March 8, 2009
Fortunately for the 13th-ranked Huskies, as the tourney's top seed, they receive a first-round bye and will have an extra day to prepare for their quarterfinal opponent - the winner of Wednesday night's game between 8th-seeded Oregon State and 9th-seeded Stanford. The UW will play the winner of that game at 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Huskies enter the tournament with a 24-7 overall record and a conference-leading five-game win streak after clinching its first outright league title since 1953 Saturday against in-state rival Washington State. The UW outlasted a scrappy Cougar squad 67-60 at Bank of America Arena, then led an on-court celebration and cut down the nets after the game.
But, despite the jubilation showed by the players and coaches, there was still a sense that the Huskies realized the season was far from being over.
"That was an unbelievable feeling," said senior forward Jon Brockman. You see it on T.V. every year and you want to be in that position. Then when I got up there it was about 100 times better than it was on T.V.
"We do know, though, that we have a lot of games left to play. We are going to really have to focus on winning the Pac-10 Tournament then get ready for the NCAA's. We are going to enjoy this championship tonight and tomorrow, then we will return to practice on Monday and get back to business."
Nearly every game of the Pac-10 Tournament will be televised in HD by FSN. The title game will be televised nationally by CBS. Every UW game will be broadcast by the Washington ISP Radio Network on via GoHuskies.com.
Ninth-seeded Stanford enters Wednesday's game against the Beavers with a 17-12 record and 6-12 mark in the conference. After losing four straight, including a 66-54 decision at Oregon State, the Cardinal has won two of its last three contests. Last weekend, Stanford defeated then 21st-ranked Arizona State 74-64 in Tempe, Ariz. before dropping a high-scoring 101-87 game at Arizona. The UW won two close games against Stanford this season: 84-83 in Seattle and 75-68 in Palo Alto, Calif.
All by the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament will be televised live in high definition by FSN. The title game will be televised nationally in HD by CBS on Saturday at 3 p.m. (Pacific).
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The UW has also announced it is accepting 2009-10 Men's Basketball New Season Ticket Deposits. Visit the tickets page on GoHuskies.com for a deposit form or call the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200.
By making a $100 per seat deposit, fans will receive first priority to purchase new season tickets. Specific pricing and seat locations will be determined this summer.