The Huskies had a good weekend with wins over UCLA and USC, but midseason projections exclude them from the NCAA tournament. UW is No. 99 in the RPI.
In March, the Pac-12 is expected to reap the rewards from a phenomenal nonconference performance.
According to CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm, the Pac-12 is projected to send nine teams to the NCAA tournament, which would be the most in conference history.
Palm projects Arizona will win the Pac-12 tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAAs. He also includes Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Utah in the 68-team tourney.
ESPN’s bracket guru Joe Lunardi projects six Pac-12 teams (Arizona, UCLA, California, Utah, Oregon and Arizona State) in the NCAA tournament.
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The Pac-12 posted a 117-33 record in nonconference games, including seven wins over top-25 teams, which was the second most in the country. Every Pac-12 team began conference play with a winning record and the league’s .780 winning percentage was the second highest in the nation.
After opening the Pac-12 with wins over then-No. 25 UCLA and USC, Washington improved from No. 129 to No. 99 in the latest RPI, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
Here’s a look at the RPI of the other Pac-12 teams: No. 21 Oregon, No. 23 Colorado, No. 25 Arizona, No. 26 Oregon State, No. 32 Utah, No. 33 USC, No. 36 Arizona State, No. 41 California, No. 72 UCLA, No. 77 Stanford and No. 135 Washington State.
— Here’s UW broadcaster Bob Rondeau’s radio call of Washington’s 87-85 win over USC on Sunday.
— And here’s a postgame glimpse inside the Husky locker room.