The Huskies returned home after their loss at Oregon on Wednesday, and this afternoon fly back down for their Sunday afternoon game at Oregon State.
Coach Lorenzo Romar explained what is gained by handling the the Ducks and Beavers as separate trips.
"Go to class," he said. "From a basketball perspective, the Wednesday to Sunday road trips, I don’t think teams fare very well on those: You’re just gone for so long. Because if you play Wednesday and don’t play again until Sunday -- you actually are gone Tuesday – that’s a long time. But here’s the other thing: It’s actually the other end where if you play Wednesday-Sunday, or even Thursday-Sunday, then you come back and you play Wednesday, you have to take one day off in a week, so you don’t get a whole lot of practice time in between. But breaking it up this way, still guys are in their own beds, a little more of a routine. If it were going down to Los Angeles, going down and coming back, that’s a different story. But we’re just right around the corner, so I think this is going to work out better.
On if the old Pac-10 Thursday-Saturday road trips were easier: Oh yeah. But before we whine as coaches in this league, we have to remember that we whined more than anything about having better television coverage, and that’s the source of all this. That’s why we’re having so many different days playing. I think we may have more Sunday games than anyone – the long Wednesday-Sunday, Thursday-Sunday – but at the same time we can’t totally complain because that’s the price we pay for getting the television coverage that we’re getting with the Pac-12 network.