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Are Next Two Games Must Wins For UW Hoops?

The Huskies are off to their best start since the 2005-2006 season, but could the next two games against No. 15 Oklahoma and 9-1 Tulane make or break the season?

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Let's be honest. The Washington men's basketball team  generated as much excitement the last two seasons as one of those lame promo videos they blast on the Huskytron at football games.

But some Husky fans are starting to jump back on the bandwagon as the Huskies are off to a 9-0 start, their best since the 2005-2006 season. The Huskies have won in a multitude ways, and for the first time in a while, basketball at Alaska Airlines Arena is finally fun to watch again.

Yet if the Huskies want to have all eyes watching when they begin conference play, they will need to finish the nonconference schedule undefeated, and they will be put to the test in the next four days when they face No. 15 Oklahoma in Las Vegas on Saturday followed by a home matchup against 9-1 Tulane on Monday.

The Sooners have two losses on the year but one was to then No. 2 Wisconsin and the other to Creighton by two points. The Sooners score at a high pace (75 points per game) and feature four players who are averaging double-digit points. Defensively, Oklahoma has failed to allow more than 70 points in any game this season. Against Wisconsin they allowed their season high in a 69-56 loss.

Tulane, a member of the American conference, lost its first game of the season to Wake Forest but has since ripped off nine straight victories. The Green Wave haven't played many quality opponents but are 17th in the nation in field goal percentage and have three players scoring in double figures.

Its hard to say any game at this point is a must win, but for the sake of building excitement and generating some buzz in the Seattle sports scene outside of the Seahawks, these next two games could be huge building blocks for the Huskies as they wrap up the nonconference schedule and head into Pac-12 play.

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