Huskies To Face Georgetown In Wooden Classic

July 22, 2009

Anaheim, Calif. - Defending Pacific-10 Conference champion Washington will square off against Georgetown in the 16th Annual John Wooden Classic on December 12, 2009 at Honda Center.

'Anytime that we can be a part of something that involves John Wooden, we consider it to be very special,' said UW head coach Lorenzo Romar. 'To be able to compete against a program with such a rich tradition as Georgetown makes this years experience even more complete.'

The event will be Washington's second appearance in the Wooden Classic. In 2005, the Huskies defeated New Mexico 81-71 behind a solid 22-point effort by Jamaal Williams against his former team. All-America Brandon Roy added 18 points for Coach Romar's team that eventually advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Last season, Washington won its first-ever Pac-10 title and the first league title of any sort since 1953 and fell just two points shy of its third Sweet 16 appearance in six seasons. The Huskies finished last season with a 26-9 overall record and a 14-4 mark in taking the Pac-10 title.

The Huskies return three starters this season, including senior forward Quincy Pondexter - who earned his first international experience last summer as a member of the USA squad that earned a bronze medal at the World University Games. Romar also welcomes the return of one of the nation's best backcourts, led by sophomore Isaiah Thomas - last year's leading scorer.

The first-ever meeting between Georgetown and Washington's men's basketball programs, the game will also mark the Hoyas first appearance in the Wooden Classic. Under the direction of Head Coach John Thompson III, last year the Hoyas advanced to the postseason for the fifth-straight season, beat two teams that advanced to the Final Four and two teams that reached the Sweet 16 while playing a schedule that ranked among the toughest in the country.

Georgetown returns three starters from last year's team, led by junior guards Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, as well as 2008-09 Big East Rookie of the Year, center Greg Monroe.

The Georgetown vs. Washington game is the second announced match-up of the one-day doubleheader, joining UCLA vs. Mississippi State which was announced on June 11, 2009. Tip off times for both contests will be announced in conjunction with the event's television schedule in the coming weeks.

Priority ticket order forms for the 2009 Wooden Classic are available online at www.woodenclassic.com.

Established in 1994, the Wooden Classic is an annual tribute to the legendary former coach and the excellence he personifies. The event, co-produced by Pantheon International, LLC and Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, has a tradition of bringing the nation's finest college programs to Southern California.

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