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December 28, 2006 at 10:46 AM

In Los Angeles

Have made it down here for tonight’s Pac-10 opener against USC.
This is actually the third straight year UW has played its conference road opener at USC and the Huskies are hoping this one turns out like the other two.
In 2005, the Huskies won 84-59 in a game in which the Trojans barely showed up, coming shortly after the firing of coach Henry Bibby.
Last year, UW was 1-2 in Pac-10 play after losing at home to Arizona and Washington State but came out on fire at the Sports Arena, taking a 25-6 lead and never giving it up, winning 86-77.
But this is a little different situation with so many young players on the team. The win here a year ago was led by Bobby Jones (23 points) and Brandon Roy (22). Jones, in fact, won his only Pac-10 player of the week award when UW then won at UCLA two days later.
As coach Lorenzo Romar said earlier this week, UW has had just one road experience this year “and it didn’t turn out so well (the 97-77 loss at Gonzaga).”
UW players insist this one will be different. Center Spencer Hawes said this week that the players “were kind of listening with just one ear” to a lot of the things the coaches said about how hard it is to win on the road until they found out first-hand what the coaches meant.
“I feel real good about our chances this weekend,” Hawes said.
Here’s our preview for tonight’s game which is kind of a progress report on the Huskies to date. There is also a note about the improved play of Lodrick Stewart at the bottom.
And here’s the view from LA, thanks to the Los Angeles Daily News, where the Trojans say they think they have a legit shot at the NCAA tournament this season. Interesting Stewart note on this one, as well, as he says he’ll have some extra motivation going against the Huskies tonight.
Stewart won his first game against UW as a freshman early in the 2003-04 season, part of Washington’s memorable 0-5 Pac-10 start to that season. But USC hasn’t beaten the Huskies since, meaning Stewart is 1-5 against UW for his career.

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