BCA Classic Highlights UW Men's Hoop Home Schedule

SEATTLE -- The earliest start in school history, including three games during the BCA Classic in mid-November, highlight the 2005-06 University of Washington men¹s basketball schedule announced Thursday by fourth-year head coach Lorenzo Romar.

The Huskies play 19 of their 29 regular-season games at Bank of America Arena where they posted a perfect 15-0 record in 2005. UW¹s 22-game home winning streak is the nation¹s fourth longest active mark.

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

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