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OFFICIAL: Huskies Out Of NCAA Tourney; Grab NIT #1 seed

Huskies to play Texas-Arlington Tuesday at home, 7 PM

UPDATE: Sunday 8 p.m.

The Washington Huskies (24-10, 14-4), winners of the Pac-12 Conference regular season title, are a  No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will host UT Arlington (24-8, 15-1 Southland Conference) on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m (ESPNU).

The winner will play the winner of Northernwestern (18-13) and Akron (22-11) later in the week.

The Huskies could host all three home games before traveling to the New York for the semifinals. However a possible match-up between the Huskies and the Oregon Ducks is likely. The Ducks earned the third seed and would have to beat Dayton.

Ticket information for Tuesdays game is available here.

To see the full 32-team NIT bracket click here.

UPDATE: Sunday 6:15 pm

The UW Huskies who three hours ago were snub to enter the NCAA tournament, receive one of four number 1 seeds.

We are awaiting comments from Coach Romar.

UPDATE: Sunday, 3:40 p.m.

The UW Huskies were not selected for the NCAA March Madness; however being a regular season champion, the Huskies are expected to be in the NIT and could host their first and second game March 13 or 14. This will depend on if the Huskies get a higher seed.

Pac-12 champions Colorado plays UNLV in the second round of the south region.

Gonzaga plays West Virginia in the second round at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

 

UPDATE: Saturday 11 a.m.

Key games around the nation on Friday did not favor the UW Huskies. This reporter is projecting the UW Huskies are out of the NCAA tournment. Oregon State knocked off Pac-12 favorite California last night and Arizona (who was projected to be out) is now in.

NC State beat Virginia and currently lead North Carolina (No. 1 seed favorite) at halftime.

The Huskies resume is not great looking with only one Top 50 RPI win. However the Huskies are not out of the tournament picture. The NCAA NIT tournament will announce teams after those announced for the big dance. Look for the Huskies to be a possible top seed. First round games are March 13 and 14.

Complete NCAA post season tournament announcements will be post here as they are released.

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Its been an up and down year for the Pac-12 regular season champ Washington Huskies Men's Basketball team, and Thursday was no different at the Pac-12 Championships.

The No. 1 seeded Huskies (14-4, 21-10 overall) lost to No. 9 seeded Oregon State (7-11, 19-13 overall) 86-84 in front of another dismal crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Huskies were up 83-79 with 1:18 left in the the fourth, when the train began to derail. That derailment could cost the Huskies a berth into next weeks NCAA tournament.

The fate of the Huskies is in the hands of the selection committee.

"I'm not in there with the committee. I know we haven't won as many games as we should have in non-conference as a league. But I would think the Pac-12 champion would be able to find a place in the NCAA tournament," said Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar after Thursday's loss to Oregon State in a press release.

"We certainly didn't help ourselves today, but I would think we'd be able to find ourselves in there. But I am not on the committee. The committee, they're meeting. And we're kind of at the mercy of their decision," said Romar, who is in his 10th season at UW. Over the last decade Romar's led the team to six NCAA bids.

CBS Sports Bracketlogy Expert Jerry Palm says the Huskies are out in his daily blogFriday morning.

"The Huskies are the regular season champion of the moribund Pac-12, but their lack of quality wins, both inside and outside the league, will make it hard for the committee to select them," said Palm. "If they miss, they will be the first major-conference champion ever to do so in the 64+ team era. They would also be the first outright champion of a top ten league to miss since Miami-Ohio did so in 2005."

ESPN Bracketlogy Expert Joe Lunardi sees it differently. He moved the Huskies from the No. 11 before the game to the No. 12 seed Friday morning and has the Huskies playing Drexel in the first round with the winner playing No. 5 Florida in Portland.

As of Friday morning, this sports reporter predicts the Huskies will stay in the tournament on one condition: They'll  be a No. 12 seed requiring them to play in the first round against another No. 12 seed on March 13 or 14 in Dayton, Ohio.

Of course things will change today with another round of games. To keep the Huskies at a No. 12 seed, they will need help.

Friday's games:

  • Oregon State over Arizona
  • California over Colorado
  • Miami loss to Florida State
  • NC State loses to Virginia 

Saturday's Pac-12 Championship:

  • California over Oregon State

 

The official announcement on whose's in and whose's out will be Sunday at 3 p.m. (PST) on KIRO TV Channel 7. Print your official bracket here.

According to UW's Brian Tom, Assistant Director of Communications for Husky Men's Basketball, its unknown if the team will have a selection show party like last year. An official announcement will be made on the gohuskies.com web site. Last year fans packed the Don James Center at Husky Stadium to watch the announcement with the team. If the team decides to host a party, Patch will update this article with more information.

Victor james March 11, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Huskies deserve to be in the big dance
Mark Hoppen March 12, 2012 at 04:33 AM
The NCAA tourney is beginning to look more like the NIT than the NIT. It is weird that a major conference champion can be snubbed as were the Huskies. Regardless of cross-over comparisons, longitudinal success in league should be regarded more highly than any other selection criterion. It should be a fixed criterion for guaranteed entry to the NCAA tourney. Otherwise, why have major conferences?!!
Eric-kim Clayton March 13, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I am a Husky fan. I think that Coach Romar is a great coach. He lit a fire under the Husky players but it only burned a bright reddish orange. I saw a barrage of errant three point attempts when I wanted to see inside out basketball-- interior passes to the bigs or dribble penetration by the guards, both with kick-back options to the open shooter when the defense collapses....complacency will always undermine excellence... Anyway, the NIT trophy will refuel the Husky program and the players will come back with enough intensity to make Purple and Gold flame burn a bright brilliant white

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