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March 8, 2010 at 12:54 AM

ESPN’s Gottlieb thinks UW goes dancing, Lunardi says no

The talking heads at ESPN are split on Washington’s NCAA tournament credentials. College basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb believes the Huskies will earn a spot in the tournament while bracket guru Joe Lunardi thinks they’ll fall short.
Lunardi started the season a Pac-10 fan, but last month he became one of the loudest critics against the conference. Despite what he said in the video above, Lunardi has finally backed off his stance that the league would only have one tournament team.
On ESPN’s pay site, Lunardi has California and Arizona State making the Big Dance. He has UW as the first team out.
Regardless of what Lunardi thinks, it’s safe to say Washington (21-9) is sitting firmly on the bubble. Other bracketologists believe the Huskies will make the tourney.
UW’s chances varies depending on what happens with the 31 automatic bids that are given to conference tournament winners. More upsets means stronger teams are likely to receive an at-large berth, which means fewer slots for the bubble teams.
UW’s chances is also tied to the other bubble teams. The more they struggle, the more slots are available.
Last Saturday was a bad day for several bubble teams including Connecticut, Mississippi State and Rhode Island.
So far Cornell, East Tennessee State, Murray State, Northern Iowa and Winthrop won their respective conference tournaments. They were considered favorites and no one else from their conferences warrants serious attention from the NCAA selection committee.

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