The Washington Huskies have gotten off to a solid start to the season winning their first 3 games, after capturing the World Vision Basketball Classic in Seattle.
While the tourney win was a solid one the teams in the field are far from college powerhouses, as the best team was Portland in the finals, who the Huskies crushed.
There are a lot of question marks for the Huskies this season, especially since they lost leading scorer Isaiah Thomas to the NBA and 2nd leading scorer and leading rebounder Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
UW is a young team that has talent, expectations are a touch lower than in 2010, but this team can still make some noise in the Pac 12, and hopefully in March.
The following 5 games are big ones for them this season.
1. #19 Marquette December 6th – As of November 18th Marquette is the 19th ranked team in the nation and the Golden Eagles will be the first ranked team that the Huskies face.
They have a solid team and G Darius Johnson-Odom, who is a legit NBA prospect, will test them in this game.
This game will be held at a neutral location and the Huskies can get a lot of confidence beating Marquette for their next huge game against…..
2. # 6 Duke December 10th – The Huskies face the Blue Devils right after Marquette and even though Duke lost some talent to the NBA they are still stacked.
The Huskies do not have a great frontcourt and they will have to face the FW brother duo of Mason Plumlee and Miles Plumlee, who are both 6’10” and can rebound and score.
3. #22 Cal January 19 – The Golden Bears are the first Pac 12 team UW will play that is currently ranked and this home game is big.
Beginning conference play facing Oregon State, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and Washington State there is a good chance the Huskies can begin conference play 5-0 and Cal will be a big test.
Every home game is important for UW, especially if that team is ranked.
4. #16 Arizona January 28 – UW goes on the road to Arizona State in the desert on January 26th with the bigger game being a couple nights later facing Arizona.
The Wildcats are a very athletic team that plays great defense.
The Huskies have their work cut out for them in this game and on top of that Arizona may have a little revenge on their minds after being upset losing to UW in last seasons thrilling Pac 10 title game.
5. Arizona February 18th – This game may depend on how these teams are doing late in the season, but if the Huskies are on the bubble of the Big Dance, which is a distinct possibility, a win over a possibly ranked Arizona team at home will be HUGE.
Besides this game, again if the Huskies are on the bubble, the last 2 games in La La Land facing USC and UCLA are also important.