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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Tackling a tough streak

With post-season hopes of any kind hanging by a thread, the Huskies now head out on what has proven to be their most difficult trip over the last 20 years.
In fact, UW has not swept the Bay Area schools since 1985, their longest drought of any of the Pac-10 road swings — the Huskies have swept every other two-game trip at least twice since then (getting the LA, Arizona and Oregon schools all in 2006).
Stanford has been the most vexsome site for the Huskies as UW has lost 14 in a row there, including an overtime loss in 2006 and a one-point loss last season in which the Huskies led by five with five minutes left before collapsing down the stretch.
“Obviously, we would like for that to end at this point,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
Stanford handled the Huskies easily in Seattle last month, a 66-51 final that wasn’t close. Brook Lopez led Stanford in that game with 31 points and 13 rebounds.
“We let him catch the ball too deep,” said UW forward Artem Wallace. “We’ve got to try to push him off the block and not get easy touches.”
UW fell to 15-13 overall (edit — fixed that from earlier) with Saturday’s loss to Arizona State and the Huskies have to win at least one of the remaining three regular season games — all on the road — or else they will be in danger of a losing season. Win at least one and UW would be 16-15 heading into the Pac-10 tournament, where it can lose just one game. Lose all three of the remaining regular season games and the Huskies would be 15-16 heading into the Pac-10 tourney and needing to win two games to get to .500 for the season (since a team is guaranteed to lose a game there, as well, unless it wins the whole thing). A .500 record may not be enough for any kind of post-season berth.
Romar said none of that is on his mind right now.
“We’ve got to try to get Stanford and go from there,” he said.

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