No. 10 Huskies Prepared For Pac-10 Tourney
March 10, 2009
SEATTLE - With Saturday's euphoric title celebration behind it, the Washington men's basketball team has now set its sights on winning this week's Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Interested in sitting with other Husky fans at the Pac-10 Tournament? Call the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 to find out how!
As the top seeded team in the tournament, the Huskies earned a first-round bye and will play the winner of Wednesday's game between No. 8 Oregon State and No. 9 seed Stanford. Tipoff is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Nearly every game of the Pac-10 Tournament will be televised live in HD by FSN, while CBS will carry the championship game on Saturday afternoon. Barry Tompkins, Dan Belluomini and Chris McGee will provide analysis of Thursday's game.
Every Husky game is broadcast live on the radio via the Washington ISP Sports Network, which includes Seattle-based flagship station 950 KJR AM, XM Satellite Radio and GoHuskies.com. Veteran analysts Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton provide description of the games.
Prior to Thursday's game, Husky fans are invited to a special pre-game warm-up at the ESPN Zone, located just two blocks from the Staples Center at 1011 S. Figueroa Street.
10th-ranked (ESPN/USA Today) Washington is 24-7 overall and concluded the Pac-10 schedule with a 14-4 mark and won the league's regular-season title. The Huskies enter the tournament on a five-game win streak and have not lost consecutive games since late November. The UW is the highest-ranked team in the Pac-10 and is rated around 12th in most RPI (ratings percentage index) projections.
Earlier in the week, Husky seniors Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon were named first-team all-Pac-10, while Isaiah Thomas was named the league Freshman of the Year and a second-team all-conference selection. Dentmon was also labeled as the league's Most Improved Player and Lorenzo Romar won his second Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor.
Today, the United States Basketball Writers of America (USBWA) selected Brockman to its all-district team and FoxSports.com labeled him as a third-team All-America. Dentmon joined Brockman as an all-district selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Washington owns a 9-9 all-time record in the Pac-10 Tournament and won the championship in 2005 with an 81-72 victory over Arizona. The Huskies have advanced to three championship finals and are a perfect 3-0 in semifinal appearances.
After the tournament, the UW athletic department will host a special NCAA Tournament Selection Show viewing party at the Don James Center on Sunday. The event is free to the public and the Husky basketball coaches and players will be in attendance with a press conference afterward. The doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the event is free of charge.