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February 19, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Morning links: UW hoping to snap six-game road losing streak

Oregon's Joseph Young rolls around Perris Blackwell and Darin Johnson in the second half of Washington's 80-76 win on Jan. 22 at Alaska Airlines Arena. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz - Seattle Times)

Oregon’s Joseph Young rolls around Perris Blackwell and Darin Johnson in the second half of Washington’s 80-76 win on Jan. 22 at Alaska Airlines Arena. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz – Seattle Times)

It’s been awhile since Washington won a game on the road. The last time was the Pac-12 opener on Jan. 2 at Arizona State. Since then, it’s been six straight losses.

During the road losing streak, the Huskies have allowed 78.3 points per game while averaging 64.3. Opponents are shooting 51.4 percent from the field while UW shoots 39.2.

Washington gets a chance to capture its first road win in over a month against Oregon, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Here’s the UW-Oregon advance in the News Tribune, which also takes a look at the Huskies’ six-game road skid.

— Here’s video of Oregon coach Dana Altman before Tuesday’s practice talking about the Ducks and Huskies.

C.J. Wilcox scored 23 points, including a clutch three-pointer over Johnathan Loyd with 44 seconds left, to lead Washington to an 80-76 win over Oregon last month, which puts him at the top of the Ducks’ scouting report. Loyd told the Oregonian: “I can’t just step off him or he’s just going to shoot over me so next time I have to get in his space and crowd him and make him uncomfortable. He can’t just line up the three.”

— Oregon State (16-8, 4-8) likely popped its NCAA tournament hopes during its recent three-game losing streak. However, the Beavers play four of its last six games at home and are hoping for its first .500 conference record since 1993. They’ve also pinned their hopes on advancing to the National Invitation Tournament.

— OSU beat Washington State 66-55 on Jan. 22 in Beasley Coliseum. However, the Cougars didn’t have leading scorer DaVonte Lacy (ribs), who will play Wednesday when the teams meet in the rematch at Gill Coliseum. Beavers coach Craig Robinson told the Gazette-Times: “He’s just such a prolific scorer, and he’s doing a lot of scoring for them now. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but it seems like if you can stop him you can do a lot to stop them.”

— When teams beat No. 4 Arizona, their fans storm the court and celebrate on the floor. It happened at California and Arizona State. Wildcats point guard T.J. McConnell told the Arizona Daily Star: “It’s kind of their Super Bowl when we play them, and we’re used to that. We’ve seen people rush the floor twice, and we’re going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

— Arizona plays at Utah on Wednesday, which is the first time a top-5 ranked team has visited Huntsmen Center in 11 years. The Utes are expecting a big crowd. They average more than 12,000 for Pac-12 games.

— Utah (17-8, 6-7) still has eyes on the NCAA tournament, which may seem a little far fetched considering it’s tied with Washington for seventh in the Pac-12 and the Utes have a woeful RPI that’s above 100. However, all five of Utah’s remaining opponents (Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, California, Stanford) are projected to make the NCAA tourney. If the Utes can run the table or finish 4-1, then they’ll put themselves on the bubble.

— Arizona is down a man after losing sophomore star forward Brandon Ashley to a season-ending knee injury, but coach Sean Miller knows he has to trust his bench and give his starters a break. In last Friday’s double overtime loss to Arizona State, Miller played his starters all 10 minutes in both extra periods.

— It’s a big week for California (17-8, 8-4), which is third in the Pac-12 standings and two games behind first-place Arizona. The Golden Bears could just about wrap up an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament with a win Wednesday against No. 23 UCLA.

— Cal is the only Pac-12 team to beat conference-leader Arizona and lose to last-place USC. Wow. Against UCLA, the Bears looking to avenge 72-64 loss at Pauley Pavilion last month. They’ll have to slow down versatile sophomore point guard Kyle Anderson, who is one of the leading Pac-12 MVP candidates.

Jahii Carson gets the headlines and Jordan Bachynski is breaking Pac-12 records, but the real star at Arizona State is Jermaine Marshall.

— Before Saturday’s big home game against No. 4 Arizona, Colorado has a big home game Wednesday against Arizona State, which handed the Buffaloes a 72-51 loss at Wells Fargo Arena last month.

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