Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 239-130 (.648) during his time in Seattle and an overall mark of 332-218 (.604) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times including three Sweet 16 appearances.
• This will be the third meeting between the two storied programs, who have combined for 53 NCAA Tournament Appearances.
• Senior C.J. Wilcox is now 17th (1,354) all-time in scoring at UW after posting 15 points against Eastern Washington ... at 217 career 3FG made, he is also just 14 away from tying the school record for 3FG made (231, Ryan Appleby, 2005-09)
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss led the team in scoring for the first time this season with a career-high 22 points against Eastern Washington (Nov. 17).
• Williams-Goss has been taking care of the ball extremely well this season as he has dished out 16 assists while posting just four turnovers for a 4-to-1 assist to turnover ratio, which currently ranks fifth in the Pac-12.
• The Huskies have overcome 10-point deficits in each of their two wins this season (down 10 vs. Seattle U, down 12 vs. EWU). ... overall the Huskies used a 36-18 run in the second half to defeat the Eagles.
• Scoring has been coming from all over this year for the Huskies with five guys reaching double figures in two games (Seattle U and EWU) so far ... three players have posted 20+ games (C.J. Wilcox-2, Andrew Andrews -1, Nigel Williams-Goss-1).
• Sophomore Jernard Jarreau will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season after suffering a right knee ACL tear in the season-opener against Seattle U on Nov. 10.
• Sophomore Andrew Andrews scored a career-high 21 points against Seattle U (Nov. 10) while shooting 50 percent from the field (6-of-12) and going 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
• Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss was one of four freshmen nationally selected to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List and one of seven selected overall from the Pac-12.
• Senior Perris Blackwell and sophomore Gilles Dierickx are officially able to play for the Huskies now that they each sat out during the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Blackwell has one year of eligibility remaining while Dierickx has three.
• The Husky bench will feature two new assistant coaches in Raphael Chillious (Villanova) and T.J. Otzelberger (Iowa State) along with new strength and conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro (Sacramento Kings).
Huskies at MSG
UW is no stranger to Madison Square Garden over the recent years as they have played in the storied arena five times since the 2007-08 season. While the Huskies own an overall record of 1-5 at MSG, their five losses have been by an average of 5.8 points, with one going to overtime and four being by six points or less. Here's a look at UW's trips to MSG.
2012 NIT Semifinals
3-27-12 vs. Minnesota, L, 67-68 (ot)
2011 Jimmy V Classic
12-6-11 vs. Marquette, L, 77-79
12-10-11 vs. Duke, L, 80-86
2007 NIT Preseason Tip-Off
11-21-07 vs. Texas A&M, L, 63-77
11-23-07 vs. Syracuse, L, 85-91
12-30-41 vs. NYU, W, 72-38
Defense Creating Offense
True to head coach Lorenzo Romar's style, the Huskies have been creating offense from their defense this season. Through three games, UW has a +5 margin in points off turnovers while forcing opponents to commit 14 turnovers per game.
Free Throws Count
With the new rules changes for the 2013-14 season, the Huskies knew shooting well from the FT line was going to have an impact on a lot of game outcomes, which was very true against EWU. The Huskies went 31-of-34 against the Eagles, including a 21-of-23 mark during the second half as UW retook the lead for the win. Through three outings, the Huskies lead the Pac-12 in FT percentage, shooting 78.8 from the charity stripe. Additionally, freshman Darin Johnson has been perfect from the line (13-of-13) while C.J. Wilcox has missed just four, shooting 85.2 percent (23-of-27).
6th MEN Off the Bench
The Huskies have a pair of newcomers first off the bench in freshman Darin Johnson and junior transfer Mike Anderson who have both had a big impact early for UW. Combined, the pair are contributing 20.3 points per game, 11.3 rebounds while shooting 82.9 percent from the free throw line. Individually, Anderson is second on the team in rebounding with 7.3 rpg while Johnson is averaging 11.3 points per outing.
The Huskies have had to adjust their offensive scheme with the loss of Jernard Jarreau (ACL, out for season) and Desmond Simmons (out until mid-to-late December). Because of that coach Romar has been using a smaller rotation at times. During the second half against EWU, the Huskies played with a rotation of five guys no taller than 6-5 and during that time, they cut the Eagles lead from 9 to 4 while picking up three steals and forcing six fouls.
Newcomers' Impact This year's first year players for the Huskies have certainly made an impact through the initial three contests. Transfers Perris Blackwell, Mike Anderson and Gilles Dierickx along with freshmen Nigel Williams-Goss Darin Johnson have all contributed early. Combined the five have accounted for 62.3 percent of the Huskies scoring and 53.7 percent of their rebounding. Williams-Goss, Blackwell, Johnson and Anderson are four of the team's top six scorers while Anderson and Blackwell are the team's top two rebounders.
Wilcox's #s Up on All Accounts
Senior standout C.J. Wilcox continues to improve his game and even though it's early in the 2013-14 season his numbers are already better than each of his three previous seasons:
13-14 12-13 11-12 10-11 Points 20.3 16.8 14.2 8.1 Rebs 6.3 4.3 3.4 2.1 FG% .400 .419 .437 .419 FT% .852 .816 .830 .806Wilcox Climbing Career Charts
With just one season left suiting up in purple and gold, senior C.J. Wilcox won't be forgotten as his name is etched in the Husky record books in many categories. He is currently 17th in scoring all-time with 1,354 points. Additionally, his 217 made 3FG ranks second all-time and is just 14 shy of the school record (231 - Ryan Appleby, 2006-08).
Wilcox Getting to the Line
Senior C.J. Wilcox has put a big emphasis on improving ihs game this season and part of that has been getting to the FT line more. So far through three games, Wilcox is averaging nine FT attempts per outing, compared to 3.4 in 2012-13, 2.8 in 2011-12 and 0.9 in 2010-11.Overall, he's shooting 85.2 percent from the charity stripe going 23-of-27.
Anderson the Rebounder
Junior Transfer Mike Anderson has made a big impact on the boards in his first three games as a Husky, as he had a team-high eight rebounds in two of the three contests. Leading the team in that category is nothing new for Anderson, as he averaged 10 boards during the 2012-13 season at Moberly Area CC (Mo.).
Limiting Turnovers The Huskies have done a good job taking care of the ball through three games, as they have had 10 or less turnovers in each outing, while forcing their opponents to 10+ TOs. UW's turnover margin of +5.0 currently ranks second in the Pac-12 behind Utah's +5.5.
A handful of Huskies made their debut against Seattle U on Nov. 10 and did not disappoint. Freshman Darin Johnson scored 16 points of 5-of-15 shooting from the field and added seven rebounds. His 16 points were the most by a Pac-12 freshman in their debut. Junior transfer Mike Anderson scored 12 points while shooting 8-of-13 from the free throw line.
The Huskies have unfortunately been hit with a few injuries early in the 2013-14 season. Sophomore Jernard Jarreau will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee during the second minute of the season-opener against Seattle U (Nov. 10). Additionally, junior Desmond Simmons is out for 6-8 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Nov. 7. Senior transfer Perris Blackwell missed the season-opener with a concussion suffered during the exhibition game against CWU on Nov. 6 but returned against UC-Irvine (Nov. 14).
Andrews Stepping Up
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews made his presence known in the season-opener as he went off for a career-high 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Andrews played 32 minutes and racked up four rebounds while shooting 7-of-8 from the FT line. He's currently second on the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game.
Learning The Rules Changes
To help the team adjust to the new rule changes, coach Lorenzo Romar brought in referees for the majority of the preseason practices, including Pac-12 refs for two intersquad scrimmages. If a player didn't understand why a foul was called, they were able to get a full explanation from the refs, helping them better understand how to adjust to the new rules.
While it may seem that the Huskies don't return much from 2012-13, the players that are back are ones fans will remember. Senior C.J. Wilcox has seen action in 100 career games while recording 1,315 points, which ranks 21st all-time at UW. Joining him are juniors Shawn Kemp, Jr. and Desmond Simmons, along with sophomores Andrew Andrews and Jernard Jarreau. Overall, UW's returners accounted for 54 percent of last year's scoring and 50 percent of last year's rebounding.
6-9 and Up
The Huskies roster has a different look to it this year as it features four eligible student-athletes that are 6-9 and taller, marking the tallest roster coach Lorenzo Romar has had since his first season in Seattle (2002-03). USF transfer Perris Blackwell (6-9), junior Shawn Kemp, Jr. (6-9), sophomore Jernard Jarreau (6-11) and FIU transfer Gilles Dierickx (7-0) will all see action this year for the Huskies. During Romar's first year in Seattle, he also had four guys players above 6-9 but two of them were true freshman and didn't have major college-game experience yet. The Huskies height will help with the loss of 7-0 center Aziz N'Diaye who averaged a teamm-best 9.1 rebounds a year ago.
Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss was one of 47 players nationwide to be named to the 2013-14 Bob Cousy Award Watch List. The award is given to the country's top point guard at the end of the season. Williams-Goss is one of just four freshmen to make the list and is the only freshman in the Pac-12 to be recognized. Additionally, is one of seven league players to be selected. The watch list candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March before the winner is announced on Championship Monday (April 7).
CWU Exhibition Recap: W, 95-65
The Huskies got a prview of what this year's squad will look like before the season started during a 95-65 victory over Central Washington (Nov. 6). Four players reached double figures led by Perris Blackwell's 21. The post play was extremely impressive as Blackwell, Jarreau, Kemp, Jr., and Dierickx combined for 11 assists while only giving up four turnovers. Jarreau was just shy of a double-double with 17p and team-high 9r. He also led the team with five assists and three blocks.
The Huskies bench will have a new, yet familiar look this season as head coach Lorenzo Romar brought back former assistant coach Raphael Chillious and added up-and-comer T.J. Otzelberger to the coaching staff. Chillious returns to Seattle after spending one year on Jay Wright's staff at Villanova. He previous donned the purple and gold for three seasons (2010-12). Otzelberger has spent the last seven years at Iowa State, most recently serving as the Associate Head Coach since 2010. Also new to the staff is strength & conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro who has been with the Sacramento Kings for the last eight seasons.
Shapiro's S&C Experience
New strength & conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro joined the staff in 2012, and wasted no time implementing his unique and NBA driven program. Shapiro, who spent eight years with the Kings and is the main s&c coach for the NBA Draft Combine, has worked closely with former Huskies Isaiah Thomas, Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman along with many other NBA stars. Shapiro's unique style, which even included some touch football games during the off season for conditioning, has been quickly picked up by the Huskies.
Who Are These Guys?
THE BACKCOURT: The Huskies' backcourt is one of the deeper spots on this year's roster and will be led by senior standout C.J. Wilcox. He will be joined by freshman phenom and McDonald's All-American Nigel Williams-Goss, redshirt sophomore Andrew Andrews (who averaged 7.8 ppg in ‘12-13), freshmen Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor along with JUCO transfer Mike Anderson.
HIGH POST OPTIONS: Despite the loss of 7-foot senior Aziz N'Diaye, the Huskies should have plenty of options at the forward position. Senior transfer and 2011 All-WCC HM selection Perris Blackwell will suit up for his final collegiate season after averaging 12.7 ppg and shooting 57.5 percent from the field. Juniors Shawn Kemp, Jr., and Desmond Simmons return in 2013-14 and will be joined by sophomore Jernard Jarreau and transfer Gilles Dierickx. Kemp, Jr., averaged 8.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg in his 14 starts a year ago while Simmons was second on the team with 6.5 rpg in 34 contests. Dierickx, who sat out last season with Blackwell, is the fourth 7-footer to suit up for the Huskies.
THE FRESHMEN: Washington has two true freshmen that could see significant time on the court this year in Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor. Johnson, who has been compared to former Husky standout Terrence Ross for his athleticism and ability to score, was the 25th ranked shooting guard according to ESPN.com. Taylor was the Division 4A All-CIF-Southern Section player of the year while leading his team to the 2013 state championship title.
High Post Offense
Washington installed a half-court high-post offense last year and will continue to utilize the system in 2013-14. Luckily for the Huskies, especially the newcomers, they had 10 extra practices to continue to grow in the system thanks to the earlier start date implemented by the NCAA this season. Lorenzo Romar learned the high-post offense while an assistant under Jim Harrick at UCLA and has implemented the style at his previous coaching stops of Pepperdine and Saint Louis. The Huskies will still run the floor at every opportunity as evidenced by their scoring average of 84 ppg through three games
Huskies Are NBA Ready
UW has developed a reputation for sending players to the NBA during Lorenzo Romar's first 11 seasons as head coach. In 2011-12, UW was the only Pac-12 school with multiple players selected and for the first time ever saw two players selected in the 1st round (Terence Ross, eighth to Toronto and Tony Wroten 25th to Memphis). A total of six Huskies have been selected as first round picks under Romar's tenure to equal UCLA for the most among Pac-12 schools. Six Huskies were on NBA rosters at the start of the year: Spencer Hawes (76ers), Quincy Pondexter (Memphis), Nate Robinson (Denver), Terrence Ross (Toronto), Isaiah Thomas (Kings) and Tony Wroten (76ers).
Sons Of Sonics
Shawn Kemp Jr. is not the first Husky player to come from NBA lineage -- specifically sons of Seattle Sonics. Through the years, four other Huskies had dads that spent portions of their NBA careers playing for the Sonics. Here is a look at the list:
Son (Years a Husky) Dad (Yrs a Sonics) Shawn Kemp, Jr. (2012-) Shawn (1989-97) Marlon Shelton (1999-2003) Lonnie (1978-82) Bryan Brown (1998-2001) Fred (1971-84) Mike Westphal (1999-2000) Paul (1980-81) Donald Watts (1996-99) Slick (1974-78)Non-Conference Strength
The Huskies have one of the stronger non-conference slates in the league as they face Indiana (2013 Sweet 16 Team) at a neutral site, Connecticut (picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference) at home (and potentially in New York for the 2K Sports Classic), San Diego State (picked 4th in the MW and have the MW Preseason Newcomer of the Year on its roster) on the road, along with UC-Irvine (picked to win the Big West) at home and Tulane on the road. te games.