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March 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Bubble watching: UW roots for Purdue, Duke and others

Washington (23-9) has won 11 of its last 13 games and plays in the Pac-10 Tournament finals today, but there’s still some doubt among the bracket gurus about the Huskies’ NCAA tournament candidacy.
— ESPN’s Joe Lunardi says they are the 64th entry in the 65-team field at the moment, but as we know his brackets can change at a moment’s notice. Lunardi believes UW is among the 10 teams fighting for five spots.
Jerry Palm at CBSsports.com doesn’t have the Huskies in his bracket.
SBNation.com improved Washington to a No. 11 seed in the tournament.
— And brackettology101.com has UW as a 12th seed playing No. 5 Michigan State in Jacksonville.
Again there’s varying opinions about Washington’s fate, which seems to suggest maybe last night’s win did not guarantee a ticket to the Big Dance. So the Huskies are bubble watching today.
Here’s a few games that impact Washington.
— No. 6 Purdue needs to beat Minnesota and No. 5 Ohio State needs get past Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Illinois and Minnesota bubble teams. Lunardi has the Illini one spot ahead of UW and the Golden Gophers are projected as the first team out of the tournament.
— Temple needs to beat Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals. Temple is considered a lock and Lunardi says Rhode Island is just behind UW with the last spot in the field.
— No. 20 Vanderbilt needs to beat Mississippi State in the SEC semifinals. Mississippi State is listed as the second team out on Lunardi’s bracket and beating Vandy would give the Bulldogs a quality win to improve their portfolio.
— No. 4 Duke needs to beat Miami (Fla) in the ACC Tournament semifinals and Georgia Tech to knock off North Carolina State in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Duke and Georgia Tech are locks whereas as the Hurricanes and Wolfpack could win an automatic berth and steal a spot away from an at-large team.
— No. 22 Georgetown needs to upset No. 7 West Virginia in the Big East Tournament championship, which should give the Huskies a bump in the RPI and strength of schedule ratings.

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