Here's our preview story of today's game ... which really does the one thing the Huskies can't do: Look ahead to conference play.
After a couple of days off for Christmas, the Huskies returned to practice Saturday evening. And that holiday break gives coach Lorenzo Romar a little something extra to worry about.
It's going to be interesting after a couple of days off having to practice late tonight and having to come right back at 12 o'clock (Sunday). We'll see how we do."
Sunday's opponent will be the San Francisco Dons. It's the first meeting of the two schools.
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This is what Romar had to say about this version of the Dons:
"They have a great front line. Dior Lowhorn, their leading scorer, is a guy we recruited out of high school -- we know he's very good. They like to push the basketball."
And here's what he had to say about USF's most famous alum: the immortal Bill Russell:
"Growing up in Los Angeles, it seemed like -- it wasn't, but it seemed like -- every year the Lakers were playing against the Celtics for the championship. So I got to watch Bill Russell quite a bit, and he was larger than life to me growing up. I remember finally getting a chance to meet him (when I was) playing in the NBA. And him living here, one night at a Seattle Sonics' game I remember sitting up in the same suite with him and talking to him for about 45 minutes to an hour about basketball. Wow, I was ready to pass out. He didn't know that, but I was just so fired up. He's the greatest winner ever to play the game."
A quick scouting report on the game:
SAN FRANCISCO (4-9)AT NO. 22 WASHINGTON (8-2)Noon Sunday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AMSeries: First meeting.Statistical leaders: For USF – F Dior Lowhorn, 19.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg; G Dontae Bryant, 3.4 apg. For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 21.9 ppg and 8.7 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.2 apg. Scouting report: Washington is 8-0 at home; San Francisco is 0-8 away from home. … UW’s next win will be the 1,600th in the history of the program. Fifteen other NCAA teams have reached that milestone. … The Dons have played one Pac-10 opponent this season, losing to Arizona State, 104-65. They have one common opponent with the Huskies. USF defeated San Jose State, 76-71; while UW beat the Spartans, 80-70. … Lowhorn led the West Coast Conference in scoring last season (20.1) and was named a preseason mid-major All-American. He has scored 20 or more points 44 times and matched Bill Russell as the fastest USF player to reach 1,000 career points (48 games). Last season, Bryant was sixth in the WCC in assists and eighth in steals. … The Dons have outrebounded six of their last seven opponents. … Coach Rex Walters is 15-28 in his second season at USF. … Pondexter ranks 12 nationally in scoring. Matthew Bryan-Amaning is fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks. Overton is seventh in the league in steals. Next: 7 p.m. Thursday, Pacific-10 Conference opener vs. Oregon State, Edmundson Pavilion.