Oct. 7, 2003
SEATTLE - Fifteen games against postseason qualifiers from last season and a dozen televised games highlight the 2003-04 University of Washington men's basketball schedule announced Tuesday by second-year head coach Lorenzo Romar.
Washington plays 12 games against seven opponents that participated in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, including two meetings with Arizona which is a consensus preseason top-10 selection. The Wildcats, who visit Bank of America Arena on Jan. 29, are one of six NCAA Tournament teams that make trips to Seattle this season.
The UW schedule also features a trio of games against 2003 National Invitation Tournament competitors; Eastern Washington, San Diego State and Wyoming.
The Huskies will host 16 home games, including two exhibition contests. UW opens the season Nov. 8 with a noon exhibition against EA Sports. The second preseason tune-up is Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. against Athletes in Action.
Washington opens the regular season with four consecutive home games at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies host Portland State Nov. 21 and UC Riverside No. 24. Former Husky assistant coach Ray Giacoletti brings his Eastern Washington squad to Seattle for the second year in a row for a Nov. 29 encounter.
Highlighting the non-conference home slate is a Dec. 3 meeting with Gonzaga in a rematch of last season's overtime thriller. The Huskies hope the homecourt advantage helps them avenge a 95-89 loss last year in Spokane.
The non-conference road slate features a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State that will be televised nationally as part of the ACC Sunday Night Basketball package on Fox Sports Net. At least 11 other Washington games will be televised, including the regular-season finale March 6 against Stanford that will be broadcast by ABC.
The Huskies play three consecutive road games, Dec. 6 at Wyoming, Dec. 20 at Houston and Dec. 27 at San Diego State, before closing out the non-conference schedule at home on Dec 30 against Columbia.
Washington begins Pac-10 play in the Bay Area, playing at California on Jan. 2. The conference home opener is Jan. 8 when USC visits Seattle.
"This schedule will definitely test us. The Pac-10 is certainly as competitive as any 18 games you are going to play," Romar remarked. "The nine non-conference games that we have are going to be really strong as well. After opening with four games at home we hit the road to play tough games at Wyoming, Houston and San Diego State. Later we travel to North Carolina State."
The schedule concludes with the Pac-10 Tournament, March 11-13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The top eight teams in the regular-season standings will compete for the conference championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
Washington registered a 10-17 record in 2003 with a ninth-place Pac-10 record of 5-13. Four starters and nine total lettermen return from last year's squad, including seven of the top eight scorers.
The Huskies begin practicing Saturday, Oct. 18 in preparation for the 2003-04 season.
Season and individual-game tickets for all Washington home games are available now. Please contact the Husky Ticket Office by telephone (206-543-2200) or on-line (www.gohuskies.com) for details. Tickets for the 2004 NCAA first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games at KeyArena are also available.
2003-04 WASHINGTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
8 - EA SPORTS (exhibition), 12:00 pm
12 - ATHLETES IN ACTION (exhibition), 7:00 pm
21 - PORTLAND STATE, 7:00 pm
24 - UC RIVERSIDE, 7:00 pm
29 - EASTERN WASHINGTON, 1:00 pm
3 - GONZAGA (Fox Sports Net-NW), 7:30 pm
6 - at Wyoming, 3:00 pm
20 - at Houston, 5:30 pm
27 - at San Diego State, 7:00 pm
30 - COLUMBIA, 7:00 pm
2 - *at California, 7:00 pm
4 - *at Stanford, 1:00 pm
8 - *USC, 7:00 pm
10 - *UCLA (Fox Sports Net-NW), 7:30 pm
15 - *at Oregon (Fox Sports Net), 6:00 pm
17 - *at Oregon State (Fox Sports Net), 1:00 pm
24 - *at Washington State (Fox Sports Net-NW), 4:00 pm
29 - *ARIZONA, 7:00 pm
31 - *ARIZONA STATE (Fox Sports Net-NW), 5:00 pm
5 - *at USC, 7:30 pm
7 - *at UCLA (Fox Sports Net-NW), 6:00 pm
12 - *OREGON (Fox Sports Net-NW), 7:30 pm
14 - *OREGON STATE, 2:00 pm
19 - *WASHINGTON STATE, 7:00 pm
22 - at North Carolina State (Fox Sports Net), 2:30 pm
26 - *at Arizona (Fox Sports Net-NW), 5:30 pm
28 - *at Arizona State (Fox Sports Net-NW), 6:00 pm
4 - *CALIFORNIA, 7:00 pm
6 - *STANFORD (ABC), 3:00 pm
11, 12, 13 - Pac-10 Tournament
* Pacific-10 Conference Game
Game times listed are for Pacific Time Zone and subject to change