Things are changing in the Washington men's basketball program, and the best barometer might be the plucky ticket scalper. In the Huskies' history, there never was much of a constant...

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Things are changing in the Washington men’s basketball program, and the best barometer might be the plucky ticket scalper.


In the Huskies’ history, there never was much of a constant demand for tickets or a consistent presence for the scalpers. But with the program’s resurgence, roundball has become fashionable.


Scalpers stretched all across the parking lots before last night’s game against North Carolina State, along with a half-dozen spots near the Edmundson Pavilion front door.


When asked how business was, one scalper responded, “I don’t know. I do all the football games. This is my first time with basketball. I’m just testing the market.”


Another veteran scalper added that tickets “were tight. They’re hard to get today.”


Last night’s game was sold out, but there may be a few tickets still left for the Huskies’ final two nonconference games — Wednesday against Sacred Heart and Friday against Houston.


Ticket brokers in the area generally have policies not to talk to the media for scalping stories, but one broker said this week, “We’ve gotten more calls (on the Huskies) than we ever have.”


For folks interested in tickets, the law does not allow anyone on university property to buy or sell tickets above face value.


All choked up


After N.C. State guard Julius Hodge missed his final shot, UW guard Brandon Roy walked away putting his hands to his throat in a choking position.


“That was being a little excited. We’ve been reading about his Heisman pose for a while,” said Roy, referring to the pose by which Hodge sent the message that he’s the best basketball player in the nation.


“Being competitive myself, I would like to challenge him for that,” Roy added. “No harm done.”


No place like home?


Hodge thought he was fouled on the final shot. One of the Wolfpack’s assistant coaches even walked halfway across the court after the game and pointed at the referees for missing it.


It may have been a gift. As one UW player put it, “Home cookin’, huh?”


Added UW guard Will Conroy with a smile, “It was a good no-call. He created the contact.”


Welcome, Ty


New UW football coach Tyrone Willingham was introduced to the crowd at halftime.


A man of few words, he told the crowd, “I can’t wait until Sept. 10 to hear the roar at Husky Stadium.”




Notes


• The Wolfpack will stay out West to play at Brigham Young tomorrow. This is the first West Coast trip for the school since 1994, when N.C. State lost to UCLA, 88-80, on Dec. 23.


• It was a sea of purple in the lower bowl last night, as 2,500 purple T-shirts were distributed to the early arrivers.