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Solid Gold Season A t the beginning of the basketball season not even the most loyal Vandal fans actually believed that the team could make it through their challenging non-conference schedule undefeated. Sure, the Vandals had just completed their finest season ever going 25-4 in sweeping the Big Sky Championships. Yes, they were returning three starters to the team and were picked as the conference pre-season favorites. Still it just seemed too

much to expect the team to defeat such powerhouses as Washington, Washington State, and the talented teams that make up the prestigious Far West Classic. Indeed, the Vandals of '82 had a tough act to follow. But, with great team play and individual efforts, the Vandals grabbed the attention of the entire nation as they cruised through their 11 non-conference games and cracked the Associated Press Top 20 rankings for the first time in the school's history.

Idaho started their season with two blowouts at home of smaller schools, Doane College, 94-56, and Concordia College 96-47. The first real test for the Vandals came next as they traveled to Seattle to meet Pac-10 contender Washington. The game wasn't even close as Idaho shocked the Huskies' home crowd with a convincing 8661 blowout. Washington State was next on the

1982 Gem of the Mountains, Volume 80, University of Idaho Yearbook