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UW to meet Duke at Madison Square Garden

A meeting with Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York highlights the Washington Huskies’ 2011-12 men’s basketball schedule released today.

That is one of two games the Huskies will play at the famed Manhattan arena. UW will meet Marquette there Dec. 6 as part of the Jimmy V Classic. Then the Huskies will remain in New York for the meeting with Duke on Dec. 10.

That will be fourth men’s basketball meeting between the two schools, with Duke leading the series, 3-1.

“Those two in New York, those are big-time games,” coach Lorenzo Romar said through a press release. “Those are outstanding games for our program to play two quality, tradition-rich programs like that inside Madison Square Garden.”

Washington will make its public debut with a Nov. 4 exhibition against Seattle Pacific University at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Then UW will begin its regular season by hosting the BTI Tournament, a three-day round robin tournament also featuring Portland, Florida Atlantic and Georgia State.

The non-conference schedule also features road games at Nevada and St. Louis. The latter will be a homecoming for both Romar, who coached the Billikens before moving to UW, and for senior Scott Suggs, who grew up in nearby Washington, Mo.

The Huskies will begin a new-look Pacific-12 Conference schedule Dec. 29 with a home game against Oregon State.

Washington will visit conference newcomers Colorado and Utah on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7 respectively.

While the conference has expanded by two teams, the league schedule remains at 18 games. To accommodate that this season, the Buffalos and Utes will not visit UW this season, and the Huskies will not travel to California and Stanford.

UW begins conference play with five of its first seven games at home, but ends with five of the last seven on the road.

The Pac-12 tournament will be held March 7-10, once again at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here is the full schedule:

UW 2011-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULENov. 4 Seattle Pacific*Nov. 12-14 BTI Tournament (Portland, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State)Nov. 20 at St. LouisNov. 25 Houston BaptistDec. 2 at NevadaDec. 6 Marquette, at Madison Square Garden**Dec. 10 Duke, at Madison Square GardenDec. 16 UC Santa BarbaraDec. 19 South Dakota StateDec. 22 Cal State NorthridgeDec. 29 Oregon StateDec. 31 OregonJan. 5 at ColoradoJan. 7 at UtahJan. 10 Seattle U.Jan. 14 Washington StateJan. 19 CaliforniaJan. 21 StanfordJan. 26 at ArizonaJan. 28 at Arizona StateFeb. 2 UCLAFeb. 4 USCFeb. 9 at OregonFeb. 11 at Oregon StateFeb. 16 Arizona StateFeb. 18 ArizonaFeb. 25 at Washington StateMarch 1 at USCMarch 3 at UCLAMarch 7-10 at Pac-12 Tournament**** Basketball Travelers tournament at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. ** Jimmy V Classic. *** Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here's the release from the school:

The University of Washington released its 2011-12 men's basketball schedule and it is highlighted by a trip to New York City for a pair of neutral site games at famed Madison Square Garden.

Washington will play at "The World's Most Famous Arena" against Marquette on Dec. 6 as the second of two games that are part of the 2011 Jimmy V Classic. The game pits the Huskies and Golden Eagles against each other for the first time since Washington beat Marquette 80-78 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Missouri and Villanova will battle in the first game at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, with the UW game starting at approximately 6:00 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN. The Jimmy V Classic is an annual one-day event that honors the memory of former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993.

The Huskies will remain in New York and play 2010 NCAA runner-up Duke on Dec. 10 at 9:00 a.m. PT, also at Madison Square Garden. It will be the fourth-ever meeting between the two schools - the first since 1990 - with Duke holding the 3-1 advantage all-time.

"Those two in New York, those are big-time games," said Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar, who will be in his 10th season. "Those are outstanding games for our program to play two quality and tradition-rich programs like that inside Madison Square Garden."

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Here's more from the 17th annual Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic:

Highlights of the event showcasing four of the nation’s elite programs Tuesday, Dec. 6 on ESPN (Missouri vs. Villanova at 4 p.m. followed by Washington vs. Marquette at 6 p.m. PT):

* Missouri, Washington and Marquette will make their Jimmy V Classic debut. Villanova played in the 2008 event against Texas. * All four programs participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament: Marquette reached the Sweet 16, Washington the third round, and Missouri and Villanova the second round. * Missouri and Villanova will meet for the second time ever. The only previous meeting was a 72-53 Missouri victory in the 1985 Rainbow Classic. * Marquette is 2-1 all-time against Washington but lost its most recent game to the Huskies, 80-78 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.