LOS ANGELES — As Washington prepared for its Sweet 16 matchup against heavily favored West Virginia last March, Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar gathered his players together and dangled a motivational carrot in front of them.
"You guys have the chance to be the first Washington team ever to go further than the Sweet 16 if you win this game," Romar told them.
West Virginia ultimately overwhelmed Washington in the second half of that game with its size and toughness on the glass, but Romar's pregame message has stuck with the returning Huskies all these months later. Point guard Isaiah Thomas said at Pac-10 media day last week that he won't be satisfied with the season unless Washington wins a game during the second week of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
"It's one of my goals to be known as the guy who took his team further than anyone else and a guy that's put in the history books," Thomas said. "It's on our mind, but at the same time we're worried about rightRead More »from Isaiah Thomas wants to break Washington's Sweet 16 jinx