Next up for the Washington Huskies are the surprising California Golden Bears who are having a resurgence under new coach Mike Montgomery. You might remember Montgomery from his days at Stanford when he built Stanford into a national power before bolting for the big bucks of the NBA.
California had been an underachieving group until Montgomery showed up this season and he has the Bears on top of the standings with a 3-0 record to start the conference season and a 14-2 record overall. The Bears throttled 17th ranked Arizona State by 30 points last weekend in a game that rocked the mentality of the league. With that resounding win everyone knew the Bears were back.
On Thursday night Cal hit the road against WSU and ground out a 57-50 win in Pullman to start the road trip.
One of the keys to the game on Saturday will be shutting the Bears down on the outside. Cal is hitting 49.5 percent from three point range so far this season. Cal is led by the trio of PG Jerome Randle and swingmen Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson all three of those guys can really light it up. Randle is second in the Pac-10 in scoring at 18.8 per game.
Elston Turner is again doubtful at best to play while nursing a high ankle sprain suffered against Morgan State.
Romar said it is almost a certainty that the game against Lehigh will not be rescheduled. However, he said he still hopes to schedule a replacement game against someone, possibly Seattle U.
AD Scott Woodward hopes a series in the future with Gonzaga can be resumed but nothing solid has been planned. Ultimately it is up to Romar and he isn't in to playing the Zags on a home and home basis.