Nov. 15, 2002
SEATTLE - The Washington men's basketball team hosts Athletes in Action on Monday in the final tune-up before the regular season begins next weekend. Admission is free for the exhibition game that tips-off at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies won their first exhibition contest 68-60 over Central Washington on Nov. 12 in the UW coaching debut of Lorenzo Romar. A two-year letterman point guard for the Huskies from 1978-80, Romar was hired April 3, 2002 as the school's first African-American basketball coach. He served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to UW.
Washington opens the regular season at home on Sunday, Nov. 24 against Montana State. Game time is 2 p.m. for the first of 15 regular-season home games.
The touring Athletes in Action team visits Seattle for the 11th game on its 17-day, 12-game slate. They have a 1-8 record, including an 80-62 loss Thursday at 23rd-ranked Cincinnati. AIA dropped a pair of one-point games at No. 8 Alabama (72-71) and No. 17 Kentucky (83-82). They defeated Wright State 75-67 and lost to Air Force (66-56), Colorado State (97-79), Arkansas (77-73), No. 21 Indiana (97-56) and Bradley (94-92).
Athletes in Action plays at Mississippi on Saturday before traveling to the Northwest for Monday's game against their former coach. Romar played seven years with AIA from 1985-92, serving as the team's player-coach between 1989-92.
Washington faces an ambitious schedule this season. UW plays 14 games against opponents that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, including two meetings with Arizona which is ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls. The Wildcats, who visit Bank of America Arena on Feb. 6, are one of seven NCAA Tournament teams that make trips to Seattle this season. The schedule also features five games against 2002 National Invitation Tournament competitors.
As it did last year, the schedule concludes with the Pac-10 Tournament, March 13-15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The top eight teams in the regular-season standings will compete for the conference championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
The Huskies registered an 11-18 record in 2002 and earned a berth to the Pac-10 Tournament with an eighth-place regular-season record of 5-13.
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