Blawg/Photogallery From WBB Trip To Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The first road trip under Coach Kevin McGuff is now in full swing. On a beautiful afternoon here on the California coast, the Huskies are in the midst of shootaround at the Thunderdome, the UC Santa Barbara on-campus gym.
One thing McGuff has repeatedly instilled with his young team is the importance of shootaround. The hour-long workouts aren't just a time to put up shots and get acquainted with the gym's sightlines. Instead, the first-year UW coach is stressing "game speed and game shots." Washington spent the workout going over what to expect from the Gauchos, a 2-2 team that has played well this season in their home gym.
As far as game settings, it's hard to picture a better road trip venue than Santa Barbara. Nestled next to the Pacific Ocean, the team was able to check out the pier in town and walk along the beach. For a group of sun-starved Seattleites, this was a clear winner.
The logistical part of the trip has gone smoothly as well. A two-hour flight brought the team out of rainy Seattle to Burbank, Calif., on Tuesday night. Then it was off to In-N-Out, the iconic California burger chain, for a late dinner. The 90-minute bus ride to Santa Barbara was split between sleeping coaches/administrators in the front, and an impromptu karaoke party in the back.
Tip-off tonight is at 7 p.m. from the Thunderdome. GoHuskies.com will have a live chat, or you can listen to Steve Sandmeyer's call on 1150am KKNW.
Secondly, here are a few photos from the trip.
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