Washington Huskies Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Analysis
Which top teams will the Huskies be taking on in their non-conference schedule?
The Huskies will be hosting the Athletes in Action Basketball Classic at Hec Ed to kick off the season. They have one official road game in their non-conference schedule against Texas Tech. The Dawgs will face off against powerhouse Georgetown on a neutral floor at the John Wooden Classic in December.
Here is a general breakdown on the different teams the Huskies have scheduled for their non-conference slate.
Note: All non-conference games will be televised except for the Belmont game.
Athletes in Action Basketball Classic
This is a great way to start the season. The Huskies face off against a solid set of opponents. Wright State and Belmont are by no means automatic wins, both teams tasted success last season and could give UW a run for their money. The set of three games caps off with a game against Portland St. and former Husky, Phil Nelson.
With three games in three days, this is good game conditioning for the Huskies. If the Huskies can use their home court to their advantage, they should start the season with a 3-0 record and a solid win against a potential tournament team in Portland State.
Wright State (November 13th)
Wright State finished last season on high mark finishing with a 20-13 record. They were close to securing a berth in the NCAA tournament, but lost in the Horizon league tournament semifinal game to Butler. Wright State is returning both of their top scorers from last season, seniors Todd Brown and Vaughn Duggins.
Brown and Duggins both guards, averaged around 12 points per game last season. This will be a first test against experience for the young guards of UW.
Belmont (November 14th)
Belmont also finished last season with a 20-13 record. They played a close game last season against Tennessee, with the Volunteers escaping with a two point victory. Belmont loses four of their top five scorers from last season. Senior G/F, Jon House who averaged 8.3 points per game will be leading the Belmont Bruins against the Huskies.
Portland State (November 15th)
After Ken Bone's departure to WSU, the Vikings have hired Tyler Geving as their head coach. Geving served as the associate head coach under Bone the past two seasons. Portland State returns two double digit scorers in Phil Nelson and Dominic Waters.
There are also two players with Seattle-area connections on the Portland State roster. Melvin Jones, a graduate of Cheif Sealth, is transferring from North Idaho Junior college and will be entering his junior year of eligibility.
Nigel Peter-Denman, a graduate of Ballard high school, has transferred from the University of Denver and will be entering his junior year of eligibility.
San Jose State (November 20th)
The Huskies will face off against UW-transfer Adrian Oliver. Oliver was one of the team's top scorers last season, averaging 17.1 points per game. In his first three games last season, Oliver scored 80 points.
He dropped 37 points on Boise State and 31 points on San Fransisco. It will be fun to see who Romar throws out to defend his former player (Justin Holiday maybe?).
Montana (November 29th)
This team is loaded with players from Washington, six out of the fourteen players on the roster have some sort of connection to the state of Washington. Anthony Johnson, a graduate of Stadium high school and a transfer from Yakima Valley Community College is the Grizzlies' leading returning scorer, averaging about 17 points per game.
at Texas Tech (December 3rd)
This marks the Huskies first and only non-conference road game. This game comes conveniently at the middle point of the non-conference season with five games coming before it and five games being played after it.
This will be a stiff test, but Texas Tech is coming off a tough season, finishing with a 14-19 record. They dropped eight out their last ten games last season.
Cal State Northridge (December 6th)
Cal State Northridge made it all the way to the NCAA tournament last season. Even though they had to face Memphis in the first round, making the tournament is a great accomplishment for a relatively unknown program.
They return their leading scorer in guard, Deon Tresvant who averaged 13.3 points per game last season.
Georgetown (December 12th) John Wooden Classic (Anaheim)-
You can view an in-depth preview of the match up at Montlake Fast Break. This game in my opinion, is the Huskies biggest test in their non-conference schedule.
Without Jon Brockman, the Huskies are left vulnerable at the post position both on offense and defense. It will be interesting to see how Romar plans to defend Greg Monroe. Matthew Bryan-Amaning's performance will be critical in this game.
Portland (December 19th)
Hopefully this game will not turn out to be a repeat of last season's opening season loss. Portland finished with a respectable record of 19-13. The Pilots return four of their top five top scorers.
Luke Sikma (son of Jack Skima), will take on an expanded role this season as he enters his junior year.
Texas A&M (December 22nd)
The Aggies mark the Huskies' third and final major non-conference opponent. Six foot three guard, Donald Sloan is their returning leading scorer, he averaged around 12 points per game. The Aggies have their eyes on another NCAA tournament berth for 2010.
San Francisco (December 27th)
Definitely scheduled as a "tune-up" game, with the Huskies entering conference play after this game. USF struggled in the WCC last season, finishing with an 11-19 record. They return their top scorer, Dior Lowhorn, who averaged 20 points per game last season.
Seattle University (January 26th)
This game comes right in the midst of Pac-10 conference games for the Huskies. However, the Huskies will only be facing WSU that week, so this game essentially serves as that second game that the team would usually have.
Cameron Dollar makes his coaching debut against Romar in this game, it should be more competitive than last season's match between the two.
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