Lights, Camera, Action! The Huskies (19-8, 10-5 Pac-10) are home for the remainder of the regular season and roll out the red carpet for Washington State (17-10, 7-8 Pac-10) in the first of three-consecutive Pac-10 showdowns at Alaska Airlines Arena. The 171st meeting between UW and WSU is set for for Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on FSN TV. Washington is third in the Pac-10, one game behind UCLA. If UW takes care of business at home over the final three games, the Huskies can assure themselves of no worse than a tie for second in the Pac-10.
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Sunday's game can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. FSN will televise the game to a national audience. Barry Tompkins, who had a role as a broadcaster in Rocky IV -- a sequel to Oscar winner Rocky will call the action. He will be joined by Marques Johnson, who has had roles in White Men Can't Jump, Blue Chips and Forget Paris.
These Kids Are Alright At Home
Washington ends the regular season with three games at Alaska Airlines Arena -- a setting that has proved to be beneficial for the home team. The Huskies have won 14-straight at home, all by at least 10 points -- a home blowout streak that is unprecendented.
UW Vs. Ken `Winter' Bone's Cougars
The hardwood version of the Apple Cup has historically favored the Huskies. Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 171-99 advantage over their cross-state rivals. WSU enjoyed a string of success last decade though, as they downed UW seven-straight games from 2006-08, and their most recent victory over the Huskies last time they met earlier this season, 87-80 on Jan. 30. Before that loss, Washington had won the previous four games in the series. The Huskies have won the last two at Hec Ed and look to improve that streak when the two teams meet on Sunday. Lorenzo Romar is 9-9 all time against WSU. Ken Bone is 1-5 all-time against UW, including an 0-3 record as head coach of Portland State.
• Washington will honor former Husky Steve Hawes as the Husky Legend during the first half on Sunday.
• UW's 153 blocks this season are the most in team history.
• Washington is attempting to go undefeated at home for the third time in the last 50 years (also 1984 and 2005).
Hawes Will Be Husky Legend
Falling in the footsteps of Husky Football, during the first half of Sunday's game, Washington will honor Steve Hawes as the Husky Legend. Hawes will be the first former player honored this season. The center left school in 1972 as the school's No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 1,516 points and his career average of 20.8 ppg still ranks as the best all-time. Hawes also averaged 12.9 rpg during his career, the second highest average all-time. Washington honored Eldridge Recasner and Todd MacCulloch last season.
Among The Pac-10 Leaders
UW is leading the Pac-10 in 11 categories including: scoring (86.0 ppg), scoring margin (+15.4), three-point field goals made per game (9.2), field goal percentage (.483), rebounds per game (39.6), offensive rebounds (13.8), defensive rebounds (25.8), offensive rebounding percentage (37.8%), blocked shots (5.7) assists per game (17.9) and assists to turnover ratio (1.4). They also rank second in 3-point FG percentage (38.1%), turnover margin (+2.9) and rebounding margin (+5.1).