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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 3, 2007 at 4:16 PM

Hawes-Oden in second round?

ESPN’s latest Bracketology is out and at least someone still has some faith in the Huskies.
Joe Lunardi lists Washington as a No. 7 seed in the East and facing Missouri State in the first round. If UW were to win, Lunardi has UW playing Ohio State in the second round, a matchup of two of the premier freshmen centers in basketball in the Huskies’ Spencer Hawes and Ohio State’s Greg Oden.
Lunardi lists five Pac-10 teams in the field — UCLA as a one, Arizona as a two, Oregon as a five, UW, and Washington State as a 12. He also lists USC as one of his last four teams not to make it in, meaning he almost put in six Pac-10 teams.
The Pac-10 has had six teams in only once (2001-02) and hasn’t had five since the 2002-03 season.
He also positions Gonzaga as a No. 6 seed in the West but playing in Chicago.
That’s interesting since Spokane is a first-round site this year, and Gonzaga could play there because the Spokane Arena is not Gonzaga’s home court and the Zags will play only two games there this season. A few weeks ago, it was tempting to think both Gonzaga and UW could be sent to Spokane. But as each struggles, each also runs the risk of having to play far away from home should it make it in the field.
Washington State is the official host for the Spokane site, meaning the Cougars could not play there. In Lunardi’s bracket, the Cougars are headed to Columbus, where the Huskies were sent in 2004.

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