UW Hoops Opens Regular-Season On The Road
Nov. 12, 2008
SEATTLE - For the first time in the Lorenzo Romar era the University of Washington men's basketball team opens the regular season on the road Saturday when it travels to Portland to face the University of Portland in an 8 p.m. tipoff in the Chiles Center.
The game will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet Northwest (channel 179 throughout Comcast systems throughout the state of Washington - check local listings for other cable systems) with Scott Lynn handling the play-by-play duties and Bill Krueger providing color analysis.
Season tickets, mini-plans and single game tickets to attend Washington's 10 non-conference games are currently on sale through the Husky Ticket Office by calling (206) 543-2200.
Due to a conflict with the UCLA at Washington football game, the contest will be broadcast live on the radio via KKNW 1150 AM as well as on the Internet through GoHuskies.com. The basketball game will not be carried by the usual assortment of Washington ISP Sports Network of affiliates. Mike Gastineau will call the play-by-play action along with the always-dependable Jason Hamilton handling the color analyst duties.
The Huskies are coming off an entertaining 105-85 exhibition victory over Western Washington in which freshman guard Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 27 points in his Husky debut. Jon Brockman added his usual double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds, while five Huskies scored in double-figures and no player saw more than 23 minutes of action. Senior guard Justin Dentmon scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting, which included a 4-for-6 performance from beyond the NCAA's new 20'-9' three-point arc.
Last season, Washington and Portland battled in a closely-fought contest that saw the Pilots within two points late in the game before senior Ryan Appleby's jumper with :07 seconds remaining provided the final 67-63 margin of victory for the Huskies. Appleby scored 18 points in the game to lead Washington, while Jon Brockman was held to 11 points and just five rebounds.
The Pilots return nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's team that ended the season with a 9-22 record. However, seven of the team's top eight scorers return, led by junior guard Nik Raivio's 12.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Luke Sikma led the team in rebounds with an average of 7.3 per game.
Washington returns home next week to host a pair of first round games in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. The Huskies welcome Horizon League favorite Cleveland State to Bank of America Arena on Tuesday night, while Florida International comes to campus on Thursday. Both games tipoff at 7 p.m. and neither will be televised. Tickets are available by calling (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.
Regardless of the outcomes of the two first round games, the Huskies are assured of a tournament semifinal contest on Nov. 24 against defending national champion Kansas at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. That game will be televised by ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific). Washington will play either Florida or Syracuse in the final game on Nov. 25.