The computer rankings love the Huskies, while the top bracketologists have cooled on UW which went 1-and-1 on the road last week at Arizona and Arizona State.
After capturing a split on the road last week, Washington jumped 15 spots in the RPI and moved up to No. 57 – its highest ranking of the season.
However, the nation’s top bracketologists cooled on the Huskies’ NCAA tournament chances a week after UW made its first appearance of the season in their projections.
The Pac-12 continues to dominate the RPI placing 11 teams – the most of any conference – in the top 60.
Here’s a look: Oregon (9), USC (14), Colorado (24), Arizona (28), Utah (29), Oregon State (40), Stanford (44), Arizona State (50), California (53), UW (57), UCLA (59) and Washington State (152).
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And here’s a look at CBSsports.com’s Jerry Palm’s NCAA tournament projections, which does not include the Huskies: Arizona (4), USC (5), Oregon (6), Utah (7), Colorado (8), Oregon State (10), California (11).
Palm had been high on UW in recent weeks, but his latest projections makes no mention of UW. He includes UCLA and Stanford among his first four bubble teams on the outside of the tournament.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s bracket guru Joe Lunardi has also soured on UW. His tourney projections include: Arizona (3), USC (5), Oregon (6), California (8), Utah (9), Colorado (10), UCLA (11) and Oregon State (12).
Lunardi does not include UW among his eight bubble teams who are projected not to receive a Big Dance invitation.
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