In the past four years, Washington is 13-3 in the final four conference games which has been a trademark of coach Lorenzo Romar teams that usually start slow and finish strong.
This season the Huskies appear to be continuing the trend. They’ve won the last two games and finish the season at home against USC and UCLA.
Despite the many setbacks this season, Washington (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) could carve out a respectable record. However, Romar hasn’t talked to the team about possibly reaching 20 wins.
“Never mentioned it one time,” he said Monday night on his weekly radio show. “The thing I try to be consistent with our guys is are we at our best? If we’re at our best, whatever is coming our way is going to come our way.
“Coach Wooden talked about this a lot, I learned this from him: When we focus on the end results sometimes we forget about the journey it takes to get to that result. We need to focus on the journey and if we do what we’re supposed to do along the way and build the right habits, then we’ll get what’s coming to us.”
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Washington radio analyst Jason Hamilton told KJR-AM if the Huskies had consistent play all season from Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs, then UW would have remained in contention for the Pac-12 title.
— Hard to believe, but USC had a meeting with former coach Tim Floyd about a possible return to coach the Trojans. Floyd resigned in 2009 after allegations he set up a system to funnel improper cash and gifts to star O.J. Mayo during his one season at USC. An investigation revealed Floyd didn’t commit any violations, but the school imposed sanctions on the team that included a postseason ban in 2011, vacating victories in the 2007-08 season and a loss of a scholarship.
— Arizona’s recent slide has dropped the Wildcats to No. 18 in the both polls. They were once considered a candidate for a top seed in the NCAA tournament, but now they’re likely a No. 4 seed.
— UCLA coach Ben Howland, who believes freshman star Shabazz Muhammad will turn pro after the season, wants the NBA to re-instate the rule that allowed high school players to enter the draft immediately.
— Oregon State revealed a new logo and uniforms during a swank ceremony last night.