It was mentioned as a strong possibility during the season, and it has now been finalized. Washington will play Big East powerhouse Connecticut in a home-and-home series starting next season.
The Huskies will meet the Huskies on Dec. 29 in either Storrs (Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, capacity 10,027) or Hartford (XL Center, capacity 16,294). UConn will then return the favor and come to Seattle in 2013-14 to play at a site to be determined (either Alaska Airlines Arena or Key Arena)
“We are excited to begin this home-and-home series,” head coach Lorenzo Romar said. “It’s consistent with our non-conference scheduling philosophy to play several high profile basketball teams each year.”
Washington and UConn have played each other three times previously, but never on each other’s home floors. Connecticut won the three previous meetings: a pair of NCAA tournament games in 1998 and 2006, plus a Great Eight tournament game in Chicago on Dec. 1, 1998.
Connecticut, which won the 2010 NCAA championship, went 20-14 this past season and qualified for the NCAA tournament. However, the Huskies’ two best players – Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb – are headed to the NBA. UConn lost its NCAA appeal earlier this season and is ineligible for postseason play.