Huskies Arrive In San Jose
The University of Washington men's basketball team landed at Mineta San Jose International Airport at approximately 9 p.m. tonight after a rather uneventful, short charter plane ride from Seattle. The Dawgs left campus at 5:30 p.m. to a small gathering of athletics staff and fans cheering them on. All four of the local television stations sent cameras to capture the team's departure for the night's newscasts.
Once the bus arrived at Sea-Tac, the travel party cruised through the baggage check and an almost empty security line then went straight to gate S-5 to board the Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The smooth flight provide the coaching staff another opportunity to watch film (provided by recently-dubbed "Team MVP" Trevor Wade, the team's excellent video coordinator) on Marquette and work on game-planning for the Golden Eagles. Several of the players studied for their last final exams, while others read books, listened to iPods and caught a few minutes of sleep.
Before leaving campus, the team conducted a media session at Bank of America Arena, watched film and went through a short practice.
Speaking of final exams, the team is accompanied by Faculty Athletics Representative Patrick Dobel and a staff academic coordinator. A couple of players will be taking supervised final exams from the road.
Senior forward Quincy Pondexter will be taking the last final exam of his college career tomorrow morning. The Fresno, Calif. native has completed his degree requirements and technically graduates at the end of the quarter this week. With his degree in hand, Pondexter will be able to focus his entire attention to preparing for the next chapter of his career - as a professional basketball player, hopefully in the National Basketball Association.
» The Husky Ticket Office sold and distributed roughly 600 all-session tickets to the games in San Jose. Each team is allotted a total of 550 tickets to the regional, none of which are broken-up by session - every ticket provided to the schools are for all three sessions of the regional. The UW was able to secure a few additional tickets from other schools in the regional and those were made available to season ticket holders. Considering that the UW has a sizable alumni base in California, it is pretty safe to assume a lot of Husky fans have purchased tickets through HP Pavilion and/or local ticket brokers.
» While on the subject of tickets, the Husky Ticket Office is accepting deposits for 2010-11 season tickets. A deposit of $100 ensures priority for tickets next season. In addition to a ticket for every game and a more attractive seat location, season ticket holders receive priority to purchase postseason tickets. For new season tickets, seat locations are determined by the order in which the deposit is placed.
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