Washington will take its sixth shot at winning away from home tonight, when the Huskies visit Southern California. (Here's our preview story from this morning's paper.) And despite five disappointments so far, coach Lorenzo Romar said he doesn't think the road-jinx -- or whatever it is -- is in his team's head. Yet.
"I don’t think it’s gotten mental yet," he said. "I really don’t. I don’t see us walking around, ‘Man, the road, I just don’t know what to do.’ I don’t think we’ve gotten to that point."
A quick look ahead:
WASHINGTON (12-6, 3-4)AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (11-7, 3-3)7:30 p.m. Saturday, Galen Center, Los Angeles.TV: FSN Radio: 950-AM
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Series: Tied at 65-65. USC leads, 37-26, on its home floor. The Huskies swept last season.
Statistical leaders: For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 20.4 ppg and 7.8 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.4 apg. For USC – G Dwight Lewis, 13.8 ppg; F Nikola Vucevic, 9.3 rpg; G Mike Gerrity, 3.5 apg.
Scouting report: Washington looks once again for its first win away from home after five defeats. The most recent came in 62-61 at UCLA on Thursday. … The Trojans are 7-3 at home, but they also are coming off a Thursday loss: 67-60, at home to Washington State. … USC leads the Pac-10 in field-goal percentage defense and is second in scoring defense. The Trojans also lead in defensive rebound percentage, while the Huskies lead in offensive rebound percentage. The teams are tied for second in the lead in rebounding margin. UW also leads in turnover margin. … Individually, Vucevic leads the Pac-10 in rebounding and defensive rebounding. Teammate Alex Stephenson leads in offensive rebounding, just ahead of Pondexter. Lewis is second in minutes played. Pondexter is third in scoring.
Next: 7 p.m. Tuesday, vs. Seattle U., Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.