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January 12, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Lunardi: Washington first team outside NCAA tourney projections

Nigel Williams-Goss, middle, and the Washington Huskies have tumbled on the court and in the NCAA tournament projections. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

Nigel Williams-Goss, middle, and the Washington Huskies have tumbled on the court and in the NCAA tournament projections. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi projects Washington would just miss the NCAA tournament if the teams were being seeded today.

He has the Huskies at No. 69. Only 68 teams are invited to the Big Dance.

After four straight defeats, the bracket experts have lost faith in Washington (11-4, 0-3 Pac-12).

Lunardi and Jerry Palm at CBSsports.com include just three Pac-12 teams in their projections. Here’s a look.

Lunardi: Arizona (2 seed), Utah (3) and Stanford (7).

Palm: Arizona (2 – West), Utah (3 – South) and Stanford (11 – East).

And FWIW, basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy projects Washington will finish the regular season at 18-12 and ninth in the Pac-12 race at 7-11. If he’s accurate, the Huskies would need to win the conference tournament in Las Vegas to secure an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament and avoid a fourth straight year outside the NCAAs.

The Huskies’ four-game losing streak has hurt their RPI rating. UW made a big drop from 41 last week to 77.

Meanwhile, Oregon State, which plays UW Thursday, climbed 46 spots to No. 94 after its 58-56 win over then-No. 7 Arizona.

Here’s a look at where the other Pac-12 teams rank in the RPI: Utah (8), Arizona (11), Stanford (35), Colorado (70), UCLA (73), Oregon (93), California (114), USC (124), Washington State (128) and Arizona State (143).

In the Associated Press poll, Utah moved up a notch to No. 8 and Arizona fell three spots to No. 7 Arizona.

In the USA Today/coaches rankings, Utah is No. 8 and Arizona is No. 9.

 

 

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