Washington Huskies (24-6) vs. Utah State Aggies (23-8).
When: Thursday, 9:55 p.m.
Where: San Diego
1. Mike Jensen Likes Scooters (Among Other Things). Huskies' senior forward Mike Jensen — who remarkably resembles actor Dolph Lundgren — is not much of a walker. Instead of using his own two feet, Jensen can be seen around the University of Washington campus riding around on his motorized scooter. Because of this, he has picked up the nickname — get this — Scooter. Catchy, huh? Jensen will also make plenty of hazy-eyed appearances at frat parties or local U-Dub bars. "I'm kinda shy around hot girls," he says on his Facebook.com profile. "And sometimes I make a fool of myself in public." A motorized scooter certainly won't help.
2. So That's How They Still Sell Football Tickets. Once upon a time, the UW was a football school. But no longer. So how do you get students to support the dismal Washington football program? Tell them once they buy their football tickets they have priority for basketball. That s right; in order to get first crack at the student pass (which gains admittance to the Dawg Pack at all men's and women's basketball games), one must buy football season tickets. Yeah, when the football team has gone 3-19 the last two years, you gotta get creative.
3. Will Jon Brockman Get The Andrei Kirilenko "Allowance?" UW freshman forward Jon Brockman is dating Christal Morrison the MVP of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament for the Huskies' National Championship team. It s uncertain how long the two have been an item, but Morrison can be found at virtually every home basketball game cheering on her man. And while the two are likely nowhere near marriage, based on both Brockman and Morrison being Bible thumpers, don't expect to see Brockman getting freaky with, well, Mrs. Kirilenko anytime soon. — Zach Landres-Schnur
1. Their Starting Point Guard Spent Eight Years in the Big House. David Pak served eight years in prison, convicted of rape at age 17. Now 28, it's safe to say he's the oldest player in the NCAA Tournament. Pak was released from prison on Christmas Eve 2001, with no background in organized basketball; Aggies coach Stew Morrill plucked him out of Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif. He wears jersey No. 2, which stands for "second chance." Former Aggies also like golf; Jeremy Vague and Jason Napier, who played for Utah State in 2000-2001, were arrested for stealing golf clubs and served time in Cache County Jail in 2003.
2. They Get Free Flowers from FTD. Among Utah State's distinguished alumni is Merlin Olsen, who was an All-American tackle for the Aggies and went on to be an NFL Hall-of-Fame lineman for the Los Angeles Rams. But you know him best as Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie, where his TV son, Andy, grew up to be Capt. Bud Roberts on JAG.
3. They Have Perhaps the Best Home Court Advantage in College Basketball. The Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is notoriously loud and unfriendly to opposing Western Athletic Conference foes; the Aggies are 392-102 there all-time, and 110-10 under current head coach Stew Morrill. Some have said that it's the place opposing teams go to be buried, which is appropriate, because it's adjacent to the Logan city cemetery. — Rick Chandler