With Connecticut beating Kentucky last night to cap one of the most unpredictable NCAA tournaments ever, it’s worth noting that Washington not only played UConn this season, but played it at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
When was the last time UW hosted an eventual national champion? That was 1997, when Lute Olson, Mike Bibby, Michael Dickerson, Miles Simon and Co. (that team was pretty good) led Arizona to the title. And the last eventual national champion that UW played at any site was, actually, UConn, whom the Huskies played in 1999 when UConn won the title behind Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin.
(Thanks to Bob Condotta for reminding on Twitter that the 1999 game between UW and UConn was part of the Great Eight Classic, a now-defunct preseason tournament played in Chicago that pitted teams from the previous year’s NCAA tournament against each other. You likely remember what happened between UW and UConn in the 1998 NCAA tournament.)
This season (or last season now, I guess) Washington lost, 82-70, to UConn on Dec. 22. UW led that game by 14 points in the first half before UConn reeled off a bunch of unanswered points before halftime and eventually coasted to victory. Not sure that UConn team looked a whole lot like a national champion that day. Shows what I know.
— After taking two of three games from visiting Oregon, the UW baseball team moved to No. 9 in Baseball America’s weekly top 25 poll.
— The upcoming season could be make-or-break for former UW quarterback Jake Locker.
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