FROM LOS ANGELES — After snapping their seven-game losing streak by beating Washington State in Pullman three days ago, the Huskies are back on the road, this time in a building that has not treated them well recently, or ever.
Washington is 7-61 all-time against the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, where they play tonight in an 8 p.m. game televised by ESPN2 (Dave Pasch and Bill Walton are on the call, so regardless of how the game turns out, the broadcast should be worthwhile).
And if the Huskies are going to have any chance of upsetting the Bruins on the road, they’ll likely need another big game from junior guard Andrew Andrews, who is putting together some impressive end-of-season numbers.
“(Andrews) is averaging 19.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in UW’s last six games, and his season field-goal percentage is back above 40 percent for the first time since early in the nonconference schedule. And he’s quietly improved his 3-point shooting percentage to 36.4, which currently ranks 12th in the conference. Against WSU, Andrews became the 38th player in UW history to score 1,000 or more points in his career.”
SALT LAKE CITY – It could have been said after each of the Washington Huskies’ first four losses of this men’s basketball season that they had only themselves to blame.
Stony Brook? California? Stanford? Washington State? They all beat the Huskies. But the Huskies can reasonably claim they could have – and should have – won each of those games.
So, count Sunday’s 77-56 blowout loss here to the 12th-ranked Utah Utes as a first for the Huskies this season.
Without a doubt, they were beaten by a better team. A much better team.
“This is the first time all year that we’ve been beat by a team like this,” sophomore center Robert Upshaw said, “that I can say actually outplayed us.”
Indeed. The Utes proved superior again and again on Sunday night, eliciting loud cheers from the 13,047 who packed the Huntsman Center to watch the home team make 11 of its 18 3-point attempts en route to a lead as large as 25 points with 9:43 left in the game.
Washington (14-5, 3-4 in Pac-12) limps home with a split of this treacherous mountain road trip, and will host Stanford and California this week.
“Offensively, defensively, we just didn’t have very much margin for error,” said Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar. “Every time we made a mistake, they capitalized on it right away.” Read more »