With four weeks remaining in regular season, bracketologists project Huskies will snap a five-year NCAA tournament drought and make first appearance in Big Dance since 2011.
Washington dropped from 49th to 56th in the RPI after Saturday’s 77-72 loss to Arizona, which rose to 17th in the AP poll.
For the second straight week, the Pac-12 has eight teams among the top 60 in the RPI . Here’s a look at the conference teams: Oregon (3), USC (15), Utah (18), Colorado (26), Arizona (28), California (34), Oregon State (42), UW (56), Stanford (71), UCLA (72), Arizona State (74) and Washington State (185).
For the third straight week, ESPN’s bracket guru Joe Lunardi included the the Huskies in his projected NCAA tournament bracket. However, he projects the Huskies are a bubble team that will be seeded 10th in the East region and opening in Brooklyn, NY against No. 7 Florida.
Here’s a look at the seven Pac-12 teams in his bracket with the seeding in parenthesis: Oregon (3), Arizona (5), USC (5), Utah (7), Colorado (9) and California (11).
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Lunardi also believes Oregon State and UCLA are bubble teams who did not make the cut.
CBSsports.com’s bracketologist Jerry Palm also projects the Huskies will be among the eight Pac-12 teams to make the NCAA tournament. He paired UW as No. 9 seed against No. 8 Indiana in the Midwest region opening in St. Louis.
Here’s a look at the conference tournament teams in his bracket: Oregon (2), USC (5), Utah (5), Arizona (6), Colorado (6), Cal (9), OSU (9) and UW (9).
And Michael Beller at SI.com projects Washington will be an 11 seed.
Here’s the eight Pac-12 teams in his bracket: Oregon (4), Arizona (6), USC (5), Utah (7), Colorado (8), CAl (11), UW (11) and UCLA (12).
MOCK DRAFT WATCH:
— Washington freshman guard Dejounte Murray is projected as the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, according to NBAdraft.net.
Here’s a look at other Pac-12 players in the website’s 2016 mock draft: Cal’s Jaylen Brown (5), Utah’s Jakob Poeltl (7), Cal’s Ivan Rabb (9), Arizona’s Allonzo Trier (30), OSU’s Gary Payton II (32), Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski (47), Cal’s Tyrone Wallace (52) and Oregon’s Chris Boucher (56).
ESPN’s Chad Ford projects UW freshman forward Marquese Chriss will be taken 25th and Murray 27th.
Here’s a look at the other Pac-12 players in Ford’s first round mock draft: Brown (6), Poeltl (8), Rabb (11) and Payton (23).
Here’s a look at the Pac-12 players in the mock draft comprised by DraftExperess.com: Brown (5), Poeltl (7), Rabb (13), Payton (37) and Wallace (57).
— After pounding Washington for 22 points and 15 rebounds, Arizona senior forward Ryan Anderson won the Pac-12 player of the week award. He led the Wildcats to a 77-72 win against UW. Anderson also throttled Washington State with a career-high 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead UA to a 99-67 win last week in Pullman.