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March 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Two spots filled, two open for NIT Final Four

Updated: 12:56 p.m.
A little late with the links this morning. Still let’s take a look around the Pac-12.
The big news starts in Seattle where the Huskies secured a berth in the NIT Final Four with a 90-86 victory over Oregon last night at raucous Edmundson Pavilion.
— The Huskies leave for New York on Saturday and despite a free trip to the Big Apple, coach Lorenzo Romar told Steve Kelley he would trade a NIT semifinal spot for a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. Romar on both tourneys: “Any time I would have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament, I would prefer that. In hindsight, we’re still advancing, but I still would have loved to have been in the NCAA tournament. But we made our bed.”
— Hats off to Dean Rutz who did a nice job compiling a photo gallery from last night’s game.
— Here’s the game stories from the Everett Herald, News Tribune, Register-Guard and Oregonian.
— Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder writes: “The Huskies won in large part because they were fueled by a large, loud crowd — the kind of hostile home-court advantage Oregon once had at Mac Court. Play it in Eugene, and it goes the other way.”
— Thanks to Patrick Blair for the video highlights (above).
— Romar, the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, is being linked to the opening at Illinois. At this point, it’s purely speculation and it appears unlikely he would make a lateral move to a Big Ten school. That being said, Romar’s name tends to come up at this time of the year.
— Before Washington’s win, No. 5 seed UMass was the first team to claim a spot in the NIT semifinals. The Minutemen upset No. 3 Drexel 72-70 last night after rallying from 17 points down in the last 16 minutes. Chaz Williams scored 20 points, Terrell Vinson had 14 of his 18 points after halftime and Jesse Morgan added 13 points for the Minutemen (25-11).
NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT:
No. 6 Minnesota (21-14) at No. 4 Middle Tennessee (27-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN2) —
The winner gets a date with Washington on March 27 at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a short preview of quarterfinal matchup. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is rumored as a candidate for the Tulsa job.
No. 5 Nevada (28-6) at No. 3 Stanford (23-11), 6 p.m. (ESPN2) — The Pac-12 is hoping to get two teams into the NIT Final Four, but the Wolf Pack are standing in the way. It should be a fun matchup between Nevada guard Deonte Burton, the WAC Player of the Year, and Stanford guards Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle. Bright scored a career-high 29 points on Monday and Randle was the second best freshman in the Pac-12.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL:
Washington State (17-16) at Oregon State (21-14), 7 p.m.(HDnet) —
It’s the fourth meeting between these teams and WSU leads the series 2-1. However, OSU won 69-64 the last time they played in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Beavers are also hitting their peak. They’ve won five of the last six games. Here’s a preview of the game. Hosting CBI games hasn’t been profitable for the Beavers.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Arizona State leading scorer Trent Lockett is leaving the Sun Devils with hopes of transferring closer to his mother, who has cancer, in Minnesota. ASU has lost 12 scholarship players over the past four years.

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