The Huskies meet the Ducks today looking to end a surprising two-game losing streak that has knocked them a game back in the Pac-10 race.
Still coach Lorenzo Romar said Friday that he sees this as an important game, but not a crossroads game that will determine the fate of the season. "I wouldn’t say that," he said. "The reason I say that is we were 5-5 in 2006, had dropped three in a row, and won our last eight. The game (tonight) is a big game. It won’t define our season."
Romar also was asked about the Ducks:
"You can see they really believe in what they’re doing," he said. "They’re playing really efficient basketball. They’re playing with a lot of excitement and energy right now."
Romar had said from the start of the season that Oregon is better than people were giving them credit for. So, he also was asked if now they're ahead of even the schedule he foresaw for them.
"They’re even better than I thought they’d be right now," he admitted. "What they’re doing now I thought they might be doing in late February. So they’re doing a tremendous job."
Here's a quick look at the game:
WASHINGTON (15-6 OVERALL, 7-3 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE) AT OREGON (11-11, 4-6)1 p.m., Matthew Knight Arena; Eugene, Ore.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.Series: UW leads, 183-103. The Huskies won the previous meeting, 87-69, Jan. 6 in Seattle. UW has won the last two in Eugene and hasn’t won three straight there since 1980-82.Statistical leaders: For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 16.7 ppg and 5.8 apg Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 8 rpg. For UO – Joevan Catron, 15.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg; Malcolm Armstead, 3.6 apg.Scouting report: This will be Washington’s first appearance in Oregon’s new Matthew Knight Arena. The game is sold out. … The Ducks are coming off of a 69-43 win over Washington State on Thursday. That was Oregon’s largest margin over a Pac-10 opponent since 2006. Oregon has won four of its last six games under new coach Dana Altman. … UW has lost back-to-back games at WSU and Oregon State. … Despite coach Lorenzo Romar’s unhappiness with his team’s defensive effort at OSU, he said there will be no lineup changes today. … Oregon has passed UW to take over the Pac-10 lead in turnover margin. The Ducks are second in steals and free-throw percentage. … Thomas is third in the league in scoring, Catron is fifth. Armstead is third in steals. … Oregon’s Jeremy Jacob wasn’t in uniform against the Cougars because of pain in his left knee. His status for tonight is uncertain. Freshman Jonathan Loyd also is questionable after taking a fall in the WSU game.Next: 6 p.m. Thursday, vs. California, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.