The Huskies play their 10th football game of the disappointing season Saturday, and the first basketball game of a season still full of hopes.
Here's my game preview story, and a quick look at each:
UCLA (3-6 OVERALL, 2-4 PAC-10)
AT WASHINGTON (0-9, 0-6)
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m., Husky Stadium
Television: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: UCLA leads, 36-29-2. The Bruins have won six of the last seven meetings, including a 44-31 victory last season at the Rose Bowl.
What to watch: The return of former UW coach Rick Neuheisel has dominated the game-week conversation. On the field, both teams sense a chance at a rare victory. In some cases, the team's problem areas pair interestingly, such as with UCLA's running game, which ranks last in the Pac-10, going against UW's run defense, which ranks ninth. This is Senior Day, and 19 Huskies playing their final home game will be introduced. This game also marks the final home appearance for UW coach Tyrone Willingham.
What's at stake: Washington is still looking to shake its status as the only winless team in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and end its 11-game losing streak, which is a school record and the longest in the nation. The Huskies' last win came on Nov. 17, 2007, so UW needs a victory today to avoid a full winless year. A Bruins' loss assures a losing record and eliminates them from bowl eligibility.
Here's my hoops preview story and highlights box:
WASHINGTON (16-17 last season)
AT PORTLAND (9-23)
8 p.m., Chiles Center, Portland.
TV: CSN NW (Channel 179 on most Comcast systems).
Radio: 1150 AM.
Series: UW leads, 11-1, including five straight. The Huskies nipped Portland, 67-63, last season in Seattle.
Statistical leaders (returning from 2007-08): For Portland, G Nik Raivio, 12.6 ppg; F Luke Sikma, 7.3 rpg; G Ito Taishi, 3.2 apg. For UW, F Jon Brockman, 17.8 ppg and 11.6 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.2 apg.
Scouting report: The Pilots were picked sixth in the annual West Coast Conference preseason poll. They return five players that started at least 13 games last season and seven of their eight top scorers. Sikma is the son of former Sonics star Jack Sikma, and Raivio is the brother of former Gonzaga star Derek Raivio. … This game is expected to mark the UW debut for true freshmen Isaiah Thomas, Elston Turner and Scott Suggs. The Huskies might be without two big men: Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who took a hard fall in practice this week and whose availability will be a game-time decision; and true freshman Tyreese Breshers, who is out until at least December with a shin injury.
Next: 7 p.m. Tuesday, vs. Cleveland State, Hec Edmondson Pavilion