Washington's young basketball team on Monday moved up one slot to 21 in the Associated Press basketball poll, an ironic number considering most of the Huskies, age-wise, are still in or barely out of their teens.
In Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic through Christmas, the UW (9-2) sits behind Penn State (10-2) in the Top 25 listing and just ahead of West Virginia (10-1).
In their most recent outing, the Huskies defeated Ball State 85-64 on Sunday night in the holiday tourney's opening round in Honolulu. They face unranked Hawaii (8-3) on Monday night with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. PT. ESPN2 will televise the game nationally.
The UW is the only ranked team among the eight entered in the Diamond Head Classic.
Washington is one of three Pac-12 teams holding onto a national ranking, joining No. 6 Oregon (10-2) and No. 24 Arizona (10-3). The Huskies are No. 20 in the coaches poll. Check the rankings here.
Gonzaga (13-1) became the sixth team this season to claim the AP's No. 1 ranking, replacing Kansas. Two weeks ago in Seattle, the Zags won a close game from the Huskies, beating them 83-76.
The video shows pregame warmups from that game and the photo captures the Huskies and Zags standing for the national anthem.