The Huskies flew back into California on Friday night for the second time since Tuesday, where Washington plays Stanford this evening with a chance at a historic start.
This is just the sixth time since Washington’s ﬁrst season in 1896 it will open conference play with three road games (1911, 1912, 1943, 1993 and 1999). They only won all three twice: 1911 and 1912. The Huskies last won their ﬁrst three conference road games in 2009 a season which they won the Pac-12 regular-season title.
The Huskies have started conference play 2-0 four times in head coach Lorenzo Romar’s previous 10 seasons, including each of the last three seasons. They have started 3-0 twice during that same span: 2011 (4-0) and 2005.
Saturday night will be the end of a month of trekking around for Washington. The Huskies went back to the East Coast to play UConn Dec. 29, then to Pullman, Berkeley, back to Seattle and back down to Palo Alto. Washington just completed the first week of the new school quarter, too.
“Eventually, it will take its toll,” Romar said. “Hopefully, we can still be strong enough mentally and have our legs under us to do it one more time.”
The final road shot in this four-game journey comes against a Stanford team that is last in the conference with a 40.9 field-goal percentage and is shooting just 30.8 percent from 3. Bellevue’s Aaron Bright, in particular, has struggled this season. He’s shooting just 34.7 percent and has been taken out of the starting lineup.
Tip is at 8 p.m. on ROOT sports. Justin Kutcher and Marques Johnson will have the call.