Most UW fans are rightly focused on the coming final week of the Pac-10 regular season and then the Pac-10 tournament and then the NCAA tournament. However, some of the next two season's schedules is drifting into place.
Basketball Travelers Inc. has announced that Washington will host the Athletes in Action Basketball Classic early next season, Nov. 13-15 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Belmont, Portland State and Wright State fill out the field, with each team playing the others in a round-robin bracket.
Meanwhile, indications from UW officials are that it is unlikely that the series with Gonzaga will be renewed in either of the next two seasons.
They cite Washington jumping from one to two Big 12 opponents in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood series next season and then being part of a national-class field in the 2010 Maui Invitational, which also includes Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wichita State and host Chaminade of Honolulu.
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Ever since UW ended the series in the 2007-08 season, school officials have said they generally favor resuming the UW-Gonzaga rivalry at some point. But as of now, anything before 2011 seems unlikely.