Although it could be viewed as just another game in the build-up to the Pac-10 season, a win by the Huskies would be their 1600th since the program began in 1896. The win would make them the 16th program to reach said accomplishment: Kentucky (2001), North Carolina (1992), Kansas (1981), Duke (1885), Syracuse (1765), Temple (1720), St. John’s (1695), UCLA (1676), Notre Dame (1662), Pennsylvania (1657), Indiana (1646), Utah (1617), Illinois (1617), Western Kentucky (1608) and Oregon State (1600) are the only other schools who have won 1600 games or more in the history of NCAA basketball.
As for San Francisco, whose claim to fame is being the alma mater of the legendary Bill Russell, they have struggled the last couple of seasons, compiling records of 13-17 in 2006-2007, 9-20 in 2007-2008, and 11-18 in 2008-2009. So far this year the Dons have only beaten Cal Poly, Dominican Cal, San Jose State and Cal-State Bakersfield, and they have already suffered losses to Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, Montana State, Colorado State, Colorado, BYU, Loyola (IL), South Florida and Southern Illinois.
Even though Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar has no track record at UW against San Francisco, he does know a little bit about one of their players.
“They have a big front line. Dior Lowhorn, their leading scorer, is a guy that we recruited out of high school and we know he is very good. They like to push the basketball,” Romar said. “He (Lowhorn) is very strong on the block, but he can also step outside and knock the shot down. He’s a really good scorer.”
A team comprised mostly of nine freshmen and sophomore and just 4 juniors and seniors, the Dons are led by Lowhorn. Coming out of Berkeley High School in the Bay Area, he committed to a Bobby Knight-led Texas Tech, but chose to transfer back to his hometown where Eddie Sutton was the coach of USF at the time.
Listed at 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, Lowhorn has continued his strong career at San Francisco, averaging 19.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. He is shooting .478 from the field and .814 from the line. Since arriving back home, he has averaged 20.5 and 20.1 points, respectively, in two seasons with the Dons. Although his numbers are sound all the way around, he has only averaged 7.6 points per game against major conference teams to date as a senior.
Kwame Vaughn, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard out of Oakland, is the second leading scorer, averaging 13.2 points per game on .434 shooting. Angelo Caloiaro (7.7 ppg.) and Perris Blackwell (7.5 ppg.) are the only other two players for USF averaging more than five points per game.