Washington released it’s 2014-15 nonconference men’s basketball schedule, which includes a home game against San Diego State and a trip to Las Vegas to play Oklahoma. Both two teams advanced to the NCAA tournament last season.
Other schedule highlights include a trip to the Wooden Legacy in southern California for three games and a possible title matchup against UTEP or Princeton.
The Huskies play their only true road against Seattle University at KeyArena. Washington also makes an appearance in the inaugural Marv Harshman Classic for a game against Pacific also at KeyArena.
San Diego State is the most prominent opponent on Washington’s schedule. The Aztecs beat UW 70-63 last year at Viejas Arena before winning the Mountain West regular-season and conference tournament titles. SDSU advanced to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16, finished 31-5 and ranked No. 13. The Aztecs return junior Winston Shepard and Dwayne Polee II, who are considered NBA draft candidates.
Still, Husky fans may gripe about a seemingly lackluster six-game nonconference home schedule that also includes South Carolina State, Eastern Washington, Grambling State, Tulane and Stony Brook. Things will spice up in a couple of years when cross-state rival Gonzaga returns to Alaska Airlines Arena.
It’s interesting to note several Pac-12 teams are playing nonconference games in Las Vegas, which is the site of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Washington’s game against Oklahoma in the MGM Grand Showcase is an interesting matchup considering the Sooners were a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tourney last season.
Overall, it’s a manageable 12-game nonconference schedule for the Huskies. The 10 UW opponents that have been determined combined for a 161-161 record last season. Only four teams (SDSU, Oklahoma, Pacific and Stony Brook) had winning records.
Washington has a good chance at claiming double-digit wins before its Jan. 2 Pac-12 opener at Stanford. Here’s a look at UW’s conference opponents.
Washington’s 2014-15 nonconference schedule (times and TV info, TBA)
Nov. 6 – vs. Saint Martin’s (Exhibition, Alaska Airlines Arena)
Nov. 14 – vs. South Carolina State (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Nov. 21 – at Seattle University (KeyArena)
Nov. 23 – vs. Pacific (Marv Harshman Classic at KeyArena)
Nov. 27 – vs. San Jose State (Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton on ESPN2)
Nov. 28 – vs. Long Beach State or Western Michigan (Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton)
Nov. 30 – TBD (Wooden Legacy at Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.)
Dec. 7 – vs. San Diego State (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Dec. 14 – vs. Eastern Washington (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Dec. 17 – vs. Grambling State (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Dec. 20 – vs. Oklahoma (MGM Showcase at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas)
Dec. 22 – vs. Tulane (Alaska Airlines Arena)
Dec. 28 – vs. Stony Brook (Alaska Airlines Arena)