As we move into a new era of Seattle University basketball, I first want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years. Without your support, whether it’s coming to KeyArena for a game, or attending a viewing party while we were on the road, Seattle U basketball would not be as ready for the Western Athletic Conference.
For the first time in 33 years, we have the opportunity to win our way into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The guys have been working hard ever since the 2011-12 season ended, knowing that they have to be better to compete at this level. We ended last season on a great note, winning eight straight KeyArena games and nine of our last 12 contests overall. We welcome back eight players who saw significant playing time last year, welcome two men to the active roster who practiced with us all year long, and hope that the addition of four players at key positions will be the final ingredient to a great season.
As you may have heard, we went to China in late August, an experience that no one will soon forget. We played in front of standing room-only crowds of 5,000-6,000 people and improved as the trip went along. We met Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China, and we saw the Great Wall of China. The guys used the trip as a bonding experience, and we are closer as a team than we ever have been at this point in the year.
Starting with the Elgin Baylor Classic Sunday, Nov. 11, against Montana State, we will play 16 regular season home games at KeyArena, plus we return to the ShoWare Center in Kent in March. Nine of the games will hold special significance for us, as they will be against our WAC foes and will go a long way in determining how we stand entering the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. Oh, and there is also that Dec. 13 game against the Washington Huskies, one that I always look forward to.
I hope you will join us as we strive towards our goal of national postseason competition this year. Season tickets are on sale by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at (206) 398-GOSU (4678). Single-game tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the KeyArena Box Office. I look forward to seeing you at the Key!