The Huskies woke up Monday morning knowing they have a steep hill to climb if they’re going to get back into the Pac-12 race.
Sunday’s heartbreaking 90-88 loss to California, was the third straight defeat for Washington, which was swept for the second straight season by the Golden Bears.
Since starting the season 11-0, the Huskies are 3-7 in the past 10 games.
There’s nine regular-season games remaining, four at home (Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah) and five on the road (Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, UCLA and USC).
Washington desperately needed a win Sunday against California. The loss dropped the Huskies (14-7, 3-6) into a three-way ninth place tie in the Pac-12 standings with Cal and ASU.
Needless to say Washington’s postseason hopes are fading fast.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Jakob Poeltl had 14 points and nine rebounds, and No. 11 Utah crushed Southern California 67-39. The Utes were up 32-12 at halftime and led by as many as 29 points in the second half. Delon Wright added 11 points and five rebounds and Jordan Loveridge scored 10 points for Utah (17-4, 7-2 Pac-12).
— Malik Martin scored 11 points to lead USC (9-12, 1-8). The Trojans shot just 26.5 percent, including 1 of 12 from 3-point range, to lose its sixth straight. It was their largest margin of defeat this season. Looks like second-year coach Andy Enfield is also feeling the heat. He’s 3-24 in Pac-12 games. “We have a plan and we’re sticking to it. We would like the process to be sped up. We have an enthusiastic vision for the future,” Enfield told the Los Angeles Daily News.
— And finally, here’s a look at the standings.
Pac-12 Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|No. 6 Arizona||8-1||20-2|
|No. 11 Utah||7-2||17-4|