BCA Classic Highlights UW Men's Home Hoop Schedule

June 23, 2005

SEATTLE - The earliest start in school history, including three games during the BCA Classic in mid-November, highlight the 2005-06 University of Washington men's basketball schedule announced Thursday by fourth-year head coach Lorenzo Romar.

The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. UW's 22-game home winning streak is the nation's fourth longest active mark.

Washington opens the season with an exhibition game, Nov. 6 against Simon Fraser. The regular season begins one week later with the opening round of the three-day, eight-team BCA Classic that runs Nov. 13-15 at Bank of America Arena. Previously, the earliest start to a UW regular season was on Nov. 15, 2001 at Alaska Fairbanks in the Top of the World Classic.

The pairings have not yet been established for the UW-hosted tournament in which each participating team plays three games to support the Black Coaches Association (BCA). The NCAA awarded the BCA a special exemption, enabling teams to play these games in excess of the normal maximum number of contests.

The BCA Classic field includes 2004 NIT participant Miami from the Atlantic Coast Conference along with Air Force, Morgan State, UNC Greensboro, Southern, Texas-Arlington and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Those three dates start a stretch of seven straight home games for Washington, its longest season-opening homestand since 1945.

Highlighting the non-conference home slate is a Dec. 4 clash with Gonzaga. Other non-conference home games include visits from American University (Nov. 19), Idaho (Nov. 22), Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) Eastern Washington (Dec. 16), Lehigh (Dec. 23) and Cornell (Jan. 2).

The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They meet New Mexico as part of a Wooden Classic doubleheader on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. The Lobos are coached by former Husky assistant Ritchie McKay. Senior forward Jamaal Williams played two years at New Mexico before transferring to UW.

'One interesting thing is that we don't go on the road to play on anyone else's home floor, that doesn't happen very often,' Romar said. 'The BCA tournament gets us going really early. We will have only practiced for about four weeks at that point, so we'll see what happens. Last year we were really successful in our non-conference games and it really helped us in our seeding. I think that we have a schedule this year that could do the same for us.'

Washington begins Pac-10 play at home on Dec. 29 against Arizona State followed by a Dec. 31 encounter with perennial national power Arizona. The Huskies' first visit to an opposing arena is Jan. 12 at UCLA.

The regular-season schedule is followed by the Pac-10 Tournament which Washington won last year for the first time. This year's conference tournament is scheduled for March 8-11 and includes all 10 teams for the first time since 1990.

The Huskies return three of their top-five scorers from the 2005 team that had a 29-6 record and advanced to the Sweet 16. Washington tied the 67-year-old school record for wins in a season, won its first Pac-10 Tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.

The deadline for season ticket renewals is July 15. New season tickets can be requested beginning Aug. 1. Please contact the Husky Ticket Office on-line (www.gohuskies.com) or by telephone (206-543-2200) for details.


2005-06 WASHINGTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day, Date, Opponent, Venue
Sun., Nov. 6, SIMON FRASER (exhibition), Seattle, Wash.

Sun.-Tue.,Nov. 13-15,BCA CLASSIC
Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash.
(Air Force, Miami, Morgan State, UNC Greensboro, Southern, Texas-Arlington, Washington, Wisconsin-Green Bay)

Sun., Nov. 13, UW vs. opponent TBA
Mon., Nov. 14, UW vs. opponent TBA
Tue., Nov. 15, UW vs. opponent TBA

Sat., Nov. 19, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Seattle, Wash.

Tue., Nov. 22, IDAHO, Seattle, Wash.

Fri., Nov. 25, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, Seattle, Wash.

Sun., Dec. 4, GONZAGA, Seattle, Wash.

Wooden Classic; Anaheim, Calif.
Sat., Dec. 10, vs. New Mexico

Fri., Dec. 16, EASTERN WASHINGTON, Seattle, Wash.

Fri., Dec. 23, LEHIGH, Seattle, Wash.

Thu., Dec. 29, *ARIZONA STATE, Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Dec. 31, *ARIZONA, Seattle, Wash.

Mon., Jan. 2, CORNELL, Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Jan. 7, *WASHINGTON STATE, Seattle, Wash.

Thu., Jan. 12, *at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.

Sat., Jan. 14, *at USC, Los Angeles, Calif.

Thu., Jan. 19, *OREGON STATE, Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Jan. 21, *OREGON, Seattle, Wash.

Thu., Jan. 26, *at California, Berkeley, Calif.

Sat., Jan. 28, *at Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif.

Sat., Feb. 4, *at Washington State, Pullman, Wash.

Thu., Feb. 9, *USC, Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Feb. 11, *UCLA, Seattle, Wash.

Thu., Feb. 16, *at Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

Sat., Feb. 18, *at Oregon State, Corvallis, Ore.

Thu., Feb. 23, *STANFORD, Seattle, Wash.

Sat., Feb. 25, *CALIFORNIA, Seattle, Wash.

Thu. Mar. 2 *at Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

Sat. Mar., 4, *at Arizona State, Tempe, Ariz.

Wed.-Sat., Mar. 8-11, at Pacific-10 Conference Tournament
Staples Center; Los Angeles, Calif.

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

All Home Games played on campus in Bank of America Arena (3870 Montlake Blvd. N.E., Seattle, WA 98195)

Times listed are for Pacific Time Zone and are subject to change

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