It’s not a black-out or a white-out, but Washington is trying to ramp up the crowd support for Thursday’s 6 p.m. game against No. 8 Arizona.
The Huskies have organized a noon pep rally at the HUB. There’s going to be free pizza and t-shirts. Not sure if coach Lorenzo Romar or any of the players will make an appearance.
The school is also offering a promotion to the Dawg Pack, its student cheering section, a chance to sit on the bench during pre-game warmups. Fans must arrive before 4:45 p.m. to be entered in the contest.
Washington is looking for its first sellout this season.
More importantly, the Huskies (12-8, 4-3 Pac-12) are looking for a win to snap their three-game losing streak.
UW officials are pulling out the stops to gin up support because attendance at Alaska Airlines Arena has been down this year. The Huskies are averaging just 7,635 in the 10,000-seat arena. The largest home crowd was 8,598.
Historically, Arizona is a circle-the-calendar opponent and this year is no different.
The Wildcats (17-2, 5-2) are the first ranked team to play at AAA since No. 23 Texas A&M came to town Dec. 23, 2009. The drought speaks to UW’s lackluster non-conference schedule and the Pac-12 recent futility.
The last time Washington beat a top-10 ranked team was Feb. 10, 2008, a 71-61 win over No. 5 UCLA.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN, with Hall of Famer Bill Walton providing commentary.