Here's our weekly look back and look ahead for Huskies basketball:
Washington (9-7 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) was swept by the Los Angeles schools, losing 69-55 to UCLA on Thursday, then falling 66-51 to Southern California on Saturday. Winning at Pauley Pavilion has been difficult for the Huskies even in the best of times, but the USC game seemed to offer a real chance for a road win and momentum.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
Junior forward Jon Brockman continues to be the one dependable Husky, recording 32 points and 18 rebounds on the trip. Center Artem Wallace played solid defense on UCLA's Kevin Love, and guard Tim Morris did the same on USC's O.J. Mayo. Freshman forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning was active and effective at USC.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Scoring, scoring, scoring. The Huskies haven't topped 55 points since the start of conference play. The team shot 42 percent at UCLA and 33 percent at USC. Senior guard Ryan Appleby was shutout on the trip, and other Huskies didn't make the defenses pay for the attention they aimed at Appleby.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Oregon arrives on Thursday and Oregon State follows on Saturday. The Ducks will visit Seattle fresh from a 71-66 win over No. 23 Stanford on Sunday. The Beavers join the Huskies as the only Pac-10 teams still looking for their first league win. Of course, that number will be reduced by Saturday night.
In tough times coach Lorenzo Romar often points to the 2003-04 team that lost its first five conference games before winning 14 of their next 16 and bolting into the NCAA tournament. This UW hole is already deep enough where that kind of turnaround would be needed again, and it better start with a home sweep this week.