went on a 20-3 run, five of the Bears finished in double figures, and Washington lost 82-56, its largest margin of defeat of the season.

The smaller, slower Huskies couldn’t match Cal’s bigs. UW shot 30.2 percent (14.3 percent from 3-point range), lost the board battle 44-33 and had seven shots rejected.  Only C.J. Wilcox (18 points) reached double figures.

California, which has an RPI of 48 to Washington’s 75, features four double-figure scorers in Justin Cobb (16.3), David Kravish (11.8), Tyrone Wallace (11.8) and Richard Solomon (11.5). A loser of four of its last six games following a six-game winning streak, Cal is coming off an 80-76 overtime victory over Washington State in Pullman.

Following Washington’s 64-60 win over Stanford Wednesday, head coach Lorenzo Romar hinted that he might continue with a lineup Saturday against Cal that enabled the Huskies to rally Wednesday.

Romar benched under-performing Andrew Andrews, who played a season-low five minutes, none in the second half, ultimately replacing him with Mike Anderson, who responded with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

“The way we were going, don’t fix it,” Romar said of Andrews’ absence. “One of those situations. Our guys were really playing well.”

They’ll need a repeat against the Bears.

SERIES: Dates to Jan. 14, 1915, when UW lost to Cal 30-24 in Berkeley. Washington won four of the past six meetings, but got blown out early in the last one, an 82-56 loss at Berkeley Jan. 15. In that game, Cal held UW to 24 percent shooting in the first half, blocked seven shots and outrebounded the Huskies 44-33. It marked Cal’s largest margin of victory in the series in 17 years.

UW STATS / NOTES

  • REGULAR-SEASON SUMMARY: Record: 14-11. Home: 12-2. Road: 2-7. Neutral: 0-2. Vs. Pac-12: 6-6. Vs. Pac-12 North: 3-3. Vs. Pac-12 South: 3-3. Vs. Non-Conference: 8-5. Points: 1871 (74.8). Field Goal Pct.: 44.3. 3-Pt. FG Pct.: 34.9. Free Throw Pct.: 75.8. Rebounds: 852 (34.1). Assists: 331 (13.2). Turnovers: 285 (11.4). Steals: 133 (5.3). Blocks: 76 (3.0). Points Against: 1896 (75.8). Opp. FG Pct.: 47.9. Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.: 32.5. Opp FT Pct.: 68.9. Opp. Rebounds: 839 (33.6). Opp. Assists: 306 (12.3). Opp. Turnovers: 281 (11.2). Opp. Steals: 132 (5.3). Opp. Blocks: 108 (4.3).
  • PAC-12 RANKINGS: Scoring Offense — 7th (75.3). Scoring Defense — 12th (76.5). Scoring Margin — 10th (-1.2). FG Pct. — 11th (44.3). FT Pct. — 2nd (75.7). 3-Pt FG Pct. — 8th (34.7). Rebound Margin — 10th (+0.4). Blocked Shots –11th (3.04). Assists — 9th (13.1). Steals — 9th (5.4). Turnover Margin — 7th (-0.12).
  • RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX: Nov. 11 — 99; Nov. 18 — 96; Nov. 25 — 150; Dec. 2 — 218; Dec. 9 — 198; Dec. 15 — 198; Dec. 23 — 170; Dec. 30 — 180; Jan. 6 — 127; Jan 13 — 82; Jan. 20 — 83; Jan. 27 — 71; Feb. 3 — 81; Feb. 8 — 75.
  • Washington’s victory over Oregon State marked Lorenzo Romar’s 250th victory at Washington.
  • The Huskies are riding a seven-game winning streak at Alaska Airlines Arena.
  • C.J. Wilcox has moved into a tie for fourth place on Washington’s career scoring list with 1,757 points, matching the total of former All-American Bob Houbregs (1951-53). Wilcox is now 12 points away from No. 3 Quincy Pondexter (1,786).
  • Wilcox has scored 20 or more points in a game 33 times during his Husky career.
  • Nigel Williams-Goss is averaging 18.6 points and shooting 54.5 percent from 3-point range over his past five games.
  • Williams-Goss leads Pac-12 freshman in scoring (13.4) and assists (4.0).
  • Senior Perris Blackwell has posted five double-doubles this season.
  • Guards account for 69 percent of Washington’s scoring.
  • The Huskies are wearing patches on the uniforms in recognition of Marv Harshman, head coach from 1972-85, who passed away April 12. Harshman had a 246-146 record at Washington and won back-to-back Pac-10 championships in 1984 and 1985.
  • Preseason Pac-12 media poll — 1. Arizona (21, 273). 2. UCLA (2, 212). 3. Colorado (1, 211), 4. Oregon (196). 5. Cal (194). 6. Stanford (166). 7. Arizona State (159). 8. Washington (121). 9. Utah (68). 10. Oregon State (67). 11. USC (63). 12. Washington State (39).

UW HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (344-226 overall, 251-138 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 took 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 25 .460 .412 .866 4.0 2.5 19.2
N.W.-Goss 25 .466 .369 .706 4.4 4.0 13.4
A. Andrews 25 .354 .267 .778 3.4 2.6 11.5
P. Blackwell 24 .516 .000 .642 6.7 0.9 10.2
M. Anderson 25 .451 .333 .747 6.3 2.0 6.6
D. Johnson 24 .352 .238 .842 1.8 0.1 6.1
Shawn Kemp 25 .571 .000 .636 1.9 0.1 4.4
D. Simmons 15 .455 .250 .750 3.9 0.5 4.4
J. Taylor 15 .368 .400 .750 0.2 0.1 1.4
G. Dierckx 12 .143 .000 .500 0.8 0.1 0.3
Total 25 .443 .349 .758 34.1 13.2 74.8
Opponents 25 .479 .325 .689 33.6 12.2 75.8

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 W 95-80 7-5
12/29/13 vs. Hartford W 73-67 8-5
1/2/14 at ASU W 76-65 9-5
1/4/14 at Arizona 1 L 71-62 9-6
1/8/14 vs. Utah W 59-57 10-6
1/12/14 vs. Colorado 15 W 71-54 11-6
1/15/14 at Cal L 82-56 11-7
1/18/13 at Stanford L 79-67 11-8
1/23/14 vs. Oregon W 80-76 12-8
1/25/14 vs. OSU W 87-81 13-8
2/1/14 at WSU L 72-67 13-9
2/6/14 at Utah L 78-69 13-10
2/9/14 at Colorado L 91-65 13-11
2/12/14 vs. Stanford W 64-60 14-11
2/15/14 vs. Cal —–
2/19/14 at Oregon —–
2/22/14 at OSU —–
2/28/14 vs. WSU —–
3/6/14 vs. UCLA —–
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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