The Huskies received $90,000 from Kansas before their 74-65 win over the Jayhawks.
The only thing better than a 74-65 nonconference win over then-No. 2 Kansas is cashing a $90,000 check from the Jayhawks, which essentially paid for the Washington men’s basketball team’s trip to Kansas City, Mo. on Dec. 6.
A review of the Huskies’ nonconference payouts reveals UW spent $773,000 for 10 opponents, including an exhibition game against Saint Martin’s University.
Turns out, it was money well spent as UW won every game.
Washington (10-3) paid between $100,000 and $80,000 to seven teams, which played at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies also paid $150,000 to 2K Sports Classic, which provided two nonconference home opponents (Belmont and Seattle University).
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Washington lost to Providence and Virginia Tech, which also sent $150,000 to 2K Sports Classic, in tournament games at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The Huskies also suffered a lopsided defeat to in-state rival Gonzaga, which was the second game in a four-year series with the Bulldogs.
Collecting home wins over outclassed mid-majors is generally expected in college basketball where top programs stuff the November and December schedule with tuneups in preparation for conference play.
It’s not often UW receives a payout from a school for a road game that’s not tied to a tournament and doesn’t included a rematch at Alaska Airlines Arena at a later date.
The Huskies’ win over KU was arguably the biggest nonconference victory in school history considering they were 22-point underdogs who hadn’t beaten a top-5 team on the road since 1951.
In 2016-17, Washington paid eight teams (including an exhibition game) $627,000. In 2015-16, the Huskies spent $525,000 for six nonconference home games.
Here’s a look at UW’s 2017-18 nonconference payouts.
Opponent Payout Received Result
Saint Martin’s (exhibition) $8,000 — W, 91-87
Belmont *** — W, 86-82
Eastern Washington $95,000 — W, 79-69
vs. Providence — — L, 70-77
vs. Virginia Tech — — L, 79-103
Seattle University *** — W, 89-84
UC Davis $85,000 — W, 77-70
Kennesaw State $80,000 — W, 85-71
Nebraska-Omaha $85,000 — W, 86-73
at Kansas — $90,000 W, 74-65
Gonzaga — — L, 70-97
Loyola Marymount $85,000 — W, 80-78
Bethune-Cookman $100,000 — W, 106-55
Montana $85,000 — W, 66-63
Total $773,000 $90,000
*UW paid 2K Sports $150,000 and organizers set up those games.