The Washington Huskies know they made their fans nervous with a shaky performance in their exhibition game against Seattle Pacific on Monday.
However, they also want to assure everyone that they're a better team than that, and that they'll show it Tuesday when the regular season begins against New Jersey Tech.
"We're a lot better than we showed people against SPU," Jon Brockman said. "And since we took a step back, we've got to take steps forward these next few days before we take the floor on Tuesday."
The Huskies trailed SPU as late at 33 minutes into the game before finally putting away the Division II team, 86-77. They will return to action at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the second game of a West Regional NIT Preseason Tip-Off doubleheader.
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A few other notes from today's interview sessions:
*Senior guard Ryan Appleby reports that successful surgery was performed on his fractured thumb last Friday. A plate and pins were used to repair the injury on his shooting hand. He said he began running again Wednesday, and that he is encouraged he will return in less than the originally projected six weeks.
*Coach Lorenzo Romar said he might use a rotation of eight or nine players in roles of 15 or more minutes, with perhaps as many as 11 players appearing regularly.
*After the Huskies played their first game in new Nike uniforms, Brockman praised the new material's wicking properties that made the jerseys feel light throughout the game.