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May 3, 2006 at 9:26 AM

We’re back

And we come with a few notes to keep the off-season interesting (we hope).
• In case you missed it, the NCAA last week formally adopted a few scheduling changes. Read this for the details.
What it means for the Huskies is that they are in the process of trying to line up a tournament, similar in form to year’s BCA Classic, to open the season at home.
If it happens, expect one or two NCAA tournament-caliber teams but likely no real big names, and probably a few smaller-conference schools to fill out the lineup.
If the Huskies can’t line up a tournament, they will likely play at least two additional home games before the Pac-10 games begin. Again, however, it’s unlikely the opponents will be real big-name foes.
Either way, it means more home games this season. And it means the Huskies will almost certainly be in a marquee tournament in Hawaii (or maybe the preseason NIT) in 2007.
The Huskies are also close to finalizing an agreement to host Montana early in the year, as well, and that’s not a game to scoff at. Montana has made the NCAA tournament the past two years, advancing to the second round this season, and will be a tough test for a Washington team that will be trying to blend a lot of new faces.
Washington also continues to try to line up a road game against a big-name team during one of the two weeks during the conference season when it plays Washington State (and thus plays only one game during that week).
• Phil Nelson, the only incoming freshman who has yet to get fully eligible, will retake his SAT on Saturday. It sounds as if he’s really close to qualifying, anyway, but that some improvement on this test score will solidify it.
• This was the only story I could find on this game — and only one paragraph is available to those who don’t have a Rivals subscription — but Adrian Oliver was voted an MVP of the Slam N Jam Basketball Showcase at Albany (Calif.) High School last weekend. I keep hearing that Oliver will contribute an awful lot next year and news like this seems to confirm that feeling.
• Here’s a recruiting update from the Oregonian that mentions a rising prospect from that state who is being recruited by Washington.

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