The Husky men’s basketball team will play a Pac-12 game in early December, marking its earliest conference game.
Washington’s league opener at Utah, set for 3 p.m. Thursday, originated last year when the conference added two games to expand to a 20-game schedule in an effort to reduce lopsided nonconference matchups and bolster competitiveness throughout the league.
At the time, conference leaders couldn’t have anticipated navigating a college basketball season during a coronavirus pandemic that’s created several unprecedented challenges.
Case in point, Washington (0-2) had its four-game tournament canceled last week and scheduled a pair of last-minute games in Las Vegas before taking a six-hour bus ride from Sin City to Utah.
However, the Huskies’ misadventures pale in comparison to the Utes, who had to suspend team activities Nov. 13 due to a coronavirus outbreak.
Last week, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said he tested positive for COVID-19 along with nine