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March 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Morning links: UW must win 4 games in 4 days to make NCAA tourney

Washington players celebrate after last year's 64-62 win over Washington State in a first-round game at the Pac-12 tournament. (Photo credit: Getty Images – Jeff Gross)

Washington players celebrate after last year’s 64-62 win over Washington State in a first-round game at the Pac-12 tournament. (Photo credit: Getty Images – Jeff Gross)

The Huskies are one of a dozen teams traveling to Las Vegas this week for the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament at the MGM Grand Arena.

According to multiple projections, as many as seven conference teams will participate in the NCAA tournament.

However, Washington is among the handful of teams at the bottom of the standings that needs to win the conference tourney in order to advance in the NCAAs. To do so, the Huskies will have to win four games in four days this week.

MONDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Washington is the No. 9 seed against No. 8 Utah in a noon Wednesday first-round game. Utah guard Brandon Taylor told the Salt Lake Tribune: “We’re ready to bounce back. The regular season is finished, a chapter is closed. We’re ready for another chapter. We’re looking forward to it.”

— Oregon has a couple of stars in Joseph Young and Mike Moser, but in clutch situations backup guard Jason Calliste is the go-to guy.

— Colorado is 1-3 in the past four games, but the Buffaloes are believe they have new life when the Pac-12 tournament begins Wednesday.

— At 19-10, California is sitting on the NCAA tournament bubble. The Golden Bears can guarantee themselves a ticket to the  Big Dance if they win the conference tournament.

— Washington State avoided the Pac-12 cellar with a surprising win over UCLA.

— If it’s March, then Las Vegas is the center of the college basketball universe for west coast teams.

— And here’s the top 25 poll I emailed to the Associated Press this morning. I dropped Arizona one spot to No. 4 following a loss at Oregon and the Ducks returned to my ballot at 24.

1. Florida (29-2)
2. Wichita State (34-0)
3. Villanova (28-3)
4. Arizona (28-3)
5. Louisville (26-5)
6. Wisconsin (24-5)
7. Duke (24-7)
8. San Diego State (27-3)
9. Syracuse (27-4)
10. Michigan (23-7)

11. Virginia (25-6)
12. Kansas (23-8)
13. Cincinnati (26-5)
14. North Carolina (23-8)
15. Memphis (23-8)
16. Creighton (24-6)
17. Oklahoma (23-8)
18. Michigan State (23-8)
19. Saint Louis (26-5)
20. Iowa State (23-7)

21. Ohio State (23-8)
22. Kentucky (22-9)
23. Iowa (20-11)
24. Oregon (22-8)
25. SMU (23-8)

In – Oklahoma, Oregon
Out – UConn, Texas

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