SEATTLE -- More than 65 percent of the opponents that appear on the University of Washington's men's 2008-09 basketball schedule participated in postseason championship action last spring. The most successful of those was NCAA champ Kansas, the Huskies' semifinal opponent in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.
The UW's schedule features a total of 15 teams that played in the postseason, including eight that appeared in the NCAA Tournament and seven that were invited to play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). A total of 26 of Washington's 31 games have been pre-selected to appear on television, while the remaining five are still being considered.
Washington's exclusive television partner, FSN Northwest, will televise a minimum of 23 games, including six that are part of the league's partnership with FSN. FSN Northwest will produce 17 Husky games as part of its agreement with the UW athletics program.
Washington opens the season on Nov. 15 at the University of Portland, one of just three non-conference games that will be played away from the friendly confines of the Huskies' home court - Bank of America Arena at Hed Edmundson Pavilion. Cleveland State (NIT) and Florida International will visit Seattle as opening round opponents in the CBE Classic before UW travels to Kansas City, Mo. to face defending national champion Kansas in the event's semifinal round on Nov. 24. The Huskies will face either Florida (NIT) or Syracuse (NIT) in either the consolation or championship on Nov. 25.
On Saturday, Nov. 29, Washington will play the first of eight-straight home games when it hosts the University of the Pacific in a 1 p.m. tipoff in Bank of America Arena. On Dec. 4, Oklahoma State (NIT) will visit Washington in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Two familiar faces will bring their teams to Bank of America Arena this season as head coaches. Former UW assistant Ken Bone will bring Portland State (NCAA) to the UW, while former Cal head coach Todd Bozeman will lead Morgan State (NIT) into a Dec. 30 clash to close out the year in the Huskies' final non-league game. Other non-conference opponents include Texas Southern, Eastern Washington, Lehigh, Montana.
Washington opens the Pac-10 schedule on Jan. 3 at Washington State and will close on March 7 against the Cougars in the final regular-season home game for UW seniors Jon Brockman, Artem Wallace and Justin Dentmon. Nine Pac-10 men's basketball teams appeared in post-season in 2008 and six participated in the NCAA Tournament.