The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. Also known as Washington and locally as The U or UW (usually pronounced "U-Dub"), it is the largest university in the Northwestern United States and the oldest public university on the West Coast. The UW maintains three locations, with its flagship campus in Seattle's University District and branch campuses in Tacoma and Bothell. Its operating budget for fiscal year 2005 was $3.1 billion. The university is known as a Public Ivy, an American term for state-funded institutions of higher learning that "provide[s] an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price.
The Washington Huskies are the athletic teams at the University of Washington. The term properly applies to any sports team at the school. The University of Washington is a member of the NCAA Division I-A and the Pacific Ten Conference.
In the 2006-2007 season, the Huskies basketball program faltered. After previous successful seasons, the Huskies did not even appear in the NIT, probably due to having only one road win on the season. The team found success late in the season by beating then-No.7 Oregon and then-No.4 UCLA, both at home. The Huskies suffered their most embarrassing loss of the season by losing 47-75 to their in-state rival, the Washington State Cougars. After losing to the Cougars in the Pac-10 Tournament later that season, shattering any hope of a NCAA Tournament berth, the Huskies had dropped five games in a row to their rival. However, the Huskies are expected to rebuild for the 2007-2008 season.