Oct. 12, 1999
SEATTLE -- The 1999-2000 Washington men's basketball schedule released on Tuesday features at least 17 games against postseason teams from last season, including a home game against elite eight qualifier Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs open the Washington home slate on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Also on the non-conference home schedule is a Dec. 21 encounter with Oklahoma State, a perennial NCAA Tournament team that last visited Seattle as a participant in the 1995 Final Four.
All 13 regular-season home games will be played at KeyArena due to the renovation of Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies will return to their on-campus arena for the 2000-2001 basketball season.
Washington plays at least 10 games against seven teams that participated in the 1999 NCAA Tournament and has seven outings against National Invitation Tournament teams.
The non-conference road schedule includes Washington's first appearance at the Great Alaska Shootout since 1986. The Huskies open the tournament, Nov. 24 against host Alaska-Anchorage with potential meetings with NCAA Tournament teams Kansas and Louisville looming in later rounds.
"This is a very good schedule for us considering we have so many questions to answer with our team," said seventh-year Coach Bob Bender who must replace two-time All-Pacific-10 Confernce center Todd MacCulloch and honorable mention all-conference guard Donald Watts. "Hopefully we can answer those questions during a tough non-conference and get ready for the Pac-10 season.
Last year's Husky schedule was rated the third-toughest in the nation, including a game against national champion Connecticut.
"We want to be in that position every year where our schedule is challenging," Bender explained. "Obviously you need to have a competitive number of wins, but you don't want to have to worry about the intangibles. The biggest intangible for the tournament committee has always been the strength of schedule."
The Huskies begin practice this Saturday in the Edmundson Pavilion Addition. They tune up with two exhibition games, Nov. 11 against the California All-Stars and Nov. 14 against Mt. Gambier of the Australian Professional League. Both exhbition games will be played at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
Washington registered a 17-12 record in 1999 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight season.
1999-2000 Washington Men's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 11 + CALIFORNIA ALL-STARS 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 + MT. GAMBIER, Australia 3:00 p.m.
Nov. 22 at Saint Mary's 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 24-27 at Great Alaska Shootout
Nov. 24 at Alaska-Anchorage 9:00 p.m.
Nov. 26 TBA TBA
Nov. 27 TBA TBA
Dec. 2 at UNC Wilmington 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at Old Dominion 4:35 p.m.
Dec. 13 GONZAGA 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 WICHITA STATE 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 23 BOISE STATE 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 30 at New Mexico State 6:05 p.m.
Jan. 2 at New Mexico 1:05 p.m.
Jan. 6 * UCLA 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 8 * USC 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 13 * at Arizona State 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 * at Arizona 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 20 * OREGON 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 * OREGON STATE 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 27 * at Stanford 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 * at California 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 5 * at Washington State 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 10 * ARIZONA 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 * ARIZONA STATE 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 17 * at Oregon State 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 19 * at Oregon 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 24 * CALIFORNIA 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 26 * STANFORD 1:00 p.m.
March 4 * WASHINGTON STATE 3:00 p.m.
March 9 * at USC 7:00 p.m.
March 11 * at UCLA 1:00 p.m.
Times listed are Pacific and subject to change
+ Exhibition Game (Played at Seattle Pacific University's Brougham Pavilion)
* Pacific-10 Conference Game