BY SPNW Staff 11:10AM 04/18/2012

Huskies Vs. Huskies: UW, UConn Schedule Series

Washington has faced the Connecticut Huskies three times, never in Seattle, including twice in the NCAA Tournament. UW has yet to defeat high-profile UConn.

Lorenzo Romar's Washington Huskies will face the UConn Huskies in a home-and-home series beginning with the 2012-13 season. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

The University of Washington Wednesday announced that it will play a home-and-home basketball series with the University of Connecticut starting in the 2012 season, when the West Coast Huskies travel to either Storrs, CT. (UConn campus) or the Hartford Center, to meet the East Coast Huskies. That game will be played Dec. 29, 2012.

UConn will travel to Seattle for a game on a yet-to-be-determined date during the 2013-14 season.

“We are excited to begin this home-and-home series,” said Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar. “It’s consistent with our non-conference scheduling philosophy to play several high profile basketball teams each year.”

Washington and UConn have met each other three times previously, but never on each other’s home courts. Connecticut won all three previous meetings: a pair of NCAA tournament games in 1998 and 2006, plus a Great Eight tournament game in Chicago Dec. 1, 1998.

Each of the three games has been memorable. The 1998 NCAA contest came during the Sweet Sixteen, UConn winning 75-74, in Greensboro, NC., on a last-second put-back basket by Rip Hamilton that still stings UW fans.

The UW Huskies were making their first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 1984 in that game, and took the lead with 33 seconds to play before UConn converted on the game’s last possession.

Nine months later, UW and UConn met in the Great Eight Classic at the United Center in Chicago. Ranked No. 1 at the time, UConn thumped Washington soundly 69-48. The Connecticut Huskies went on to win the NCAA championship that season, beating Duke in the title tilt.

In the last meeting between the schools, Washington dropped a 98-92 overtime decision at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., in the 2006 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Rashad Anderson hit a game-tying 3-pointer for No. 1-seeded UConn with 1.8 seconds left in regulation and foul-depleted Washington couldn’t keep up in the extra session.

Washington has yet to announce its full 2012-13 schedule, although portions of it have been released.

The UConn trip will mark the second time during the season that Washington will play in the state of Connecticut. The UW Huskies will first play a pair of games Nov. 17 and 18 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT., as part of the Hall of Fame Classic.

UW will face Seton Hall and either Ohio State or Rhode Island in that tournament.

UW will also host Loyola University (Nov. 11) and Albany (Nov. 13) in the campus-round portion of the Hall-of-Fame Classic.

While Connecticut has never played Washington in Seattle, the UConn Huskies have played in Seattle, beating Gonzaga 88-83 Dec. 20, 2008 at Key Arena in the Battle in Seattle.


YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    Looking forward to it.  A great high profile series to follow.  Hope it extends past home and home series.  Would love to see this become a tradition.

  • jafabian

    Looking forward to it.  A great high profile series to follow.  Hope it extends past home and home series.  Would love to see this become a tradition.

  • RadioGuy

    Always nice to see the UW schedule non-league games against schools NOT named Houston Baptist, New Jersey Tech or Florida Atlantic.  And AWAY from the safe environs of Hec Ed, no less.

    Not that Mark Few is holding his breath waiting for a UW-Gonzaga rematch anytime soon.  There’s no embarrassment for the UW to lose a road game at UConn.  Losing to the Zags has been something else.

  • RadioGuy

    Always nice to see the UW schedule non-league games against schools NOT named Houston Baptist, New Jersey Tech or Florida Atlantic.  And AWAY from the safe environs of Hec Ed, no less.

    Not that Mark Few is holding his breath waiting for a UW-Gonzaga rematch anytime soon.  There’s no embarrassment for the UW to lose a road game at UConn.  Losing to the Zags has been something else.

  • Tim

    Lighten the hell up Radright or go troll in other waters.     You obviously have no sense of humor which isn’t a surprise given your handle.

    Thanks Art!  Love your writing as always!

    • Artthiel

      He types, therefore he be.

  • Gonzo

    woo hoo we’re AFC West Champs…or something…

  • Artthiel

    Thanks for the breaking news, radright. No one knew that about the fourth X game. Wonder why they played it.

  • Artthiel

    Life in the interwebs, Tian. No IQ test required to play. Like Wheel of Fortune.

  • Jamo57

    Speaking of the black holes of the Seahawks QB universe and epochal history, wouldn’t Russell Wilson be well served to ditch the number 3 (that of previous rookie starting quarterback Rick Mirer) and go back to his UW Badger number of 16 now that cutdowns are complete?

    At least those of us who see karma as a universal force also would think it prudent.

  • Max

    It exciting to see the potential here. I’m tempering my enthusiasm but these guys could bring something to the party this year. Great article as always, Art.

  • Artthiel

     Wilson has yet to experience a pro D that schemes against him. Obviously, the book on him is small, but it’s not like he’s playing a different game than most mobile quarterbacks. It’s a matter of the right blend of protection and play calls that give him the highest chance for first-game success. And Arizona seems like a team in sufficient disarray that would help Wilson’s first outing.