The Huskies announced today that they have moved their season-opening football game against Syracuse from Saturday Sept. 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 in the Carrier Dome. The move was made to accomodate a national television broadcast on ESPN, which holds the rights to Big East football games. It will be the earliest season-opener in Husky football history. Here is the link from the UW: http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020107aab.html
Not much to report basketball-wise. The Huskies obviously are in a must-win situation tonight at Arizona State. Lorenzo Romar said he would probably start the same lineup that he has been going with, with Artem Wallace, Jon Brockman and Phil Nelson at forward and Ryan Appleby and Justin Dentmon at guard. Washington needs a good start, and the bigger the early lead, the better, to take pressure off any late-game situations, which Washington has not handled well on the road.
Spencer Hawes talked about coming off the bench earlier this season and didn’t seem thrilled with being a reserve. He said he might talk to Romar at some point about what he has to do to get back into the starting lineup, but said that he understands why Romar wants to stick with the current lineup, having gone 2-0 with it on the latest homestand.
The women have a big one tonight as well against Arizona State, which is ranked No. 12 and came from behind in the last 90 seconds to beat the Huskies last month. Washington just can’t seem to generate any offense in the halfcourt – a problem that hurt it last year too – so a premium will be placed on rebounding and forcing turnovers. The Sun Devils feature four players from Washington, including leading scorer Emily Westerberg and former Monroe star Kirsten Thompson.