Redhawks ready for the big time
With the Redhawks on the cusp of joining the WAC next season, here are 5 reasons why they are on their way to being a legitimate Division 1 basketball team.
1: The Way They Pressed Washington
The Redhawks stymied the Huskies potent offense for much of the game Tuesday with their full-court press, forcing turnovers, errant passes, and unwanted time outs during much of the game.
2: Familiarity With The New Conference
The Redhawks face a few of their new conference mates this season, with meetings against Utah State twice, Idaho, and San Jose State. So far the Redhawks lost to Utah State, and San Jose State this season, but knowledge of these teams is going to be key going into their inaugural season in the WAC.
3: Big Time Arena
With the Redhawks playing their home games at the Key Arena, they may have an edge going into next season. The Key, having been the home of the Sonics formally of the NBA, has seen the likes of many a players hero’s of the past, giving them extra motivation to excel in their rookie season in the WAC.
4: Returning Core
Team unity will be the biggest push for the Redhawks going into next season. I know they have a poor record this season, but the way they played the Huskies Tuesday night, the core of the team knows how to work together to get the results they need to win.
5: Past Glory In Division 1
The Redhawks have had past success in Division 1 basketball, making the championship game in 1958, losing to Kentucky.
The transition to conference play from an independent will be tough, but if the Seattle U wants to get back to the glory days of the ’50’s, they will need to get to a fast start right away.