BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington is 0-5 on the road, and lost to Georgetown on a neutral floor to make it 0-6 away from Seattle.
Something better change tonight as the Huskies, locked in a five-team logjam for second place in the Pac-10, are charged with trying to reel in first-place Cal at Haas Pavilion.
Last month when I spoke with UW coach Lorenzo Romar, he cited the team's need to mature for their struggles on the road. Quincy Pondexter, the reigning Pac-10 player of the week, was clueless. The best anyone could come up with was from Cal coach Mike Montgomery and Washington State coach Ken Bone, who have both said that at Bank of America Arena, the Huskies simply get away with playing tougher defense.
The question about road struggles was posed to the Huskies this week and hilarity ensued. According to Don Ruiz of The News Tribune:
When coach Lorenzo Romar and his players met the media in advance of their game tonight at California, questions about the Huskies’ road troubles included mental blocks, shooting backgrounds, locker room speeches, sports psychologists, pancakes on the breakfast menu, the possible return of UW’s black uniforms, and even the pros and cons of having coach Lorenzo Romar’s wife join her husband on this trip.
Romar himself injected his wife, Leona, into the conversation, Pondexter doesn't think she's bad luck, according to quotes courtesy of Percy Allen of the Seattle Times:
"I don't know what it is, but she's definitely not the bad-luck person," senior captain Quincy Pondexter said. "If anything, she helps us win games.
"Whoever the bad-luck person is, don't come. Whoever has come on the other trips that we lost, don't come to this one. Stay at home. Watch it on TV and we'll take care of business."