Picked 11th in a preseason poll, Huskies finish in three-way tie for sixth place in Pac-12 with Oregon State and USC. UW begins conference tournament 12 p.m. Wednesday against Cardinal.
Washington wrapped up its regular season on Wednesday, but the Huskies had to wait three days until Saturday to learn where it finished in the Pac-12 standings and what seed it’ll be in next week’s conference tournament.
The Huskies, who were picked 11th in a preseason media poll, finished tied with Oregon State and USC at 9-9 for sixth in the Pac-12.
Washington (17-13) is the eighth seed and will face No. 9 Stanford (15-14) at 12 p.m. Wednesday in the conference opener at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 64-53 on Feb. 20 at Alaska Airlines Arena thanks in large part to freshman guard Dejounte Murray, who scored a game-high 25 points to help UW snap a four-game losing streak. Due to the Pac-12’s unbalanced schedule, it was the only game this season between the teams.
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Stanford is stumbling into the postseason with two straight losses, including a 94-62 defeat at No. 18 Arizona on Saturday. The Cardinal also lost 74-64 at Arizona State this week.
Washington has lost its tournament opener the past two years, including a 71-69 defeat to Stanford last year.
If the Huskies beat Stanford in the opener, they’d face top-seeded Oregon at noon Thursday in the conference quarterfinals. In their only meeting this season, the ninth-ranked Ducks clobbered UW 86-73 at Matthew Knight Arena on Feb. 28.
The Huskies could face No. 4 seed Arizona if they advance to the semifinals.
The other side of the bracket includes No. 2 seed Utah and No. 3 California.
Here’s a look at the Pac-12 Tournament schedule.
Wednesday, March 9
Game 1: No. 8 Washington vs. No. 9 Stanford, 12:10 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Networks)
Game 2: No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Washington State, 2:40 p.m. (P12N)
Game 3: No. 7 USC vs. No. 10 UCLA, 6:10 p.m. (P12N)
Game 4: No. 6 Oregon State vs. No. 11 Arizona State, 8:40 p.m. (P12N)
Thursday, March 10
Game 5: No. 1 Oregon vs. Game 1 winner, 12:10 p.m. (P12N)
Game 6: No. 4 Arizona vs. Game 2 winner, 2:40 p.m. (P12N)
Game 7: No. 2 Utah vs. Game 3 winner, 6;15 p.m. (P12N)
Game 8: No. 3 California vs. Game 4 winner, 8:45 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Friday, March 11
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6:15 p.m. (P12N)
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:45 p.m. (FS1)
Saturday, March 12
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7:15 p.m. (FS1)