BY SPNW Staff 03:03PM 08/20/2014

Huskies announce non-league hoops slate

Lorenzo Romar’s University of Washington men’s basketball team will play six home games, five on neutral courts and one true road contest as part of its 2014-15 preseason schedule. Two of Washington’s opponents during the run up to Pac-12 play, San Diego State (round of 16) and Oklahoma (second round), played in the NCAA Tournament last March.

The Huskies will take on the Aztecs, ranked 13th at the end of last season, Dec. 7 at Alaska Airlines Arena and Oklahoma Dec. 20 the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The Huskies will open the season, Romar’s 13th at Washington, by hosting South Carolina State Nov. 14. They will follow with two games at KeyArena against Seattle University (Nov. 21) and Pacific (Nov. 23) as part of the Marv Harshman Classic.

The Huskies are also scheduled to play in the Wooden Legacy Tournament in Anaheim, starting with a game against San Jose State Nov. 27. Washington will then face either Long Beach State or Western Michigan Nov. 28.

The Huskies will conclude their pre-Pac-12 slate by hosting Tulane (Dec. 22) and Stony Brook (Dec. 28). Complete preseason schedule:

HOME: South Carolina State (Nov. 14), San Diego State (Dec. 7), Eastern Washington (Dec. 14), Grambling State (Dec. 17), Tulane (Dec. 22), Stony Brook (Dec. 28).

ROAD: Seattle University (Nov. 21).

NEUTRAL: Pacific (Nov. 23), San Jose State (Nov. 27), TBD (Nov. 28), TBD (Nov. 30), Oklahoma (Dec. 20).


  • RadioGuy

    So Washington’s preseason schedule includes one major conference opponent on a neutral court in Vegas, three games in Anaheim against second-tier conference teams and seven games in Seattle against nothing but second- and third-tier schools.

    Meanwhile, across the state, Gonzaga’s preseason includes three games against PAC 12 schools (two on the road), the NIT Tip-Off against SMU and up to four more schools, a home game against perennial power Memphis and only one known creampuff (Sacramento State) thus far.

    The more things change, the more they remain the same. When the Huskies start playing the Bulldogs again, only one school is going to be raising their level of competition. And it ain’t Gonzaga.

    • barabajagle

      Tired of that argument, RadioGuy. I think we all know the Huskies play a softer preseason schedule, Gonzaga plays a softer conference schedule.
      To compare, when the season is all said and done, UW, by virtue of being a PAC 12 school, will have played more then three games vs PAC 12 schools (more then two on the road). I can’t say I know much about SMU (which probably says something about their “tier”, and playing San Diego State is probably as much or more of a challenge then “perennial” power Memphis.
      All said, really glad UW and Gonzaga are going head to head.

      • RadioGuy

        I was only talking about the preseason schedule, barabajagle, and the propensity LoRo has for scheduling patsies at home. And, yes, it’ll be good to see the UW and Gonzaga play again (for a while, anyway).

  • jafabian

    I like that there’s five West Coast teams and not a lot of across the country travel. I’d like to see that TBD become a California school and translate into a recruiting opportunity. Sometimes though Coach Romar likes to put some a strong Divsion I school to give the players a taste of what to come, like a Duke, Michigan or North Carolina though Oklahoma and SD State more than qualify. I’d like to see Idaho, Boise State or Montana fill it. Someone local.