Washington will travel more than 2,800 miles and across three time zones for its NCAA Tournament game Friday night in Charlotte, N.C., against Georgia.
The Huskies hope to leave today on its cross-country flight, coach Lorenzo Romar said Monday, "to give us a couple of days to get acclimated to the time zone," but the itinerary had not yet been finalized.
Romar was happy that his team opens with a Friday game instead of Thursday.
"I think the emotional high of the Pac-10 (Tournament) title playing three consecutive days coupled with the cross-country travel, I think it’s helpful that we are getting an extra day," Romar said.
Georgia-Washington is slated to tip off at approximately 9:45 ET, which is 6:45 PT.
"That’s prime-time for us," Romar said. "We’ve played a number of games around that time."
Georgia plans to bus to Charlotte on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to have a 40-minute open practice at Time Warner Cable Arena Thursday starting at 6:40 p.m.
Romar expects a pro-Georgia crowd.
"I would think so, sure," Romar said. "It’s so much closer. I know what our crowd would be like. … I’ve seen that one before. They’ve been pretty good."
Bonuses for UGA coaches for NCAA tourney trip
Georgia’s coaching staff will be rewarded for the Bulldogs’ NCAA Tournament selection with performance-based incentives written into their contracts.
Coach Mark Fox earned $25,000 for the NCAA bid. A trip to the Sweet 16 would bring Fox another $25,000 and a trip to the Final Four is worth an additional $50,000.
His assistants get a bonus worth a month’s salary for the NCAA tournament selection. That’s $12,917 for Kwanza Johnson, $11,667 for Philip Pearson and $10,000 for Stacey Palmore.
This and that
Huskies backup point guard Venoy Overton has been reinstated to the team and will play Friday. Overton was suspended for the Pac-10 Tournament after being charged with providing alcohol to a minor. The case stemmed from an allegation from a 16-year old girl that Overton sexually assaulted her at an apartment in Seattle on Jan. 8, according to the Associated Press. King County prosecutors declined to file charges because the contact appeared consensual. … Washington is ranked No. 23 in both the final regular season Associated press and USA Today/ESPN coaches’ polls.