The Huskies flew to New York Tuesday afternoon and landed in the Big Apple some time around midnight. They’ll practice today and will have about 42 hours to get adjusted to the east coast.
Thursday’s 6 p.m. PST game against Indiana at Madison Square Garden will be the sixth time Washington will play in MSG. Some folks call the the storied arena the mecca of basketball, but for the Huskies it’s been a house of horrors.
They are 1-5 at MSG, including a five-game losing streak.
However, the reasons for the losses probably has more to do with the caliber of opponent UW has played and less to do with the venue.
Here’s a look at those games:
2012 NIT Semifinals
3-27-12 vs. Minnesota, L, 67-68 (ot)
2011 Jimmy V Classic
12-6-11 vs. Marquette, L, 77-79
12-10-11 vs. Duke, L, 80-86
2007 NIT Preseason Tip-Off
11-21-07 vs. Texas A&M, L, 63-77
11-23-07 vs. Syracuse, L, 85-91
12-30-41 vs. NYU, W, 72-3
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— In a short time freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss has established a pivotal role with the Huskies.
— Many believed Aaron Gordon would win the Pac-12 MVP award, but the early front-runner is Arizona’s Nick Johnson. He leads the Wildcats in scoring (16.8 points), he’s second in assists (2.2) and fourth in rebounding (4.8). Johnson had a double double (20 points and 10 rebounds) to lead No. 5 Arizona to an 87-59 victory over Rhode Island. Brandon Ashley had 16 points and Gordon added 12 for the Wildcats (5-0).
— Looks like Joseph Young is the real deal. He scored 20 points to lead No. 17 Oregon to a 69-54 win over Utah Valley. It was the third straight game the Ducks newcomer has scored at least 20 points. Johnathan Loyd added 12 points for Oregon (3-0).
— What an amazing performance from Jahii Carson last night. The Arizona State sophomore point guard scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Sun Devils to an 86-80 win over UNLV. He converted 16 of 25 shots and also had seven assists in 39 minutes. Jordan Bachnyski had a double double (17 points and 15 rebounds) and Jermaine Marshall added 20 points. ASU improved to 4-0.
— J.T. Terrell missed a second straight game due to academic reasons and it sounds like he may not return anytime soon. Meanwhile, Omar Oraby and Byron Wesley have taken the lead for the Trojans. Wesley scored 22 points and Oraby 15 in USC’s 76-62 win over Cal State Fullerton. The Trojans are 3-1.