Nov. 3, 2009
The University of Washington men's basketball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) plays its only exhibition game of the upcoming 2009-10 season on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when it takes on Central Washington in a 7 p.m. tipoff at Bank of America Arena. There will be no audio or video of the game.
About Central Washington
Central Washington University, a NCAA Division II institution located in Ellensburg, Wash., was 18-7 overall last season and 12-4 (2nd) in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Six of the Wilcats top seven scorers were lost to graduation. Central's top returning scorer is junior Chris Sprinker who averaged 7.6 ppg. Senior Jon Clift is the lone starter who returns, starting 23 games and averaging 5.3 ppg. Overall CWU returns five letter winners and lost six. Coach Greg Sparling is in his 15th season at the helm for the Wildcats and has a 238-156 (.604) record. The Wildcats are picked to finish third in the GNAC by the media.
Wilcats & Husky History
Washington and Central Washington have not faced each other since Jan. 9, 1943. Washington won that match up in Seattle 58-30 to avenge an earlier season loss, 53-49, to the Wildcats on Dec. 23 in Ellensburg. The Huskies lead the overall series 12-3, including a perfect 6-0 in Seattle.
Huskies In Poll Position
The defending Pac-10 Champion Huskies enter the 2009-10 season ranked in the top-20 of both of the two major national polls. Washington is 13th in the ESPN/Coaches Poll and ranked 14th by the Associated Press. Right in front of them in both rankings is the only other Pac-10 representative, California. The rankings are the highest the Huskies will start the season since 1985, when they began the season ranked 8th in the first AP Poll. That year they were coming off a Pac-10 Championship and Sweet 16 finish in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. They went on to win their second-consecutive Pac-10 Championship in that 1985 season -- the only time they won back-to-back conference titles. The highest ranking the Huskies achieved in 2008-09 was on March 9, when they were 13th in the AP poll and 10th in the ESPN/Coaches poll. Washington was also chosen by the Pac-10 media to finish second in the conference and garnered seven first-place votes.
Up Next For The Huskies
Washington officially opens the season by hosting the Athletes In Action tournament at Bank of America Arena from Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15. Wright State, Belmont and Porland State will join Washington in the round-robin formatted tournament. The Huskies will face Wright State on Nov. 13, Belmont on Nov. 14 and Portland State on the 15th. All games are slated for 7 p.m. tipoffs and all but the Belmont contest will be broadcast by FSN Northwest. Husky head coach joined the Athletes in Action (AIA), the athletic division of Campus Crusade for Christ, in 1985. He played in 233 games during seven years as a player for AIAand also assumed coaching duties in 1989.
Pondexter Strong Down The Stretch...Again
Over the final 14 games of the 2008-09 season, Quincy Pondexter came on like a gang buster to help lead the Huskies to their Pac-10 title and the NCAA Tournament second round. He led the Huskies in scoring over that span of games with 15.4 points per game, including six games with 20 points or more. He also averaged 6.6 rebounds and shot 54.5% (85-156) from the field and 82% (45-55) from the free throw line. In the two NCAA Tournament games, he averaged 21.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg. If this sounds familiar, it should. As a sophomore he concluded the 2007-08 season by averageing 15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shot 52% from the field over the final five games.