Should be a big day at Alaska Airlines Arena because Washington is playing No. 10 Connecticut, which is the highest ranked non-conference to play in Seattle in eight years.
|Sunday’s game against No. 10 Connecticut will be the sixth time Washington will play a ranked nonconference team at home. UW is 3-2 in those contests. Here are the results:|
|Dec. 22, 2009||No. 19 Texas A&M||W, 73-64|
|Dec. 8, 2007||No. 12 Pittsburgh||L, 75-74|
|Dec. 4, 2005||No. 6 Gonzaga||W, 99-95|
|Dec. 19, 2004||No. 22 NC State||W, 68-64|
|Dec. 3, 2003||No. 17 Gonzaga||L, 86-62|
Attendance is down 19.3 percent for Washington home games. The Huskies averaged 7,937 fans last season and through six games they’re averaging 6,406.
Still, UW is hoping for a big turnout.
— Raphael Chillious (@CoachChills) December 22, 2013
Check out the UDUB Huskies tomorrow at 330pm Eastern/ 1230 West Coast on ESPNU against UCONN. Let's fill up Hec Ed tomorrow! #HuskyNation
— T.J. Otzelberger (@coachotz) December 22, 2013
Coach Lorenzo Romar has struggled to bring top-tier teams to Alaska Airlines Arena. He said opponents are reluctant to travel to Seattle and cited a shift in nonconference scheduling philosophy in which teams prefer to play at neutral sites.
“We called virtually every high-major program in the country,” Romar said. “We’ve tried to get the North Carolinas, the Kentuckys. We’ve tried to get them to come here, but they have been reluctant to do a home-and-home (series) with us.
“It’s not like we’re avoiding them. We’re asking: ‘C’mon, let’s do it.’ ”
Now that UW has brought in a top-10 ranked team, it remains to be seen if fans will pack the arena considering students are on break and the Seahawks kickoff at 1 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington’s Mike Anderson, a Hartford, Conn. native, plays against the team he grew up watching.
— Stanford handed Connecticut its first loss on Wednesday and C.J. Wilcox said the game proves UConn is beatable.
— No. 13 Oregon beat Brigham Young 100-96 in overtime after a furious second-half comeback. The game lived up to expectations. The Ducks entered the contest third in the nation, averaging 89.3 points per game, and the Cougars came in ranked fifth at 88.6. Oregon withstood a 32-point performance from All-America candidate Tyler Haws. The Ducks (11-0) received a career-high 31 points from Jason Callieste and Joseph Young had 25 points.
— No. 7 Oklahoma State beat No. 20 Colorado 78-73 at the MGM Grand Showcase benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, which snapped the Buffaloes’ 10-game winning streak. Josh Scott led Colorado (10-2) with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals. Askia Booker scored 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18.
— Impressive performance from Arizona State, which rolled over Texas Tech for a 76-62 victory to improve to 7-0 at home. Jermaine Marshall scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half, Jahii Carson (16 points, a career-high 13 assists and seven rebounds) finished two rebounds shy of a triple double and Jordan Bachynski had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. ASU (10-2) is going to get some votes in the national polls next week.
— Stanford was unable to ride the momentum from its big win over Connecticut earlier this week and fell 68-65 to Michigan at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal (8-3) with 18.
— UTEP forced Washington State to answer the question the Cougars dreaded? What will WSU do if DaVonte Lacy has an off night? He came in averaging 19 points, but finished with just six and WSU lost 64-51. If there’s a silver lining, the Cougars (6-5) may have discovered a scoring option on the bench. Que Johnson finished with 21 points.