The California Golden Bears are out on the court warming up in a mostly empty Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The only Husky on the court right now is Tim Morris, who is wearing a "Dawgs vs. Cancer" T-shirt.
Those of you who watch this game on FSN will likely notice the coaches unusually dressed too: polo shirts and tennis shoes. That's also part of the Coaches vs. Cancer cancer-awareness promotion going on this week. Since 1993, more than 500 basketball coaches have helped raise more than $30 million thanks to this promotion, according to the American Cancer Society.
As for the game, it's very close to do-or-die for each of these teams, in terms of NCAA tournament hopes. The Huskies certainly can't afford to lose a third Pac-10 home game ... and certainly not with USC and UCLA coming in next weekend.
Usual drill here: pregame news, if any; then a halftime report and postgame notes and quotes.
Now I'm heading down to watch the end of that Washington State-Stanford game, also on FSN.
2:45:(Stanford won in overtime.)
And now that the arena is filling up, I see that ever the Dawg Pack also is decked out in Dawgs vs. Cancer T-shirts.