Feb. 16, 2009
SEATTLE - Following a one-week hiatus, the University of Washington men's basketball team returned to the national spotlight this week - at least in the eyes of Associated Press top-25 poll voters.
The Huskies, who improved to 19-6 on the season following last weekend's decisive sweep of Northwest rivals Oregon State and Oregon, moved to 22nd in this week's AP poll that was released today. Washington improved to 19th in the ESPN/USA Today poll that is determined by a panel of coaches from across the country.
Two weeks ago Washington was ranked 22nd in the AP poll. But, a week later, it fell out of the rankings following a split in a difficult road trip at California and Stanford. Interestingly, the Huskies moved up one spot - to 24th - in the coaches' poll after that weekend's performance.
This week, Washington moved up five spots in the coaches poll after a pair of 19-point home victories. The Huskies defeated Oregon State 79-60 on Thursday then raced to a spirited 103-84 win over Oregon. Both games were played in front of sold-out crowds at Bank of America Arena.
Washington remains in first-place in the Pac-10 Conference standings with a 10-3 record in league play. No. 14 Arizona State, which lost to the Huskies in Tempe, Ariz. earlier this season by score of 84-71, is one game by with a 9-4 mark. Preseason favorite UCLA is tied with California for third place with identical 8-4 conference records.
The UW will put its league-leading record on the line this weekend in a nationally-televised Thursday night showdown at UCLA. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tipoff and will be televised in HD by FSN.
Following this week's road trip to Southern California, Washington returns home to close out the regular season with four-straight home games. The Huskies will welcome Arizona State to Bank of America Arena on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here.