Washington will be going to the NIT for the second consecutive season.
The Huskies slipped in as a No. 6 seed and will face third-seeded BYU on Tuesday at 6:30 Pacific in Provo on ESPN.
After losing to Oregon in overtime during the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, Washington became an NIT bubble team. But, Sunday, the eight-member NIT Selection Committee headed by C.M. Newton picked Washington as one of the 32 teams for the tournament.
BYU was 21-11 this year and 10-6 in the West Coast conference. If Washington advances, it faces the Tennessee/Mercer winner.
The Cougars are led by 6-foot-5 guard Tyler Haws who averages 20.9 points per game. Forward Brandon Davies puts up 17.6 points per game and 7.8 rebounds.
This will be a return home for Washington guard C.J. Wilcox, who is from Pleasant Grove, Utah, about 25 minutes from Provo.
The top seed in Washington’s quadrant is Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles will play eighth-seed Charleston Southern. Fourth-seeded Florida State will play fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech.
Stanford, a four seed, and Arizona State, a three seed, are also in the tournament.
Here’s the bracket. Click on the link to enlarge:
The four one seeds are Kentucky, Southern Miss, Alabama and Virginia.