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May 5, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Huskies could face national champs

UW’s 2008-09 schedule remains unfinished as the Huskies look to secure two more games.
However, what has come into focus is UW’s opposition in the pre-season CBE Classic. UW is one of 16 teams set for the tournament, and one of four that will serve as a regional host for the first two rounds.
The others, I’ve learned, are Kansas, Syracuse and Florida.
And the Huskies and Jayhawks are set to be on the same side of the bracket meaning that if UW wins its two home games and advances to the semifinals it would face Kansas, the defending NCAA champs. The semifinals and finals will be held in Kansas City and tournament organizers are probably hoping for a Kansas-Florida final to pit the two teams that have won the last three NCAA titles, something the Huskies will try to spoil.
Kansas figures to drop a bit next season (here’s one early rating from Jeff Goodman seeding the Jayhawks at No. 20) but obviously in any incarnation will be a stiff test for a new-look Husky team.
UW would then get either Florida or Syracuse in the its next game giving the Huskies two contests against top-flight competition by the end of November. The Huskies will also host Oklahoma State and are looking for one more game against a BCS-type school to play on the road.
As for advancing to the semis, this tournament has historically been set up to make it pretty easy for the four host schools.
Here’s a look at the history of the CBE Classic and you can see, for instance, that UCLA last year played CS-San Bernardino and Youngstown State in the first two rounds to advance to the semis. UW will likely get opponents of similar ilk for its two home games.
Since the CBE Classic began in 2001, the only team that hosted a regional that didn’t advance to the semis was Stanford in 2006 when it was beaten by Air Force.

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