We've been talking about these young Huskies for months now. It's time for the talking to stop and for tipoff to happen.
Shanghai, China is the host site for the first game in the new era of Huskies Men's Basketball. Washington and Texas will be squaring off in the first NCAA basketball game ever played in China. The trip to China is the result of Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott's focus on developing the conference brand in a country that sends thousands of its students into member schools every year. Both Husky and Longhorn players have embraced the opportunity to play in China as a true cultural exchange. They've taken classes for credit on Chinese topics, learned some Mandarin and toured as part of their experience.
On the hardwood, the Huskies will be debuting a new look roster with four new starters - all of whom are freshman - and a roster that includes just three players from last season. They hope to implement a style of play that highlights the athleticism of UW's athletes and the depth of its bench. If things go as planned, Husky fans should be treated to a style of play that is reminiscent of some of Romar's best teams.
The young Huskies won't be the only debut happening tonight. The Longhorns are unveiling their new head coach in Shaka Smart. The new-look Longhorns also implement a high-pressure style of play that Smart refers to as "full court havoc".
Oh, did I mention that Bill Walton will be on the call for ESPN tonight? It will be nothing if not entertaining.
This is your open thread. Enjoy the kickoff of Husky Basketball.