Hard to imagine that UW is counting down to its final home game of the 2009-10 regular season and the final home game for senior Quincy Pondexter: vs. UCLA at 6 p.m. Saturday.
And while the game itself doesn't seem to be the prize ESPN might have had in mind when it scheduled “College Gameday's" visit to Hec Edmundson Pavilion the national telecast of the game, UW coach Lorenzo Romar said today that it remains a big game for both sides.
“If you’ve watched UCLA play lately, they’re playing very good basketball; and right now we’re barely hanging on,” he said. “It’s a big game for us; and I know for them in this Pac-10 race, it’s a big game for them as well.”
As for that ESPN visit:
Co-hosts Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and Hubert Davis will broadcast a one-hour program from court-level at 8 a.m. Doors to the arena will open at 6:30 a.m., and fans are invited to attend free of charge. Some students began camping out Thursday night, immediately after Washington’s game against Southern California.
The second show will air at 5 p.m. in advance of the game. Dan Shulman will call play-by-play, while Bob Knight and Bilas provide color analysis.
“(ESPN exposure) is always good,” UW Romar said. “It never hurts. Anytime you can have ESPN bring ‘Gameday’ here, with the credibility that brings, it’s always a good thing.”
A quick preview of the game:
UCLA (12-13 OVERALL, 7-6 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE)AT WASHINGTON (17-9, 7-7)6 p.m. Saturday, Hec Edmundson PavilionTV: ESPN. Radio: 950-AM.
Series: UCLA leads 91-36 overall and 31-29 in Seattle. The Bruins won the most recent meeting, 62-61, in Los Angeles on Jan. 21.Statistical leaders: For UCLA – G Michael Roll, 13.9 ppg and 3.6 apg; F Tyler Honeycutt, 6.2. For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 20.3 ppg and 8.1 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.4 apg. Scouting report: This is Washington’s last home game of the regular season, and the final Hec Ed appearance for senior Quincy Pondexter, who will be honored before the game. After this, UW goes on the road for three games before heading into the Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles. … With a win today, Pondexter would end his UW career tied with Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon and Artem Wallace for most home wins during a career. Those players left last season with 64-12 career home records. Pondexter stands at 63-12. … UCLA leads the Pac-10 in assists, but is last in free-throw percentage. Individually, Roll leads in 3-point field goal percentage and is third in 3-point field goals made. Washington leads in scoring, rebounding margin, offensive rebounds and turnover margin. Pondexter leads in offensive rebounds and is third in scoring and rebounding. Next: 7 p.m. Feb. 27, at Washington State, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman; FSN.