Following Wednesday’s game at California, Washington boarded a chartered flight and flew home to Seattle. The Huskies practiced Thursday at Hec Ed and after today’s workout will take a commercial flight back to the Bay Area for Saturday’s game.
That’s a lot of traveling, roughly 3,000 miles. And admittedly, coach Lorenzo Romar isn’t sure how the Huskies will respond when they face the Cardinal tomorrow.
But then that’s life in the new Pac-12 following the conference’s $3 billion broadcasting rights deal with ESPN and Fox and the formation of the league’s TV network.
“That’s the price we pay or the exchange we made for television,” Romar said. “We’ve all been willing to do it. We just have to make the adjustment.”
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Oregon fans stormed the court at Matthew Knight Arena following the Ducks’ 70-66 win over No. 4 Arizona. E.J. Singler had 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Oregon (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), which overcame an 11-0 deficit to lead for the final 27:32. The Ducks ran their home winning streak to 17 games, including all 11 this season.
— Ducks reserve guard Jonathan Loyd made perhaps the biggest play of the game, when he forced a turnover in the final minute and hit two big free throws at the end to preserve the win.
— After several close wins, Arizona (14-1, 2-1) fell for the first time this season.
— Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen chronicles the Wildcats first game Matt Arena. He writes: “Oregon’s new arena didn’t rock the way old Mac Court used to – the loudest it got all game was when Otis Day and the Knights sang “Shout!” on the video board during a timeout with 8:34 left in the game – but the crowd of 9,544 rocked enough that it inspired the Ducks to play a full pitch above Arizona.”
— Jahii Carson scored 20 points and Carrick Felix had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Arizona State to a 72-62 victory at Oregon State. Center Jordan Bachynski added 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks while the Sun Devils (14-2, 3-0) held off a late comeback to win their first conference road game.
— Oregon State (10-5, 0-2) suspended Eric Moreland for violating team rules and without the sophomore forward, the Beavers were dominated on the glass and outrebounded 45-30. OSU was also without suspended reserve guard Victor Robbins.
— Behind a balanced offensive attack, UCLA won its first road game on an opponent’s floor and came away with a 57-53 win at Utah. Larry Drew II, Travis Wear and Jordan Adams each scored 12 points, while Kyle Anderson had 11.
— In the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah beat writer Tony Jones writes: “A season-high 9,510 fans showed up to see Utah battle UCLA. The student section, nonexistent for so long, provided the Utes with a true homecourt advantage for the first time in seemingly forever. And Utah provided high drama, pushing the Bruins to the brink in front of those who braved a winter storm to attend. Unfortunately for the Utes, their 2013 Pac-12 narrative remains the same.” Utah fell to 8-7, 0-3.
— Josh Scott scored 14 points and Askia Booker added 12 to help Colorado (11-4, 1-2) snap a two-game skid and hold off off USC for a 66-60 victory. The Buffaloes are undefeated (7-0) at home this season.
— The Trojans committed a season-high 23 turnovers, which largely explains whey they lost for the 14th straight time on the road. Senior point guard Jio Fontan was also slowed by a muscle strain and didn’t play in the second half. USC (6-10, 1-2) has lost seven games by eight points or fewer.
— And lastly, the John R. Wooden Award released its midseason top 25 list today and the Pac-12 did not have a player included among the 25 finalists.