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March 14, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Morning links: Projections vary on UW’s NIT chances

Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss fights for the ball during the Huskies' 67-61 loss to Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. (Photo credit: Nate Barrett/Eric Evans Photography)

Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss fights for the ball during the Huskies’ 67-61 loss to Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. (Photo credit: Nate Barrett/Eric Evans Photography)

Projections are split on the Huskies’ postseason chances.

The most recent National Invitation Tournament bracket from NYCbuckets.com does not include Washington (17-15), which is listed as the first team on the outside of the tourney.

The Bracket Matrix projects the Huskies as a No. 6 seed. However, it was last updated March 11 before UW’s 67-61 loss to Utah on Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Draftings.com projected Washington as a No. 6 seed before its latest setback.

Stay tuned because this situation is fluid. Regular-season conference winners who do not make the NCAA tourney are awarded an automatic berth in the NIT.

There are now 11 automatic NIT bids (Southern, Georgia State, Davidson, Boston University, Belmont, Robert Morris, Iona, Wisconsin-Green Bay, High Point, Vermont and Florida Gulf Coast) in the 32-team tournament.

The Huskies will track the following conference tournaments and the progress of its regular-season champion:

WAC – Utah Valley
Southland – Stephen F. Austin
Mid-American – Western Michigan
Conference USA – Louisiana Tech
Big West – UC Irvine
Big Sky – Weber State

Washington needs the teams (above) to win their conference tournaments to increase its chances of making the NIT.

FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:

Larry Stone writes about how Lorenzo Romar, Ken Bone and Cameron Dollar - the trio behind Washington’s return to prominence a decade ago – have fallen on hard times.

— Insightful behind-the-scenes look at Bone, who is on the hot seat at Washington State.

— Playing with a feverish defensive intensity, No. 1 seed Arizona raced through the record book and overwhelmed No. 8 seed Utah in a 71-39 rout in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. It tied for the most lopsided victory in tournament history. Nick Johnson scored 14 points, T.J. McConnell 13 and Aaron Gordon 11 for Arizona, which shot 53 percent. The Wildcats held Utah scoreless during an 8-minute stretch in the first half and led 34-13 at halftime. Arizona kept the Utes without a point during a 13-minute span between the first and second halves.

— Utah scored the fewest points and field goals (12) in tournament history. The Utes 25.5 percent shooting percentage (12 of 47) was also the lowest in tournament history. Delon Wright and Jordan Loveridge, who lead Utah in scoring, combined for seven points on 1-for-14 shooting. Dallin Bachynski had nine points for Utah (21-11), which is headed to the NIT.

— No. 2 seed UCLA ran away from Oregon with a big second-half run for an 82-63 rout over No. 7 Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. Jordan Adams had 15 points while Travis Wear and Zach LaVine each had 14 for the Bruins (24-8). Kyle Anderson finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He also had a crowd-pleasing dunk over Richard Amardi late in the first half.

— Oregon, the defending Pac-12 Tournament champion, was undone by a defensive lapse in the second half. Senior guard Johnathan Loyd told the Oregonian: “The worst half we’ve played this year to me, point blank. They came out and just popped us. They punched us in our mouth and we never responded. We were just dazed the whole game.” The Ducks trailed 37-35 at halftime and were outscored 45-28 in the second half. Joseph Young finished with 29 points for Oregon (23-9), which had its eight-game winning streak snapped.

Askia Booker scored 17 points and Xavier Talton added 13 and No. 5 seed Colorado held off No. 4 seed California for 59-56 victory in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Buffaloes (23-10) led by as much as 11 before the Bears made a late run to make it close. Josh Scott had 11 points Colorado (23-10).

— The loss likely knocked California (19-13) out of the NCAA tournament and into the NIT. Justin Cobbs had a chance to tie the game, but his three-point attempt at the buzzer came up short. He had 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. Tyrone Wallace added 13 points.

— No. 6 seed Stanford shut down Arizona State’s best players and pulled away with a dominating second-half offensive performance, picking up a marquee win by blowing out third-seeded Sun Devils 79-58 in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. The Cardinal (21-11) built any early 10-point lead, answered when ASU State tried to make a run and turned it into a rout with an awesome shooting display (54 percent from the field). Chasson Randle scored 21 points and Dwight Powell added 15 points.

— Arizona State (21-11) is riding a three-game losing streak. It was the third straight game ASU got off to a sluggish start for the third straight game and never fully recovered as its top players struggled. Jahii Carson had a hard time breaking free from Stanford’s defenders, scoring 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall went 2 of 8 for four points and senior center Jordan Bachynski had seven points on 1-of-5 shooting. Jonathan Gilling had 13 points and Bo Barnes added 12 in the Sun Devils’ most lopsided loss of the season.

— Oregon State would be happy to receive a berth in the College Basketball Invitational.

TODAY’S PAC-12 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

No. 1 Arizona (29-3) vs. No. 5 Colorado (23-10), 6:06 p.m. PT ……….. Pac-12 Networks
No. 2 UCLA (24-8) vs. No. 6 Stanford (21-11), 8:36 p.m. ………………… Fox Sports 1

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