Discounting his first season, Lorenzo Romar-led teams at Washington have finished strong in the second half of the Pac-10 season.
Only once did the Huskies have a losing season in the last nine conference games and that was in the 2007-08 when they ended the year on a three-game losing streak.
Here’s a look at the conference standings.
Washington (15-5) needs five victories to reach the 20-win plateau for the fifth time under Romar.
Even if UW matches its best second-half finish, it wouldn’t guarantee the Huskies a regular-season championship because they’re tied with Arizona at 7-2 at the top of the conference.
Even if Washington wins the Feb. 17 rematch in Tucson, Ariz. and sweeps the Wildcats, the Huskies would need to finish with a better league record to win the conference crown outright. The Pac-10 does not use tie-breakers to determine the league champion. Since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, there’s been four co-champions.
— Book it, the Huskies will advance to Elite Eight for the first time under Romar. That’s what Luke Winn at SI.com believes. His NCAA tournament quarterfinals includes: BYU, Duke, Georgetown, Kentucky, Ohio State, Texas, Tennessee and UW. Wow. That’s a pretty elite class with some notable omissions and no underdogs unless you consider the Huskies and the Vols.
— No link, but it’s worth noting Isaiah Thomas’ monthly blog on ESPN’s pay site. In his latest post, which was published today, he writes about leading the Raise the Roof revival, why he loves Twitter and his surprise that Kevin Durant is one of his followers. The UW guard also delves into the topic of being the favorite team this year as opposed to being the underdog last season.
— It’s a little old, but here’s the background story on how Derrick Williams made his way to Arizona as told by Foxsports.com’s Jeff Goodman. Romar said the Huskies were in on Williams early on, but backed off after receiving a commitment from former UW player Clarence Trent. Trent spent one year at Washington before transferring to Seattle University. He’s redshirting this season.
— Is Utah coach Jim Boylen on the hot seat?
— It’s not exactly basketball-related news, but I’ve tried to follow the situation at California involving baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, lacrosse and rugby that are slated for termination. A fund raising effort came $10M short of the $25M needed to save the sports and keep them at a varsity level.