Coach Lorenzo Romar put this one in pretty good perspective this week:
"Guys do see that if this unravels anymore we could be in trouble," he said. "And I think that’s part of the reason that if a team is capable they bounce back: If they’re capable and have any character, they’re able to bounce back. ... This is a huge game for us. It just happens to be the next one, but we need to come out and play well in this game."
Here's our preview story from this morning's paper. ... And quick look at the game:
CALIFORNIA (13-10 OVERALL, 6-5 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE) AT WASHINGTON (15-7, 7-4)6 p.m. Thursday, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.Series: Cal leads, 77-76. However, UW has won the last two meetings, most recently 92-71 on Jan. 16 at Berkeley, Calif.Statistical leaders: For Cal – Harper Kamp, 15.1 ppg; Markhuri Sanders-Frison, 7.6 rpg; Jorge Gutierrez, 4.5 apg. For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 16.5 ppg and 5.8 apg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 7.9 rpg. Scouting report: The Huskies are trying to end a three-game losing streak that has dropped them out of the national rankings and into third place in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears are coming off of a 107-105 triple-overtime loss to Arizona. A Cal win would pull them even with the Huskies in the league race. … UW and Cal rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in assists. The Huskies lead the conference in offensive rebound percentage, while the Bears lead in defensive rebound percentage. Cal is last in the league in 3-point field goals made. … UW coach Lorenzo Romar said there will be no lineup change. … UW forward Darnell Gant, who was limited last week at Oregon due to a quad injury, is expected to be available. Next: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, vs. Stanford, Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.