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Washington Opens Season Ranked 16th in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
Release: 10/27/2006
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Oct. 27, 2006

SEATTLE - The Washington men's basketball team, coming off three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, begins the season as the nation's 16th-ranked team in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll released Friday.

The Huskies are one of three Pacific-10 Conference teams in the top-25 and the only ranked school from the Northwest. NCAA runner-up UCLA is tied in the fifth spot and Arizona is 10th.

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Washington, which posted a 26-7 record in 2006 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season, was not ranked in last year's preseason poll. The Huskies climbed to as high as No. 7 in last year's coaches poll, finishing the season in the No. 12 position. They were listed 24th in the coaches' poll entering the 2003-04 season.

Two starters return for UW, sophomore point guard Justin Dentmon and sophomore forward Jon Brockman, a Wooden Award candidate. Both of them were honored last season as members of the All-Pac-10 Freshmen Team.

The Huskies have six meetings scheduled against teams ranked in the top-10, including a Dec. 20 home game against No. 7 LSU. UW plays two games against both No. 5 UCLA and No. 10 Arizona. On Feb. 17, the Huskies travel across the country to play at No. 5 Pittsburgh.

Defending national champion Florida topped the coaches poll, receiving 30 first-place votes. The Gators are followed by 2005 NCAA titlist North Carolina, Kansas and Ohio State. UW opponents Pittsburgh and UCLA are tied in the No. 5 spot.

The Huskies open the season with an exhibition game at Bank of America Arena against Saint Martin's on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Washington begins the regular season by hosting the three-day, four-team Basketball Travelers Classic, Nov. 12-14. Doubleheaders are scheduled with games at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.


2006-07 ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll
(Oct. 27, 2006)

Rank  Team (first place votes)   Points

1. Florida (30) 772
2. North Carolina 728
3. Kansas 714
4. Ohio State 595
5t. Pittsburgh 583
5t. UCLA 583
7. Louisiana State 556
8. Georgetown 538
9. Wisconsin 530
10. Arizona 478
11. Duke 477
12. Alabama 420
13. Texas A&M 335
14. Memphis 328
15. Boston College 284
16. WASHINGTON 240
17. Marquette 203
18. Connecticut 200
19. Texas 172
20. Syracuse 138
21. Georgia Tech 137
22. Kentucky 119
23. Creighton 113
24. Tennessee 106
25. Nevada 101
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