UW came into this season with five clear chances for a national-attention-gathering, RPI-improving win before heading into Pac-10 play. The first three: Texas A&M, Syracuse and Oklahoma already have become three losses. The last one comes at the end of the month at LSU. The next one comes today, in a game that has to be seen as surprisingly important for this early into the season.
They should get a boost from the expected return of Ryan Appleby, who has been cleared to play.
Here also is a preview from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
I'll be there and will post any pregame notes, halftime report, and then postgame notes and quotes, ideally with some comments from any of you who watched.
A quick preview:
NO. 12 PITTSBURGH (8-0)
AT WASHINGTON (4-3)
Noon, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Series: Washington leads, 2-1. The Huskies won back-to-back home games in 1950 and lost last season in Pittsburgh, 65-61.
Statistical leaders: For Pitt, F Sam Young, 18.6 ppg and 8.5 rpg; G Lavance Fields, 6.1 apg. For UW, F Jon Brockman, 19.3 ppg and 11.6 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 4.9 apg.
Game notes: Pitt is one of 12 Division I schools to make the NCAA tournament in each of the last six seasons. … This is the Panthers' first game outside of their home city. … Pitt is a smaller and quicker team than the one UW faced last season. The tallest starter is 6-foot-7 center/forward DeJuan Blair, who is the team leader in steals. … Pitt is looking for its sixth consecutive 9-0 start. … Panthers' coach Jamie Dixon is 30-2 in December games and 56-3 vs. non-Big East opponents. … Washington has won 31 straight non-conference home games, including three against ranked opponents. The Huskies also have won 11 of their last 13 home games against ranked opponents. … UW freshman Venoy Overton leads the Pacific-10 Conference with 2.29 steals per game. … Washington is hitting 60 percent of its free throws, worst in the Pac-10. … Kids are invited to a free clinic by the Harlem Globetrotters 30 minutes after the game at Marv Harshman Court off the north side concourse of Hec Ed.
Next: 3 p.m. Dec. 15, vs. Portland, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.