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Husky Men's Basketball

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March 9, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Huskies a No. 6 NIT seed?

I’m admittedly stealing this from reader Toby, but thought I would put it out here so it would maybe get more visibility.
Toby passed along the NIT-ology web site that publishes projections of the NIT draw. You can find the site here. Here, also, is the field broken down by bracket.
They have UW as a No. 6 seed, which means the Huskies would have to go on the road to face No. 3 seed Michigan.
Among the other three seeds listed are Bradley, Oklahoma State or Georgia, just to give you an indication of the possible level of competition.
All tough places to go, and all good experiences for a team that now has to use the NIT to build toward next year. Oklahoma State might be avoided as an opponent for UW since the Huskies are due to play there next Dec. 1 in the Pac-10-Big 12 Challenge.
Interestingly, the NIT-ology bracket has UW possibly facing Saint Louis in the second round, which would obviously be a matchup of Romar and his old school.
Here, as well, is the general NIT web site which should tell you all you need to know about the tournament.
The basics are that it is a 32-team field that unlike years past, is now seeded and bracketed like the NCAA Tournament. That means the higher seed teams host (unless there are extenuating circumstances why it can’t) so if UW is a No. 6 seed, it likely wouldn’t host any games unless there were upsets in its brackets.
I notice the NIT-ology site doesn’t even list Santa Clara as a possibility. But a knowledgable source said last night that was one team already mentioned as a possible first-round foe for UW.
I know the Huskies have done what needed to host a game by submitting a formal bid, etc. and are hopeful of getting a home game. But now that the NCAA has taken over the tournament, the old days of bigger schools simply buying home games in the NIT are over.
The NIT bracket will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPNU.

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