UW Releases 2004-05 Men's Basketball Schedule

June 28, 2004

SEATTLE - Fifteen regular-season home games, including a nationally televised meeting with North Carolina State, highlight the 2004-05 Washington men's basketball schedule released Monday.

Washington plays at least seven games against opponents that participated in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, including two meetings with perennial championship contender Arizona. The Wildcats, who visit Seattle on Feb. 24, are one of four NCAA Tournament teams that play at Bank of America Arena this season.

The Huskies also host NCAA qualifiers Eastern Washington (Dec. 5), North Carolina State (Dec. 19) and Stanford (Jan. 2).

Additional potential matchups with NCAA participants loom in the Great Alaska Shootout as Alabama and Utah are in the eight-team field. Utah is led by first-year coach Ray Giacoletti, a former Washington assistant. Alabama is coached by Mark Gottfried who was an assistant on UCLA's 1995 national championship team alongside current UW head coach Lorenzo Romar.

The rest of the field for the Shootout, Nov. 24-27 in Anchorage, Ak., includes Minnesota, Oklahoma, Furman, High Point and host Alaska-Anchorage.

Washington has two non-conference road games, at Gonzaga on Dec. 1 and at Loyola Marymount on Dec. 11.

The Huskies open the regular season at home on Nov. 19 against Montana. They will host an exhibition game before that at a date that will be determined later.

Game times have not been set with one exception. UW's home game against Houston on Dec. 24 is slated for 1 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena.

Washington begins Pac-10 play in Seattle with a pair of games surrounding New Year's Day. The Huskies host California on Dec. 31 and Stanford on Jan. 2. Last year UW dealt Stanford is first loss, defeating the top-ranked Cardinal in the final game of the regular season.

The schedule concludes with the Pac-10 Tournament, March 10-12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The top eight teams in the regular-season standings will compete for the conference championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

'This schedule will definitely test us. The Pac-10 is certainly as competitive as any 18 games you are going to play,' Romar remarked. 'The Alaska Shootout is one of the tougher tournaments in the country. We're going to get to that right off the bat. We get thrown into the fire right away and you would prefer much more to do that with a veteran team than you would a young team.'

The Huskies return their entire starting lineup from last season's Pac-10 runner-up and NCAA Tournament qualifier. The top seven scorers are back for Washington, which registered a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years.

The 12-6 conference record and second-place Pac-10 finish were the Huskies' best performances since 1986. UW's stellar season ended with a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

For season ticket availability and information on other ticket plans, please contact the Husky Ticket Office by telephone (206-543-2200) or on-line (www.gohuskies.com).


2004-05 WASHINGTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

November
19 - MONTANA
24, 25, 26, 27 - at Great Alaska Shootout, Anchorage, Ak.
(Alabama, Alaska-Anchorage, Furman, High Point, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington)

December
1 - at Gonzaga
5 - EASTERN WASHINGTON
7 - SAN DIEGO STATE
11 - at Loyola Marymount
19 - NORTH CAROLINA STATE
22 - SACRED HEART
24 - HOUSTON
31 - *CALIFORNIA

January
2 - *STANFORD
6 - *at USC
8 - *at UCLA
13 - *OREGON
15 - *OREGON STATE
22 - *WASHINGTON STATE
27 - *at Arizona
29 - *at Arizona State

February
3 - *USC
5 - *UCLA
10 - *at Oregon
12 - *at Oregon State
19 - *at Washington State
24 - *ARIZONA
26 - *ARIZONA STATE

March
3 - *at California
5 - *at Stanford
10, 11, 12 - Pac-10 Tournament

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

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