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UW Men's Hoops Ranked 23rd This Week
Release: 01/26/2009
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Jan. 26, 2009

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SEATTLE - After winning 13 of its last 14 games and leading the Pac-10 Conference standings, the University of Washington men's basketball team entered the national spotlight this week when Associated Press voters ranked the Huskies 23rd in today's national poll.

The Huskies have won four-straight games, including a sweep of USC and No. 13 UCLA last weekend, and own a 6-1 record in Pac-10 play. The UW's only loss in league play was a triple-overtime 88-85 home decision to California. Previous to that game, Washington's previous loss was an 86-84 setback to then-17th ranked Florida on Nov. 25 in Kansas City, Mo.

"Being ranked among the top-25 is certainly a compliment to where our program is right now," said Romar. "It is really unfortunate that a top-25 ranking in mid-January doesn't guarantee us a place in the NCAA Tournament in March. Of course, where we finish is more important to our program than where we stand right now. But, overall, the recognition is a positive thing."

The last time Washington was ranked in the Associated Press national poll was a No. 25 ranking on Jan. 2, 2007. The Huskies were ranked 14th the previous week, but dropped a double-overtime decision at USC then lost at then top-ranked UCLA. While 24th, the Huskies split a pair of home games against No. 7 Arizona and Arizona State and fell out of the poll the next week.

Washington's highest-ever final ranking was a No. 2 spot in the final 1953 national AP poll after advancing to the NCAA Final Four and finishing in third-place. During the Romar era, the Huskies have ranked as high as seventh midway through the 2005-06 season.

Washington plays a pair of road games this week - Thursday at Arizona and Saturday at 14th-ranked Arizona State. Both games will be televised regionally by both FSN Arizona and FSN Northwest and will be broadcast on the radio via the Washington ISP Sports Network, XM Satellite Radio and GoHuskies.com.

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