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July 17, 2006 at 5:56 PM

Husky schedule is out

The Huskies have released a tentative version of their 2006-07 schedule, so here it is.
All times are TBA.
Fri, Nov. 3 — Saint Martin’s exhibition
Sun, Nov. 12 — Pepperdine (first round of Basketball Travelers Classic)
Mon, Nov. 13 — Nicholls State (second round of BCT)
Tue, Nov. 14 — Northern Iowa (third round of BCT)
Sun., Nov. 19 — Sacramento State
Fri., Nov. 24 — Eastern Washington
Wed., Nov. 29 — Idaho
Mon. Dec. 4 — Southern Utah
Sat., Dec. 9 .— at Gonzaga
Sat., Dec. 16 — Portland State
Wed., Dec. 20 — LSU
Fri., Dec. 22 — Weber State
Thu., Dec. 28 — at USC
Sat., Dec. 30 .— at UCLA
Thu., Jan. 4 — Arizona
Sat., Jan. 6 — Arizona State
Thu., Jan. 11 — at Stanford
Sat., Jan. 13 — at Cal
Sat., Jan. 20 — at Washington State
Thu., Jan. 25 — Oregon
Sat., Jan. 27 — Oregon State
Thu. Feb. 1 — at Arizona State
Sat. Feb. 3 — at Arizona
Thu. Feb. 8 .— Cal
Sat., Feb. 10 — Stanford
Sat. Feb. 17 — Washington State
Thu., Feb. 22 — at Oregon State
Sat., Feb. 24 — at Oregon
Thu., March 1 — UCLA
Sat., March 3 — USC
March 7-10 — Pac-10 Tournament
Some thoughts:
• The Huskies still need one more game to fill out the schedule and continue to try to find a marquee opponent …quot; Missouri had been rumored. Finding a suitable TV time and partner has been the main complicating factor to getting something done.
• The schedule will be a little tougher than a year ago with LSU and Gonzaga obvious big names — and probably one more being added — as well as some games that may be tougher than they look against Northern Iowa and maybe Pepperdine and Eastern Washington (which should be better in Rodney Stuckey’s second year in Cheney).
• Despite the upgrade, some may question how RPI-worthy this schedule will be. But we saw this year that the non-conference schedule hardly seems to matter for teams in power conferences like the Pac-10. Merely being in the Pac-10 will be enough for the Huskies to annually achieve a decent enough RPI.
• A young Husky squad will be challenged right out of the gate in Pac-10 play, with five of seven on the road, all games that will be tough to win. If the Huskies can make it through that stretch 5-2 or better, the road to the Pac-10 championship will be that much smoother. UW has only one non-conference road game to prepare for that stretch of games. But it didn’t seem to hurt UW this year that it didn’t play any true non-conference road games as the Huskies swept their first road trip against the LA schools this season.
• The Portland State game will mark the return of former UW assistant Ken Bone, now the head coach at PSU, as well as former Husky player Curtis Allen, who is now an assistant there, and Anthony Washington, who will be a senior this year for the Vikings. PSU will be battle-tested by then, having already played at Oregon, Arizona State and Gonzaga by the time it faces the Huskies.

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