One Blogger's Adventure with the Washington Huskies

Dec. 12, 2009

Part 2: Todd MacCulloch, Nate Robinson, Bob Bender, and The Guy Who Had an Unrelated Band of Horses Song Named for Him: One Blogger’s Adventure with the Washington Huskies

 

 

You can barely make it out anymore.

 

 

I’m not sure why anyone thought an autographed basketball makes for a good souvenir. Unless you get one of those special ones with the white panels, it’s kind of awkward to sign. Often the textured surface means it’s being signed on an area of small bumps that make the signature erratic. And once it’s signed, you better get yourself a replacement because you’re never using that to play ball again.

 

 

But regardless of its illegibility, I know exactly what it says. Detlef Schrempf.

 

 

It’s a small basketball, one of the ones you give to a kid until he reaches the age of eight and can start using regulation sizes. Did I mention it’s purple and gold? That’s kind of important.

 

 

It was 1994 and, absent baseball, Detlef Schrempf was the coolest thing in my eyes. This was at that age when you pick favorite players for all sorts of strange reasons that have little to do with their skill. I think it was because he was German, or maybe it was just because his name was fun to say and impossible to spell, but Detlef Schrempf was by far my favorite Seattle Sonic. (Other players who would contend for this honor included Nate McMillan and Sam Perkins, so it wasn’t necessarily a ticket to the Hall of Fame.) And now, at a small electronics store in Chehalis, Washington, I had an autographed University of Washington basketball.

 

Growing up a UW basketball fan in the early 1990s wasn’t easy. For one thing, the Husky cagers lived in the sizable shadow of Steve Emtman and the 1991 co-national* champion football team. It had been half a century since the Huskies’ last period of sustained success, the 27-year tenure of Hec Edmundson, for whom the Huskies’ on-campus home is named. By the early 1990s, the Huskies had been hovering around the .500 mark and the bottom of the Pac-10 for seasons on end, and 1994, the first season of head coach Bob Bender, saw the Huskies post a 5-22 mark. Bender turned the program around with solid, fundamental basketball and got UW to their first NCAA Tournament in a decade in 1998. Palpable excitement about the Huskies’ chances grew as the Todd MacCulloch-led squad reached the Sweet 16, but that would be it for UW as Khalid El-Amin and Rip Hamilton combined for one of the NCAA Tournament’s most memorable buzzer-beaters to lead UConn over their Husky counterparts from Seattle.

 

 

(*Should have been sole national champions, thanks a lot Wide Right I)

 

Following disappointing seasons in the early part of the decade, Lorenzo Romar took the reins of the UW program in 2002-2003 and wasted no time in turning the program around. Explosive athleticism and running the floor were hallmarks of the Romar-led Huskies, typified by the explosive Nate Robinson at guard. The high-energy Huskies would return to the Tourney in 2004 and post their winningest season since the 1950s the following year, going 29-6 and returning to the Sweet 16. Led by future Blazer star Brandon Roy, the Huskies made it back to the Sweet 16 the following year, but winning a third game in the Tourney has proven elusive for the men from Montlake.**

 

 

After two rebuilding years, last year’s Husky squad made it back to the Tournament and is attempting to build on that momentum this year. Per Ken Pomeroy, the Huskies have been in the top 15 nationally in average tempo in four of the past seven years. UW is equally quick to the offensive boards as they are running in the open floor, as one of the top ten offensive rebounding teams in the country in six of the past seven years. Despite losing bruising power forward Jon Brockman to the NBA, they have grabbed offensive rebounds at an astounding 45.5% rate to date this year, second-highest in the country, posing a tough test for Georgetown. What is surprising is that the Huskies are managing such impressive rebounding numbers despite a lineup that is relatively small compared to the Hoyas. The Huskies start three guards in Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton, and Elston Turner and a frontline of 6’6” Quincy Pondexter and 6’9” Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Due to their quick pace, ball control (33rd lowest turnover percentage in the country), and offensive boarding prowess, the Huskies have been especially adroit at getting to and converting from the free-throw line. For the second consecutive game, the Hoyas would appear to have the height advantage, but the Huskies have proven an ability to crash the boards and push the tempo in a way that should prove a challenge the Hoyas.

If this is Big East Week, think DeJuan Blair’s Pitt team with a few dozen cups of Starbucks coursing through their veins.

 

 

Paul Campbell (MSB '09)

Generation Roy

 

**In Part 1, I mentioned my 2005-2006 freshman year home, New South 432. Three months after the Hoyas went to Eugene and beat the Ducks, I was next door in 433 watching a DJ Owens three-pointer come within an inch of a half of sending the Hoyas to the Elite 8, only to lose to eventual champion Florida. Packed around a TV with about eight other freshmen guys, the game cut immediately away from our heartbreak to the Huskies-Huskies Sweet 16 game that was a rematch of the Rip Hamilton 1998 buzzer-beater. CBS cut straight to the action taking place live 2.8 miles away right as the (Washington) Huskies took a six-point lead with two minutes to go. Disappointed as I was that the Hoyas’ season had just come to an end, I took solace in the chance that my childhood team would at least get revenge for 8 years prior, and knock UConn out of the tournament to boot. (Even then I sensed that Jim Calhoun and I would not be the best of friends.) UConn would go on to tie the game on a Rashad Anderson three-pointer with 1.8 seconds to go and pull away in overtime on the strength of five fouled-out Washington players and 24 more free throw attempts.

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8:30 PM
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January 26
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2:00 PM
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1:00 PM
Villanova
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February 3
12:00 PM
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February 4
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Washington, D.C.
February 6
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February 9
2:00 PM
Seton Hall
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February 9
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4:00 PM
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3:00 PM
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2:00 PM
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February 13
6:30 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

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February 13
12:00 PM
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February 13
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February 16
8:00 PM
DePaul
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4:00 PM
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Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 17
12:00 PM
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February 17
1:00 PM
Robert Morris
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February 17
3:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
February 17
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JDL Fast Track Last Chance Meet
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Notre Dame, Ind.
February 17
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3:00 PM
Marquette
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February 18
10:00 AM
Navy
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February 21
6:30 PM
Xavier
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February 21
10:00 AM
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February 22
10:00 AM
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February 23
11:00 AM
Creighton
McDonough Arena

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February 23
6:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 23
10:00 AM
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Geneva, Ohio
February 23
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Staten Island, N.Y.
February 23
TBA
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 23
TBA
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 23
All Day
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February 24
12:00 PM
Providence
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2:00 PM
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February 24
10:00 AM
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February 24
12:00 PM
Drexel
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February 24
12:00 PM
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All Day
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February 25
2:00 PM
Providence
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February 25
1:00 PM
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February 25
11:00 AM
William & Mary
Williamsburg, Va.
February 26
7:00 PM
Marquette
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February 27
2:30 PM
George Washington
Arlington, Va.
February 27
3:00 PM
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Cooper Field
February 28
3:30 PM
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Cooper Field
March 3
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Philadelphia, Pa.

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3:00 PM
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Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 3
1:00 PM
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Hempstead, N.Y.
March 3
1:00 PM
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Cooper Field
March 3
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Boston, Mass.
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Boston, Mass.
March 4
11:30 AM
Dartmouth
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 4
12:00 PM
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Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Boston, Mass.
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Boston, Mass.
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Boca Raton, Fla.
March 5
TBA
Florida Atlantic
Boca Raton, Fla.
March 6
4:00 PM
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Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 6
3:00 PM
Marist
Cooper Field
March 6
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Boca Raton, Fla.
March 7
12:00 PM
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Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 8
10:00 AM
Barry
Miami Shores, Fla.
March 8
12:00 PM
Barry
Miami Shores, Fla.
March 9
12:00 PM
Western Michigan
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 9
All Day
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
College Station, Texas
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All Day
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College Station, Texas
March 10
2:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 10
12:00 PM
Hobart
Cooper Field
March 10
3:00 PM
Penn
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March 10
All Day
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College Station, Texas
March 10
All Day
Virginia Scrimmage
Charlottesville, Va.
March 10
All Day
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
College Station, Texas
March 10
All Day
Virginia Scrimmage
Charlottesville, Va.
March 11
12:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 14
3:00 PM
Coppin State
Shirley Povich Field
March 16
3:00 PM
Princeton
Shirley Povich Field
March 16
3:00 PM
Old Dominion
Norfolk, Va.
March 17
1:00 PM
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Shirley Povich Field
March 17
4:00 PM
Princeton
Shirley Povich Field
March 17
10:00 AM
Middle Tennessee State
Norfolk, Va.
March 17
1:00 PM
Villanova
Cooper Field
March 17
1:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
March 17
TBA
Temple
Washington, D.C.
March 18
1:00 PM
Princeton
Shirley Povich Field
March 21
4:00 PM
Navy
Shirley Povich Field
March 21
3:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Cooper Field
March 21
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Cooper Field
March 23
5:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio
March 23
11:00 AM
Marquette
Washington, D.C.
March 23
TBA
Rhode Island
Washington, D.C.
March 24
3:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio
March 24
11:00 AM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
March 24
12:00 PM
Florida
Cooper Field
March 24
1:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.
March 24
2:00 PM
Boston University
Washington, D.C.
March 24
All Day
Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
March 24
All Day
Delaware
Washington, D.C.
March 25
1:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio
March 25
All Day
Princeton
Washington, D.C.
March 27
3:00 PM
Delaware State
Shirley Povich Field
March 28
2:30 PM
Richmond
Richmond, Va.
March 28
7:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
March 29
6:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C.
March 30
4:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C.
March 31
1:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C.
March 31
12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
March 31
12:00 PM
Denver
Cooper Field
March 31
TBA
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
April 3
3:00 PM
Coppin State
Hanover, Md.
April 4
3:00 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, Md.
April 4
11:00 AM
St. Francis Brooklyn
Washington, D.C.
April 4
2:00 PM
Denver
Denver, Colo.
April 6
3:00 PM
Xavier
Shirley Povich Field
April 6
3:00 PM
George Washington
GW Tennis Center
April 6
All Day
GW Invite
Washington, D.C.
April 7
1:00 PM
Xavier
Shirley Povich Field
April 7
12:00 PM
Butler
Cooper Field
April 7
3:00 PM
Providence
Cooper Field
April 7
All Day
Yale & MIT
Cambridge, Mass.
April 7
All Day
GW Invite
Washington, D.C.
April 8
1:00 PM
Xavier
Shirley Povich Field
April 8
All Day
Harvard & Columbia
Cambridge, Mass.
April 11
3:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
April 13
3:00 PM
George Mason
Shirley Povich Field
April 14
2:00 PM
George Mason
Shirley Povich Field
April 14
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
April 14
2:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tenn.
April 14
TBA
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
April 14
All Day
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
April 14
All Day
Stanford
Redwood Shores, Calif.
April 15
1:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.