The Washington Huskies have four non-conference losses. With one more, they will tie the record for most in a season under coach Lorenzo Romar.
GAME: Idaho State (3-3 overall, 0-0 Big Sky) at Washington (4-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-12). WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena. TYPE: Non-conference. MEETING: 5th (UW leads 4-0). RANKINGS: Neither school ranked. COACHES: Bill Evans, Idaho State; Lorenzo Romar, Washington. TV: Pac-12 Networks. RADIO: KJR 950 AM
Lorenzo Romar’s Washington Huskies have five non-conference games remaining before the Pac-12 schedule commences Jan. 2, including Idaho State Saturday. Unless they can play substantially better defense over the stretch than they did in their first eight, they will set a record for most preseason losses under Romar. The Huskies have four and the dubious mark is five with a road game at Tulane (Dec. 17) and a home date with No. 9 Connecticut (Dec. 22) looming.
After losing eight nonconference games in the three seasons spanning 2008-11, Washington dropped five in 2010-11 and five more in 2011-12, including jarring home setbacks to South Dakota State (Dec. 18, 2011), Albany (Nov. 13, 2012), Nevada (Dec. 8, 2012) and UC Irvine (Nov. 14).
Washington isn’t 4-4 this season for a lack of scoring points. The Huskies average 81.5 points, sixth in the conference. Oddly, UW is first in free throw percentage (77.0), but 11th in field goal percentage (42.6). UW allows 84.1, ranked 12th, and permits foes to shoot 50.8 percent, also 12th.
Washington has not allowed opponents to shoot better than 50 percent since 1999 when the Huskies allowed a school-record 51.1.
The Bengals are coming off a 74-66 loss at Utah Tuesday after leading by as many as 15 points is the first half. Thomas Sanchez led ISU with 19 points and five assists, Andre Hatchett had 15 points and eight rebounds and Chris Hansen 14 points. The Bengals shot 42.9 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent in the first half.
Sanchez leads Idaho State at 16.2 points and 4.7 assists per game. Sanchez is one of four Bengals who average in double figures, and Idaho State also has two players, Hatchett and Jeffrey Solarin, who average 7.0 or more rebounds.
Idaho State is unranked, but sports a 117 RPI to Washington’s 198, not a good differential for the struggling Huskies.
SERIES: Dates to Dec. 8, 1990, when Washington recorded a 98-77 victory in Seattle. The Huskies and Bengals last met Dec. 31, 2007, Washington winning 82-50 at Alaska Airlines Arena as Jon Brockman scored 21 points and collected 11 rebounds.
UW STATS / NOTES
UW HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (334-221 overall, 241-133 UW) is coming off a year in which the Huskies finished 18-16 and ended with a loss to Brigham Young in the National Invitation Tournament. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament six times and won three Pac-10 Tournament titles (2005, 2010, 2011).
2012-13 Washington Regular-Season Statistics
University of Washington 2013-14 Schedule
|Date||Opponent||UW Rnk||Opp Rnk||W/L||Score||Rec.|
|11/6/13||@vs. Cent. Wash||—||—||W||95-65||0-0|
|11/10/13||vs. Seattle U.||—||—||W||88-78||1-0|
|11/14/13||vs. UC Irvine||—||—||L||86-72||1-1|
|11/17/13||vs. E. Wash||—||—||W||92-80||2-1|
|11/22/13||*vs. Boston Co||—||18||L||89-78||2-3|
|12/30/13||vs. L. Beach St.||—||—||W||92-89||4-3|
|12/8/13||vs. SD State||—||24||L||70-63||4-4|
|12/14/13||vs. Idaho St.||—||—||—||—–||—|
|12/27/13||vs. Miss. Valley||—||—||—||—–||—|
|3/18-19/14||NCAA 1st 4||—||—||—||—–||—|
|3/20-23/14||NCAA 2nd, 3rd||—||—||—||—–||—|
@=Exhibition; *=2K Sports Classic; ^=Pac-12 Tournament