Washington was considered one of the bigger snubs this past spring, left out of the 2012 NCAA tournament after finishing with a 14-4 mark with the Pac-12 and a 24-11 record overall.
But the 2012-13 Pac-12 will be much different than the edition we saw this past season, with Arizona and UCLA bringing in two of the best recruiting classes in the country and the Huskies now without their two centerpieces from a year ago, Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross.
The 2012-13 Pac-12 schedule was unveiled this week for Washington and, in this new and improved landscape, challenges lie ahead.
They begin their conference schedule on the road against in-state rival Washington State which kicks off a three-game swing away from home, including games against California and Stanford.
They return home to host Pac-12 tournament champion Colorado on Jan. 16, and probably already have their calendars marked for the Jan. 31 against a much-improved Arizona team.
In addition to the strong recruiting class, the Wildcats bring in graduate transfer Mark Lyons from Xavier to run the point.
As for matching up with UCLA, the home-and-home in-conference series begins Feb. 7 in Westwood, before the Bruins come to Washington for the final game of the conference schedule on March 9.
The biggest key for Washington will be compensating for the scoring losses of Ross and Wroten, who contributed close to 33 points per game last season.
But, as Rob Dauster touched on a few weeks ago, CJ Wilcox could fill that void in part after averaging 14.2 points per game in 2011-12 and shooting over 40% from three-point range.
Washington will take an August trip to Europe and Senegal to prepare for their season, beginning Aug. 25.