Oct. 6, 2008
SEATTLE - Tickets to watch the University of Washington men's basketball team play its 10-game non-conference schedule go on sale today through the Husky Ticket Office.
Four teams that appeared in the post-season last year are among the 10 non-league opponents that will visit Bank of America Arena this winter. Tickets are available by calling 206/543-2200 or by purchasing online by clicking here.
Washington returns to campus on Nov. 29 to play the University of the Pacific in the first of eight-straight home games to complete the non-conference portion of its schedule. UW plays a total of seven games during the month of December - all at Bank of America Arena.
Oklahoma State will visit the UW on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series before Texas Southern will come to town on Dec. 6. Following final exams, the Huskies return to action against former UW assistant coach Ken Bone and his Portland State squad on Dec. 14. Eastern Washington (Dec. 20), Lehigh (Dec. 23), Montana (Dec. 28) and Morgan State (Dec. 30) round out the UW's non-conference schedule.
Coach Lorenzo Romar's squad returns 72 percent of its scoring, 73 percent of its rebounding and three of its top four scorers from last year's team.
Leading UW's eight returning letterwinners is national honors candidate Jon Brockman. The 6-7 forward is the nation's leading returning rebounder and was recently named by ESPN.com as college basketball's top rebounder. The Sporting News placed Brockman on its preseason All-America third-team.
Quincy Pondexter, the team's third-leading scorer, and Justin Dentmon, one of the school's all-time leaders in steals and assists, are expected to provide a veteran punch on both the offensive and defensive end of the court. Venoy Overton started 26 games as a freshman at the point guard position last season and Artem Wallace started 25 contests at center.
Other returnees expected to play key roles are Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who earned significant experience as a member of Great Britain's U-20 national team last summer, Joe Wolfinger and Justin Holiday.
Among the first-year players Husky fans are looking forward to seeing play for the purple and gold this seasno are redshirt freshman Darnell Gant and true freshmen Tyreese Breshers, Scott Suggs, Isaiah Thomas and Elston Turner.