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March 16, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Latest projections

The latest CBI projection has Washington as a No. 1 seed in the West hosting Sam Houston State.
So the first question may be who the heck is Sam Houston State? SHS is a member of the Southland Conference, finishing 23-8 this season, losing in the semifinals of the conference tournament. SHS had a few big wins early, including handing Bob Knight one of the more embarassing losses of his career (56-54 over Texas Tech) and also beataing Fresno State.
The second question may be will Husky fans be excited about a home game against a team like Sam Houston State? I’ve got to figure they would rather play teams like the No. 2 and 3 seeds, Nevada or San Diego State.
As for the Pac-10, an increasing number of the final brackets have the conference getting just six bids (like this from SI.com). Or even just five (like this from Rivals.com, which also includes a good explainer of how the field is formed).
Here’s the latest list of Pac-10 RPIs and as you can see, what may make ASU the odd team out is its RPI of 83, due largely to a non-conference strength of schedule of 296. Only Oregon State played a weaker schedule.
Keep tuned here later for news on the Pac-10 and UW.

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