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March 24, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Huskies leave for New York today

Washington’s 32-man traveling party will board a bus behind Edmundson Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. today and depart for New York.
The team will hold a practice this morning. It’s about a five-hour flight to the Big Apple and the team should land around 9 p.m.
The NIT headquarters this week is the New York Marriott Marquis on Times Square where teams are staying. There’s a noon ET press conference Monday.
No. 3 Stanford (24-11) plays No. 5 UMass (25-11) at 4 p.m. PT Tuesday in the first semifinal matchup at Madison Square Garden.
No. 1 Washington (24-10) faces No. 6 Minnesota (22-14) in the 6 p.m. PT in the late game Tuesday. Both games will be televised by ESPN2.
The winners advance to Thursday’s 4 p.m. PT NIT title game, which airs on ESPN.
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Minnesota received a bit of good news this week when the NCAA granted forward Trevor Mbakwe a sixth season of eligibility. He suffered a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 27.
— Not surprisingly, top-seeded Washington is the favorite to win the NIT.
— Here’s a look at the official NIT program.
— Here’s a look at Washington’s pregame notes.
— The Huskies are selling tickets to postseason awards banquet, which starts 6 p.m. April 11.
— Colorado coach Tad Boyle is putting the finishing touches on the 2012-13 season, but knows he has to beef up the non-conference schedule.
— USC forward Ari Stewart may face drug charge.
— Not necessarily Pac-12 related, but Damian Lillard’s decision to enter the NBA draft could affect Washington. The Weber State junior guard is a prolific scorer and is listed as a lottery pick on many mock drafts. The Huskies have two potential first-round picks in Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr.
— Saturday is also a travel day for the players who are participating in the 2012 McDonald’s All-American game, including UW recruit Anthony Bennett. The 6:30 p.m. PT Wednesday game is being played at Chicago’s United Center and will be televised by ESPN. Bennett, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound-forward, is also considering Kentucky, Florida, Oregon and UNLV.

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