The last few years, NCAA selection Sunday has been a celebration for the Washington Huskies. For the last two years, they knew they were in the tournament by virtue of winning the conference tournament. The only matter was where they were going and who they were playing
It’s all different this year. There is no viewing party at Alaska Airlines Arena. Why? Because its becoming more and more likely that they might be invited to the Big Dance.
How did they get to this point? Well, it isn’t just from the loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 tournament – which we can all one of the more disappointing losses of Romar’s recent tenure. But that loss was one of five that put them on the bubble.
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They know there’s a chance of not being invited to the tournament for the first time in four seasons.
“You have to be open to anything,” sophomore shooting guard C.J. Wilcox said. “If we are in there, that’s great. But if not? It was in our hands and we let it go.”
In all of that waiting time, one of the prevailing thoughts going through their minds might be: “How did we put ourselves in this situation?”
It goes well beyond Tony Wroten’s four missed free throws late in the loss to the Beavers.
Faltering in close games was a season-long problem. There were several games the Huskies could have won with a made shot, better execution or with a break going their way.
OSU was one of five games that Washington lost but had chances to win in the final moments. Wins in any two of those and the Huskies probably aren’t sitting at home pondering their future.
Head coach Lorenzo Romar and his team will watch the selection show by themselves. And in or out, we will talk with him via conference call afterward.
Obviously, their season isn’t done if they don’t get in. They have an automatic berth into the NIT by virtue of winning the regular season Pac-12 title. UW will likely host a few rounds of the tournament as a higher seed.
As of now, no expert has the Huskies in the tournament. Joe Lunardi as of last night has Washington as one of his first four out.
Here’s the NCAA Nitty Gritty — which is a major part of the selection show research