Whether the Huskies win or lose today against Washington State, they will still be the eight seed were the Pac-12 Tournament to start today. That’s bad.
Arizona’s recent slide has stacked the top half of the Pac-12 Tournament bracket with bad matchups for Washington.
Washington would play Stanford in the 8/9 game, which would be the first of the tournament, starting at noon Wednesday, March 13.
If it were to win, Oregon, as the current No. 1 seed, would be next. After that would likely be Arizona, which is the four seed.
That means Washington would have to beat Stanford, Arizona and Oregon, teams it is 1-4 against this year, just to get to the final.
If the Huskies move into sixth or seventh (or back to 10th), they get switched to the bottom half of the bracket, where UCLA and Cal, two teams Washington matches up against much better, are the high seeds.
Here are the seeds as it stands prior to play Sunday:
1. Oregon 12-42. UCLA 12-4
3. Cal 12-5
4. Arizona 11-6
5. Colorado 9-7
6. USC 9-7
7. Arizona State 7-8
8. Washington 7-9
9. Stanford 7-9
11. Oregon State 3-13
12. Washington State 2-13