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Husky Men's Basketball

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July 4, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Tentative UW schedule released

The Huskies are still waiting to finalize a contract for one more non-conference game before releasing their 2008-09 schedule. That could happen early next week.
In the meantime, here’s a tentative schedule with dates for the rest of the games from the Pac-10 pre-season prospectus.
As you can see, the season will begin Nov. 15 at Portland, the same day the football team will host UCLA at Husky Stadium (I would imagine there will be a non-counting pre-season game or two of some sort in the run-up to the Portland game, as well).
The biggest non-conference home attraction is a visit from Oklahoma State on Thursday, Dec. 4. The one game UW is still looking to finalize will apparently be a road game against a Top 25-type non-conference team with a promise that that team will visit UW for the 2009-10 season. I would imagine it will slide somewhere into that period from Dec. 4-14 that currently has no games.
Another highlight of the home schedule is a Dec. 14 game against Portland State, which will not only be the return of former UW assistant Ken Bone but also former Husky player Phil Nelson, who will be a sophomore for the Vikings this season.
As mentioned previously, the Huskies are slated to play Kansas in the semi-finals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City and either Syracuse or Florida in their second game there. The opponents for the first two rounds of that tournament at UW have yet to be named.
The Pac-10 schedule — and we all know how important being at home or on the road has been to the Huskies the last few years —- can be viewed as either good or bad for UW, depending on how quickly the young guys mature. UW will open with four of its first seven conference games at home. But then comes a four-game road swing to Arizona and Bay Area schools, meaning UW will also have just four of its first 11 conference games at home. If the Huskies can navigate that okay the back part of the schedule is favorable with five of the last seven at home.
The Huskies don’t currently have any Pac-10 games scheduled for days other than Thursday for Saturday (the one listed as Sunday on the schedule is a typo as that should be Saturday, Feb. 7 — that’s how the Stanford schedule reads it, anyway).

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