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February 20, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Last chance for Huskies?

It’s a bright, sunny day here in Seattle as I type this, springtime and March Madness close on the horizon.
The kind of day, in other words, tailor-made for thinking fanciful thoughts — namely, wondering if there’s any chance left for the Huskies to partake in any of that Madness?
Logic, and UW’s struggles this season, says no.
At 5-8 in conference play, UW would have to win its last five games to get to 10-8, which until now has always been a necessity to get an at-large invite to the NCAA Tournament. No team with a record worse than 10-8 in Pac-10 conference play has ever gotten in (other conferences have had sub-.500 teams get in, but not the Pac-10).
But this could be the year when that changes with the Pac-10 ranked No. 2 in the RPI and generally considered to be as tough as any conference in the country.
UCLA (22-3, 10-2) and Stanford (21-4, 10-3) can safely be penciled into the tournament and Washington State (20-5, 8-5) is just about a lock, as well.
But no other Pac-10 team has a record better than 6-6 this week and if the Huskies can get a pair of wins this weekend, they could move as high as fifth place by Sunday and maybe reignite some excitement.
The harsh reality, however, is that UW’s last three games are at Cal, Stanford and Washington State and seeing the Huskies winning even two of those is a lot to ask.
And while other Pac-10 teams may have a case for getting in at 9-9 this season (notably Arizona, which has the No. 1 strength of schedule in the country) UW probably doesn’t — the Huskies remain ninth among conference teams in RPI, standing at 108 this week.
So realistically, UW’s only hopes are to win out (10-8 in conference play and 19-12 overall heading into the Pac-10 tournament would probably do it) or win the Pac-10 Conference Tournament..
Those are options that could shrink to one, however, by the end of the weekend.

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