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March 18, 2008 6:56 PM

Brockman questionable and tickets still, uh, available

Posted by Bob Condotta

Two bits of news to pass along:

--- First, Jon Brockman did not practice today, meaning he has not practiced since spraining his ankle against WSU March 8. A team spokesman said he is "very questionable'' to play Wednesday against Valparaiso and Quincy Pondexter is now listed as the official starter at forward alongside the four regulars in the lineup for tomorrow. Brockman said Monday he was "confident'' he would be able to play some, and coaches will make a gametime decision tomorrow as to whether to use him. Pondexter started the Cal game in Brockman's place, scoring 23 points.

--- Next, tickets aren't exactly flying out the door. A spokesman said about 2,000 tickets had been sold as of Tuesday afternoon. However, he said UW officials aren't necessarily disappointed, saying they anticipated that many people might buy tickets at the door, knowing tickets will be available. However, UW officials will be hoping for a large walk-up gate to get the 5,000 or so they feel is necessary to break even and pay off the $60,000 guarantee for hosting a game. Tickets are $15 for the general public, and $5 for students.

Mostly, they are hoping to do better than the last time games were held here that weren't part of a season ticket package. Those games came in November, 2005 when the Huskies hosted the Black Coaches Association Classic, which was also organized by The Gazelle Group. UW played three games in that tournament and none drew more than 3,976, with a low of 3,217. That was the beginning of Brandon Roy's senior season when UW was coming off its first of two straight Sweet 16 appearances.

But so far, the CBI doesn't seem to be attracting much interest. Virginia drew 4,022 for its game tonight against Richmond (the Cavaliers drew 11,893 for its season opener against Vermont, for what it's worth), while Ohio drew 1,169 for its game tonight against Brown and Old Dominion 2,036 for its game against Rider.

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Posted by Tom

7:49 PM, Mar 18, 2008

ouch. those attendance numbers are abysmal. I think there is a good chance this will be the first and last year of the CBI.

Maybe I'll watch the UW play. Don't have anything better to do and I'll get some good seats.

Posted by Justin

8:29 PM, Mar 18, 2008

Getting one more chance to watch the team is exciting. I wish we could have won a couple more games and made the NIT or NCAA but it is what it is and I'll be there to support the team.

Posted by bomberboy

8:34 PM, Mar 18, 2008

I just watched an NIT game....LOTS of empty seats, lots

Posted by Hutch

9:02 PM, Mar 18, 2008

Houston has beaten Nevada so if we beat Valpo, we'll play Tom Penders and Houston. Everyone remember the Tom Penders performance last time we played Houston in Hec Ed??? Great stuff. The crowd at Nevada was 4252.

Posted by dawn james cheats

9:10 PM, Mar 18, 2008

Gawd, the excitement builds! Congrats on the Dawgs getting into the CBS (or is it the ABC, or NBC). Anyway, if this works out OK, and if UW hires an AD, have him/her look into something like this for football: another game between non-bowl ellegible teams.

Posted by wayupwaydown

9:56 PM, Mar 18, 2008

I already had made plans I couldn't get out of so I can't go.

If they win, I will go to the next game.

Not exactly a must see, but I will support them if they play again. For $15, at least maybe I can sit in a courtside chair for a change.

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