Washington opens the season with an exhibition game, Nov. 6 against Simon Fraser. The regular season begins one week later with the opening round of the three-day, eight-team BCA Classic that runs Nov. 13-15 at Bank of America Arena. Previously, the earliest start to a UW regular season was on Nov. 15, 2001 at Alaska Fairbanks in the Top of the World Classic.
The pairings have not yet been established for the UW-hosted tournament in which each participating team plays three games to support the Black Coaches Association (BCA). The NCAA awarded the BCA a special exemption, enabling teams to play these games in excess of the normal maximum number of contests.
The BCA Classic field includes 2004 NIT participant Miami from the Atlantic Coast Conference along with Air Force, Morgan State, UNC Greensboro, Southern, Texas-Arlington and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Those three dates start a stretch of seven straight home games for Washington, its longest season-opening homestand since 1945.
Highlighting the non-conference home slate is a Dec. 4 clash with Gonzaga. Other non-conference home games include visits from American University (Nov. 19), Idaho (Nov. 22), Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) Eastern Washington (Dec. 16), Lehigh (Dec. 23) and Cornell (Jan. 2).
The Huskies venture away from Seattle only once during non-conference play. They meet New Mexico as part of a Wooden Classic doubleheader on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, Calif. The Lobos are coached by former Husky assistant Ritchie McKay. Senior forward Jamaal Williams played two years at New Mexico before transferring to UW.
"One interesting thing is that we don¹t go on the road to play on anyone else¹s home floor, that doesn¹t happen very often," Romar said of the non-conference schedule. "The BCA tournament gets us going really early. We will have only practiced for about four weeks at that point, so we¹ll see what happens. Last year we were really successful in our non-conference games and it really helped us in our seeding. I think that we have a schedule this year that could do the same for us."
Washington begins Pac-10 play at home on Dec. 29 against Arizona State followed by a Dec. 31 encounter with perennial national power Arizona. The Huskies¹ first visit to an opposing arena is Jan. 12 at UCLA.
The regular-season schedule is followed by the Pac-10 Tournament which Washington won last year for the first time. This year¹s conference tournament is scheduled for March 8-11 and includes all 10 teams for the first time since 1990.
The Huskies return three of their top-five scorers from the 2005 team that had a 29-6 record and advanced to the Sweet 16. Washington tied the 67-year-old school record for wins in a season, won its first Pac-10 Tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
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2005-06 Washington Men¹s Basketball Schedule Day Date Opponent Location Sun. Nov. 6 SIMON FRASER (exhib.) Seattle, Wash. Sun.-Tue. Nov. 13-15 BCA CLASSIC Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash. (Air Force, Miami (Fla.), Morgan State, UNC Greensboro, Southern, Texas-Arlington, Washington, Wisconsin-Green Bay) Sun. Nov. 13 UW vs. opponent Mon. Nov. 14 UW vs. opponent Tue. Nov. 15 UW vs. opponent Sat. Nov. 19 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Seattle, Wash. Tue. Nov. 22 IDAHO Seattle, Wash. Fri. Nov. 25 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Seattle, Wash. Sun. Dec. 4 GONZAGA Seattle, Wash. Sat. Dec. 10 vs. New Mexico (at Wooden Classic) Anaheim, Calif. Fri. Dec. 16 EASTERN WASHINGTON Seattle, Wash. Fri. Dec. 23 LEHIGH Seattle, Wash. Thu. Dec. 29 *ARIZONA STATE Seattle, Wash. Sat. Dec. 31 *ARIZONA Seattle, Wash. Mon. Jan. 2 CORNELL Seattle, Wash. Sat. Jan. 7 *WASHINGTON STATE Seattle, Wash. Thu. Jan. 12 *at UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Sat. Jan. 14 *at USC Los Angeles, Calif. Thu. Jan. 19 *OREGON STATE Seattle, Wash. Sat. Jan. 21 *OREGON Seattle, Wash. TBA Thu. Jan. 26 *at California Berkeley, Calif. Sat. Jan. 28 *at Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. Sat. Feb. 4 *at Washington State Pullman, Wash. Thu. Feb. 9 *USC Seattle, Wash. Sat. Feb. 11 *UCLA Seattle, Wash. Thu. Feb. 16 *at Oregon Eugene, Ore. Sat. Feb. 18 *at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. Thu. Feb. 23 *STANFORD Seattle, Wash. Sat. Feb. 25 *CALIFORNIA Seattle, Wash. Thu. Mar. 2 *at Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Sat. Mar. 4 *at Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Wed.-Sat. Mar. 8-11 at Pacific-10 Conference Tournament Staples Center; Los Angeles, Calif. Wed. Mar. 8 Pac-10 Tournament No. 7 vs. No. 10 / No. 8 vs. No. 9 Thu. Mar. 9 Pac-10 Tournament Quarterfinals Fri. Mar. 10 Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals Sat. Mar. 11 Pac-10 Tournament Championship Thu.-Sun. Mar. 16-19 NCAA First and Second Rounds Thu.-Sun. Mar. 23-26 NCAA Regionals Sat. April 1 NCAA Final Four -- Semifinals, RCA Dome; Indianapolis, Ind. Mon. April 3 NCAA Final Four -- Championship, RCA Dome; Indianapolis, Ind.All Home Games played on campus in Bank of America Arena (3870 Montlake Blvd. N.E., Seattle, WA 98195)
* Pacific-10 Conference Game
Times listed are for Pacific Time Zone and are subject to change