The Washington Huskies face their most difficult test during the 2011-12 season during a nine-day period in December, but took it light on tough games otherwise. On Dec. 2, Washington begins the stretch as they travel to Reno to take-on Nevada. Four days later, the Huskies will be at Madison Square Garden to face Marquette in the Jimmy V Classic, which will be followed by a matchup with Duke just four days after that.
The full schedule can be found here. The season opens with the BIT Tournament in Seattle, featuring matchups with Portland, Florida Atlantic and Georgia State. Washington will also take a minor detour during the Pac-10 slate to battle Seattle University on Jan. 10. The game comes four days before the hardwood Apple Cup, which takes place on Jan. 14 in Seattle.
Washington will also travel to St. Louis, the school where head coach Lorenzo Romar last worked. The trip will also serve as a trip home for senior guard Scott Suggs. It's common practice for teams to arrange for out-of-state players to have at least one game in their home-state or near their hometown as a reward, of sorts.
The Pac-12 schedule is about what we've come to expect. The Thursday/Saturday schedule is still around, with Utah and Colorado grouped as travel partners. The Huskies will have to fly between Boulder and Salt Lake City between the matchups, but it appears the Pac-12 is sticking to a similar schedule, at least until the new TV contract takes hold in 2012.
We'll be back with more on the Washington basketball schedule as it becomes available. For the latest on the Huskies, head over to UW Dawg Pound.