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Plenty of links from Washington’s 72-68 win over in-state rival Washington State on Sunday.
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer believes the Huskies are probably bound for a return trip to the NIT and writes: “But March, college hoops’ month of opportunity, isn’t about chasing ghosts and living up to a reputation. It’s about survival, period. And though we’ve spent an entire season detailing everything the Huskies are not, all that matters now is who they are and how long they can live with themselves. They’re not great. They’re not ideal. But they have to be good enough. And for all the dissatisfaction, Washington is starting to play decent basketball at the right time.”
— Times photographer Bettina Hansen put together a photo gallery, including a picture of Aziz N’Diaye and his mother Amy, who flew from Dakar, Senegal and attended her first basketball game in the United States.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Here’s a look at the conference standings and the Pac-12 Tournament bracket if the tournament started today.
— If nothing changes in the standings, then Washington will play Stanford in the first round of the conference tournament. The Cardinal knocked off Utah 84-66 last night. Stanford (17-13, 8-9 Pac-12) finishes the regular season Wednesday and it could move from ninth place to seventh if things go right for them.
— Stanford is a bad matchup for Utah. The Utes lost 87-56 at home in January to the Cardinal. Combining the two games, Utah lost both games by an average of 24.5 points. There’s a silver lining for the Utes: recruit Delon Wright could be their best player next season.
— UCLA coach Ben Howland says freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad will leave for the NBA after the season, but Muhammad and his father Ron Holmes said no decision has been made.
— Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told the Daily Camera he met with the conference’s men’s basketball coaches last year during the offseason and encouraged them to play a more competitive schedule in November and December.
— Arizona’s Nick Johnson is adjusting to several roles.