Oct. 8, 2009
SEATTLE - Eight home games against teams that participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2009-10 Washington men's basketball schedule. Twelve of the opponents that appear on the schedule participated in postseason championship action last spring, including two that appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and two in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
A total of 27 of the Washington's 30 regular season games have been pre-selected to appear on television, while two of the remaining three are still being considered.
Washington's exclusive television partner, FSN Northwest, will televise a minimum of 24 games, including eight that are part of the league's partnership with FSN. FSN Northwest will produce 16 Husky games as part of its agreement with the UW athletics program. In addition, the Huskies will appear on ESPN or ESPN2 three times.
Washington, the defending Pac-10 Champions, open the season playing host to the Athletes in Action Classic. Wright State will be the Huskies first opponent on Nov. 13, followed by Belmont and Portland State (NCAA) in the subsequent days. The Huskies will then welcome San Jose State, led by former Husky Adrian Oliver, on Nov. 20. Washington will wrap up its string of five-straight home games by hosting Montana on Nov. 29.
The Huskies will then hit the road for the first of two Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series games. Washington will face Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas on Dec. 3 in a game that will be televised by ESPN2. Later in the season, Texas A&M (NCAA) will visit Bank of America Arena on Dec. 22 in a game that FSN will nationally televise.
On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Huskies will play host to NCAA Tournament team Cal St. Northridge. That game is followed by a neutral site game in Anaheim, Calif., against Georgetown (NIT) in the John Wooden Classic. It will mark the first time in history that Washington and Georgetown have ever faced each other.
The Huskies return home on Dec. 19 to face I-5 rival Portland, followed by Texas A&M and San Francisco (Dec. 27).
Washington opens the Pac-10 schedule on New Year's Eve against Oregon State and closes its Pac-10 schedule on March 6, also against the Beavers. Eight Pac-10 teams played in postseason tournaments, including five in the NCAA. In addition, Oregon State won the CBI Tournament.
In the middle of the Pac-10 schedule, Washington will also host cross-town Seattle University on Jan. 26. The Seattle U game will mark the return of longtime Husky assistant Cameron Dollar, who now leads the Redhawks program. Also making a return to Seattle is former assistant coach and current Washington State head coach Ken Bone.
FSN Northwest is the cable home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Portland Beavers, Portland Timbers, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon State Beavers and Gonzaga Bulldogs. The region reaches more than 3.4 million cable homes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. FSN Northwest is a member of the Liberty Sports Group, which also includes the regional sports networks FSN Pittsburgh and FSN Rocky Mountain. The three networks combined reach more than 8.5 million viewers across 17 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 23 professional and collegiate teams. Liberty Sports Group is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Entertainment Group (Nasdaq: LMDIA). For more information, please visit www.libertysportsgroup.com.