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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Delaware
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5:00 PM
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August 25
2:00 PM
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5:00 PM
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August 26
12:00 PM
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August 26
5:00 PM
American
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August 27
1:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Shaw Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Appalachian State
Cooper Field
August 28
1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Shaw Field
September 1
4:00 PM
Cal Poly
Shaw Field
September 1
8:00 PM
Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.
September 1
12:30 PM
The Citadel
Arlington, Va. (The Pentagon)
September 1
2:00 PM
Rider
Cooper Field
September 2
10:30 AM
Columbia
Arlington, Va. (Ft. Myer)
September 2
3:30 PM
Army West Point
Arlington, Va. (Ft. Myer)
September 3
4:00 PM
San Jose State
San Jose, Calif.

Mountain West Network
September 3
1:00 PM
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Cooper Field
September 4
12:00 PM
UCLA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:00 PM
Saint Francis PA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:30 PM
Coppin State vs. Buffalo
McDonough Arena
September 8
7:00 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass.
September 8
7:00 PM
James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 8
All Day
Spiked Shoe Invitational
State College, Pa.
September 8
All Day
Spiked Shoe Invitational
State College, Pa.
September 9
6:00 PM
Campbell
Buies Creek, N.C.
September 9
7:00 PM
UConn
Storrs, Conn.
September 9
11:00 AM
Buffalo vs. James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 9
1:00 PM
Coppin State
McDonough Arena
September 9
4:30 PM
Coppin State vs. James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 9
7:00 PM
Buffalo
McDonough Arena
September 10
1:00 PM
Rutgers
Shaw Field
September 10
12:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
September 12
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 15
11:00 AM
Arkansas State
Houston, Texas
September 15
2:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Cooper Field
September 15
4:30 PM
Stephen F. Austin
Houston, Texas
September 15
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 15
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 16
1:00 PM
Marist
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September 16
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

BEDN
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September 16
11:00 PM
Rice
Houston, Texas
September 16
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 16
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 17
1:00 PM
Towson
Baltimore, Md.
September 17
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
September 17
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 17
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 18
All Day
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September 19
All Day
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Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 20
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
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September 20
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 22
3:30 PM
Blue & Gray Intrasquad Meet
McCarthy Pool
September 22
6:00 PM
Old Dominion
Norfolk, Va.
September 22
8:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.
September 22
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 22
All Day
Battle at Beantown
Boston, Mass.
September 23
1:00 PM
Columbia
New York, N.Y.
September 23
4:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
September 23
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 24
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shaw Field

BEDN
Watch
September 24
1:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
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1:00 PM
Longwood
Farmville, Va.
September 24
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 25
All Day
The Patriot Invitational George Mason
The Chantilly National Golf Club - Chantilly, Va.
September 26
All Day
The Patriot Invitational George Mason
The Chantilly National Golf Club - Chantilly, Va.
September 28
4:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

BEDN
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September 29
2:00 PM
Temple
Cooper Field
September 29
5:00 PM
Potomac Relays diving
McCarthy Pool
September 29
5:00 PM
Potomac Relays swimming
Washington, D.C. (American University)
September 29
6:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena
September 29
All Day
Paul Short Run
Bethlehem, Pa.
September 29
All Day
Paul Short Run
Bethlehem, Pa.
September 30
2:00 PM
Harvard
RFK Stadium
September 30
1:00 PM
Marquette
Shaw Field

BEDN
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September 30
1:00 PM
Delaware/St. Francis Pa.
Newark, Del.
September 30
6:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena
October 1
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shaw Field
October 1
1:00 PM
LIU Brooklyn
Cooper Field
October 4
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.
October 5
3:00 PM
Creighton
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 6
3:00 PM
Butler
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 6
2:00 PM
Liberty
Cooper Field
October 7
1:00 PM
Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
October 7
6:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena
October 8
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
October 8
All Day
The Gridiron Classic Notre Dame
The Warren Golf Course - South Bend, Ind.
October 9
1:00 PM
Duke
Shaw Field
October 9
All Day
The Gridiron Classic Notre Dame
The Warren Golf Course - South Bend, Ind.
October 11
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
October 12
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 13
7:30 PM
Villanova
Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
October 13
6:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.
October 13
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 13
All Day
Wisconsin Invitational
Madison, Wis.
October 14
12:30 PM
Lehigh
Bethlehem, Pa.
October 14
1:00 PM
Towson
McCarthy Pool
October 14
2:00 PM
DePaul
McDonough Arena
October 14
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 14
All Day
Pre-National Meet
Louisville, Ky.
October 15
1:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

BEDN
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October 15
1:00 PM
Lehigh
Bethlehem, Pa.
October 15
2:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena
October 15
TBA
ITA Regionals
Blacksburg, Va.
October 16
All Day
The Georgetown Intercollegiate
Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
October 17
7:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
October 17
All Day
The Georgetown Intercollegiate
Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
October 19
3:00 PM
Marquette
Shaw Field

BEDN
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October 19
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 20
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 21
2:00 PM
Fordham Parents Weekend
Cooper Field
October 21
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shaw Field

BEDN
Watch
October 21
12:00 PM
Uconn
Storrs, Conn.
October 21
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
October 21
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 22
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
Watch
October 22
12:00 PM
Sacred Heart
Fairfield, Conn.
October 22
TBA
ITA Regionals
Lynchburg, Va.
October 22
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 23
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 24
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
Kilmarlic Golf Club - Powells Point, N.C.
October 25
2:00 PM
Providence
Shaw Field

BEDN
Watch
October 26
2:00 PM
Xavier
Shaw Field

BEDN
Watch
October 27
2:00 PM
Villanova
Cooper Field
October 27
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 28
1:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
October 28
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
Watch
October 28
11:00 AM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 28
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Kenosha, Wis.
October 29
1:00 PM
La Salle
Cooper Field
October 29
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
November 1
2:00 PM
Creighton
Shaw Field

BEDN
Watch
November 3
4:00 PM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 3
6:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 3
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
2:00 PM
Lafayette Homecoming
Cooper Field
November 4
10:00 AM
Rutgers/Pittsburgh/Seton Hall/Villanova
New Brunswick, N.J.
November 4
6:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 10
6:00 PM
Marquette
Milwuakee, Wis.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 10
All Day
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 11
12:00 PM
Bucknell
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 12
2:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
November 14
7:00 PM
Howard
McDonough Arena
November 16
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Baltimore, Md.
November 17
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 17
6:00 PM
Providence
McDonough Arena

BEDN
November 18
1:00 PM
Colgate Senior Day
Cooper Field
November 18
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 18
6:00 PM
Creighton
McDonough Arena
November 18
All Day
IC4A Championships
New York, N.Y.
November 18
All Day
NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
All Day
NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
All Day
ECAC Championships
New York, N.Y.