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Washington to Open Season Against Baylor


Armed Forces Classic - Washington v Baylor Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

For almost 48 hours it looked like a Husky sports filled weekend would instead have significantly fewer options. However, in addition to the newly scheduled UW-Utah football game there is also a new season opener for the men’s basketball team as for the second year ago the Dawgs will start against Baylor. The time and TV placement are TBD but the game will happen on Sunday 11/29.

Last year the Huskies pulled the upset and knocked off Baylor in the Armed Forces Classic in a furious comeback by a score of 67-64. The Bears went on to win 23 straight games after that point and asserted themselves as one of the best teams in the nation.

Washington intended to open the season Wednesday night against Portland State as part of the “Husky Classic” which also featured San Diego and Cal State Fullerton. However the latter two teams each shut down their programs following positive COVID-19 tests late last week causing the event to be cancelled.

Baylor was forced to withdraw from their planned opener against Arizona State after their head coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19. However, it would seem that both Baylor and the Huskies are confident that subsequent negative tests suggest that Baylor doesn’t have an outbreak within their program.

Last season 56 of Washington’s 67 points were scored by the trio of Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, and Nahziah Carter. The Huskies are now without all 3 of them. Meanwhile, Baylor returns their 3 starting guards including pre-season 1st team All-American Jared Butler who last year averaged 16 points and 3.1 assists per game.

We'll have more preview coverage about this game as details are released.