While the Huskies' Saturday win over USC did wonders for the team's Pac-10 title chances, it was an ugly game to watch. In fact, there were but two performances that made the game enjoyable. One was Venoy Overton bringing Franklin's finest "Hit 'em up"-style ballhawking to LA Sports Arena, harassing Daniel Hackett into a breakdown and taunting a hostile crowd with double-Ws and jersey pops.
The other was the shockingly dominant offensive play of Quincy Pondexter, who single-handedly outscored USC 10-5 in the last nine minutes of the game. Included in this outburst was a 20-foot jumper off a crossover--not the type of thing we're accustomed to seeing from the Bargain Doll.
It got me wondering, do we tend to see more of these uninhibited, high-scoring performances from Pondexter on the road? Does he feel lighter and freer away from the demanding eyes of the Montlake faithful? After all, it was in Pullman earlier this year that Pondexter shocked Husky fans with that screaming, chest-beating 16-point outburst. The numbers show some interesting things:Pondexter's numbers in 6 Pac-10 home games:
10.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.7 APG, 49% FG, 84% FT
Pondexter's numbers in 9 Pac-10 road games:
15.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 62% FG, 87% FT
Obviously, this is a small sample size, and the disparity could disappear after the remaining three home games. But lest we blame it on the teams he's played on the road vs. those at home, it's worth noting that two of those remaining home games are against teams that gave him problems on the road (Arizona and ASU).
It's no secret that Pondexter has been hard on himself and plagued by self-doubt, but here's hoping he can continue his self-liberation tour at Montlake (and into the tournament).