Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Huskies (16-4, 7-0) are tabbed as a No. 9 seed in most NCAA tournament projections. One intriguing matchup pits Mike Hopkins against his mentor and former team, Jim Boeheim and Syracuse.
There’s a lot of basketball left in the season, but an intriguing first-round matchup for Washingon is still in play.
Jerry Palm at CBS Sports is predicting a first-round matchup in the East region between No. 8 Washington and No. 9 Syracuse, which would be the first game between UW coach Mike Hopkins and his mentor Jim Boeheim, the legendary Orange coach. Hopkins, who played at Syracuse, spent 22 years as an Orange assistant before taking over the Huskies in 2017.
Just seven weeks remain before Selection Sunday when the 68-team NCAA tournament field will be announced March 17.
Here’s a look at where Washington stands in other NCAA tournament forecasts:
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ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi projects UW as a No. 9 seed in the Midwest region playing a first-round game against No. 8 Nebraska in Columbia, S.C.
Michael Beller at Sports Illustrated projects Washington as a No. 9 seed in the East region paired against No. 8 Mississippi.
Howie Schwaab at Fox Sports tabs the Huskies as a No. 9 seed against No. 8 Florida State in the West region.
Andy Katz at NCAA.com projects UW as a No. 9 seed facing No. 8 Mississippi State in the West region.
Washington (16-4, 7-0 Pac-12) has won nine consecutive games, which is the third longest active winning streak among Division I teams behind Tennessee (14) and Gonzaga (10).
Despite being one of hottest teams in the country, the Huskies still remain outside the top 25 in The Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ poll. UW is unofficially No. 28 in the AP rankings and No. 32 in coaches’ poll.
Washington’s resume at a glance
Record: 16-4 (7-0 Pac-12)
NET rank: 32
KenPom rank: 35
RPI rank: 24
Strength of schedule: 53
Record vs. Group 1 teams: 1-3
Record vs. Group 2 teams: 3-1
Record vs. Group 3 teams: 5-0
Record vs. Group 4 teams: 7-0
Record at home: 10-0
Record on the road/neutral site: 6-4
Last 10: 9-1
Notable wins: At Oregon, at Oregon State, at Utah, at Colorado.
Notable losses: No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 11 Auburn, No. 13 Virginia Tech.