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March 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

In or out the NCAA tourney, Washington will make history today

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Tick. Tick. Tick.
Time can’t pass fast enough. Just a few more hours until the NCAA tournament selection show at 3 p.m.
Only one team in the Pac-12 is breathing easy today and that’s the newly crowned tournament champion Colorado. Everyone else is sitting on pins and needles.
There’s been virtually no change in Washington’s postseason perspective. Most bracket gurus believe the Huskies are one of the first few teams on the outside of the 68-team field.
As we noted in today’s story, one way or another UW will make history today. No BCS conference winner has been excluded from the NCAA tournament in the modern era while no team with an RPI of 71 or higher has ever received an at-large berth.
In 1944, Washington was the last regular-season major-conference champion to not make it to the dance.
Bud Withers notes the Huskies’ Pac-12 regular-season title may not be viewed as a significant achievement in the eyes of the selection committee because the conference did not play a true round-robin schedule. Withers also says UW has a chance – albeit a slim chance – until the field is announced.
Here’s a final look at the projections.
— ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had UW as is the first team out yesterday and today he thinks they’re the fourth team on the wrong side of the bubble.
— CBSsports.com’s Jerry Palm lists Washington, Oregon and Arizona among his bubble teams who won’t make the tournament.
— SI.com’s Andy Glockner projects Colorado and Cal will make the tournament.
— The Bracket Matrix, which tabulates several projections and computes the averages, has UW outside the tourney.
Seed Madness analyzes data and various mumbo-jumbo to create its computerized projection and its computers don’t like the Huskies’ chances.
Bracketville is also sour on UW.
— In an odd twist, one of the few sites that believes the Huskies will make the NCAA tournament is NIT-ology, which projects the 32-team field for the NIT.

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