Mike Hopkins loaded the Washington men’s basketball team’s nonconference schedule with eight home games, including many in which the retooled Huskies will be heavy favorites.
UW’s games against Gonzaga, Auburn and Saint Mary’s — three participants in the 2022 NCAA tournament — highlight an otherwise mundane nonconference slate.
Washington’s season opener is Nov. 7 against Weber State, which starts a string of four home games at Alaska Airlines Arena including North Florida (Nov. 11), Utah Tech (Nov. 14) and California Baptist (Nov. 17).
The Huskies play Fresno State on Nov. 23 in the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, California, and will face either Saint Mary’s or Vanderbilt on Nov. 24.
Washington hosts Seattle University on Nov. 28 before a pair of early Pac-12 games at Oregon State (Dec. 1) and against Colorado (Dec. 4).
Next up for UW is the long-awaited rematch with in-state nemesis Gonzaga on Dec. 9. The series against the Bulldogs has been postponed the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Zags have won 13 of the past 14 matchups against Washington.
The Huskies return home for three games to finish the nonconference schedule: Cal Poly (Dec. 13), Idaho State (Dec. 17) and Auburn (Dec. 21).
Washington wraps up the regular season with 18 straight Pac-12 contests, starting the week of Dec. 29 with home games against USC and UCLA. The following week, UW travels to Arizona and Arizona State.
Washington hosts California and Stanford (Jan. 11-15) before playing at Colorado and Utah (Jan. 18-22).
Arizona and Arizona State play at UW the week of Jan. 25-29 and the next week the Huskies travel to Los Angeles to face USC and UCLA (Feb. 1-5).
UW plays at Washington State the week of Feb. 8-12.
The Huskies host Oregon and Oregon State (Feb. 15-19) before their last conference road trip to California and Stanford (Feb. 22-26).
Washington wraps up the regular season at home against WSU the week of March 1-4.
Due to the Pac-12’s 20-game unbalanced schedule, the Huskies won’t play at Oregon and will not host Utah.
After 5-21 and 15-17 seasons the previous two years, Washington was 17-15 during the 2021-22 season, finished tied for seventh in the Pac-12 at 11-9 and No. 113 in the NET ranking.
The Huskies lost seven players, including leading scorers Terrell Brown Jr. and Emmitt Matthews Jr., and replaced them with seven newcomers, notably transfers Noah Williams and Keion Brooks.
Note: The Huskies promoted Will Conroy to associate head coach, Hopkins announced Wednesday. Conroy had been an assistant coach for UW for the last seven seasons.
“I’m thrilled to announce this promotion for Will,” Hopkins said in a press release. “He is passionate about coaching and developing student-athletes on and off the court. He is an elite-level communicator and connects with players in a unique way. He also bleeds purple and gold, and loves the UW. I couldn’t be happier to have Will by my side, helping me lead this program.”