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Release: 03/17/2010
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March 17, 2010

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SAN JOSE, Calif -- The University of Washington men's basketball team was all business on Wednesday, its first full day in Northern California prior to tomorrow afternoon's NCAA Tournament meeting against sixth-seeded Marquette.

Washington, the East region's No. 11 seed, faces the sixth-seeded Golden Eagles at 4:20 p.m. tomorrow in a first-round NCAA Tournament matchup at HP Pavilion. The game will be televised live by CBS-TV (check local listing for the game and time in your area) and will be streamed live free on the Internet via

In addition, the game will be carried live on the radio throughout the Pacific Northwest through the Washington ISP Sports Network (flagship station: 950 KJR AM / with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action. It will also be live on the radio through the Westwood One Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio with Ted Robinson and Bill Frieder. And, there will be a live Gametracker available on

After a team breakfast, several members of the team took supervised final exams this morning. Those who didn't have final exams got a little extra rest before they settled into preparation mode for tomorrow's game.

While the team conducted its activities at the hotel, UW athletic administrators joined their counterparts at the other eight participating institutions at various operations meetings. The sports information directors reviewed the tournament's media policies and procedures, while, in the afternoon, the head coaches and operations directors went over a variety of other related issues.

After lunch, the team conducted a formal practice session at the Events Center on the campus of nearby San Jose State University. Afterward, it made the five-minute bus ride over the HP Pavilion, the site of tomorrow's game.

Justin Holiday, Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas participated in a formal press conference, while the rest of the team remained available to the press inside the locker room. After the three players finished their press conference, Lorenzo Romar addressed the media.

Once media activities were complete, the team took to the HP Pavilion floor for a 40-minute practice session that was open to the public. A few hundred interested observer, along with the media, television and radio announcers and game operations personnel watch the Huskies get used to the playing floor through a number of shooting drills. The team also got in a little running and practiced free throws. Afterward, the team returned to the hotel to shower and change and went to a team dinner.

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