Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has a theory that Pacific-10 Conference teams taking Thursday-Sunday road trips are at a particular disadvantage in the second game.
The small sample of games from last season back that up.
Romar’s theory is especially relevant now because after losing at Stanford on Thursday, Washington have extra time to pass in the Bay Area (post below) before returning to action Sunday night at California.
“Just that extra day, for some reason, teams haven’t been as successful,” Romar said. “Teams win more at home than on the road in general, but I think the odds may go up a little bit more for the home team. Figuring out why is that, what is the deal, hopefully we can figure that out to come out OK Sunday.”
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The typical Pac-10 trip involves Thursday and Saturday games. Last season, only three teams were sent on Thursday-Sunday trips – and all three lost their Sunday games: Cal at Arizona, UCLA at Stanford, and USC at Cal.
I'll have more on all of this in the Sunday TNT. Meanwhile, here's a quick look at the pairing the Huskies are about to face:
NO. 17 WASHINGTON (12-4 OVERALL, 4-1 PAC-10) AT CALIFORNIA (9-7, 2-2)7 p.m. Sunday, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.Series: Cal leads 77-75 overall and 48-26 in Berkeley. Last season, UW won at home and in the Pac-10 tournament, but lost at Cal. The Huskies’ last win at Haas Pavilion was in 2008.Statistical leaders: For UW -- Isaiah Thomas, 15.9 ppg and 4.9 apg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning,7.5 rpg. For Cal – Harper Kamp, 13.4 ppg; Markhuri Sanders-Frison, 8.3 rpg; Jorge Gutierrez, 4 apg.Scouting report: Cal is defending Pac-10 champion. However, the Golden Bears are rebuilding after the loss of their top four scorers: Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin. The new-look Bears feature Gutierrez, who made the All-Pac-10 defensive team; Kamp, who is second in the league in free-throw percentage (84.5); and Sanders-Frison, a 6-7 center who is third in the league in rebounding. Freshman guard Allen Crabbe scored 30 Thursday in Cal’s win over Washington State. … UW leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebound percentage, while Cal leads in defensive rebound percentage. Washington also leads in scoring, scoring margin, 3-point percentage, assists, assists/turnover ratio and turnover margin. UW is second in rebounding margin, while Cal is third.Next: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, vs. Arizona, Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.