The Dawg Pack has Arrived

Feb. 25, 2005

By Veronica White

Students have been camped outside of Bank of America Arena now for 17 hours. They are patiently waiting for one of the most anticipated match ups that will have major implication in who will be crowned Pac-10 men's basketball regular-season champion. The 14th-ranked Huskies will host the No. 9 Arizona Wildcats on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The students have set up shop outside the northwest corner of Bank of America Arena. On an overcast day in Seattle, fans are clad in Husky gear, hanging out and anxiously awaiting the game. They have tents, food, television sets and most important their 'game faces' on.The line started forming right after Thursday night's win over Arizona State and has been steadily growing ever since. Those who are waiting, believe it's a positive sign that Washington basketball has arrived and can only get better.

'It means we're serious about basketball,' says Jason, a junior who has been waiting since 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning. 'The Dawg Pack is serious and we're a tough place to play. We're not going to let opponents come in here easy at all. They're not going to stop our winning streak. We're legit.'

Calling Bank of America Arena a tough place to play is somewhat of an understatement. The Dawg Pack already began warming up their lungs Friday as they booed three member of the Arizona track team (in town for the MPSF championships) as they ran by the tents.

If you want to be a part of the Dawg Pack action you better get outside of Bank of America Arena early and be willing to wait. The back of the line is snaking towards the Intramural Activities Building and there is little doubt that it will grow as night comes.The only doubt left is whether the students will be dancing on the 'W' at center court after the game.

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