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Husky Men's Basketball

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October 24, 2008 at 6:09 PM

UW, Seattle U. putting finishing touches on series

No contracts have yet been signed, but the renewal of the Washington-Seattle U series is one step closer to fruition as the two sides have agreed on a five-year deal to begin playing one game a year beginning next season.
The first game has been tentatively set for Jan. 2010 at Edmundson Pavilion as the two schools will alternate sites — UW getting three home games and Seattle U getting two. It will play its home games at KeyArena.
“We are excited,” said Seattle U coach Joe Callero. “This is what we wanted.”
UW coach Lorenzo Romar has also spoken enthusiastically on several occasions about renewing the series, having played in it four times when the two schools met twice a year during the 1970s.
The two schools haven’t played since the 1979-80 season, after which Seattle U dropped out of Division-I. But with the Cheiftains moving back to D-I, renewing the series only made sense. Romar told reporters a few weeks ago that the two would play beginning with the 09-10 season.
Callero said the two schools aren’t playing this year because games against Seattle U don’t count for RPI purposes since the school is not yet fully D-I.
Adding UW is part of an ambitious schedule for Seattle U in the 2009-10 season, when it will play only games against Division-I opponents for the first time. Seattle U also has scheduled games that season at Oregon State, Marquette, Oklahoma State and Utah. Seattle U will also play Oregon State this year as well as Portland State.
Callero said the agreements with UW should be completed in another few weeks and that dates could change.
UW leads the all-time series against Seattle U 19-4.
Callero said that now that the series has been renewed, the key for Seattle U will be to make it a true rivalry.
“We want to make it a rivalry,” he said. “Rivalries are only exciting if (both teams are competitive). We hope that it won’t be forever before we can give them good game.”

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