Washington returns to the court tonight against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds of the Mid-Continent Conference.
From all indications, it's a tougher team than the lack of name recognition might suggest -- ask Utah, who lost to the directional school in the season-opener.
Rebounding from a 10-20 record last season, Southern Utah is off to its best start since 2000-01, when the Thunderbirds finished 25-6 and advanced to their first NCAA tournament.
SUU is led by senior guard Steve Barnes, who was the only Thunderbird named to the preseason all-conference team. Conference coaches picked the Thunderbirds seventh in the league preseason poll.
Southern Utah's losses have come at Boise State and Brigham Young. UW and SUU have one common opponent: Idaho. The Huskies beat the Vandals, 87-66, on Wednesday, while the Thunderbirds swept 67-50 in Utah and 72-50 in Idaho.
Washington will have only 10 active players tonight, since redshirt freshman guard Harvey Perry left the team over the weekend to see more playing time elsewhere.
Indication are, UW had better concentrate on this game before looking forward to Gonzaga: 8 p.m. Saturday at McCarthy Athletic Center in Spokane.