Their home games are played at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, located in Seattle, and they are currently led by head coach Mike Hopkins.
The Husky was chosen as the university mascot by the student committee in 1923. It replaced the "Sun Dodger" — an abstract reference to the local weather. Mascot Husky Harry performs at sports and special events, and a live Alaskan malamute traditionally leads the Washington University football team on the field at the beginning of games. The university colors, purple and gold, were adopted in 1892 by student vote.
In January 2011, the university announced plans to create a new intercollegiate basketball school. The project includes a preliminary study for a basketball educational institution in the amount of $62 million for men's and women's basketball programs, which will be located near the Alaska Airlines Arena. The scope of work may include relocation and replacement of existing intercollegiate sports facilities associated with the new project. The preliminary study will include programming, alternatives, design concepts, cost estimates, and more.
The Huskies' best achievement was third place in 1953, they also won the conference tournament in 2005, 2010 and 2011 and won the conference regular season 1911, 1914, 1915, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1943, 1944, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1984, 1985, 2009 and 2012.
From 2002 to 2017, the team was led by Lorenzo Romar, who was replaced by Mike Hopkins.
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