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Dates, times and TV info for Washington men’s basketball 2018-19 schedule

The Huskies will be featured on national television at least 17 times, including 14 games on ESPN channels.

The 2018-19 Washington men’s basketball schedule has been released complete with dates, times and TV information and at first glance, the Huskies face a handful of daunting hurdles early in the season followed by what appears to be a favorable Pac-12 schedule.

UW begins the season 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Alaska Airlines Arena against Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers were third in Conference-USA last season and finished 27-11 after a semifinal defeat in the National Invitation Tournament.

Washington then travels to SEC territory to take on preseason top-15 Auburn at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. The Tigers were 26-8 last season and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.

The Huskies’ road non-conference schedule also includes a short international trip north to British Columbia for three games in in the Vancouver Showcase against Santa Clara (Nov. 18), Texas A&M (Nov. 20) and Minnesota (Nov. 21) at the Vancouver Convention Center.

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Perhaps the most difficult game on the schedule is an 8 p.m. Dec. 5 date at cross-state rival Gonzaga. The Bulldogs, which are once again NCAA title contenders, went 32-5 last season before bowing out in the Sweet 16. The Zags have won 11 of the past 12 games in the series, including a 97-70 win last year.

UW concludes its road non-conference schedule 4 p.m. Dec. 15 against Virginia Tech in the Naismith Hall of Fame Boardwalk Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. The Hokies, which crushed the Huskies 103-79 last year, lost its opening-round game in the NCAA tournament last season and finished 21-12 last season.

Aside from Western Kentucky, Washington’s non-conference home schedule is fairly lackluster with games against San Diego (Nov. 12), Eastern Washington (Nov. 27), UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 2), Seattle University (Dec. 9), Sacramento State (Dec. 21) and Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 1).

Washington opens the Pac-12 schedule at home at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 against rival Washington State.

The Huskies alternate home and away trips for the first six weeks of the conference season before three straight road games (Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State) in mid-February.

UW plays four of its final six conference games at home.

Due to the Pac-12’s unbalanced schedule, the Huskies will not host Arizona and Arizona State while skipping games at UCLA and USC.

It remains to be seen what effect missing four games against teams that figure to be among the upper half of the Pac-12 will have on UW’s NCAA tournament resume. In addition, most Pac-12 coaches lament the year when its school misses a trip to Los Angeles because it’s a recruiting hotbed for the conference.

Washington has four weeks where it plays on Thursday and Saturday, a traditional scheduling date for the Pac-12. UW plays three games on Wednesday and just one on Sunday. And UW plays just three conference games at 8 p.m.

The Huskies will be featured on national television at least 17 times, including 14 games on ESPN channels.

WASHINGTON’S MEN’S BASKETBALL 2018-19 SCHEDULE

Thursday, Nov. 1 – Seattle Pacific (exh) – 7 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks
Thursday, Nov. 6 – Western Kentucky – 7:30 p.m. – ESPNU

Friday, Nov. 9 – at Auburn – 6:30 p.m. – TBA

Monday, Nov. 12 – San Diego – 8 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Sunday, Nov. 18 – vs. Santa Clara – 5 p.m. – ESPN3 – at Vancouver Convention Center (Vancouver Showcase)

Tuesday Nov. 20 – vs. Texas A&M – 8:30 p.m. – ESPN2 – at Vancouver Convention Center (Vancouver Showcase)

Wednesday, Nov. 21 – vs. Minnesota – 5 p.m. – TBA – at Vancouver Convention Center (Vancouver Showcase)

Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Eastern Washington – 6 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks
Sunday, Dec. 2 – UC Santa Barbara – 5 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Wednesday, Dec. 5 – at Gonzaga – 8 p.m. – ESPN2

Sunday, Dec. 9 – Seattle University – 6 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Saturday, Dec. 15 – vs. Virginia Tech – 4 p.m. – ESPNU – at Boardwalk Hall (Naismith Hall of Fame Boardwalk Classic)

Friday, Dec. 21 – Sacramento State – 6 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks
Tuesday, Jan. 1 – Cal State Fullerton – 7 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Saturday, Jan. 5 – Washington State – 7:30 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Thursday, Jan. 10 – at Utah – 7 p.m. – FS1
Saturday, Jan. 12 – at Colorado – 7 p.m. – ESPNU

Thursday, Jan. 17 – Stanford – 6 p.m. – ESPN/2
Saturday, Jan. 19 – California – 2 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Thursday, Jan. 24 – at Oregon – 6 p.m. – ESPN2
Saturday, Jan. 26 – at Oregon State – 1 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Wednesday, Jan. 30 – USC – 8 p.m. – FS1
Saturday, Feb. 2 – UCLA – 1 p.m. – ESPN/2

Thursday, Feb. 7 – at Arizona – 6 p.m. – ESPN/2
Saturday, Feb. 9 – at Arizona State – 7 p.m. – ESPN/2

Saturday, Feb. 16 – at Washington State – 5 p.m. – ESPNU

Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Utah – 8 p.m. – FS1
Saturday, Feb. 23 – Colorado – 7:30 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks

Thursday, Feb. 28 – at California – 8 p.m. – FS1
Sunday, March 3 – at Stanford – 5 p.m. – ESPN2

Wednesday, March 6 – Oregon State – 7 p.m. – Pac-12 Networks
Saturday, March 9 – Oregon – 7 p.m. – ESPN

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